Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20186605 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Hon. N. W. Cocke Chancellor (COCKE, N. W.)
Filing Date:1866-April-30
Ending Date:1866-October-25

General Petition Information

Abstract:Elizabeth Taylor, described as having a "weak mind," accuses her husband W. Giles Taylor of being "cruel and inhumane," threatening to have her arrested for allegedly trying to poison him and forcing her to abandon her home and their six-year-old daughter. Giles's brother, Charles Taylor, took Elizabeth to New Orleans and abandoned her with only eight dollars in her purse. She made her way by boat back to Montgomery, and then walked many miles back to Pike County. Upon her arrival, she learns that her husband is unjustly accusing her of "illicit intercourse & cohabitation with a negro, one Wade, a freedman formerly owned by Mrs. Owins." She prays that the court will grant her a divorce, custody of her child, and alimony.
# of Petition Pages:5
Related Documents:Bond, 17 May 1866; Answer, W. Giles Taylor, 23 October 1866; Decree, 25 October 1866
Pages of Related Documents:8

People Associated with Petition 20186605

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:2

Citation Information

Repository: Pike County Courthouse, Troy, Alabama

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Records [1856-1870]
  • Page: 243-55

Processing Information

Record Created:12/6/1995
Record Final Edited:11/12/1999
Record Last Updated on:8/20/2007 6:07:00 PM