Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20883603 Details

State:Louisiana
Location:Orleans
Location Type:Parish
Salutation:To the honorable Charles Watts judge of the District Court in and for the first judicial District in the State of Louisiana (WATTS, Charles)
Filing Date:1836-February-10
Ending Date:1836-March-21

General Petition Information

Abstract:Marie Paméla Fortier petitions for separation of property from her husband, Jean Baptiste St. Amand. Marie Paméla Fortier St. Amand represents that, by the terms of her 1816 marriage contract, she brought to her husband a dowry consisting of obligations valued at $4,000 and a “sixteen or seventeen years old” female slave, a "griffonne" named Henriette, valued at $700. Since her marriage, Marie Paméla has added to the marriage community another $9,000, which represents her share in her late father’s estate. Marie Paméla now claims that her husband’s affairs are in such “disorder” that his estate will not be sufficient to meet her “rights & claims.” She therefore asks the court to grant her a separation in property from her husband. She also prays to be allowed to exercise her “mortgage & privilege” on the property, and she asks the court to order her husband to pay her $13,700 from the proceeds of the sale of said property.
Result:granted
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Order, 10 February 1836; Court Record, 16 March 1836; Judgment, 21 March 1836
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 20883603

Slaves:1
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:1
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 12,864
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  • Microfilm: Reel #28, Louisiana Collection

Processing Information

Record Created:8/31/1997
Record Final Edited:10/28/2003
Record Last Updated on:5/23/2006 12:19:00 PM