Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20984410 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To The Honorable Theodorick Bland, Chancellor of Maryland (BLAND, Theodorick)
Filing Date:1844-February-3
Ending Date:1846-March-2

General Petition Information

Abstract:Henry Houck seeks to end his three-year marriage with his wife, Eleanora, because she has committed adultery. Houck explains that Eleanora admitted her infidelities to him, and he has "resolved never again to receive her as his wife" and has sent her to live with her father. He asks the court to subpoena her to answer these charges and to a decree a divorce. A related deposition from Donaldson Forster describes his sexual encounters with the defendant that were arranged by "a coloured man named Rice." According to Forster, several of these appointments took place "at different times on the same day" upstairs at Rice's house.
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Answer, Eleanora Houck, 31 July 1844; Decree, 2 March 1846; Interrogatories, ca. July 1844; Deposition, Donaldson Forster, 9 September 1844; Deposition, John W. Hack, 20 November 1844; Deposition, Columbus Durham, 19 December 1844; Commissioner's Appointment, 13 July 1844; Commissioner's Oath, 5 September 1844; Clerk's Oath, ca. September 1844; Deposition, John W. Hack, 27 February 1845
Pages of Related Documents:18

People Associated with Petition 20984410

Free Persons of Color:1
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, Maryland

  • Schweninger Collection
  • Document Number 8483
  • Volume: 4239-5
  • Page: 122
  • Microfilm: M 11017

Processing Information

Record Created:1/12/2001
Record Final Edited:3/17/2002
Record Last Updated on:2/13/2007 1:04:00 PM