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Court Docket Number Title Date Description Notes Box Folder
Fifth Recorder's Court
State vs Mike Siebert 1888 Charged with the murder of Richard Jenkins. Includes the affidavit and testimony of five witnesses, including Siebert. Also includes the Coroner's proces verbal of autopsy. Also includes the seven-page judgment finding self defense and discharging Siebert.
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First District Recorder 98018 State of Louisiana vs Thomas Farley 1853 He was accused of stabbing Catherine Howard with intent to kill. Witnesses are named, but no testimony is included in the record. Included is a note from the Parish Prison stating that Farley had been incarcerated.
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First District Recorder's Court

1865 Mittimus for William Smith to be brought to Parish Prison for safe keeping until he could produce bail of $1000. He was accused by Dr. J. P. Barbot with burglary and larceny. A note on the reverse shows that Smith was dismissed in the following year. Miscellaneous documents--Folder 8 26 2a
First District Recorder's Court
State vs Charles W. Cammack 1870 Extensive testimony of several witnesses in a murder case. The victim was John Nixon, who was shot on the sidewalk outside the Boston Club following an argument inside.
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First Recorder's Court
State vs M. Benner 1879 Transcript of extensive testimony on the charge of fraudulently concocting facts regarding the condition of the Citizens Savings Bank (Benner was the cashier). The case went up to Superior Criminal Court.
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First Recorder's Court
State vs Lott Bradley 1880 Affidavit for insult & abuse and assault with a deadly weapon. Also included are appearance bonds and lists of witnesses for both the state and the defense.
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First Recorder's Court
State vs Miles Diskin 1881 Testimony of seven witnesses in the murder trial of Diskin, accused of killing John Driscoll.
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First Recorder's Court
State vs John Wolts and Norman S. Andrews 1886 Charged with attempted arson. Includes statements of witnesses
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First Recorder's Court
State vs Mary Carroll 1893 Mittimus in default of fine, sent to jail for thirty days for disturbing the peace. Also a release order, apparently freeing her from jail on the same day
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First Recorder's Court 1050
1877 Undated envelope marked, "Ten cents, evidence in case of Jim Barnes, assault & battery." Found empty. Miscellaneous documents--Folder 9 26 20f
First Recorder's Court 1333 State vs William Surgi 1890 Envelope marked, "3 bills." Includes a receipt from Mac. Blanque, Family Groceries, Wines, Liquors, etc., 231 Poydras, showing cash received from George J. Freise on five occasions in 1889-1890. Also includes two separate receipts from later in 1890.
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First Recorder's Court 1457 State vs C. W. Johnson 1890 Several contracts between the Crescent City Clothing Club and named individuals. The Club was to include twenty people who paid $1 each week and, in return, were to receive a suit of made to order clothes each week. Also included are several slips identifying recipients of suits and inviting prospective members to visit them and gauge their satisfaction. Also included are several numbered coupons, each with a contract number indicated. The contracts identify the members and give the occupation and address of each. Accompanied by an envelopr marked, "Evidence, State vs C. W. Johnson, obtaining money, etc." We know from newspapers that Johnson was manager of the Club. Also accompanied by an envelope addressed to Rev. D. S. A. Mahony in Chicago.
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First Recorder's Court 1591
1891 Envelope marked, "H. C. Roeth, evidence." Includes a receipt for payment of $25 by Louis Seiffert on May 26, 1891 to Southern Rail Road & Telegraph Co. Also includes another receipt, May 26, 1891, for payment by Seiffert of $50 for membership in a course of instruction in Railroad and Commercial Telegraphy, signed by H. C. Roeth for the Southern Railroad and Telegraph Instruction Co.
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First Recorder's Court 1687
1891 Envelope marked, "Mader Kahn, evidence." Includes a check drawn on the New Orleans National Bank for $50, payable to Mervine Kahn and signed by W. W. Duson & Co., November 26, 1891.
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First Recorder's Court 2661 State vs M. T. Walker 1894 Documents in an envelope marked, "Private papers of Emiely Socha, 4 doc, M. Walker, 2661." Includes a list of six witnesses (names, occupations, and addresses) to be summoned to appear in court. Also includes three signed documents relating to the adoption, in Galveston, Texas, of Orcilla Wyman, daughter of Rudolph and Maggie Wyman, by Julius and Caroline Socha, and for change of her name to Emilie Socha.
