Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20883205 Details

Location:Pointe Coupee
Location Type:Parish
Salutation:To the Honorable the Judge of the fourth Judicial District Court in & for the Parish of Point Coupée, State of Louisiana (, )
Filing Date:1832-May-10
Ending Date:1832-May-26

General Petition Information

Abstract:Claire Décuir, a free woman of color, represents that, upon marrying Louis Severin in 1820, she entered into a marriage contract that stipulated that all her property, “present & future,” should be considered “dotal.” She claims that, at the time of the marriage, she was possessed of fifteen slaves, a plantation, cattle, and personal property, altogether valued at $4,868. She has, since that time, inherited another $38,200 from Joseph Décuir. Claire Décuir Severin now contends that her husband has sold her plantation, and the state of his affairs is such that her entire dowry is in jeopardy. She therefore prays for a judgment against her husband to recover the full value of her dowry, which amounts to $43,068, and for a separation of property from her husband.
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Answer, Leandre Severin, 22 May 1832; Testimony, P. L. Lhermite, 26 May 1832; Judgment, 26 May 1832
Pages of Related Documents:5

People Associated with Petition 20883205

Free Persons of Color:4
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Pointe Coupee Parish Courthouse, New Roads, Louisiana

  • Records of the Fourth Judicial District Court
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  • Document Number 805
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Processing Information

Record Created:12/3/1996
Record Final Edited:10/7/2003
Record Last Updated on:4/25/2006 3:04:00 PM