Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20184522 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable Anderson Crenshaw Chancellor of the Southern Chancery Division of the State of Alabama (CRENSHAW, Anderson)
Filing Date:circa 1845
Ending Date:circa 1846

General Petition Information

Abstract:In 1845, "without any sufficient cause or provocation," Elizabeth Frances Stacy explains, her husband William Stacy whipped her with a cowhide "in a cruel barbarous and inhuman manner." Six months later, he abandoned her to live with a twenty-five-year-old black woman named Charlotte, one of the slaves Elizabeth claims to have brought to their marriage. Elizabeth asserts that she owned Charlotte and her two children at the time of her marriage to William Stacy, as well as another female slave named Diana, all of which slaves and their increase are now being held by William. She charges that all the slaves have been "seduced" away by her husband, who purchased a house and lot in Montgomery with her money. Elizabeth asks that the property which her husband acquired "by virtue of his marriage" be returned. She also seeks custody and support for her children, alimony, and a divorce. In his related answer, William Stacy contends that Charlotte and her children did not come to him by marriage, but that he purchased them. Only Diana came to him by marriage from Elizabeth's father, together with another slave named Nancy and her two children. Nancy has since been sold with one of her children; the other has died.
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Answer, William Stacy, 14 February 1846; Agreement, William Stacy and Frances Stacy, 29 October 1845
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 20184522

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: Montgomery County Courthouse, Montgomery, Alabama

  • Records of the Circuit Court, [Records 1845-1846]
  • Page: 538-540

Processing Information

Record Created:7/5/1996
Record Final Edited:12/13/1999
Record Last Updated on:4/18/2007 3:28:00 PM