1818- To the Honourable Thomas Stuart ___ of the ___ of the ___ county in and for the State of Tenneessee. Your Petitioner Stephen Stalcup who is a citizen of this state and has been a resident therein from his nativity to this _ leave _ represent to your Honor that some time in January 1818 he intermarried with a certain Peggy Pill (or Pull?) of the county of Sumner and State aforesaid; that they lived together _ a few months, perhaps about four when he discovered that the said Peggy kept up an unusual intercourse with one Andrew Cavitt; that he always _ said Peffy tenderly and affectionatly _ said discovery; that he was not guilty of adultry or any offense that was _ with the matrimonial vow after said marriage until he discovered that the said Peggy was guilty of the crime of adultry with the aforesaid Cavitt. That __ his life __ and _ never since admitted him in to his _ as a wife; that after your Petitioner remained absent from this country about four months and on his return found the said Peffy actually cohabited with the said Andrew as husband and wife and says she is married to him; that h _ and believes that she has a child by the said Andrew: all of which_ deeds are _ with the matrimonial vow and have __ your Petitioners conditions intolerable __ please your Honor to dissolve the bonds of matrimony subsisting between your Petitioner and the said Peggy. Signed Stephen Stalcup ---------------------------------- State of Tenneessee Sumner County This day, Stephen Stalcup _ personally appeared before me, John Rutherford, an acting Justice of the Peace for said county and made oath, that the facts contained in the __ petition are true to the best of his knowledge and belief and that said complaint is not made out of levity or by collusion between husband and wife for the __ purpose of being freed and so separated from each other; but in sincerity and truth for the causes set forth in said petition. Signed Stephen Stalcup Sworn to me this 20th day of Sep 1819 Signed John Rutherford ---------------------------------- Stephen Stalcup vs Peggy Stalcup Petition filed 18 Sept 1819 April term 1820 Be it remembered that on the 19th day of April 1820 the last day of the above term of Sumner Co. court the above case came on for __ in part the said Peggy Stalcup was called to come into court and answer the petition of the said Stephen for a divorce but came not; that it appeared to the satisfaction of the court that a copy of the said _ petition and delivered by the sheriff of this county; that the said Petitioner Stephen Stalcup also proved to the satisfaction of the court that the said Peggy was guilty of adultry as set forth in his petition, it therefore ordered, judged, and decreed by the court that the marriage subsisting between the said Stephen Stalcup and Peggy Stalcup the above named parties be dissolved and the said Stephen Stalcup pay the costs of this suit.