Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20882307 Details

State:Louisiana
Location:Natchitoches
Location Type:Parish
Salutation:To The honorable the judge of the Sixth district, Parish of Natchitoches (, )
Filing Date:1823-April-16
Ending Date:circa 1823-May

General Petition Information

Abstract:Marie Josephe, a free woman of color, contends that François Grappe sold her four minor children “as his slaves” to one Magdelaine, the daughter of a free woman of color named Pelagie. Marie Josephe notes that, at the time of her birth, her mother had been enjoying “her freedom from ten consecutive years in presence” of Grappe. In addition, Marie Josephe has “enjoyed her freedom in good faith believing she was free” since the “day of her maturity.” Therefore, she claims that her children were “all born free.” To further support her case, Marie Josephe informs the court that Grappe “never considered” her children “as his slaves” and “never paid taxes for them.” Marie Josephe asks the court to cancel the sale and to reaffirm her children’s free status.
Result:granted
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:PAR #20882308; Judgment, May Term 1823
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 20882307

Slaves:4
Free Persons of Color:3
Defendants:1
Petitioners:1
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: Natchitoches Parish Courthouse, Natchitoches, Louisiana

  • Records of the District Court
  • Record Group:
  • Document Number 619
  • Box:
  • Folder: Bundle 20
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Processing Information

Record Created:11/30/1996
Record Final Edited:9/30/2003
Record Last Updated on:12/16/2005 3:31:00 PM