Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 10383212 Details

State:Delaware
Location:Sussex
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honourable Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware, in General Assembly Met (, )
Filing Date:1832-January-4

General Petition Information

Abstract:Francis Ludenum, "at the advanced age of near sixty years," laments that he "has to labour for the maintenance of an insane wife and seven children." Ludenum, a free black, states he was "held in slavery until he was near forty years old, was therefore deprived of all opportunity to accumulate any property whatsoever for advanced age." He cites that his wife "has been insane for more than four years" and has been "a continued and heavy expence, such an expence, that your petitioner with all the industry, frugallity and care that he can use, will not long be able to meet." Ludenum therefore prays that "your honours to take his case under your wise considerations, and grant him a divorce from his insane wife."
Result:denied
# of Petition Pages:2
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Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 10383212

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

Citation Information

Repository: Delaware State Archives, Dover, Delaware

  • General Assembly, Legislative Papers
  • Record Group: 1111
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  • Page: 208-209
  • Microfilm: 208-209

Processing Information

Record Created:7/9/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:12/29/2007 4:00:00 PM