Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 10583901 Details

State:Florida
Location:Monroe
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honl The Legislative Counsel [sic] for the Territory of Florida
Filing Date:1836-December-8

General Petition Information

Abstract:Because of her husband's cruel and harsh treatment, Eliza Patterson seeks a divorce from Alexander Patterson of Key West. Shortly after their marriage in December 1832, Alexander brought a seventeen-year-old girl into their house and lived with her in "criminal connection." He also forced Eliza to sign a bill of sale for her slave, "her private property, of the value of $300." She asks for a divorce, the return of her slave, the return of household furniture worth $1,000, and proper support for herself and her child.
Result:offered, read, yeas 15, nays 8, laid on table
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Copy of Separation Agreement, 1 September 1834
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 10583901

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

Citation Information

Repository: Florida State Archives, Tallahassee, Florida

  • Territorial Legislative Council, Series 876
  • Record Group: 910
  • Box: 1
  • Folder: 2

Processing Information

Record Created:9/9/1993
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:8/23/2007 5:58:00 PM