Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20882727 Details

Location:West Feliciana
Location Type:Parish
Salutation:To the Honorable, the Judge of the Third District Court, State of Louisiana, holding sessions in and for the parish of West Feliciana (, )
Filing Date:1827-December-28
Ending Date:1828-May-27

General Petition Information

Abstract:America Anne Kirkland sues her husband, Richard Kirkland, to enforce their marriage contract. In the 1818 contract, Richard vowed to give America Anne $3,000, as pure donation and a dowry, in "consideration of the sincere friendship and affection" which he bore her. However, Richard has thus far failed to fulfill the agreement. Furthermore, due to her husband's mismanagement of his affairs, America fears that her dowry is "in danger of being lost." She asks that the court order a separation of property and allow her the "sole management of her own affairs." In addition, she asks that the money coming from the sale of a tract of land belonging to the estate of Richard's late father be used to fulfill the donation in the marriage contract rather than invested in slaves as directed by the will.
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:PAR #20882728; Order, 12 December 1827; Order, 13 December 1827; Defendant's Waiver, 13 December 1827; Marriage Contract, 17 March 1818; Judgment, 27 May 1828
Pages of Related Documents:7

People Associated with Petition 20882727

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: West Feliciana Parish Courthouse, St. Francisville, Louisiana

  • Records of the Third Judicial District Court
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  • Document Number 516
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Processing Information

Record Created:12/3/1996
Record Final Edited:9/2/2003
Record Last Updated on:1/25/2006 8:16:00 AM