Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11680702 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable the Speaker and Members of the house of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia
Filing Date:1807-December-11
Ending Date:1807-December-14

General Petition Information

Abstract:In 1787, Ambrose Walden married Betsey Taylor of Fauquier County, and lived with her until 1798, "during which period" he "endeavored by every means in his power to render happy the woman whom he had selected and flattered himself with accomplishing so desireable an object." He would have persisted in these endeavors, Walden claims, had he not, in 1798, "detected her in an illicit amour" with a man in the neighborhood. Now, nine years later, he seeks a divorce. Related documents reveal that Walden may have been diagnosed as being insane and that, as early as 1804, a court of law had reviewed a property settlement whereby a trust was to be created for the use of Betsey Walden. The property under review included seven slaves.
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Affidavit of William Massie, 27 November 1807; Copy of Decree, Chancery District Court, Walden v. Walden, July 1804; Affidavit of Joseph Chapman, 3 December 1807
Pages of Related Documents:8

People Associated with Petition 11680702

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

  • Legislative Petitions, 1806-20

Processing Information

Record Created:3/31/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:12/15/2008 10:42:00 AM