Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20186313 Details

State:Alabama
Location:Mobile
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable N W. Cocke, Chancellor of the Southern Chancery Division of the state of Alabama (COCKE, N. W.)
Filing Date:1863-May-18

General Petition Information

Abstract:In 1856, at the Methodist Episcopal Church in Mobile, James E. Slater married slaveholder Emily Cooper, a young woman residing in the city with her mother. Engaging in mercantile business, Slater traveled a great deal, often absent for weeks at a time. In April 1863, while in Montgomery, he sustained an injury and sent for his wife. A few nights after her arrival he discovered her kissing one Charles A. Black in her hotel room. He immediately sent her to her mother's, and, having "lost his faith in her honor and chastity," made arrangements for a permanent separation. It was then that he found out that during his absences she had led a life "of great wantonness and profligacy." On various occasions, she had invited men to her house, or rendezvoused with them "elsewhere in the City of Mobile for the purpose of a guilty Sexual Intercourse." Slater seeks a divorce, and asks for custody of their five-year-old daughter Kate.
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:6
Related Documents:PARs #20186317, #20186318, #20186319, #20186320, #20186432; Copies of Exhibit B-Answer, Emily F. Slater, 10 June 1863; Answers, James E. Slater, 2 July 1863
Pages of Related Documents:26

People Associated with Petition 20186313

Slaves:8
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:1
Petitioners:1
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: University of South Alabama Archives, Mobile, Alabama

  • Records of the Chancery Court, Divorce Cases
  • Document Number 2527

Processing Information

Record Created:11/4/1999
Record Final Edited:11/4/1999
Record Last Updated on:8/26/2007 1:42:00 PM