Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20884610 Details

Location:West Baton Rouge
Location Type:Parish
Salutation:To the Honorable, the parish Judge, holding sessions in and for the parish of West Baton Rouge, State of Louisiana (, )
Filing Date:1846-July-5
Ending Date:1847-March-2

General Petition Information

Abstract:Stephen Smith claims that he performed $117 worth of work for Zéphyrin Blanchard, for which he has "amicably" demanded but never received payment. He prays the court to cite Blanchard to appear and answer the petition within the period prescribed by law and to order him to pay the $117 plus interest, at 5% per annum, from the time the order is issued, plus costs of suit. In a related document, a witness claims that he overheard a conversation between Harry, a slave belonging to Blanchard, and his wife, who belonged to one John D. Thomason, regarding activities in preparation of a purported slave insurrection. According to the witness, the conversation revealed that "barril" powder, powder balls, and other weapons were concealed in the ground under the sugar house coolers and in another's slave "bedtick." He also claims that when the wife expressed concern about the killing of "little children," the husband replied that they would "burn the roofs down on them."
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Statement of Accounts, 27 October 1845; Exception, 30 September 1846; Supplemental Copy of Petition [Text in French], 19 November 1846; ; Answer, 23 December 1846; Agreement, 2 March 1847; Deposition, 27 November 1841
Pages of Related Documents:9

People Associated with Petition 20884610

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

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

  • Records of the Parish Court
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  • Document Number 299
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Processing Information

Record Created:2/26/1997
Record Final Edited:12/4/2002
Record Last Updated on:7/14/2006 11:29:00 AM