Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20183911 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable Anderson Crenshaw Chanceller of the Southern Chancery division of the State of Alabama and exercising chancery Jurisdiction in the first Chancery district in the court of chancery when sitting an held at Mobile (CRENSHAW, Anderson)
Filing Date:1839-July-18
Ending Date:1839-July-18

General Petition Information

Abstract:Sarah Welsh asks the court to arrest her husband, Dennis Welsh, and "that he be detained in custody until he gives bond with security not to molest your Orator or the property in her custody" until the court rules on her pending divorce suit. Prior to her marriage, Sarah drew up a prenuptial agreement to ensure that her separate property remains "in her full sole and exclusive use and employment," and Dennis signed the contract. Shortly after their marriage, says Sarah, her husband "was guilty of such cruel & barbarous conduct towards her that she found it impossible to live with him," and she filed for divorce. Meanwhile, "with the rents and profits of the lands and of the hire of the slaves" from her separate estate, she was able to purchase new six slaves, noting that "the purchase money strictly derived from the sources aforesaid and that no part thereof was contributed by the said Dennis." Sarah explains that her husband, "sometimes pretends that the marital right of the defendant attaches to them and that they are the property of the defendant and that he is entitled to them." In this vein, she reports, Dennis has repeatedly threatened to deprive her of her personal property, going so far as to sell one of the six slaves, Sam, who was worth six hundred dollars.
# of Petition Pages:6
Related Documents:Writ of Arrest, Dennis Welsh, 18 July 1839; Agreement to Lower Bond, Welsh v. Welsh, 23 July 1839; Indenture, Sarah Barnes and Dennis Welsh, 22 November 1836; Affidavit, 24 January 1837; Certification of Transcript, 23 August 1837; Bill for Injunction, Dennis Welsh, ca. July 1839
Pages of Related Documents:10

People Associated with Petition 20183911

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: University of South Alabama Archives, Mobile, Alabama

  • Records of the Chancery Court, Divorce Cases
  • Document Number 507

Processing Information

Record Created:4/27/1998
Record Final Edited:7/10/1999
Record Last Updated on:3/21/2007 2:44:00 PM