Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20184220 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Hon. Joshua L. Martin chancellor of the Middle Division of the State of Alabama, presiding in chancery at Columbiana, being the 27th chancery District of said State (MARTIN, Joshua L.)
Filing Date:1842-July-25
Ending Date:1844-August-7

General Petition Information

Abstract:John Chambers seeks a divorce from his wife Lucretia Chambers. John states that he married Lucretia in January 1840 and "that in the midst of the well attested affection & kind treatment of your orator, the said Lucretia--for reasons, (if she had any) wholy unknown to your orator, became dissattisfied and extremely perverse, and finally on the 9th October A.D. 1840, or thereabouts left the bed and board of your orator." The petitioner states adamantly that "since about the 9th October A.D. 1840, he has had no intercourse with the said Lucretia," yet "said Lucretia gave birth to a child, about the 16th of October A.D. 1842." The complainant concludes that his wife "lost all self respect and rushed madly into the embraces of vice," being "guilty of the most libidinous and disgusting conduct." Two weeks earlier, Lucretia Chambers had filed for divorce, accusing her husband of cruelty and adultery.
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:PAR #20184219; Subpoena, Lucretia Chambers, 25 July 1842; Sheriff's Return, 28 July 1842; Answer, Lucretia Chambers, 22 July 1843; Order, 7 August 1843; Dismissal, 7 August 1844
Pages of Related Documents:3

People Associated with Petition 20184220

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: County Courthouse, Columbiana, Alabama

  • Records of the County Court, Chancery Court Record #2 1839-1846
  • Volume: 2
  • Page: 225-228

Processing Information

Record Created:11/17/1998
Record Final Edited:7/22/1999
Record Last Updated on:4/2/2007 10:46:00 AM