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From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

1   WALTER WICKHAM - MRS. TOMMIE HARVEY WICKHAM

September 18,1909-- In the Chancery Court Judge Stout rendered a decree granting a divorce to Mrs. Tommie Harvey Wickham from her husband Walter Wickham. This case created much interest on account of the youth of the bride who is now in her fourteenth year, and has been married nearly two years. Wickham is a widower with several children and is about 45 years old.

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From: Clarksville Gazette

2   T.L. GRAY - ANN GRAY

Ann Gray has left the bed and board of T.L. Gray October 25, 1861.

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From: Clarksville Gazette

3   AMBROSE HUTCHESON - SALLY HUTCHESON

May 18, 1820---Warning-I forewarn all persons from trading with my wife Sally Hutcheson or harboring her.
Signed Ambrose Hutcheson

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From: Clarksville Gazette

4   ELIJAH WALLACE - MARTHA WALLACE

May 20, 1820---My wife Martha Wallace has left my bed and board without any just cause. I do hereby forewarn all persons from harboring her or trading with her on my account, as I am determined not to pay no debts of her contracting after this date; but if she returns and lives with me, I will treat her well. It is with deep regret and sorrow that I am compelled to pursue this course as I no spite against her.
Signed Elijah Wallace.

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From: The River Counties

5   JOHN WALL - MARY WALL

May 13,1820--I do hereby forewarn all and every person from trading with or harboring my wife, Mary Wall, on my account, as I am determined not to pay any contracts made by her.
John Wall

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From: The River Counties

6   WILLIAM HARRISON - POLLY HARRISON

October 14,1820--Whereas my wife Polly has left my bed and board without just cause--this is therefore to warn all and every person from trading with or harboring her on my account as I will pay no debts of her contracting and will prosecute any person who harbors her.
William Harrison

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From: The Weekly Chronicle

7   ABSALOM HIRES - MARY HIRES

January 27,1819--Mary Hires vs. Absalom Hires, Montgomery County.

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From: The Clarksville Chronicle

8   HIRAM CORNETT - NANCY CORNETT

September 3,1840--Nancy Cornett vs. Hiram Cornett, Montgomery County.

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From: The Clarksville Chronicle

9   WILLIAM R. RAINEY - SUSAN C. RAINEY

September 3,1840--Susan C. Rainey vs. William R. Rainey

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From: The Clarksville Jeffersonian

10   JOHN A. WITHERS - RUTH ANN WITHERS

April 16,1851--Whereas, my wife Ruth Ann having deserted my bed and board, this is to forbid all persons harboring or trusting her on my account, as I will pay no debt of her contraction after this date April 2,1851.

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From: Acts of Tennessee

11   JACOB CORDING - MARY NORMAN CORDING

September 15,1821--Jacob Cording, in 1812, a citizen of Beaufort County, North Carolina, was married to Mary Norman. They lived together twelve months. Mary was guilty of adultery. She got a venereal disease and communicated it to Jacob. On January 21,1813, they separated. He moved to Montgomery County, Tennessee and has been an inhabitant of that county three years last June.

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From: Acts of Tennessee

12   GEORGE URY - NANCY HARRIS URY

June 29,1820--George was married in 1815 to Nancy Harris. In October, 1817, she left him for three or four months. She lived with him two or three months, then in March, 1818, she left again and said she'd not return. She took property and furniture as she had before their marriage. She was his 2nd wife. He has a large family dependent upon him and has recently become disabled from a dislocation of his right hip. He is 57 years old.

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From: Genealogical Journal of Montgomery County

13   BENNET B. CORBAN - ELIZABETH CORBAN

To the Honorable Legislature of the State of Tennessee now in session.

Your Petitioner Elizabeth Corban preys a divorce of your honorable body from her husband, Bennet B. Corban who left her in October 1830 to go to Natchez as he stated for the purpose of collecting money. She further states that he left her without any provisions for sustenance more than ten days with two small children and stated that he would be back again in six weeks but have not yet returned. She states that she has frequently heard of him and have good reason to believe that he never intends coming back again. She further states that from his former conduct to her she never intends living with him again provided he should return again as she believes that she can do much better without him than with him. She further states that he left her without any just cause or provocation to the best of her knowledge and as such she hopes that your honorable body will consider her case and grant her a divorce as it is her will and wish as she is now living with her father where she believes that her situation would be more comfortable both to her and her children.
Elizabeth Corban

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 30th day of November 1831.
Attest William Polk, J.P.

