Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11680806 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honourable the Legislature of Virginia
Filing Date:1808-December-21

General Petition Information

Abstract:Married in 1802, Isaac Fouch lived with his wife Elizabeth for several years "in the strictest Love, Friendship and happiness." Then he discovered she possessed a "Lewd, incontinent, profligate disposition." However, "being so much attached to her person, having from his first acquaintance with her cherished the most ardent, tender affectionate Love and Regard for her and hoping that she might yet be reclaimed, treated her with all that tenderness and respect which the most upright and Virtuous Women ought to expect, admonishing her repeatedly of the Wickedness of such a course, of the Infamy and disgrace which must result from it." But his love and admonitions were to no avail and in fact had the contrary effect; he "detected her and the partner of her crimes (a certain James Watt, a man of color) in bed together." He then resolved to leave her and set out for the Western Country. He is now convinced that reconciliation can never take place, and therefore seeks a divorce.
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Deposition of Jane Campbell, 8 December 1808; Deposition of Calmore Brashears, 10 January 1809; Deposition of James and Ann McNeilege [also spelled McNellage], 9 January 1809
Pages of Related Documents:3

People Associated with Petition 11680806

Free Persons of Color:2
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

  • Legislative Petitions

Processing Information

Record Created:3/31/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:12/15/2008 12:49:00 PM