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First Recorder's Court 2943 State vs Charles L. Johnson 1894 Evidence from an envelope so marked. Includes a subscription memorandum for one copy of the Soard's New Orleans City Directory for 1895 (price $6) for A. Clason & Co., 827 Union (a cotton firm) and a letter from Johnson to Soards applying for a job (on Fabacher's Restaurant & Hotel letterhead).
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First Recorder's Court 7802 State vs J. R. Alcee Gauthreaux 1880 Affidavit charging him with breach of trust and embezzlement. Gauthreaux was Civil Sheriff of Orleans Parish. Also included is #7803, carrying the same charge, but with different particulars.
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Fourth District Recorder 2702 State of Louisiana vs Jean Marie Barthel 1853 He was accused of keeping a coffee house and billiard table on Magazine between St. Mary and St. Andrew without a city license. Three witnesses are named, with a note that they were from the Magazine Market, but no testimony is present in the record. The Recorder sent the matter up to the First District Court. Barthel's attorney argued that the license ordinance was unconstitutional.
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Fourth District Recorder's Court
State vs Nicholas Gorman 1869 Charged with arson of a stable. Included are the affidavit, statements of witnesses, and witnesses' bond.
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Recorder of Municipality No. One
State of Louisiana vs Charles McLenn 1845 Warrant on the complaint of J. B. W. Jourdain that McLenn disturbed the peace and threatened him. Part of the "Miscellaneous Documents" sub-series 19 9e
Recorder of Municipality No. One
State of Louisiana vs Ann Owens 1846 Signed (with X) statement of Michael Foley that Owens had stolen items including flannel shirts. The document is damaged with about half of the information missing. Part of the "Miscellaneous Documents" sub-series 19 9f
Recorder of Municipality No. One
State of Louisiana vs Mrs. P. Maher 1850 Warrant for Mrs. Maher for stating falsely under oath that J. M. C. Brady was indebted to her for $100. Part of the "Miscellaneous Documents" sub-series 19 9a
Recorder of Municipality No. One
State of Louisiana vs Carleton S. Morrell 1850 Signed complaint of Samuel Schleiger that his five-year old daughter dropped a picayune in front of their house on Front Levee between Crossman and Canal. When she picked the coin up, Morrell claimed that it was his and brutally assaulted and struck the child. On the reverse of the page is written a short "poem:" There's grace in your step/And a smile in your eye/There's a hole in your arse/And another nearby (August Ohse). Part of the "Miscellaneous Documents" sub-series 19 9f
Recorder of Municipality No. One
State of Louisiana vs Elie Deron 1851 Signed statement of Captain John Youenes that Deron set fire to the house he occupied on St. Louis between Dauphine and Burgundy. He included details of his investigation of the fire, including the fact that Deron had insured his furniture for $7400 when Youenes considered it to be worth no more than $4000. More than a dozen witnesses, with their addresses, are listed on the item. Part of the "Miscellaneous Documents" sub-series 19 9h
Recorder of Municipality No. One
State of Louisiana vs Richard Peters 1851 Signed complaint of James Hart that Peters stole a gun from him. Hart was employed by Mr. Dwyer in his clothing store at Conti and Old Levee Streets. Dwyer is listed as a witness. The case was sent up to First District Court. Part of the "Miscellaneous Documents" sub-series 19 9b
Recorder of Municipality No. One
State of Louisiana vs William Clifford and Gassy Jack 1851 Warrant on the complaint of Jane Stubblefield that the two men came to her house on Circus St. and stole a gold breast pin, a silk cravat, and $12. Also included is her signed recognizance for her to testify against Clifford. Part of the "Miscellaneous Documents" sub-series 19 9d
Recorder of Municipality No. Three
State of Louisiana vs Frederick May 1837 He was accused of assault and battery on Shubel Crowell and Manuel Francis.
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Recorder of Municipality No. Three
State vs Sargeant 1839 Signed statement of Samuel Dowry charging Sargeant with taking, without authorization, property belonging to the vacant estate of Oscar Lake. Miscellaneous documents (Folder 21) 32 33g
Recorder of Municipality No. Three
State of Louisiana vs John Thomas 1846 Signed affidavit of Joseph Salvatory, a corporal of the night watch, that Thomas gave him "a blow in the mouth with his fist" on Mandeville St. between Moreau and Victory. Three witnesses, with addresses, are listed. The case was sent up to First District Court. Part of the "Miscellaneous Documents" sub-series 19 9c
Recorder of Municipality No. Two
State of Louisiana vs Casper Houth 1837 He was accused of stealing a pair of pistols, six razors, and fifteen knives from the auction store of J. C. Cash & Co., next to the Atchafalaya Bank on Magazine St.
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Recorder of Municipality No. Two
State of Louisiana vs William Marre 1837 Two signed affidavits of Margaret Talles that Marre stole from her domicile at 129 St. Charles, $37 in banknotes and notes of Municipality No. Two. The case was sent to the Criminal Court. Part of the "Miscellaneous Documents" sub-series 19 10b
Recorder of Municipality No. Two

