Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20882308 Details

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

General Petition Information

Abstract:Celeste, a free woman of color, writes that François Grappe illegally sold her son Louis as a slave to a free woman of color named Amelie. She argues that she and her son are free, and she that, at the time of her birth, her mother had been enjoying “her freedom in good faith more than ten consecutive years in presence” of Grappe. To further support her claim, Celeste informs the court that Grappe “never paid taxes” for her son. Celeste prays for the sale of Louis to be canceled and for the court to recognize that Louis is “free as in fact he is.”
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:PAR #20882307; Answer, Amelie, 5 May 1823; Judgment, May Term 1823
Pages of Related Documents:3

People Associated with Petition 20882308

Free Persons of Color:2
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: Natchitoches Parish Courthouse, Natchitoches, Louisiana

  • Records of the District Court
  • Record Group:
  • Document Number 620
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  • Folder: Bundle 18
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Processing Information

Record Created:12/3/1996
Record Final Edited:9/29/2003
Record Last Updated on:12/16/2005 3:41:00 PM