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Last Will and Testament of Jacques Tisserand, 1808 July 18-October 7

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Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Manuscript copy of the last will and testament of Jacques Tisserand taken at the St. Pé Plantation on Tehapitoulas Road, made July 18, 1808, certified by Philip L. Jones, register of wills, with the seal of the Territory of Orleans. In the will, Tisserand bequeaths to Marie Claire, who was enslaved to him, her liberty for life and institutes her as his universal legatee. He declares that he is unmarried, but has a daughter, Manon, who was then enslaved to Mr. G. Derrea and his wife, Constance Tisserand, the sister of Jacques Tisserand, to whom Marie Claire is to give the sum total of $200.00 out of his estate, of which he gives a list amounting to $810.00.


Limongi's account is followed by papers of Marie Claire Chabert arranged chronologically. Tax receipts are filed together at the end of the chronological run.

Collection History

Custodial History

Mr. Gest acquired the collection from Felix Limongi. Limongi acquired many of the papers from the offices of the New Orleans law firm Durant & Hornor, though he may have added some material from other sources. A note left by Limongi states that he came across the Marie Claire Chabert records sometime before March 1926 while collecting postage stamps, though it is unclear from available documentation if he also acquired them via Durant & Hornor.


No materials were separated from the collection during 2018 reprocessing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Karla J. Vecchia in 2004. Finding aid written by Karla J. Vecchia in 2004.

This collection was reprocessed and the description was enhanced by Kelly Bolding in October 2018. A biographical note about Marie Claire Chabert was added at this time.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Last Will and Testament of Jacques Tisserand; Felix Limongi Collection of Louisiana Slavery and Civil War Materials, C0033, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Related Materials

Library of Congress Manuscript Division: Felix Limongi Collection. MMC-0380.


The following sources were consulted during preparation of the finding aid and biographical note for Marie Claire Chabert: Inventories of Estates, C Surnames, Cabouret, 1846 - Cornu, 1849. Louisiana, Orleans Parish Estate Files. New Orleans (Louisiana) City Archives. Sharafi, Mitra. "The Slaves and Slavery of Marie Claire Chabert: Familial Black Slaveholding in Antebellum Louisiana." Journal of Civil Law Studies 4.1 (2011): 187-215.

Durant & Hornor
Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1818-1893.
Chabert, Marie Claire, 1769-1847
Durant, Thomas J. (Thomas Jefferson), 1817-1882
Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885.
Hornor, Charles West, 1813-1905
Tisserand, Jacques, -1808