Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11683601 Details

Location:King William
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable the General Assembly of Virginia
Filing Date:1836-December-9
Ending Date:1837-February-1

General Petition Information

Abstract:Ann Eliza Eubank represents that she petitioned the "Circuit Supr Court of Law and chancery for the County of King William" for a divorce from her husband Alfred. Married in 1831, the petitioner confides that the said Alfred displayed "cruel and unmanly conduct" towards her and that the jury found the facts in her statement "substantially proven." She therefore prays "that the General assembly will pass a Law to divorce her ... from her said husband dissolving and annulling & avoiding all the rights, privileges and powers which were acquired by the said Alfred Eubank by virtue of the said marriage." The Superior Court documents reveal the charge of adultery, charging that "the said Alfred indulged in the most shameful, sinful and degrading intercourse with other women, white and colored-- That he frequently left the marriage Bed to seek the Bed of a colored woman."
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Copy of Record of Circuit Superior Court, King William County, November 1835
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 11683601

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

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Processing Information

Record Created:12/15/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:2/22/2009 6:06:00 PM