Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20184113 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable Anderson Crenshaw Chancellor of the Southern District of the State of Alabama (CRENSHAW, Anderson)
Filing Date:1841-March-1
Ending Date:1841-November-20

General Petition Information

Abstract:Margaret Garner seeks a divorce with alimony from her husband Thomas Garner. Married in 1835, Margaret says that she expected "to have enjoyed that peace protection maintainance and hapiness which of right belong to her sex in the marriage state." However, three months into the marriage, Thomas began to abuse her and continued to do so for over a year. The petitioner states that she has excellent evidence that her husband "had taken a mulattress to the bed of your Oratrix and had carnally Known the said mulattress ... your Oratrix calmly remonstrated with the said Thomas Garner ... and the said Thomas beat and abused your Oratrix severely giving her slap after slap with such rapidity of repetition and such agonizing force as well nigh to deprive your oratrix of life." Margaret says because she "worked incessantly and spent not one cent that could be avoided," her husband has been able to acquire seventeen valuable slaves.
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:PARs #20184114, #20184222, #20583803, #20583804; Decree, 20 November 1841; Certification of Court Transcripts of Divorce Case in Florida and Oath of Judge Dillon Jordan for Said Case, 21 April 1841. These transcripts were entered as Exhibit B in this proceeding and appear in their entirety in PARs #20583803 and #20253804.
Pages of Related Documents:5

People Associated with Petition 20184113

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: University of South Alabama Archives, Mobile, Alabama

  • Records of the Chancery Court, Divorce Cases
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  • Document Number 745
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Processing Information

Record Created:11/18/1998
Record Final Edited:7/13/1999
Record Last Updated on:3/26/2007 2:50:00 PM