Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11683501 Details

State:Virginia
Location:Norfolk
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Speaker and Members of the House of Delegates of Virginia
Filing Date:1835-December-9
Ending Date:1836-January-8

General Petition Information

Abstract:In 1831, Thomas Culpepper married Caroline Johnson. Shortly thereafter he accused her of being a "common prostitute, subject to the access of nearly all the young men in the town of Portsmouth." As prescribed in the 1827 law, Culpepper filed a statement concerning his wife's alleged behavior in the Clerk's Office, Norfolk County Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery, stating that Caroline "repeatedly associated with negroes" and engaged in carnal intercourse "with black men." He seeks a divorce.
Result:rejected
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Copy of Statement, Thomas Culpepper, Norfolk Circuit Superior Court, 7 August 1835; Copy of Court Record, July-August 1835
Pages of Related Documents:4

People Associated with Petition 11683501

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

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

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Processing Information

Record Created:12/1/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:3/27/2009 11:01:00 AM