Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20185207 Details

State:Alabama
Location:Sumter
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the honorable Joseph W. Lesesne, Chancellor of the Southern Chancery Division of the State of Alabama (LESESNE, Joseph W.)
Filing Date:1852-October-27
Ending Date:1853-March-4

General Petition Information

Abstract:In 1836, Dorcas Lacy married Samuel S. Eakin. During the next several years the couple had five children. To assist them, Dorcas's father gave the couple two slaves, a "negro woman & a negro girl." While she remained a dutiful wife and mother, her husband turned increasingly to drink. During the latter part of 1848 and early 1849, Samuel remained "habitually drunk, and repeatedly beat her in a cruel, and inhuman manner, both with his fist, and with sticks, switches, and brush; and frequently threatened to take her life." He also attempted to humiliate her by forcing her to wear men's clothing and ride through the neighborhood. Furthermore, Dorcas contends, his dissolute habits resulted in the loss of their property. Dorcas fled to the house of her father, and files suit for divorce and custody of her children.
Result:granted
# of Petition Pages:5
Related Documents:Deposition, Clara Browning, 26 January 1853; Decree, 4 March 1853
Pages of Related Documents:5

People Associated with Petition 20185207

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

Citation Information

Repository: Sumter County Courthouse, Livingston, Alabama

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Estates
  • Document Number # 413

Processing Information

Record Created:11/7/1995
Record Final Edited:7/16/1999
Record Last Updated on:5/29/2007 12:33:00 PM