Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20883815 Details

State:Louisiana
Location:Orleans
Location Type:Parish
Salutation:To the Judge of the Court of the First Judicial District of Louisiana (, )
Filing Date:1838-May-8
Ending Date:1838-May-22

General Petition Information

Abstract:William Kincaid and his wife, Nancy Tinsley Kincaid, free people of color, petition to get payment from the sheriff in a case involving a runaway slave. The Kincaids represent that, earlier in the year, a court order directed the sheriff, Frederick Buisson, to seize and sell a slave named Antoine, who had been mortgaged to them by Manuel Fleret and Virgile Perry as security on a debt. The Kincaids contend, however, that Buisson exhibited such gross negligence in the execution of his duties that he “suffered” Antoine to run away. Three months have elapsed and Antoine has not been found; he is presumed to have left the state. The Kincaids therefore pray for an order condemning Buisson to pay them $2,000 to cover the writing-off of the debt plus expenses. Related testimony reveals that Antoine may have drowned in the swamp while attempting to escape.
Result:set aside
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Court Records, 21 May 1838, 22 May 1838; Answer, Frederic Buisson, ca. May 1838; Testimonies, J. B. Hansen, et al., 19 December 1838
Pages of Related Documents:8

People Associated with Petition 20883815

Slaves:1
Free Persons of Color:4
Defendants:1
Petitioners:2
Other People:2

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 16,027
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  • Microfilm: Reel #31, Louisiana Collection

Processing Information

Record Created:8/12/1996
Record Final Edited:11/25/2003
Record Last Updated on:6/13/2006 5:55:00 PM