Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20183802 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable the judge of the 5th judicial circuit of Alabama exercising chancery jurisdiction for the county of Madison (, )
Filing Date:1838-June-25
Ending Date:1839-December-21

General Petition Information

Abstract:Mary Hall seeks to divorce her husband, Nathaniel Hall, stating that he attempted to kill her and their children on several occasions. Mary states that she married Nathaniel in 1812 and is now the mother of ten living children, "one of them is of intellect so weak that he is incapable of taking care of himself." Living "in peace and harmony faithfully and honestly discharging all the duties of a wife," Mary was surprised when her husband became "dissatisfied with her and his family," going "so far as to attempt to take life by shooting." Mary states that Hall has "abandoned her declaring his intention to live with her no more, and by selling the whole of his property," which included three slaves, he meant "to bring her and her children to starvation." She further reports that, "finding the process of starvation too slow to suit his vindictive purposes, he came home the other day and stole all her means of self defence and told her that he was well armed with pistols & that he intended her time in this world should be very short." The petitioner seeks a divorce and alimony, and an order restraining her husband and his receipt of money from her property. In his answer to the charges, Nathaniel Hall contends that his wife has been unfaithful with several men over the course of many years, and that she is improvident and violent. He asserts that he will continue to provide the necessities of life for his family, but will no longer live with his wife.
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Fiat, Mary Hall, 2 July 1838; Bond, Nathaniel Hall, 10 October 1838; Writ of Attachment, Nathaniel Hall, 16 July 1838; Order and Continuance, 26 October 1838; Answer and Affidavit, Nathaniel Hall, 9 October 1839; Answer, Logan Brandon [Missing Two Pages], ca. 1839; Depositions, Robert Baily, John Lusk, Joseph Sharp, John Heathcock, Robert Bailey [second deposition], John Sharp, 12 June 1839; Certification of Depositions, 12 June 1839; Dismissal, 21 December 1839
Pages of Related Documents:9

People Associated with Petition 20183802

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Madison County Public Library Archives, Huntsville, Alabama

  • Records of the Chancery Court, Chancery Record 1839 C-23-9 Vol. K
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  • Document Number C-23-9
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  • Book: C-23-9
  • Volume: K
  • Page: 211-213, 217-219, 242-248
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Processing Information

Record Created:10/23/1995
Record Final Edited:7/6/1999
Record Last Updated on:3/16/2007 4:35:00 PM