Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20184612 Details

State:Alabama
Location:Mobile
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable Anderson Crenshaw Chancellor in and for the first District of the Southern Chancery Division of the State of Alabama (CRENSHAW, Anderson)
Filing Date:1846-April-11
Ending Date:1846-April

General Petition Information

Abstract:In 1844, at age fifteen, Catherine Awtry married Harvey Snow without her father's permission and "without her own consent being fully and freely and willingly given." A few months later, Catherine charges, Harvey went to the kitchen and remained there "until a late hour in the night in company with his negro woman." Later, she says, he engaged in "criminal intercourse and Sexual connection with his own Negro woman Slave in his own house and had a child by her the off spring of his illicit connection." Catherine further charges that Harvey permitted the female slave "to abuse her in a most shameful and improper manner." In 1845, Harvey abandoned Catherine and migrated to Mississippi. When he returned, he went back to living with his slave and Catherine was forced heir home. Catharine asks for expenses to prosecute her suit, divorce and alimony.
Result:partially granted
# of Petition Pages:8
Related Documents:Order, April 1846; Notices, 13 April 1846
Pages of Related Documents:3

People Associated with Petition 20184612

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

Citation Information

Repository: University of South Alabama Archives, Mobile, Alabama

  • Records of the Chancery Court
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  • Document Number 1284
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Processing Information

Record Created:11/2/1995
Record Final Edited:11/27/1999
Record Last Updated on:4/25/2007 3:19:00 PM