Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11283204 Details

State:North Carolina
Location:Halifax
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honouable General Assembly of the State of North Carolina
Filing Date:circa 1832

General Petition Information

Abstract:Mary Reid seeks a divorce from her husband Elias. Mary, also called Polly, confides that the said Elias, shortly after their marriage, told her "that altho she was his wife he had no regard for her" and that he "had married her alone for the property which she brought him;" said property consisted of "a very large personal estate consisting mostly of negro slaves." She further states that her husband banished her "from his house & placed her at his negro quarter where she was deprived of all the conveniences as well as necessaries of life beyond a bare sufficiency to support existence." Mary maintains "that while at the said negro quarter her provisions were measured out to her in the same way as if she had been a field labourer." Having abandoned her husband and "now destitute," the petitioner prays that "the tie which binds her to her husband" be dissolved and that she be granted "all the relief which her case shall require."
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:List of Subscribers, ca. 1832
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 11283204

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

Processing Information

Record Created:10/10/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:7/21/2008 5:35:00 PM