Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11281202 Details

State:North Carolina
Location Type:County
Salutation:The Honorable The General Assembly of the State of North Carolina about to covene the third Monday of November 1812
Filing Date:1812-November-24

General Petition Information

Abstract:Rhoda Wynns states that she was left "in affluent circumstances, possessed of Lands, Houses, Negroes, and Stock" upon the death of her husband eight years ago. She laments, however, that four years ago she married a certain Benjamin Wynns, whose "deceptive tongue induced your petitioner to believe she had married a Gentleman and a man of fortune." Rhoda reveals that her husband has beaten her so much that she "was obliged to bind him to the peace to protect my life from his cruel hands." Noting that said Benjamin has disposed of or sold her property and has "returned to the County from whence he came," Rhoda prays that she be granted "such relief in the premises as will enable her to possess quietly such property as she may obtain by donation, industry, or otherwise." Affidavits disclose that Rhoda took refuge "at a Negro man's house by the name of Dick" when she fled from her husband's assaults.
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:List of Subscribers, ca., 1812; Depositions of William Felton, Sarah Wingate, John Bagley, ca. 1812
Pages of Related Documents:1

People Associated with Petition 11281202

Free Persons of Color: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 1812
  • Box: 3

Processing Information

Record Created:10/17/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:5/17/2008 1:26:00 PM