Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11680906 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honble the Speaker and Members of the Virginia Assembly
Filing Date:1809-December-6

General Petition Information

Abstract:William Howard informs the court that in January 1806 he was married to Elizabeth Dean, "whose character and conduct in life, was represented" in the "most favourable point of View." He therefore "entered into the matrimonial compact with the said Elizabeth in full hopes and confidence that" she would attend to "her Bed and Board, and in all respect discharge" the duties of "a good and faithfull wife." For his part, he also determined to "perform the duties of a good and faithfull Husband." However, within a year Howard discovered that his wife was engaged in "brutal and licentious connections" with a variety of men. Still "not willing to lend too favourable an Ear to the Reports prevalant in the neighbourhood," he determined to see for himself. So it is with certainty that he can now state that upon his return home "at a late Houre," he found his wife undressed and in bed with a "Certain Aldredge Evans a Man of coulour, and reputed to be a mulatoe." Howard ordered his wife out and they have been separated ever since. Howard seeks a divorce.
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:List of Subscribers, ca. 1809
Pages of Related Documents:1

People Associated with Petition 11680906

Free Persons of Color:1
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 4:10:00 PM