Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20882415 Details

State:Louisiana
Location:Orleans
Location Type:Parish
Salutation:To the honourable Joshua Lewis Judge of District Court of the first Judicial District (LEWIS, Joshua)
Filing Date:circa 1824-March-29
Ending Date:1824-December-20

General Petition Information

Abstract:The petitioner is Maria Townes, a minor, who claims that she is a free white woman held as a slave and daily put up for sale in New Orleans by a man named Reed [Reves]. She prays the court that "she may be adjudged to be free" and that Reed be condemned to pay $1,000 in damages for "unjustly" keeping her in detention, plus costs of suit. She also prays the court to order her sequestration by the sheriff until termination of the suit. As a destitute minor, assisted by a curator ad litem, she is asking to be allowed to sue "in forma pauperis." A related document suggests that Maria's mother was a mulatto woman and a slave in Virginia, where Reed had purchased Maria [Original in English and French].
Result:partially granted
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Orders, 29 March 1824, 20 December 1824; Deposition, Garland Tate, 29 November 1824
Pages of Related Documents:1

People Associated with Petition 20882415

Slaves:1
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:1
Petitioners:1
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: New Orleans Public Library, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Records of the First Judicial District Court, Case Records
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  • Document Number 6,075
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  • Microfilm: Reel #14, Louisiana Collection

Processing Information

Record Created:11/12/1996
Record Final Edited:11/5/2002
Record Last Updated on:12/20/2005 1:42:00 PM