Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11683312 Details

Location:James City
Salutation:To the General Assembly of Virginia
Filing Date:1833-December-10

General Petition Information

Abstract:In 1821, Joseph Gresham married Sarah W. Christian of Charles City County. The couple lived in "harmony, confidence, and affection," until Gresham discovered that his wife was having an affair. Gresham notes that the charge of adultery against his wife is "aggravated" by the fact it was done with "a man of color." Gresham received further proof of her transgressions in 1831 after Sarah gave birth to a mulatto child. Gresham petitions for divorce. In a lower court trial, Sarah Gresham accused her husband of being "incompetent to the discharge of his marital duties, of sexual intercourse."
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Copy of Record of Superior Court, Gresham v. Gresham, 14 November 1832, 25 October 1833
Pages of Related Documents:4

People Associated with Petition 11683312

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

  • Legislative Petitions

Processing Information

Record Created:12/14/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:3/26/2009 11:27:00 AM