Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20783812 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable the Judge of the Louisville Chancy Court (, )
Filing Date:1838-May-11

General Petition Information

Abstract:About 1830, Milly Stafford, a free black widow, married Israel Boston, a free man of color. They lived together for six years and had five children, two of whom survived. Milly claims that two years ago Israel left "with the intention of abandonment," making no provision for her or their children. Boston owned a small lot and house in Louisville, and he sold the front part of the lot before he left. Milly Boston asks the court to grant her a divorce and custody of the children, to restrain Israel from interfering with her or them, and to prevent Israel from selling the rest of the lot or the house, allowing her to enjoy it "as a means by which to rear and educate her children."
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Deposition, David Adman, 1 December 1842
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 20783812

Free Persons of Color:5
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Kentucky Division of Libraries and Archives, Frankfort, Kentucky

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Case Files
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  • Document Number 1234
  • Box: 2-25
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Processing Information

Record Created:6/28/1996
Record Final Edited:10/12/2000
Record Last Updated on:5/18/2006 5:16:00 PM