Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11682408 Details

Location:King William
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the honorable the Speakers and other Members of the Senate and house of Delegates of Virginia in General Assembly now Sitting
Filing Date:1824-December-2

General Petition Information

Abstract:Evelina Gregory Roane, "a Daughter of affluence," seeks a divorce and custody of her infant son. Evelina represents that her marriage to Newman B. Roane has been wrought with "hardship and cruelty." She confides that "she was quickly reduced to the situation of a Slave who for some unpardonable offense, was constantly under the frowns of its master." Evelina further discloses that the said Newman admitted that "he had two mulatto children then at his Brothers who were much more comely and hansome than any she would ever bear" and shortly thereafter "this negroe woman and two mulatto children were brought upon the plantation." She confesses that "her husband adopted this woman as the more eligible companion & wife," and she reveals that her husband boasted that "if he had not expected a fortune he would never have married her." Having endured and survived multiple violent assaults, she asserts that she "obtained the restraining power of the civil magistrate" to force her husband "to keep the peace toward your Petitioner for the space of twelve months." She therefore prays that "a law may pass this honorable Body Divorcing your Petitioner from her husband ... and provide in the said act of Divorce that your Petitioner may be allowed to keep the said Junius B Roane in her possession until he comes to an age proper for being put to school."
# of Petition Pages:20
Related Documents:Affidavit, Thomas W. S. Gregory, 26 November 1824; Affidavit, Fendall Gregory, 26 November 1824; John Roane to Ev[e]lina, 24 August 1824; Affidavit, Dorothy Clack Reed, 29 November 1824; Affidavit, Lucy Maria Reid, 29 November 1824; Certificate, Mary Gregory, 3 December 1824; Copy of Court Order, 25 October 1824; Affidavit, Bartlet Lipscomb, 26 December 1824
Pages of Related Documents:15

People Associated with Petition 11682408

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

  • Legislative Petitions

Processing Information

Record Created:6/26/1996
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:4/7/2009 8:17:00 PM