Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20884901 Details

State:Louisiana
Location:St. John the Baptist
Location Type:Parish
Salutation:To the Honorable the Judge of the Fourth Judicial District Court, in and for the Parish of St. John the Baptist, State of Louisiana (, )
Filing Date:1849-January-11
Ending Date:1851-August-22

General Petition Information

Abstract:Lézin Becnel represents that his late wife, Thérèse Fanny Baconais, died intestate and “without descendants” in 1848. Her heirs are her mother and four siblings, only one of whom lives in Louisiana. The others live in France and Cuba respectively. Becnel explains that, as no marriage contract was “passed” between him and his late wife, he is the legal “full” owner of one half of their joint property and the “usufructuary” owner of the other half. The property consists of a sugar plantation and sixty-six slaves. Sixty of the slaves are mortgaged and the other six, valued at $2,900, were brought to the community property from his first marriage. Desirous to settle the estate with the other heirs, he asks that an inventory be conducted before “interested parties,” including the “under-tutor” of his minor children from the first marriage. To this end he prays for the appointment of a “Public Officer” duly authorized by the court to conduct the inventory and for the appointment of his brother-in-law, Charles Baconais, to represent the “absent heirs."
Result:granted
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Orders, 11 January 1849, 6 January 1849; Supplemental Petition, 6 January 1851; Supplemental Petition, Lézin Becnel v. Charles de Baconais, 28 February 1851; Judgment, 28 February 1851; Answer, Charles de Baconais, ca. 28 February 1851; Copy of Judgment, 28 February 1851, certified 1 March 1851; Sheriff's Return, 9 April 1851; Proces Verbal of Sale, 7 April 1851, filed 2 May 1851; Act of Partition [Text in French], 2 August 1851, filed 13 August 1851; Order, 22 August 1851; Sheriff's Return, 23 August 1851
Pages of Related Documents:34

People Associated with Petition 20884901

Slaves:90
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:0
Petitioners:1
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: St. John the Baptist Parish Courthouse, Edgard, Louisiana

  • Records of the Fourth Judicial District Court
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Processing Information

Record Created:2/3/1997
Record Final Edited:9/12/2003
Record Last Updated on:8/3/2006 9:37:00 AM