Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11482106 Details

State:Tennessee
Location:Williamson
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the honourable the General Assembly of the state of Tennessee now in session at Murfreesborough
Filing Date:1821-October-9

General Petition Information

Abstract:Catharine Smith asks for a divorce from her husband, John P. Smith, a man of "the most abandoned dissolute & dissipated description." Smith accuses her husband of "engaging in the most extravagant scenes of lewdness, drunkenness and debauchery" and confides that he "has often treated your Petitioner in an inhuman and intolerable manner by inflicting violence on her person, and that in direct violation of his matrimonial vow, he has been repeatedly engaged in illegal intimacies with the slaves there were subject to his controll." The petitioner therefore prays that "she may be divorced from her husband and that the bonds of matrimony may be entirely dissolved."
Result:committee on divorces: "Reasonable"
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Affidavit, Levi Reader, 4 October 1821; Affidavit, Alfred A. Edney, 7 October 1821; Certificate, Thomas Hardeman, 16 April 1819; Certificate, William McGee, et al., 4 October 1821
Pages of Related Documents:3

People Associated with Petition 11482106

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

Citation Information

Repository: Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Legislative Petitions
  • Document Number 49-1821-1-5
  • Microfilm: Reel #7,

Processing Information

Record Created:8/6/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:12/8/2008 8:37:00 AM