Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20883601 Details

State:Louisiana
Location:Orleans
Location Type:Parish
Salutation:To the honourable Charles Watts Judge of the first Judicial District Court (WATTS, Charles)
Filing Date:1836-February-9
Ending Date:1838-March-26

General Petition Information

Abstract:George Taylor, of Virginia, represents that, in February 1833, he hired out one hundred and three slaves to Joseph B. Wilkinson, Robert A. Wilkinson, and Clement B. Penrose, of Plaquemines Parish. Joseph Wilkinson’s wife, Catherine, was also a party to the contract. Taylor now charges that the defendants have broken their contract in several ways: they have neglected to pay for the hires; they have sold the sugar crops on which he had a privilege and which was supposed to have been delivered to him as payment; and they have moved sixty or seventy of his slaves from their plantation to a wood yard in Jefferson Parish, where a number of them have died of cholera. Taylor seeks payment in the form of 285,019 pounds of sugar or its value of $27,077.10. He also asks that the contract be annulled and the slaves, “with their increase,” restored to him. In the meantime, he asks that a writ of sequestration be issued for the slaves and the sugar crop. Neither the petition nor the related documents make it clear whether Taylor actually owned the slaves hired to the Wilkinsons or acted as an agent. Nor do the documents make clear whether the slaves were hired from within Louisiana or transported from Virginia.
Result:partially granted; appealed; affirmed
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Court Records, 15 March 1839, 8 April 1836, 2 January 1837; Supplemental Petition, 8 April 1836; Supplemental Amended Petition, ca. April 1836; Statement of Sheriff's Fees, 10 February 1836; Slaves Delivery Receipt, 1 November 1834; Supreme Court Opinion and Decree, 26 March 1838
Pages of Related Documents:11

People Associated with Petition 20883601

Slaves:64
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:4
Petitioners:1
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: New Orleans Public Library, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Records of the First Judicial District Court, Case Records
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  • Document Number 12,860
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  • Microfilm: Reel #28, Louisiana Collection

Processing Information

Record Created:12/3/1996
Record Final Edited:10/28/2003
Record Last Updated on:5/23/2006 11:27:00 AM