Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20882937 Details

State:Louisiana
Location:Natchitoches
Location Type:Parish
Salutation:To the honorable the judge of the sixth Judicial District of the state of Louisiana presiding in and for the parish of Natchitoches (, )
Filing Date:1829-October-29
Ending Date:circa 1831-May

General Petition Information

Abstract:Louis Derbanne states that his land is being illegally claimed by Francois Metoyer, a free man of color. Derbanne asserts that, in 1801, he purchased a five arpent tract of land at the head of the Cane River from Marguerite, "a free negress." Marguerite had held the land since 1788, when Spanish Colonial Governor Esteban Rodriguez Miro y Sabater "conceded" it to her. Derbanne now asserts that Metoyer "sets up a claim and gives out in speeches that he is the true & legal owner of a portion of the said five arpents front, thereby slandering the title of your petitioner." Derbanne prays that Metoyer pay him $500 in damages and that he be permanently enjoined "from laying claim to any portion of said five arpents front, or in any manner disturbing the plaintiff in his rights thereto."
Result:found for defendant
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:PARs in the Metoyer Series [#20882937, #20883514, #20883611, #20883810, #20883820, #20883821, #20883822, #20883922, #20884002, #20884206, #20884331, #20884413, #20884422, #20884507, #20884532, #20884718, #20884728, #20884729, #20884907, #20885018, #20885105, #20885143, #20885145, #20885223, #20885224, #20885241, #20885279, #20885420, #20885424, #20885436, #20885528, #20885532, #20885547, #20885603, #20885661, #20885670, #20885723, #20885808, #20886017, #20886030]; Request for Continuance, 19 May 1830; Deposition, Augustin Metoyer, 21 May 1831; Verdict, ca. May 1831
Pages of Related Documents:5

People Associated with Petition 20882937

Slaves:0
Free Persons of Color:5
Defendants:1
Petitioners:1
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Natchitoches Parish Courthouse, Natchitoches, Louisiana

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Processing Information

Record Created:11/30/1996
Record Final Edited:5/22/2003
Record Last Updated on:4/12/2006 1:07:00 PM