Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 21085031 Details

State:Mississippi
Location:Claiborne
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable James M Smiley Vice Chancellor of the Southern District Chancery Court of the State of Mississippi held at Natchez (SMILEY, James M.)
Filing Date:1850-December-25
Ending Date:1852-January-2

General Petition Information

Abstract:Misella Ann Henry married Oliver C. Henry on 15 March 1831 in Indiana, and the couple later moved to Mississippi. Misella Ann confides that her husband has "voluntarily abandoned & deserted her & their children & removed to Milligens Bend in the state of Louisiana"; as regards said children, Henry has "placed them under the control & management of a negro mistress with whom he lived in Adultery." She also accuses the defendant of physical and mental abuse. Misella states that the "twelve or fourteen negro slaves" are part of the children's inheritance from their paternal grandfather. The petitioner seeks to obtain a divorce, custody of and support for their four children, and possession of the slaves and other property.
Result:granted
# of Petition Pages:7
Related Documents:PARs #21085229; Final Decree, 2 January 1852
Pages of Related Documents:3

People Associated with Petition 21085031

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

Citation Information

Repository: Adams County Courthouse, Natchez, Mississippi

  • Records of the Vice Chancery Court
  • Document Number 606

Processing Information

Record Created:12/3/1996
Record Final Edited:6/14/2001
Record Last Updated on:3/30/2008 11:52:00 AM