Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11680206 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:The Honorable the Speaker & House of Delegates
Filing Date:1802-December-13

General Petition Information

Abstract:In 1801, Dabney Pettus married Elizabeth Morris, "a woman descended from honest industrous parents, & of unspoled Character." Dabney and Elizabeth lived "with all the affection & tenderness that cou'd possibly exist between husband & wife" for about four months, when, to his "great astonishment & inexpressible mortification," Dabney discovered that his wife was "deliver'd of a Mulatto Child." Dabney claims that the child was "begotten by a negro man slave in the Neighborhood." Dabney and Elizabeth have agreed to divorce and Pettus asks the legislature to pass a law "to divorce him from the said Elizabeth." A testimony reveals that the father of Elizabeth's child was a slave named Bob who belonged to her grandfather.
Result:reasonable, reported
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Affidavit, Elizabeth G. Meryman, 2 December 1802; Affidavit, Susanna Herndon, 2 December 1802; Affidavit, Rach[ae]l Puckett, 2 December 1802; Statement, Elizabeth Pettus, 25 October 1801; Statement, John Brishwood, 27 November 1802; Dabney Pettis [sic] to Elizabeth Pettis, 29 November 1802
Pages of Related Documents:11

People Associated with Petition 11680206

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

  • Legislative Petitions

Processing Information

Record Created:11/28/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:12/10/2008 3:22:00 PM