Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11680503 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honble the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Virginia
Filing Date:1805-December-13
Ending Date:1805-December-20

General Petition Information

Abstract:Married for twelve years and living "in harmony" with his wife Tabitha, Ayres Tatham said that he felt shame and confusion when, in 1803, Tabitha gave birth to a mulatto child "obviously the issue of an illicit intercourse with a black man." In 1804, Tabitha ran away, departing the county and leaving the three children born of "her former more correct & happier days" in the care of her husband. Ayres was informed that she had been found living in Philadelphia. He asks for the dissolution of their marriage contract.
Result:reasonable, reported
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:List of Subscribers, ca. 1805; Bill of Divorce, 28 March 1804
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 11680503

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

  • Legislative Petitions

Processing Information

Record Created:3/11/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:12/11/2008 9:44:00 AM