Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20883514 Details

Location Type:Parish
Salutation:To the Honorable the Judge of the Sixth Judicial District Court western circuit division of the State of Louisiana, holding sessions in & for the Parish of Natchitoches & State aforsd. (, )
Filing Date:1835-May-5
Ending Date:1835-June-2

General Petition Information

Abstract:Francois Roubieu seeks the return of 200 acres of land and $10,000 in damages for the illegal detention of his land and the destruction of his timber by Auguste Metoyer, a free man of color. Roubieu informs the court that, as heir and legal representative of the late Auguste Roubieu, he owns a six-hundred-and-forty-acre tract of land, which is bordered on the North by land belonging to Metoyer. According to Roubieu, Metoyer "has without law or right caused an exparty survey to be made of his lands," which placed the division line "in such a manner as to include in his tract two hundred acres of your Petitioner’s land." Roubieu claims that Metoyer then proceeded to take possession of his land and "cut & destroyed" the timber on it, to the "great damage" of $5,000. Furthermore, Roubieu charges, the loss of the two-hundred acres has diminished the value of the rest of his lands and forced him to "discontinue the erection of a cotton gin." Because he was unable to use his lands, Roubieu "had to forego" the opportunity to sell another plantation "though offered a fair price." Roubieu prays that a survey be "made in the conformity with the respective titles." He seeks $10,000 as compensation for the damages "caused by the illegal conduct of sd. Auguste." [see related petition PAR#20883611]
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:PAR #20882937 in the Metoyer Series; Judgment, 2 June 1835; Answer, Auguste Metoyer, 21 May 1835
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 20883514

Free Persons of Color:1
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Natchitoches Parish Courthouse, Natchitoches, Louisiana

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Processing Information

Record Created:12/3/1996
Record Final Edited:1/15/2004
Record Last Updated on:3/8/2010 10:50:00 AM