Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20781403 Details

State:Kentucky
Location:Harrison
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honble. the Judges of the Circuit Court of Harrison in chancery sitting
Filing Date:1814-March-23

General Petition Information

Abstract:Harriet Night explains that when she married her husband, William Night, she brought to the marriage a young slave named Mark and other property. The two "lived together tho' not happily, (owing to the discontented and morose temper" of her husband, until eighteen months ago, when he "sold off the whole of his stock, furniture and other property," except the slave named Mark. Mr. Night also "took their son, and disposed of him, much to the grief of your Oratrix, and abandoned and left her with her little daughter." Harriet Night asks that the court grant an order restraining her husband from selling or disposing of the "Negroe Boy, bed & furniture," all that remains of the personal property after his departure, and that the court decree her "a separate maintenance" out of his estate. In an amended bill, Harriet Night claims that her husband's treatment of her was "so cruel, barbarous and inhuman as to actually endanger her life," and she asks for a divorce.
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:PAR #20782202; Amended Petitions, ca. 1814, 20 September 1814; Depositions, Mycajah Cleveland, Jacob Night, and Shadrack Night, 23 May 1815; Depositions, Hugh Bell, Jane Brown, Rebeckah McFarland, William McFarland Sr., William McFarland Jr., Archilaus Vanhook, Jane Bell, Margaret Bell, and George Nesbit, 18 and 19 May 1815
Pages of Related Documents:18

People Associated with Petition 20781403

Slaves:1
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:2
Petitioners:1
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Harrison County Courthouse, Cynthiana, Kentucky

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Case Files
  • Document Number 4894
  • Box: 166-168

Processing Information

Record Created:2/9/1996
Record Final Edited:7/20/2000
Record Last Updated on:2/24/2006 11:33:00 AM