Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20184413 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable Joshua L. Martin Chancellor of the Middle Chancery Division of the State of Alabama (MARTIN, Joshua L.)
Filing Date:1844-February-6
Ending Date:circa 1844

General Petition Information

Abstract:Winney Jeter seeks to dissolve her marriage to Samuel Jeter and receive support from him. She writes that in August 1842 her husband "formed an illicit and adulterous intercourse with his overseer's wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Beard. She claims that Elizabeth Beard was "a known prostitute." Winney says that Samuel's behavior has "become so cruel barbarous and inhumane as to create an alarm for her personal safety." The petitioner cites one occasion when her husband beat her with "a large walking cane" and only the intervention of her seventeen-year-old son spared her a fatal injury. She has now left her home and seeks the protection and support of the court. Winney testifies that prior to the marriage she owned about seven hundred dollars and "five Negroes which with their increase up to the present time including those sold by the defendant amount to fourteen negroes." She notes that the defendant now possesses forty-three Negroes, "most of which are valuable," and that he also owns a considerable amount of property including land worth at least eight thousand dollars and cash amounting to about twelve hundred dollars. The petitioner, with the support of her brother and next friend, Asa R. Cone, seeks a court order or seizure of the defendant's personal property to pay the costs of the suit and alimony, a dissolution of the marriage, an answer from the defendant, and all other proper relief.
Result:partially granted
# of Petition Pages:5
Related Documents:PAR #20184524; Affidavit, Winney Jeter, 23 November 1843 [filed 6 February 1844]; Summons, Samuel Jeter, 7 February 1844; Sheriff's Receipt, 19 February 1844; Answer and Affidavit, Samuel Jeter, 2 May 1844; Order and Continuance, n.d.; Continuance, May 1845; Order, 1 June 1844; Receipt, Samuel Jeter, 3 June 1844; Request to Depose Witness, 17 June 1844; Granting Request for Deposition, 17 June 1844; Sheriff's Return, 17 June 1844
Pages of Related Documents:7

People Associated with Petition 20184413

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Chambers County Courthouse, Lafayette, Alabama

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Record Book Middle Chancery District, 1841-1853
  • Page: 316-27

Processing Information

Record Created:6/28/1996
Record Final Edited:11/23/1999
Record Last Updated on:4/19/2007 8:58:00 AM