Petition #11282302


Jane Welborn informs the General Assembly that she married her husband John in 1776 and remained with him until 1793 when she "was compelled to separate herself" from him due to his intolerable "abusive treatment and dissipated habits." Welborn relates that "her said Husband since the time of their separation has been stroling about the Country without being of much benefit to himself of any person else." The petitioner reveals that she inherited a life interest in five slaves from her stepfather William Bell but she laments that "the lifetime right in said slaves has been sold to satisfy said Husband's debts." Welborn therefore prays that a law be passed "securing to her such estate as she may hereafter acquire by gift descent or her own industry."

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Repository: North Carolina Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, North Carolina