Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20882526 Details

Location Type:Parish
Salutation:To the Honorable William Murray judge of the district Court of the sixth judicial district Sitting in and for the parish of Natchitoches (MURRAY, William)
Filing Date:1825-October-18
Ending Date:circa 1825-November

General Petition Information

Abstract:Jose Maria Castro and Marie Louise Massip were married July 31, 1816. Marie Louise now claims that, shortly after their marriage, Castro began treating her in such a manner as “to render her life insupportable” though she conducted herself as a “dutiful wife.” She states that her husband has been frequently drunk, has abused her verbally, and has attacked her with a knife and threatened to kill her. She also claims that, “to her great injury,” Jose Marie brought “negro slaves” into their home on repeated occasions, invited them to sit at the table, made her wait on them, and even brought them up to her bedroom and “caused” them to sleep in her bed. And finally he has abandoned her. She now asks the court for a separation from her husband, so that “she may be put beyond the reach of his malicious & malevolent intentions & be able to provide for herself and her children five in number” [Original in English and French].
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Verdict, ca. November 1825; Judgment, November Term 1825; List of Court Costs, 15 November 1825; Plaintiff's Evidence, November Term 1825
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 20882526

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Natchitoches Parish Courthouse, Natchitoches, Louisiana

  • Records of the District Court
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  • Document Number 852
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  • Volume: Bundle 31
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Processing Information

Record Created:12/3/1996
Record Final Edited:10/11/2002
Record Last Updated on:12/28/2005 3:32:00 PM