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First District Court


Letter from Joseph Fitzpatrick in Parish Prison to the Judge asking for a lawyer to represent him before the Court and listing the names & addresses of potential witnesses. Miscellaneous documents (Folder 22) 32 34h
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Bill of Dr. A. Hester, on petition of D. Miesegues for professional services under the order of First District Court in the matter of an inquiry into the sanity of Robert Soull, $25. Part of the "Miscellaneous Documents" sub-series 19 4b
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Report on the number of capital cases on the docket of this court, January 1853-June 1856. Miscellaneous documents (Folder 21) 32 33c
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State of Louisiana vs John Reilly 1849 Coroner's inquest on the body of Isabell Blasini. The inquest found that she died from "congestion of the brain caused more by emotion and fear, than by the blows she received." Dr. Y. R. Lemonier also signed the document as a witness. Part of the "Miscellaneous Documents" sub-series 19 4a
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1853 Sheriff's account for mileage in transporting convicts to the state penitentiary in Baton Rouge from July-December, 1853. The convicts are named and several free men of color are among their number. Part of the "Miscellaneous Documents" sub-series 19 4c
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State of Louisiana vs William Wirth 1853 Bill of information for larceny, July 10, 1853, involving the theft of $70 in gold coins and one bank note. Part of the "Miscellaneous Documents" sub-series 19 4d
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1867 Extract from the minutes of December 7, 1867, showing an order to the Sheriff for preparation of a new jury list. Miscellaneous documents--Folder 8 26 2d
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State vs Jane Hall 1867 Charged with receiving money under false pretenses in First Recorder's Court where the case was sent up to First District Court. Hall, however, was released and the charges not actually sent up. She was later arrested on another charge and the original accuser attempted to have the original case proceed. Hall is prominently identified on the documents as "colored."
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State vs John Toby & William Little 1869 Letter from Little in Parish Prison to the District Attorney asking that their case be called for arraignment as soon as possible. Miscellaneous documents (Folder 24) 33 2c
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1847 Signed, detailed testimony of George Weldon regarding his purchase of the slave John from P. A. Dubord. John had been stolen from his lawful master. Newspaper articles (not included in the court record) note that the matter went to the First District Court, but no docket number or other identification appears on the item.
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First District Court
State vs Clark Caleb Deason 1847 Charged with forgery. Included is a statement by his accuser before the Recorder of Municipality #2. Also included is a bill of exceptions filed in First District Court and three letters, signed by Deason and E. R. Deason (in Grand Gulf) and addressed to family members in Tennessee. Also included is another letter signed by Deason and addressed to G. A. Lyman in Canton, Mississippi.
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1852 Copy of George Holmgren's declaration of intent to become a citizen. Probably related to his interest in registering to vote. Miscellaneous documents (Folder 18) 32 30h
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1852 Copy of Jacob Rockenbach's declaration of intent to become a citizen. Probably related to his interest in registering to vote. Miscellaneous documents (Folder 17) 32 29c
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1854 Copy of John Flynn's declaration of intent to become a citizen. Probably related to his interest in registering to vote. Miscellaneous documents (Folder 18) 32 30i
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1855 Copy of Matthew Haindel's declaration of intent to become a citizen. Probably related to his interest in registering to vote. Miscellaneous documents (Folder 20) 32 32d
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1855 Copy of Heinrich Rebhun's declaration of intent to become a citizen. Probably related to his interest in registering to vote. Miscellaneous documents (Folder 17) 32 29i
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1855 Copy of Joseph Ruckart's declaration of intent to become a citizen. Probably related to his interest in registering to vote. Miscellaneous documents (Folder 18) 32 30f
First District Court

1855 Copy of Francis Smith's declaration of intent to become a citizen. Probably related to his interest in registering to vote. Miscellaneous documents (Folder 18) 32 30c
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1855 Copy of Christopher Varenholt's declaration of intent to become a citizen. Probably related to his interest in registering to vote. Miscellaneous documents (Folder 18) 32 30b
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1855 Copy of Frederich Christoph Theodore Lahusen's declaration of intent to become a citizen. Probably related to his interest in registering to vote. Miscellaneous documents (Folder 17) 32 29b
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1855 Copy of Louis Ernest Stephen's declaration of intent to become a citizen. Probably related to his interest in registering to vote. Miscellaneous documents (Folder 17) 32 29j
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1855 Copy of John Schleininger's declaration of intent to become a citizen. Probably related to his interest in registering to vote. Miscellaneous documents (Folder 18) 32 30g
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1856 Certification by the Clerk of Court of an entry in the Court's minutes, June 30, 1841, in the matter of State vs Jesse Fowler. The document is difficult to read, but appears to show that Fowler was charged with residing in the state contrary to law. He was eventually discharged, perhaps on the grounds that he was proven to be a free man of color. Accompanied by a folded container marked, "Certificate of Jesse Fowler, FMC, June 25, 1856."
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First District Court

1865 Fragment of Prosper Pelant's naturalization certificate.
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First District Court

