Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11282708 Details

State:North Carolina
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honourable the General Assembly of North Carolina (, )
Filing Date:1827-December-11

General Petition Information

Abstract:Ann Borden asks that the divorce petition soon to be filed by her husband Jesse be rejected. She relates that she left Jesse four months after their marriage because of "ill treatment" and "many desperate threats made by said Borden against her life." She also admits that a month before her marriage she "had the misfortune to have a child born of which Jesse Borden was not the father"; Ann argues, however, that she never tried to conceal the fact that the child was not his and that he never voiced any qualms about rearing another man's child. The petitioner further asserts that attempting to pass the child off as his "would have been unavailing as the child would unavoidably have shown for itself." Ann therefore prays "that the Legislature of North Carolina will preserve inviolate the ties of matrimony that exist between your Petitioner and Jesse Borden." A summary of Jesse's petition reveals that he thought the child was his because "previous to his marriage he had been in habits of illicit intercourse with her during which time she became pregnant"; that Jesse "did believe in the early infancy of the child that it was his and being desirous of making her what reperation was in his power for the loss of her virtue he intermarried with her immediately after the birth of the child"; and that he exclaimed "to his mortification and astonishment" said infant "to be a mulatto child the fruits of [a] negro."
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Report of Committee on Divorce and Alimony, ca. 1828
Pages of Related Documents:1

People Associated with Petition 11282708

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, Senate Committee Reports, Claims and Military, November 1827--January 1828
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Processing Information

Record Created:10/21/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:6/23/2008 5:35:00 PM