Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11681903 Details

State:Virginia
Location:Louisa
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honourable the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia
Filing Date:1819-December-13
Ending Date:1819-December-29

General Petition Information

Abstract:Barbara W. Pettus seeks a divorce from her husband Hugh M. Pettus, whom she had married about 1809 only to discover he was a man of immoral character. Not only was he engaged in "wicked and vicious pursuit" of trading slaves from Maryland and Virginia to South Carolina and Georgia, but when he returned home about every six months he brought with him "coloured female Slaves, his kept mistresses." He finally decided to move to Georgia, and she believed it was her duty to accompany him; but he has run off with "a young woman of respectable family," with whom he lives as man and wife.
Result:bill drawn
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Affidavit, Joseph F. Dabney, 18 December 1819; Affidavit, Elizabeth Dabney, Eliza M. Hillman, 18 December 1819; Affidavit, William Johnson, 18 December 1819; Affidavit, Charles Thompson, 20 December 1819
Pages of Related Documents:4

People Associated with Petition 11681903

Slaves:0
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:0
Petitioners:1
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

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Processing Information

Record Created:6/22/1996
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:3/18/2009 8:42:00 AM