Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20184821 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honble Wylie W. Mason Chancellor of the middle Chancery Division of the State of Alabama exercising Chancery Jurisdiction in the 17th Chancery District of said State (MASON, Wylie W.)
Filing Date:1848-September-30
Ending Date:1849-May-29

General Petition Information

Abstract:Sarah H. Claffey asks for a divorce from Matthew Claffey, an Irishman, who, she says, drove her out of the house and forced her to return to the home of her parents. During their time together, Sarah charges, Matthew abused her constantly, accusing her of adultery, yanking her off her horse, slapping her in the face, hitting and kicking her and "inflicting great pain." He is a "wicked and profane" man, filled with the "turpitude baseness and corruption common to the lowest and most vulgar of the Irish who come to this Country." He also committed adultery, having "carnal intercourse and illicit connection" with a prostitute. Matthew owns a twenty-year-old slave named Charlotte, and her two-year-old-child.
# of Petition Pages:5
Related Documents:Copies of Order, 2 October 1848; Subpoenas, 30 October, 1848; Bond, 9 October 1848; Amendment to Bill, April 1849; Rules of Register and Master, 2 April 1849, 7, 19 May 1849; Interrogatories, 8 May 1849; Deposition, Mary Ann R. Calloway, 22 May 1849; Decree, 29 May 1849
Pages of Related Documents:5

People Associated with Petition 20184821

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: 262-271

Processing Information

Record Created:11/9/1995
Record Final Edited:11/17/1999
Record Last Updated on:5/11/2007 1:42:00 PM