Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11484502 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable General Assembly of the State of Tennessee, now sitting, at Nashville
Filing Date:1845-December-19
Ending Date:1846-January-16

General Petition Information

Abstract:Mary Hookins asks for a divorce from her husband William. Hookins confides that said William "was always scolding and faultfinding and frequently disturbed your petitioner's hours of repose and sleep by his certain lectures -- abusing her for merest trifles and not seeming to be satisfied, he soon resorted to whipping her." She further admits that when she "would tell him to quit mistreating her so, he said by the common law a man had a right to whip his wife, and that so long as he was a freeman he would have the right of one, and that he would whip her every day of her life if he wanted to." Mary reveals that her husband has abandoned her "and her babies to this fate and the last rumor She heard of him he had taken up with a mulatto woman and was the father of two children by her." She therefore prays that "now if your Honorable body ... will only set aside, and undue this unfortunate act of your petitioner's youthful folly, and indiscretion; she hopes she will be able to do better in a second marriage than she did in her first; for she knows she could do worse that she did when she [and] Billy Hookins became man and wife."
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Recommendation, Alexander Turner, William Turner, et al., ca. 1845
Pages of Related Documents:1

People Associated with Petition 11484502

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Legislative Petitions
  • Document Number 25-1845-1,2
  • Microfilm: Reel #17,

Processing Information

Record Created:10/5/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:1/11/2009 10:16:00 AM