1845 Warrant on the oath of Michael Berry that William John Johnston perjured himself in the case of State vs Patrick Gorman. See also Box 14 Folder 16c. Part of the "Miscellaneous Documents" sub-series 19 10d
Recorder of Municipality No. Two
State vs Clark Deason 1846 Bond for appearance of witnesses to testify against Deason, who was charged with attempting to pass a counterfeit check. Also includes what appears to be a list of additional witnesses.
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Recorder of Municipality No. Two
State of Louisiana vs John Thailiars 1846 Warrant on the oath of William Cutts that he was assaulted and beaten by John, whose surname he did not then know, on Circus St. near Canal. A physical description of John is included. John's surname does appear on the reverse, along with a note that he came into court and gave himself up. Part of the "Miscellaneous Documents" sub-series 19 9j
Recorder of Municipality No. Two
State of Louisiana vs A. Harper 1847 Signed statement of Thomas Boram and William Austingstall that Harper stole a keg of lard from Boram's flatboat. Part of the "Miscellaneous Documents" sub-series 19 10a
Recorder of Municipality No. Two

1850 Recognizance of Patrick Cosgrove for assault and battery. Part of the "Miscellaneous Documents" sub-series 19 10c
Recorder of Municipality No. Two

1850 Recognizance of Marcella Maher for perjuty Part of the "Miscellaneous Documents" sub-series 19 9i
Recorder of the First District 8175 State of Louisiana vs Fred Backhouse 1871 Affidavit by William Schullrz charging that Backhouse erected a stand outside the Dryades Market and sold fish in violation of city ordinance.
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Recorder of the Third District
State vs J. C. Hetzberg 1873 Signed testimony of several witnesses in a case involving the forgery of city licenses. Also included is a license for 1873 marked, "Forgery Altered License."
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Second District Recorder's Court

1866 Investigation of the fire which took place on Royal Street, No 69, occupied by Mr. Marmu on the night of the 12th of May, 1866. Includes narrative report of the testimony of several witnesses (not exact transcriptions) including Marmu, who operated as a photographer in a part of the three-story building, and other occupants. A good amount of detail is included in the report.
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Second District Recorder's Court
State vs John Moore 1872 Signed depositions by seven witnesses relative to Moore's attempt to register to vote.
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Second District Recorder's Court 1494 State vs L. V. Coiron & Henry Clark 1869 Charged with non-payment for a meal at the St. Louis Restaurant (75 & 77 St. Louis Street, Joseph Foster, proprietor--bill attached to the record). Included is Foster's testimony and appearance bond for First District Court. Apparently the charge against Clark was dismissed while Coiron was prosecuted in the higher court.
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Second District Recorder's Office
State vs Elizabeth Clark alias Thisbe Martin (fwc) 1854 Complaint of Noel Bernoudy against Clark for harboring a runaway slave, Catherine, who belonged to him, but had been hired out.
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Second District Recorder's Office 2955 State vs John Williams 1868 Deposition by Andreas Frey charging Williams with stealing a sausage worth 75 cents from his stall in the French Market. The matter was sent to First District Court where it was dismissed. Miscellaneous documents (Folder 14) 30 14h
Second Recorder's Court


Undated note to summon a single witness in an unidentified case. Miscellaneous documents (Folder 28) 33 22e
Second Recorder's Court
State vs Marin Louis and Francois Bares 1878 Testimony of two witnesses in a case of assault & battery. The accused were discharged and the matter sent to First District Court for prosecution of the two witnesses. Miscellaneous documents--Folder 7 26 1i
Second Recorder's Court
State vs Caroline Sanders and Charles Gore 1879 A perjury case that was sent to Superior District Court. Included are: a) the bill of information (damaged), b) a letter from the Judge to the District Attorney stating that he did not find sufficient evidence but was unwilling to assume responsibility for dismissing the matter, asking that it be submitted to the Grand Jury, and d) testimony of six witnesses
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Second Recorder's Court
State vs Ernest Sentner 1880 Affidavit of John Shyrock for larceny of a skiff. Also includes the affidavit of Mrs. Shyrock. Sentner plead not guilty and the case was sent up to the Second Judicial District Court for the Sixth & Seventh Municipal Districts. Miscellaneous documents (Folder 24) 33 2d
Second Recorder's Court
State vs Edward Boutte 1882 Thirty-seven page transcript of testimony by several witnesses on a charge of inflicting a wound less than mayhem with a dangerous weapon with intent to kill. The case went up to Criminal District Court where Boutte was discharged after it was determined that the shooting was accidental. L. W. Pellissier was also involved initially, charged with assault with a dangerous weapon.
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Second Recorder's Court
State vs George Covet 1891 Envelope marked, "Evidence," along with two items, marked A & B. "A" is a scrap of paper, embossed "Idlewild" with the note, "Gus Hall, Court." "B" is a business card for Mme. Boudro, Artificial Flowers and Wax Candles, 161 Royal St.," with several names written on the reverse.
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Second Recorder's Court

