Gladis Donson included the following in her letter, speaking of William Flora:
"He was taxable in Portsmouth and Elizabeth River Parishes, Norfolk County, from 1782-1817; taxable on a slave and a horse in 1787 [note: the records here are unclear] but it may have been that William, a free Black, owned or rented a slave himself, which Blacks, in certain areas of the South, were permitted for a time to do. The practice is well known, for example, in Louisiana; taxable on 6 hourses and 4 carriage wheels in 1800; counted in a list of "free Negroes" as a pedlar living in Portsmouth with (wife?) Gracy Flora in 1801; taxable on 3 riding chairs and 6 horses"
This is all that relates to a wife, but needs added confirmation.