Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11680606 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable the Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia
Filing Date:1806-December-9
Ending Date:1806-December-14

General Petition Information

Abstract:In 1800, Charlotte Ball married William Ball who possessed property "very adequate with care and industry to their decent support." Charlotte informs the court that "she had every reason to hope for as great a portion of happiness as most people enjoy in a married state." It was not meant to be; within a short while, William Ball began to strike and beat Charlotte, and even threatened to kill her. In addition, he "wasted his substance to the last farthing in profligacy and debaucheries." Although Charlotte does not reveal to the court the details of these "debaucheries," we learn from related depositions that it included excessive drinking and adultery with both white and black women. Charlotte contends that in spite of the violence and the outrage she "conducted herself on all occasions towards" her husband "with humble duty, fidelity, and affection." The situation, however, became unbearable and she eventually left her husband's house and returned to her father's, where she has now lived for four years and accumulated some property to support herself and her children. She claims that her husband is trying to confiscate her property; she seeks a divorce.
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Deposition of Thomas Jenkins, 8 December 1806; Deposition of Francis Sibert, 3 October 1806; Deposition of John Monahon, 31 October 1806; Affidavit of Travers Barns, 1 November 1806; Affidavit of Ann Moore, 3 November 1806; Affidavit of Peter Pence, 1 November 1806; Affidavit of Julian Baker, 31 October 1806; Affidavit of Elizabeth Evans, 8 November 1806
Pages of Related Documents:11

People Associated with Petition 11680606

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

  • Legislative Petitions

Processing Information

Record Created:2/24/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:12/15/2008 9:36:00 AM