Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20784713 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Hon the Judge of the Boyle Circuit Court sitting in chancery (, )
Filing Date:1847-October-4
Ending Date:1848-September

General Petition Information

Abstract:Permelia Russell, free woman of color, seeks a divorce from Willis, a former slave who was freed after the death of his owner, Robert Craddock. Permelia states Willis behaves towards her in a cruel and inhuman manner. After a two-week visit with her mother in Louisville, "she returned home, and to her great surprise found that the Deft had rented out their residence to a white family," and he "left [their furniture and clothing] in charge of the family." Permelia charges that the family refused to let her collect her possessions. She states Willis holds "about five thousand dollars worth of property," consisting of a house and lot in Danville, KY, worth $1,500; land in Casey, KY, worth $2,000; and other property worth $1,500. Permelia seeks alimony and support from Willis. [Five people gave depositions wherein they testified that they had lived with the Russells, were neighbors of the Russells, or had known one or both of them for a long period time. For these reasons, it was presumed that these individuals were free people of color.]
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Answer, Willis Russell, 2 March 1848; Depositions, Manerva Doneghy, Jane Green, Polly Gray, et al., 1 March 1848; Court Record, September 1848
Pages of Related Documents:11

People Associated with Petition 20784713

Free Persons of Color:7
Other People:1

Citation Information

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

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Equity/Chancery Cases
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  • Box: 44
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Processing Information

Record Created:10/26/1995
Record Final Edited:11/9/2000
Record Last Updated on:6/21/2006 6:46:00 PM