Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11281010 Details

State:North Carolina
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable The General assembly of North Carolina
Filing Date:1810-December-11

General Petition Information

Abstract:Young Utley seeks a divorce from his wife Mary Woodward Utley, whom he married "about three years ago." Utley reveals that "some time after intermarriage the said Mary was delivered of a black child." He further reports that she is currently living in Tennessee where "she cohabits with a man of Colour, (the supposed author of her shame) in the character of a wife." At twenty-five, Utley considers himself to have "sustained an upright character" but he "is now oppressed with a burthen which none but a sufferer can feel." The petitioner therefore prays that "your Honorable body will pass a law divorcing him from his said wife."
Result:House, Senate: read, referred
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 11281010

People Associated with Petition 11281010

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

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

  • General Assembly, Session Records

Processing Information

Record Created:10/20/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:4/8/2008 2:38:00 PM