Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20883316 Details

Location:West Baton Rouge
Location Type:Parish
Salutation:To the Honorable The District Court in and for the Parish of West Baton Rouge, State of Louisiana (, )
Filing Date:1833-October-22
Ending Date:1833-November-14

General Petition Information

Abstract:Céleste Bunard presents to the court she has been married to Jacques Molaison since 1807 and has borne him eleven children, eight of whom are still living. However, she can no longer live with him "on account of the cruel and outrageous treatment she has received from him." Céleste Bunard Molaison describes in some detail the physical violence her husband has inflicted on her and the neglect with which he has treated her and the children, including his refusal to provide medical care for them. The Molaisons own a sizeable amount of property, including a sugar plantation and slaves, most of which is held by the couple under the regime of community property. Céleste Molaison therefore asks the court to authorize her to institute a suit against her husband, to allow her to reside at her brother's house, to order payment of an "allowance of alimony" to support her during the duration of the suit, and to grant her custody of her younger children and separation of "bed and board" from her husband. Finally she wants the property to be inventoried and half of it adjudicated to her.
# of Petition Pages:5
Related Documents:PAR #20884019; Order, 21 October 1833; Judgment, 14 November 1833; Certified Copy of Judgment, 20 November 1833; Sheriff's Return, 21 November 1833; Inventory [Text in French], 7 November 1833, filed 14 November 1833
Pages of Related Documents:42

People Associated with Petition 20883316

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:1

Citation Information

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

  • Records of the Fourth Judicial District Court
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  • Document Number 460
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Processing Information

Record Created:12/3/1996
Record Final Edited:6/3/2003
Record Last Updated on:5/3/2006 3:44:00 PM