1866 Extract from an unidentified matter, comprising a rebuttal of the report made by Major Absalom Baird on the New Orleans riot of 1866. There is an endorsement on the reverse by N. Trepagnier; in 1866 he was clerk of First District Court.
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1869 Copy of William Berner's declaration of intent to become a citizen. Probably related to his interest in registering to vote. Miscellaneous documents (Folder 18) 32 30e
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1871 Eight-page charge to the jury in an unidentified case. The ink on the document is faded badly, but the court of origin was determined via the Clerk's signature.
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State vs Gaetano Rosa & wife 1872 Charged with arson. Includes testimony of witnesses given before the Third District Recorder, who then sent the matter to First District Court for trial. Also includes a list of additional witnesses in the higher court and a 3 1/2 page letter from Rosa to the Judge of First District Court.
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1876 Copy of George Rudenaer's declaration of intent to become a citizen. Probably related to his interest in registering to vote. Miscellaneous documents (Folder 20) 32 32g
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1876 Rudolph Rietschel's declaration of intent to become a citizen. Probably related to his interest in registering to vote. Miscellaneous documents (Folder 20) 32 32b
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1876 Bartholomew Blaum's declaration of intent to become a citizen. Probably related to his interest in registering to vote. Miscellaneous documents (Folder 20) 32 32a
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1876 Pierre Schmitt's of intent to become a citizen. Probably related to his interest in registering to vote. Miscellaneous documents (Folder 19) 32 31g
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1877 Motion for a Commission De Lunatico Inquirendo, recommended by the Grand Jury, to investigate the mental condition of John McPhelin, late District Attorney of the First Judicial District, then residing at the Louisiana Retreat. Miscellaneous documents (Folder 10) 30 10b
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State vs George Stevenson 1877 Bill of information for receiving stolen goods. He plead not guilty and the case was later nol prossed.
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First District Court 605 Y. Quadras & Co. vs M. A. de Galvez 1847 Interrogatories and cross interrogatories directed to Leon Marin Baldo, a witness for the plaintiff and his answers. The suit involved a partnership between the plaintiff and the defendant in St. Louis, Missouri.
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First District Court 605
1849 Letters and other documents, 1840-1843, involving Y. Quadras & Co. and Manuel Alonzo de Galvez. The Quadras firm had offices in New Orleans & St. Louis, and a store in Cincinnati. De Galvez was with the firm, operating out of Havana. Most of the documents are in Spanish and were in a wrapper marked, "Evidence addressed by the defendant since the case was referred to an umpire." The items were filed under docket number 605 in 1849, but the court is not identified (the filing clerk appears to have been Rousseau, who was clerk of First District Court).
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First District Court 902 Henry Lincoln, owner of the Barque Antelope vs H. L. Stone & Co. 1847 Appeal from Justice of the Peace George Bright (#1418) involving damage to casks of oil being shipped from Boston to New Orleans. Included is an extract from the ship's log describing weather conditions along with the Port Warden's certificate as to the condition of the cargo on arrival in New Orleans. Also included is detailed testimony by Ebenezer Morrel, a mate on the vessel.
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First District Court 3442 State of Louisiana vs P. Meighan 1860 Affidavit of Hugh Meighan, made before the First Justice of the Peace, that the accused had collected money due him by Mr. Willar
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First District Court 3442 State of Louisiana vs P. Meighan 1860 Affidavit of Hugh Meighan, made before the First Justice of the Peace, that the accused collected money due him (Hugh) by Mr. Willard and kept it for himself. Also included is a note listing the witnesses in the matter.
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First District Court 3938 State of Louisiana vs S. G. Ladd 1855 Decree of the Louisiana Supreme Court ordering a new trial for Ladd.
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First District Court 4190 State vs Frederick Fritz 1849 Accused of larceny. He plead not quilty but was convicted by the jury and sentenced to a year at hard labor in the penitentiary. Miscellaneous documents (Folder 21) 32 33e
First District Court 5233 Succession of John William Mueller 1850 Inventory of his estate including "a painting representing Veronica with the head of Christ on a handkerchief." Also including real estate and other household furnishings.
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First District Court 5984 State of Louisiana vs Joseph Pinto Correa 1850 Involved a dispute between Correa and Alexandre Perreira (one of the documents in the record is marked State vs Perreira, for breach of trust). Apparently, Correa wound up in prison for playing cards at his business and ws trying to get Perreira to assist him with bail and with getting a pardon from the Governor. Included are letters from Correa to Perreira in Spanish (or Portuguese, with English versions). There is also a long statement, signed by Perreira, stating his case and accusing Correa of lying under oath before the Third Justice of the Peace. Also included are documents regarding business dealings between the two men involving shipments of wine and corn between New Orleans and Madeira.
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First District Court 6486 State of Louisiana vs Pierre Cazeau et al. 1851 Signed depositions of witnesses regarding a fire at Cazeau's house. Newspaper articles (not part of the court record) show that Cazeau stood trial with several accomplices for setting fire to his house on Prosper St. between Union and Frenchmen). The case documents are from the Recorder of the Third Municipality. The case number (6486) appears on one of the documents, but it is not certain that it is the First District Court designation.
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First District Court 8886 Sarah Isaacs, wife of George Longworth vs James C. Maitland 1853 Claim for $1872.33 due on a promissory note plus interest. Isaacs asked for payment of the debt or for seizure of the property mortgaged by Maitland to secure the note (bounded by Custom House, Franlin, Bienville, & Treme). A copy of the mortgage is included in the record.
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First District Court 22084 William Brown vs Pontchartrain Rail Road Company 1843 Claim for $6000 due from injuries received when Brown was run over by one of the railroad's baggage cars on the company's wharf at Port Pontchartrain at the line's lake terminus. He cited the company's negligence as the cause of the accident. A jury trial resulted in a verdict for Brown for $4000, and the judge confirmed that decision. Included in the record is the signed testimony of Peter Nelson in support of Brown's claim. Also included are statements of other witnesses, among them Dr. Peter McGill, who reported on his visit to see Brown after the accident. Also included is a copy of the 1829 agreement between Alexander Milne and the company's investors for the use of his land as part of the railroad right of way, etc. The company appealed, but the Louisiana Supreme Court affirmed the lower court decision (a copy of the Supreme Court's detail opnion is also included).
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