Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20185004 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable Wiley W. Mason Chancellor of said Middle Division Presiding for the said 20th District (MASON, Wiley W.)
Filing Date:1850-June-1
Ending Date:circa 1851

General Petition Information

Abstract:Rachael T. and Sherod Sanders were married in Franklin County, North Carolina, in late 1814 or early 1815. Now, thirty-five years later, she found her husband "guilty of the grossest and most disgraceful adultery" with a twenty-five-year-old woman, Carolina Manuel, who had two children by Sherod and one by a previous marriage. Rachael charges that not only did Sherod treat her with "personal violence," but on one occasion he threw her out of a door and on another threatened to shoot their thirty-three-year-old son William if he attempted to interfere. "I'll be damned, if I don't stand up to her," he told a neighbor, "if it cost me every negro, horse, hog or piece of property I have in the world." At the time of their marriage, Rachael explains, her father gave her in a separate trust "a small negro girl named Barbary" who subsequently had thirteen children. In addition, when her father died about 1829, he bequeathed her two young slaves, David and Henry, now adults in their early thirties. At the time of their marriage, Sherod possessed only fifty acres of land. Over the years, the couple has more slaves, as well as horses, mules, cows, sheep, hogs, and a two thousand-acre plantation. Rachael asks for a divorce and a "decree in reference to their property."
# of Petition Pages:13
Related Documents:Order, 1 June 1850; List and Valuation of Property, 13 June 1850; Copies of Original Petition, Rachael Sanders, 31 May 1850; List and Valuation of Property, Sherod Sanders, 13 June 1850; Exceptions to Answer by Rachael Sanders, 22 June 1850; Attachment, 1 June 1850; Replevy Bond, 1 June 1850. Copies found in Records of the Circuit Court, Perry County, Alabama, Sanders v. Sanders, 21 June 1850, Records 1850, pp. 280-304 [pages misnumbered in original], County Courthouse, Marion, Alabama.
Pages of Related Documents:24

People Associated with Petition 20185004

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama

  • Records of the Chancery Court, Case Papers

Processing Information

Record Created:11/8/1995
Record Final Edited:6/28/1999
Record Last Updated on:5/17/2007 11:24:00 AM