To the Honorable, the Justices of the County Court, in the County
of Madison in the Mississippi Territory --
The petition of
Tabitha Hill, widow and relic of Elijah Hill, late of the
County and Territory deceased humbly complaining,
Herewith unto your Honors, that she, the Petitioner, became
the lawful wife of him, the said Elijah Hill about six
years ago, and as such continued to live with him the said
Elijah Hill until the 27th day of September 1814. When he, the said
Elijah departed this life in the county and territory aforesaid,
having your petitioner, his widow and relic and two children
the issue of their said marriage.
Your petitioner further states to your Honors, that her
said husband was, during his lifetime entitled to and possessed
the following tracts or parcels of land in said county, to which
the said petitioner has and did not relinquish her right of
dower, according to the provisions of the Statute in such cases
made and provided to wit one Fractional section of No.
26 -- alias 36 in Township three Range two east of the meridian
and containing , as your said petitioner has been informed
and believes, about three hundred and ninty four acres and also
one other tract of or parcel of land situated
as your petitioner has been informed and believes in Section of No.
27 in the Township & Range aforesaid
and containing about forty acres -- in all which said land by virtue
of the premises your sad Petitioner
claims her dower; and prays your Honors that the same, together with
her portion of the personal estate,
of which her said husband Elijah Hill decd possessed, may be allotted
& set off to he -- Your said petitioner,
according to the provisions of the Statute in such cases made and
provided. Trusting the premises will receive the
due consideration of Your Honors, Your petitioners as in duty bound
will ever pray.
widow & relic of Elijah Hill decd.
[Dockets on cover of document:]
Elijah Hill deceased
Petition for Dower
Widow & relic of Elijah Hill
Served a copy of the
June 27 1815
Thom.. Mc__oom DS
Serve a copy on
Able Hill Admr
of Elijah Hill decd.
Tabitha Hill, widow and relic of Elijah Hill is
petitioning (not suing) in the County Court, County of Madison,
Mississippi Territory, for her dower rights.
According to her petition, she brought into the marriage two tracts of
land, to which the said petitioner has and did not relinquish her right
of dower, according to the provisions of the [Territory of Mississippi]
When Tabitha married Elijah Hill, she gave up her ownership of the two
tracts of land -- but still maintained her dower rights. Upon Elijahs
death she could petition for her right of dower (sometimes called
widow's share) which is commonly a one-third share. The other two-thirds
would be held for her two minor children. It is important to note that
Tabitha is not asking for the two tracts of land to be transfered back to
The named Administrator, Able Hill, would handle the affairs of the estate
since women were generally excluded from representing themselves in court.