Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20184512 Details

State:Alabama
Location:Lowndes
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Hon Anderson Crenshaw Chancellor of the Southern Chancery Division of said State (CRENSHAW, Anderson)
Filing Date:1845-September-4
Ending Date:1846-June

General Petition Information

Abstract:Prior to their marriage in Newberry District, South Carolina, in 1819, Ruth and Sterling Balderee signed a contract granting Ruth control of her separate estate. She possessed a large amount of property, including slaves, while Sterling was "totally destitute." In her bill of complaint, Ruth explains that her husband is not only intemperate, vulgar, and tyrannical, but often beats and whips her and on one occasion hit her with a weapon so hard on the skull that the wound still remains "painful and distressing." Driven from their home by her husband's behavior, Ruth seeks the return of her property, which includes twenty-four slaves, twelve of whom are now in Sterling's possession and claimed by him as his own. She also seeks a divorce and "comfortable support and maintenance."
Result:partially granted
# of Petition Pages:8
Related Documents:Copies of Affidavit, Ruth Balderee, 4 September 1845; Injunction, 4 September 1845; Decree, June 1846
Pages of Related Documents:3

People Associated with Petition 20184512

Slaves:15
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:1
Petitioners:2
Other People:2

Citation Information

Repository: Lowndes County Courthouse, Hayneville, Alabama

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Final Record Chancery Court
  • Volume: 4
  • Page: 447-458; 467-468

Processing Information

Record Created:10/27/1995
Record Final Edited:12/9/1999
Record Last Updated on:7/2/2007 8:39:00 AM