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|Title||James Thornton petition, 1852 January 28 and February 11|
|Creator||Thornton, James, flourished 1852.|
McDonogh, John, 1779-1850.
Kuntz, Felix Herwig, 1890-1971.
|Physical Description||1 petition.|
|Biographical Information||Felix Herwig Kuntz (1890-1971) was the son of Rosemonde Elizabeth and Emile Kuntz and the brother of Emile N. Kuntz. The family's wealth was from his grandfather's having been awarded a legendary diamond necklace by the Hapsburg Emperor Maximilian of Mexico for outstanding service in representing the interests of the Bank of Austria to Imperial Mexico before its 1867 fall. He used the sale of the diamonds to finance various land purchases throughout Southern Louisiana, notably in the Oil and Gas rich Terrebonne Parish. Kuntz, who ran a real estate firm, was an avid collector of documents, paintings and furniture during and after the Great Depression. The documents in this collection were items that Kuntz collected for his own personal interest.; John McDonogh (1779-1850) was a merchant, land speculator, plantation owner, slaveholder, and philanthropist of Baltimore and New Orleans. At his plantation near New Orleans, McDonoghville, he gave his slaves religious and vocational training as well as the ability to purchase their freedom after fifteen years of work. He collaborated with the American Colonization Society to send about 80 of his freed slaves to Liberia in 1842. Born in Baltimore, Maryland to John and Elizabeth Wilkins McDonogh, he lived in New Orleans from 1800 until he died in 1850. In his will, he bequeathed the bulk of his fortune to the cities of Baltimore and New Orleans for the purpose of building public schools for poor white and freed black children.|
|Description||Petition submitted by E. Rawle, on behalf of James Thornton, to the Fifth District Court of New Orleans; answer of M[aurice] Grivot, representing the executors of John McDonogh, to the Thornton petition. James Thorton, a slave, represented by E. Rawle, stated that John McDonogh, his deceased master, in his will had bequeathed to him and to several other slaves their freedom. Thornton now petitioned the executors of the succession to emancipate him. The executors, represented by Maurice Grivot, responded that they had no objection to manumitting Thornton or the others named in the will, but they had been unable to do so on account of the suits filed by the State of Louisiana and Maryland and the heirs at large and the writ of sequestration issued by the court, which covered both real estate and slaves. The executors asked that the court inform the plaintiffs of the suits of Thornton's petition and their answer thereto, and they pledged that they would abide by the court's decision in the matter.|
Free African Americans--Louisiana--New Orleans..
African Americans--History--19th century.
McDonogh, John, 1779-1850--Estate.
Executors and administrators--Louisiana--New Orleans.
|Geographic Focus||New Orleans (La.)|
|Digital Collection||Revealing an Unknown Past: Free People of Color in Louisiana and the Lower Mississippi Valley|
|Repository||Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, La., http://larc.tulane.edu/|
|Part Of||Rosemonde E. and Emile Kuntz Collection, Manuscripts Number 600, Louisiana Research Collection, Tulane University.|
|Repository Collection Guide||http://specialcollections.tulane.edu/archon/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=788|
John McDonogh Papers, Manuscripts Collection 30, Louisiana Research Collection, Tulane University.
John McDonogh Papers, RG 13, Louisiana State Museum Historical Center.
Nicholas Bauer Collection, RG 243, Louisiana State Museum Historical Center.
|Call Number / Shelving Location||Manuscripts Number 600, Box 22, Folder 57|
|Cite As||Rosemonde E. and Emile Kuntz Collection, Manuscripts Number 600, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118.|
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