Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20882827 Details

Location:West Baton Rouge
Location Type:Parish
Salutation:To the honorable the District Court for the fourth Judicial District of the State of Lousiana--holding for and setting in the parish of West Baton Rouge within the said District and State (, )
Filing Date:1828-October-6
Ending Date:1828-November-12

General Petition Information

Abstract:Felicity Bourk Ferrary Escalin asks the court to authorize her to sue her husband, Joachim Escalin, for separation of property; and to order Escalin to return the property she brought into the marriage or pay her for it. The petitioner, widow of Bernard Ferrary, claims that, when she married Joachim Escalin in January 1808, she brought one hundred "arpents" of land, a thirteen-year-old "Mulatto wench", a mare, and $1,550 in "claims" to the marriage. Felicity now states that she is in danger of losing her "dowry" due to various "misfortunes" and her husband's mismanagement of their property. According to Felicity, Joachim has sold almost "every part" of his property and "even disposed of" the land and the slave she brought into the marriage. In order to prevent the loss of her dowry, Felicity asks the court to direct her husband to "restore" her property or, failing to do so, to pay $5,000 for the land, $1000 for the slave, and $25 for the horse.
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Orders, 11 September 1828, 12 November 1828; Marriage Contract, 14 January 1808; Inventaire des Propriétés Mobiliaires et Immobiliaires de Félicité Bourq [Inventory of Felicity Bourk's Property], 26 January 1809; Etat de L'avoir à Joaqchim [Inventory of Joachim Escalin's Property], 26 January 1809
Pages of Related Documents:5

People Associated with Petition 20882827

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: West Baton Rouge Parish Courthouse, Port Allen, Louisiana

  • Records of the Fourth Judicial District Court
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Processing Information

Record Created:9/10/1996
Record Final Edited:10/1/2002
Record Last Updated on:4/5/2006 10:34:00 AM