Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11681603 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable General Assembly of Virginia
Filing Date:1816-November-16
Ending Date:1816-November-16

General Petition Information

Abstract:In 1806, with a license from the Clerk of Court in Campbell County, free black Robert Wright married Mary Godsey, a free white woman. They were married before a "regularly Licensed Minister of the Gospel." In January 1815, Mary eloped with a white man, William Arthur, carrying "a negro Girl and other property belonging to your petitioner." Wright overtook the two in Liberty, and persuaded his wife to return, but in November 1815, the two eloped again, this time fleeing to Nashville, Tennessee. Although he knew there was a law against interracial marriage, Wright asserts that his marriage was "valid and binding." As a result, he seeks a divorce.
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Oath, Lewis Franklin, et al., 4 November 1816; List of Subscribers, ca. 1816
Pages of Related Documents:3

People Associated with Petition 11681603

Free Persons of Color:1
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

  • Legislative Petitions

Processing Information

Record Created:11/7/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:3/16/2009 10:12:00 AM