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Eliza Steen - Sidney Singleton - Old Court Case St. Martin Parish 1862 to 1871
Posted by: Toni Linn (ID *****4450) Date: July 01, 2009 at 07:10:48
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I am hoping that someone who lives close to St. Martin Parish in Louisiana may be willing to look up an old court case. I've contacted the court and they said I would have to come in to look for the case. I live in northern Michigan and am unable to travel at this time.

I am trying to locate an old court case that would have been filed in the Third Judicial District Court in St. Martin's Parish sometime after August 1, 1862, but before 1871.

The Louisiana Supreme Court received the case on appeal from the 3rd District Court and gave a decision in 1871. I believe the judge on the Louisiana Supreme Court that made the ruling was C. J. Ludeling (he was the Chief Justice). The information that we have came from a book titled, "Reports of cases argued and determined in the Supreme Court of Louisiana By Louisiana Supreme Court" for the year 1871. The case was heard in June of 1871.

The defendants were Sidney and Wesley Singleton

The plaintiffs were the heirs of Eliza Steen, deceased wife of Henry Kellis, from the estate of Elias Steen (represented by administer, Valery S. Martin)

Train, J. Deblanc & Perry and Fleix Voorhies for plaintiff and appellee

E.L. Simon and L. J. Gary for defendants and appellants.

The brief of this court case has the number 758 then Valery S. Martin, Administrator, v. Sidney and Wesley Singleton. There is a small "block" to the right which has the numbers 23 551 then directly below those numbers, 51 1796. It's kinda hard to make out the numbers, but if it is not what I have above, then it would be 23 651 then below 61 1796.

The case was centered around the defendants having purchased a plantation at a probate sale in September 1859 (from the estate of Elias Steen who lived in Bayou Teche, St. Martin Parish). They gave a note at the time of purchase and later, in 1862, wanted to pay with Confederate money. The agreement was that if the heirs refused payment in Confederate money, the defendants would pay with other currency.

The heirs refused and could not be forced to accept Confederate money which had lost most or all of its' value. Suit was then brought on the note.

The Louisiana Supreme Court found in favor of the plaintiff and came back with a judgment in favor of the plaintiffs against Sidney Singleton for the entire amount as Wesley Singleton had died by 1862.

The court found in June 1871 that according to the terms of the agreement, the notes were still unpaid and due to the heirs of Eliza Steen, deceased wife of Henry Kellis, from the estate of Elias Steen.

I am trying to find the original court case(s) regarding this as Eliza Steen was my g-g-g-g grandmother and we are trying to establish her parents names and so forth. My family has been searching for over 35 years to find this information and this is a break that we think will help us.

If you can help me, please contact me at and I will email you the two pages that I have from the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Thank you -

Toni Linn

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