1898 Letters in support of the release of Albinne Labeau/Lebauve. One is from the Coroner to the Judge, noting that the man was insane, but inoffensive. Another was signed by seventeen people, including Mayor Walter Flower, urging his release on the grounds that he was "sick and impecunious," not a vagrant. Labeau/Lebauve was also known as Joe Jackson.
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Second Recorder's Court

1899 Oath of office, Warren S. Williams, Affidavit Clerk. Miscellaneous documents (Folder 28) 33 22g
Second Recorder's Court

1899 Oath of office, James O'Connor, Stenographer. Miscellaneous documents (Folder 28) 33 22i
Second Recorder's Court

1899 Oath of office, Gaston A. Lanata, Bond Clerk. Miscellaneous documents (Folder 28) 33 22h
Second Recorder's Court

1899 Oath of office, Henry Andry, Sr., Chief Clerk. Miscellaneous documents (Folder 28) 33 22j
Second Recorder's Court 790 State vs Simon Smith 1882 Affidavit for the murder of Harriet Peterson. Miscellaneous documents (Folder 10) 30 10c
Second Recorder's Court 990 State vs W. H. Matthews 1889 Evidence in the case, comprising two receipts signed by Matthews for a Wheeler & Watson Sewing Machine, along with a memorandum of understanding between Matthews and the Wheeler & Watson firm for payment of commissions for sale/rental of their machines.
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Second Recorder's Court 1108 State vs Louis Durand 1889 Envelope marked, "Evidence, bigamy." Includes two letters from Durand in 1885 and 1886 addressed from Algiers to his wife Libby. Also includes another letter to Libby from New York. Also includes a copy of the marriage certificate from 1889 for Durand and Amelia Hesse. Also includes three envelopes, two addressed to Mrs. C. L. Durand in Brooklyn, postmarked New Orleans, and one to her in Charlestown, Massachusetts, postmarked New York.
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Second Recorder's Court 1208

Envelope marked, "J. M. Bodeon, 2 checks." Includes a note, "J. M. Bodeon, petty lcy., 2nd Rec. Court." Also includes two checks drawn on People's Bank of New Orleans, both payable to "Myself," one for $50 dated November 1882 and signed "Marie Jean" and the other for $100, undated and unsigned.
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Second Recorder's Court 2708 State vs Charles J. Raymond 1894 Documents marked as evidence in the case: letters from Louise M. Poree to Raymond. The case went up to Criminal District Court where it was nol prossed. From newspaper articles, we know that Poree accused Raymond of abduction. The couple married in 1895.
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Second Recorder's Court 6173 State vs Ray C. Terence 1888 Charged with breach of trust and embezzlement. Included is the 32-page testimony of several witnesses. Also included is a note with the names and addresses of state witnesses. Also included is an appearance bond for Terence. The matter was sent up to Criminal District Court.
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Second Recorder's Court 8419 State vs Fernand de Rance, Armand de Rance, and Henry de Rance 1880 Affidavit for the murder of E. C. Mix (the case was sent to Criminal District Court for trial). Also included is a list of witnesses with addresses. See also Box 28, Folder 11 30 16
Second Recorder's Court 11043 State vs A. S. Dupaquier 1893 Bill of exceptions expressing the defendant's continuing argument that ordinance #6596 was unconstitutional Miscellaneous documents--Folder 4 23 8i
Second Recorder's Court 11043 State vs August P. Dupaquier 1893 Defendant's plea in response to an affidavit for violating ordinance 6596 by refusing to furnish a sample of milk, arguing that the law was unconstitutional.
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Second Recorder's Court 11451 State vs Joseph Louque
One of several identical pleas by defendants seeking dismissal of charges based on a claim that portions of a city ordinance dealing with "sale of produce by the gardeners of the city" was unconstitutional. The other case numbers are 11396, 11397, 11554, 11553, 11555, and 11486. The other defendants were Jake Funk et al., Julien Baradat et al., John L Sarradat, Jacob Funell & Peter Kocke, William Terpernette, and Louis Kientz. Miscellaneous documents--Folder 5 23 9c
Second Recorder's Court 14442 State vs J. Paysson 1894 Bill of exception based on the claim that ordinance #7860 (CS) was unconstitutional. Miscellaneous documents (Folder 24) 33 2g
Sixth District Recorder's Court 1475 State vs David Johnson 1870 Warrant and affidavit for larceny. The case was dismissed. Miscellaneous documents--Folder 9 26 20b
Third District Recorder 1081 State of Louisiana vs Francois Vigeureux 1857 He was accused of stabbing a man to death aboard the ship Wurtemberg. Included is the signed statement of Officer E. Roth recounting details of the incident. Other witnesses are named, but no testimony is included. The matter was sent up to the First District Court.
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