Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20586003 Details

State:Florida
Location:Leon
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable J. Wayles Baker, Judge of the Circuit Court of the Middle Circuit of the State of Florida in and for the County of Leon, in chancery sitting (BAKER, J. Wayles)
Filing Date:1860-July-13

General Petition Information

Abstract:Elizabeth Hill seeks a divorce and alimony from her husband John M. Hill on the grounds of adultery with a female slave. The petitioner states that she was "a good, Kind and faithful wife" and that for many years the marriage was a happy one. She reveals, however, that for some time her husband has "indulged in violent, and ungovernable tempers towards her"; said behavior coincided with his "living in a state of adultery with a female negro slave." Hill admits that "when the fact of faithlessness, corruption and disgrace came to her knowledge, her self respect and her duty to her children prompted her to abandon the house of her husband." She laments that, since her departure, "he has removed the female negro slave aforesaid to the house lately abandoned by your oratrix, and that the said female slave to all intents and purposes supplies the place lately occupied by your oratrix."
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:6
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 20586003

People Associated with Petition 20586003

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

Citation Information

Repository: Florida State Archives, Tallahassee, Florida

  • Chancery Case Files
  • Record Group: Series L60
  • Box: Carton 10
  • Folder: 629

Processing Information

Record Created:12/19/1995
Record Final Edited:2/29/2000
Record Last Updated on:2/17/2008 3:36:00 PM