Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11280405 Details

State:North Carolina
Location:Mecklenburg
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable the Senate and House of Representatives the State of North Carolina
Filing Date:1804-November-22

General Petition Information

Abstract:Cassandra Alexander Houston seeks a divorce from her husband James Houston. The couple married 4 January 1803 and lived together until 28 November of the same year when Cassandra left him "owing (as she verily believes) to her Husbands imbecillity or impotency as a man in procreating his species." Depositions from the petitioner's relatives and others state that they suspected from observing him "make water" that James Houston was not a man like other men; that he had expressed anxiety that "he was not as complete as to genitals as other men;" and that he had on several occasions attempted to "ride" other men and "act with [other men] as man would with a Woman." Marshal Alexander, Cassandra's brother, stated in a deposition that he was once the object of such attempts and noticed at the time that Houston had no testicles. With the marriage unconsummated, the evidence suggesting that Houston "had not the genitals for propagation," and the Alexander's believing that Houston married solely to obtain property, Cassandra Alexander asks to retain her property and be granted a divorce.
Result:House, Senate: read, referred
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Testimony, Augustus Alexander, 10 November 1804; Depositions of Cassandra Houston, George Alexander, Augustus Alexander, Marshall Alexander, A. Alexander, Francis B. Smart, John McCullock, Jane Alexander, Paris Alexander, Thomas Greer, and George W. Smart, 19 October 1804; Deposition of George W. Smart, 10 November 1840
Pages of Related Documents:34

People Associated with Petition 11280405

Slaves:3
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:1
Petitioners:1
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: North Carolina Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, North Carolina

  • General Assembly, Session Records, Divorce Petitions, November--December 1804
  • Box: 2

Processing Information

Record Created:8/31/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:3/20/2008 9:47:00 PM