Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20885414 Details

Location:Pointe Coupee
Location Type:Parish
Salutation:To the Honorable the District Court of the Ninth Judicial District of the State of Louisiana, in and for the Parish of Pointe Coupée (, )
Filing Date:1854-May-18
Ending Date:1855-June-6

General Petition Information

Abstract:Tom or Thomas, a slave, presents to the court that his current master, René Porche, purchased him at the estate sale of the late Augustin LeBlanc, contractually obligating himself to give him freedom upon full reimbursement of the $200 value of the purchase price. Tom claims that he has fulfilled his end of the bargain but that René Porche has refused to live up to his and is claiming him as "his slave for life." Tom therefore prays the court to condemn Porche to "liberate & emancipate him" and to pay for all the necessary proceedings required to that effect [Original in English and French].
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Amended Petition, 6 June 1854; Testimony of Emile Jarreau et al. [Text in English and French], 20 March 1855; Judgment, 6 June 1855
Pages of Related Documents:12

People Associated with Petition 20885414

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: Pointe Coupee Parish Courthouse, New Roads, Louisiana

  • Records of the Ninth Judicial District Court
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  • Document Number 1,126
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Processing Information

Record Created:12/11/1996
Record Final Edited:9/2/2003
Record Last Updated on:8/28/2006 5:15:00 PM