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Rutha Jane Headrick vs Robert Headrick


Chancery Court Jasper September 5th 1854 a bill for Divorce and alimony.

Be it remembered that this cause against coming on to be heard on this fifth day of September 1854 before his honor, T. NELSON VANDYKE, Chancellor and C. upon bill ordered of publication orders pro confesso proof and report of Clerks and Master in the cause and his honor being satisfied that said ROBERT HEADRICK, has maliciously and without cause abandoned his said wife for more then two years that this cause was not the effect of combination or bought out of levity that the complainant is of good character and been faithful to her marriage vows and the said complainant has two children the issue of her marriage with said defendant, HEADRICK, and that she is entitled to alimony and a tract of land of one hundred and twenty acres purchased by said, HEADRICK, from his codefendant, JOHN KELLY, and paid for by said, HEADRICK, is all the means he possessed for the support of the complainant and her children and being so satisfied his honor does fit to order adjudge and decree and does so accordingly order adjudge and decree that said RUTHA JANE HEADRICK, be forever divorced from her said husband, ROBERT HEADRICK, that the marriage here tofore subsisting be dissolved and annulled and she be restored to all her rights as a single woman that the title to the lands in the pleadings mentioned to wit one hundred and twenty acres in the County of Marion Tennessee on the south side of Tennessee River adjoining lands of, GEORGE W. RICE, DANIEL KILLGORE, and others it being the east half and south west corner of the southwest quarter of section number twenty-one on first fractional township of range seven west in the Ocoee District be forever divested out of said, JOHN KELLY, and his heirs and be vested in the said, RUTHA JANE HEADRICK, and her heirs forever, and it is further ordered adjudged and decreed by the court that said, RUTHA JANE HEADRICK, and THOMAS GRAHAM, her security pay the costs accrued this cause for which execution may issue.

A true copy for record

Received 21st of November 1854
Registered 1st Dec 1854.

Transcribed and submitted by Helen L. Smith Hoke



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