Bastardy Warrant, Annie Combs vs. William F. Combs


Russell Co. Virginia Law Order Book No. 15, 1864-1867, Page 174
08 May 1866

Annie Combs, Plt vs Wm. F. Combs Deft
On a warrant of Bastardy

George Musick having returned an examination of Annie Combs of this county single white woman taken before him in writing upon oath upon which examination the said Annie Combs charged William F. Combs with being the father of her Bastard Child, and the said Justice also returned a warrant issued by him for the the[sic] apprehension of the said William F. Combs together with the recognizance entered into by the said Wm. F. Combs when brought before him to appear here and to abide and perform such order as this court should make concerning the same whereupon the said Wm. F. Combs appeared accordingly and the said Annie Combs this day came into court and being sworn and examined and fully heard this court upon the whole circumstances of the case doth adjudge the said Wm. F. Combs to be the father of the said Bastard Child. Therefore it is ordered that the said Wm. F. Combs be charged with annual payment of fifteen dollars to the overseers of the poor of said County for the space of Six years and five months yet to come in case the said Child shall live so long and to pay the costs in this behalf expended and that the said Wm. F. Combs pay the same accordingly at the end of every year untill[sic] the expiration of the said Six years and five months and thereupon the said Wm. F. Combs with Thompson to be his security come into court and acknowledged their bond jointly and severally in the sum of two hundred and ten dollars conditioned for the faithful performance of this order of Court. And on the trial of this cause the overseers of the poor at the instance of Anna[sic] Combs by their counsel excepted to an opinion of the court given upon the said trial and tendered their Bill of exception which was received signed and and[sic] sealed by the Court and ordered to be made part of the record in said cause which Bill of exception is in the following words to wit; The overseers of the poor at the instance of Annie Combs against Wm. F. Combs on a warrant of Bastardy upon the trial of this cause Annie Combs the Bastard Child proved that Wm. F. Combs was the father of her Bastard Child that said Child was seven months old and was a male child and that she was a single white woman and has lived in this county. No other evidince[sic] not offered upon that point. It was further proved on the part of the plaintiff By Dale Carter and Thomas D. Kernan that it was worth not less than one dollars per week to support a child of that age untill[sic]it becomes able to support itself, and by Archer Jessee another witness that it was worth not less than seventy five cents per week to furnish such support. And upon the part of the Defendant two witnesses James O. Fraley and L. D. Vaughn were introduced who proved that it was worth more than seventy five cents per week to support such a child and the foregoing being all the facts proved in the cause the court upon hearing the testimony decided that the Defendant should pay to the overseers of the poor for the support of the Bastard child aforesaid the sum of fifteen dollars per year for six years and five months from which said opinion and decision of the court the plaintiff by her counsel excepts and prays that this her bill of exception be signed sealed and made part of the record which is accordingly done.

Russell Co. Virginia Law Order Book 15, Page 179
05 Jun 1866

This day William Combs in his own proper person and moved the court for leave to exercise the rights of expatriation persuant to the law of the commonwealth of Virginia which is granted unto him and thereupon the said Combs by open verbal declaration made in open Court did declare that he relinquishes the character of a citizen of the commonwealth of Virginia and that he intended to depart out of the same immediately, it is therefore ordered that the said declaration be spread on the records of our said court and that the said Combs be hereforth deemed and held to be no citizen of the state of Virginia.

Russell Co. Virginia Law Order Book 15, Page 215
07 August 1866

The attorney prosecuting for the Commonwealth in this county and with the consent of the court saith that he will not prosecute the following cases any further.
Commonwealth vs. Wm. Combs { Adultery


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