Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11281304 Details

State:North Carolina
Location:Wake
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina
Filing Date:1813-December-13

General Petition Information

Abstract:Joseph Hancock seeks a divorce from his wife, the former Tabitha Askew. Hancock confides that "he is utterly at a loss in attempting to enumerate the Base Crimes which the said Tabitha has perpetuated ... crimes repugnant to the intentions of the marriage institution -- derogatory to the dignity of her sex." He discloses that the said Tabitha has "Abandoned herself to the most vile prostitution and debauchery" and has given birth to children "of various colours and complexions and nearly effected the ruin of your petitioner!" Hancock therefore prays that "his marriage with the said Tabitha may be entirely abrogated."
Result:rejected
# of Petition Pages:1
Related Documents:Deposition of Thomas Hancock, 11 December 1813
Pages of Related Documents:1

People Associated with Petition 11281304

Slaves:0
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:0
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 1813

Processing Information

Record Created:10/17/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:5/20/2008 10:56:00 AM