Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11282712 Details

State:North Carolina
Location:New Hanover
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honbl. The General Assembly of the State of North Carolina
Filing Date:1827-November-29

General Petition Information

Abstract:Jonathan Bryan seeks a divorce from his wife Ann Jane Anders, who not only attempted to kill him but also incited "an Insurrection" among his slaves. Bryan reports that the said Ann Jane attempted to poison him more than once; that she failed to nurse him when he “was Confined with the Billious fever So that his life was despaired of"; that she "has laid voiolent hands on his person twice;" that she has "treated with Cruelty the Seven Children he has had by a decent and former wife"; that she "took medicine" to induce a miscarriage when she returned from being absent "for the Space of eleven months dureing which time She got herself with Child;" and that he "has not seen the Said Ann Jane and has been for Som time past and at this time She is aliveing in a Negro house With Negros." He therefore prays that the legislature will "interpose and pass a Law Divorcing him from this wife Ann Jane."
Result:House: read, referred; report unfavorable
# of Petition Pages:5
Related Documents:Deposition of John Larkins, 16 November 1825; Deposition of Moses Larkins, 16 November 1825; Deposition of Levin Mesick and I. Messick, 16 November 1825; Deposition of Betsy Allen, 16 November 1825; Deposition of Mary Mitchell, 16 November 1825; Deposition of John Sikes, ca. 1825; Deposition of Margret Sikes, 17 November 1825; Jonathan Bryan to Ann Jane Bryan, 9 November 1825
Pages of Related Documents:12

People Associated with Petition 11282712

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:10/21/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:6/24/2008 10:33:00 PM