Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20184802 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable Wylie W. Mason Chancellor of the Middle Chancery Division of the State of Alabama and exercising Chancery Jurisdiction in the 17th Chancery District of said State (MASON, Wylie W.)
Filing Date:1848-March-3
Ending Date:1849-May-29

General Petition Information

Abstract:In 1787, Elizabeth Holley married Howell Holley in Edgefield District, South Carolina. In 1827 or 1828, after forty years of marriage, Elizabeth charges that Howell began an illicit relationship with Nancy Hodge. She writes that it was then that he began to beat her "with various Instruments sometimes with his fists sometimes with a hickory at other times with a cowhide and very often threatened her life." She claims that Howell left their domicile, taking Nancy with him to Georgia, and then to Alabama, and abandoning her and their nine children. Later, the couple reconciled, but in 1830 Howell again became violent and Elizabeth fled for her life. Elizabeth claims that Howell now lives with Nancy and their illegitimate offspring, six or seven in number. According to Elizabeth, Howell is old and senile; and he possesses a large estate, including a "valuable set of mills," horses, cattle, hogs, sheep, "a large quantity of money," and fifteen slaves, five men, four women, and six children. Elizabeth, too, is very old, and unable to support herself. She asks for a divorce and alimony. In his related answer, Howell denies all charges of violence against his wife and denies that Nancy Hodge lives in his house. He countercharges that Elizabeth was a difficult, dissatisfied, and jealous woman, who made his life unbearable.
# of Petition Pages:5
Related Documents:Copies of Answer, Howell Holley, 11 May 1848; Petition of Elizabeth Holley, 9 October 1848; Order, 21 October 1848; Bond, Greenlee Holley, Bartholomew Turner, John J. Holley, 21 October 1848; Petition of Elizabeth Holley, 24 May 1848; Report of Register, May 1848; Orders, May 1848; Agreement, Elizabeth Holley and Howell Holley, October 1848; Appraisal, Estate of Howell Holley, ca. 1848; Orders, May 1849
Pages of Related Documents:17

People Associated with Petition 20184802

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Tallapoosa County Courthouse, Dadeville, Alabama

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Minutes and Decrees Chancery Court, 1848-1852, Complete Record
  • Page: 211-232

Processing Information

Record Created:11/2/1995
Record Final Edited:11/13/1999
Record Last Updated on:5/8/2007 12:45:00 PM