Finding Aid to the Petition for Edmund & Dorothea Winston

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JONES MEMORIAL LIBRARY
2311 MEMORIAL AVENUE
LYNCHBURG, VA 24501
(434) 846-0501
PETITION FOR EDMUND & DOROTHEA WINSTON, 1817
This is a portion of a petition filed by attorneys Leigh & Anthony on behalf of the
Winstons in a case against the executors of Patrick Henry's estate. Mrs. Dorothea
Dandridge Henry Winston was Patrick Henry's widow, and Fayette [LaFayette] Henry,
their son, had been Mrs. Winston's agent in the management of her interests in the
settlement of the Henry estate.
Patrick Henry had died on 6 June 1799, and his will stipulated that his wife, Dorothea,
would forfeit her inheritance should she remarry. She violated the will with her marriage
to Judge Edmund Winston on 11 June 1802, which brought on a lawsuit and delayed
probation of the will.

DOROTHEA DANDRIDGE HENRY WINSTON
Dorothea Dandridge was the daughter of Nathaniel West Dandridge of Hanover, and
the granddaughter of Gov. Alexander Spotswood. She married Patrick Henry 9 October
1777, at Scotchtown, while Henry was Governor of Virginia. The Henrys resided there
while the Capitol was being renovated. Following the death of Patrick Henry, Dorothea
married Judge Edmund Winston in 1802.
SOURCES: Campbell, Norine Dickson. Patrick Henry: Patriot & Statesman. Old Greenwich, CT: The
Devin-Adair Co., 1969; Daily, Patrick. Patrick Henry, The Last Years, 1789–1799. Bedford, VA: The
Print Shop, 1986; Knorr, Catherine. The Marriage Bonds & Marriage Returns of Charlotte County,
Virginia, 1764–1815. Pine Bluff, Ark.: author, 1951.

MS2060

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Title

Finding Aid to the Petition for Edmund & Dorothea Winston

Subject

Finding aids
Dandridge, Dorothea

Description

Finding aid to the Petition for Edmund and Dorothea Winston held at Jones Memorial Library in Lynchburg, Virginia. The petition was filed in 1817 on behalf of Dorothea Dandridge, widow of Patrick Henry, who sought to remarry in violation of the terms of Henry's will.

Creator

George M. Jones Memorial Library (Lynchburg, Va.)

Publisher

George M. Jones Memorial Library (Lynchburg, Va.)

Date

2024

Rights

George M. Jones Memorial Library (Lynchburg, Va.)

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pdf

Language

English

Identifier

JMLMS2060FA

Citation

George M. Jones Memorial Library (Lynchburg, Va.), “Finding Aid to the Petition for Edmund & Dorothea Winston,” Digital Collections, accessed June 13, 2024, https://digitaljones.omeka.net/items/show/784.