Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20183604 Details

State:Alabama
Location:Madison
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable, the Judge of the fifth Judicial circuit sitting in chancery for the county of Madison (, )
Filing Date:1836-September-27
Ending Date:1846-June-1

General Petition Information

Abstract:Nancy Clay states "that in consequence of the cruel treatment of her husband, Thomas Clay," she was forced to abandon the marriage. Before leaving, Nancy entered with her husband "into articles of separation," which stipulated that Thomas agreed "to divide his property, real and personal," giving her "a deed in fee for one third of the land, & title to one third of his whole personal property," for her use. Thomas recently moved to Tennessee, taking with him ten of the slaves. In addition, he tried to sell all the land to William Hayter. Hayter, claiming ownership of the land, initiated and won a suit for "action of forcible entry & detainer" to remove Nancy, who still resides on a portion of a land sold to him. She seeks an injunction to prevent Hayter from evicting her and to recover from her husband her share of the real and personal property in his possession.
Result:dismissed
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Injunction, 26 September 1836; Indenture, Thomas Clay and Nancy Clay, 16 May 1835; Final Decree, 1 June 1846
Pages of Related Documents:3

People Associated with Petition 20183604

Slaves:11
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:3
Petitioners:2
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Madison County Public Library Archives, Huntsville, Alabama

  • Records of the Chancery Court, Record Chancery Court 1846-1847 Vol. O C23-13
  • Record Group:
  • Document Number C23-13
  • Box: Record Chancery Court 1846-1847
  • Folder:
  • Book:
  • Volume: O
  • Page: 150-53; 167
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Processing Information

Record Created:10/23/1995
Record Final Edited:6/17/1999
Record Last Updated on:3/15/2007 9:58:00 AM