Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11680301 Details

State:Virginia
Location:Norfolk
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia
Filing Date:1803-December-7

General Petition Information

Abstract:Married in 1802 to Lydia Bright, Benjamin Butt Jr. was absent on business when his wife gave birth to a baby. To his "inexpressible Grief and astonishment" the infant "proved to be a mulatto." Lydia admitted her relationship with "negro Man Slave named Robin" belonging to the estate of Charles Stewart, deceased. The husband seeks a divorce.
Result:reasonable, reported
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Depositions, Ivy Holstead, Nancy Butt, Anna Murdan, Benjamin Butt, 31 October 1803; Affidavit, Elizabeth Holstead, ca. 1803; Bill of Divorce, 2 June 1803
Pages of Related Documents:5

People Associated with Petition 11680301

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

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

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Processing Information

Record Created:2/24/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:12/10/2008 5:44:00 PM