Saturday, September 29, 2007

Bracewell, Isaac and Nancy Low of Edgecombe Co., NC

From North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal, Feb 1995: Divorces and separations from Petitions to the North Carolina General Assembly from 1779. All original papers are filed at the North Carolina State Archives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

#314. BRACEWELL (BRASWELL) Isaac and wife, Nancy (LOW). Petition of Isaac BRACEWELL of Edgecombe County notes that he married in the year 1798 to his present wife, whose maiden name was Nancy LOW... [and] for several years they enjoyed uninterrupted happiness, and he had no reason to suspect either the affection or chastity of his wife.

Circumstances however soon after occurred to prove incontestably the fallacy of his hopes, and that regardless of her duty, she had openly and shamefully violated her marriage vow - your petitioner with a vow to protect from injury the reputation of his children who must of necessity partake of the mother's guilt, would have been willing to conceal from the world the acts of their parents, yet her conduct for the last four years has been so openly at variance with either modesty or chastity that no hope of this kind remained...

Prays for a divorce from his wife aforesaid.

Dated 15 Nov 1808. /S/ Isaac BRACEWELL, Nancy (x) BRACEWELL.

Bill to divorce Isaac BRACEWELL from his wife Nancy ... that Isaac BRACEWELL be hereby divorced from his wife Nancy and the said marriage be annulled and dissolved. In senate, 19 Dec 1808, read first time and passed; in House of Commons, 19 Dec 1808, read first time and rejected. (GASR Nov.-Dec. 1808, Box: folder Senate Bills - 19 Dec.)

Is this the same Isaac??

#345. MUS(T)GRAVE, Micajah and wife, Zilpha. Petition of Micajah MUSGRAVE of Wayne County states he intermarried with Zilpha HARREL of the same county about twelve years ago. He lived peacefully with said wife until about two or three years last past, when she voided the bond of matrimony by cohabiting with other men. In the past year "she has taken up and lives with one Isaac DIZZELL and has left with your petitioner five small childern (sic) which he is oblige (sic) to support and take care of.... 11 Dated 9 Nov 1808. Rejected.

From Lois Culver,

From Grantor/Grantee Index of Johnston, Dobbs, and Lenoir Counties, North Carolina:

Book 2, Apr 1750 - Apr 1754
From: John BRACEWELL to Robert BRYAN (BRYANT), pg. 18
From: Robert BRACEWELL to John BRACEWELL, pg. 86**

This transcription was taken from the Grantor Index, but double checked against the Grantee Index. The item with the two asterisks denotes an entry appearing in the Grantee Index, but not the Grantor.

Taken from The North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal, Feb 1995

Compiled by Lois Culver