Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11683703 Details

Location:King William
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the General Assembly of Virginia
Filing Date:1837-March-5

General Petition Information

Abstract:Elizabeth Pannell seeks a divorce from her husband, Edmund Pannell. Married at age sixteen, Elizabeth Pannell, who claims to be from "an ancient and respectable family," lost her entire estate when her husband squandered it "in all manner of dissipation." Accused of having committed a felony, Edmund Pannell was acquitted due to "irregularity in the proceedings" and fled from the county, leaving his wife destitute. In addition to being profligate, Pannell exhibited a cruel and abusive behavior toward his wife and engaged in "adultery and fornication" with black and white women, a fact known by all in the neighborhood. He even encouraged a slave named Grace, hired from Mrs. Louisa Deffarges and with whom he was conducting an adulterous affair, to be insolent toward his wife.
Result:referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Copy of Record of Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery, Elizabeth Pannill v. Edmund Pannill, May, June, November 1836; Affidavit, Thomas T. Neale and James C. Neale, 26 January 1838
Pages of Related Documents:5

People Associated with Petition 11683703

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

  • Legislative Petitions

Processing Information

Record Created:1/11/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:3/30/2009 1:39:00 PM