We the undersigned citizens of Montgomery County do certify that we have been acquainted with Mrs. Elizabeth Corban several years and fully believe her to be a Virtues, Genteel woman and from our knowledge of her Husbands treatment toward her we do pronounce it shamefully and without any cause and we hope your Honorable Body will grant her petition.

Robert L. Phillips
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R. Kizer
J.P. Bellemy
William Phillips
H. McFall
Elias McFall
Henry Neblett
J.B. Williamson
B.M. Williamson

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From: Acts of Tennessee, 1818, 1820, 1821

14   AMBROSE HUTCHESON - SARAH HUTCHESON

Ambrose Hutcheson of Robertson County was married in 1799 to Sarah Gosset of Montgomery County. He accuses her of extreme intoxication, a very abusive tongue and says she leaves and runs him into debt. Once, when she had come back to him, she sold all of his household property in his absence. She then left again and went home to her father's in Montgomery County. It has been nearly two years since she left.

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From: Clarksville Daily Leaf Chronicle

16   COURT DOCKET

August 31,1899---Civil Court Docket:

Edward Sugg vs. Nancy Sugg
George L. Cooper vs. Otho Cooper
Mike Ward vs. Laura Ward
Marshall Howard vs. Millie Howard
Alexander Irvin vs. Fannie Irvin
Tillman Smith vs. Charlotte Smith
John Bronaugh vs Bettie Bronaugh
C.B. Bromfield vs. Maria Bromfield
Boyd Baetey vs. Cluice Baetey
Jim Bradshaw vs. Willie Bradshaw
Charles Bowles vs. Emma Bowles
John Bunch vs. Vici Bunch
Dave Cowherd vs. Dora Cowherd
Louis Dickerson vs. Mary J. Dickerson
John Hester vs. Annie Hester
Henry Moore vs. Lula Moore
J.O. Chilton vs. Bettie Chilton
James Rice vs. Mary Rice
Alex Perry vs. Annie Perry
Charles Peterson vs. Jennie Peterson
Henry Parish vs. Tony Parish
Frank Neville vs. Pearl Neville
Lee Wray vs. Emma Wray
Ed Suggs vs. Mary Suggs
Thomas Lee Young vs. Lizzie Young
William Young vs. Phoebe Young
Wash Turner vs. Cynthia Turner
Allen Ramsey vs. Leona Ramsey
W.A. Rivers vs. Lizzie Rivers
R.T. Dill vs. Dora Dill
Moses Cross vs. Polly Cross

The Chronicle editor comment: "At this rate, Montgomery County will have no married people."

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From: Daily Tobacco Leaf Chronicle

17   BEN BRYANT - JOSEPHINE BRYANT

January 13,1891---The courthouse is rather dull now---the only manifest interest being in the Circuit Court.
This tribunal is still engaged in hearing the suit of Josephine Carver Bryant vs. Ben Wright Bryant for divorce. The parties are white and live in District 20 of this county. The couple had lived together only a short time (married in 1888) and the wife accuses the husband of not complying with the marriage contract and wants to be set free again. The husband in turn holds that he has not violated the contract and does not want the wife to have a divorce. Thus the matter stands and will take up the entire day in court.

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From: Clerk and Masters Book 1, p. 133

18   WILLIAM COLDER - MARGARET J. COLDER

March 20,1844---Be it remembered that this day, this cause was heard before the Honorable Andrew McCampbell, Chancellor, upon the Bill being regularly taken for confessed and proof in the cause and it appearing to the satisfaction of the Court that the defendant William A. Colder did willfully and maliciously abandon and desert the complainant for more than ten years before the filing of the bill without any just cause and that he still continues that abandonment and desertion. It is therefore ordered, adjudges, and decreed that the marriage existing between the complainant and the defendant heretofore be dissolved, made void and held for nothing and that the said Margaret J. Colder be restored to all the rights of a fem sole and that the complainant pay the cost.

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From: The Clarksville Chronicle

19   JONATHAN W. HALE - EVELYN HALE

March 3,1842---Whereas my wife, Evelyn Hale, has left my bed and board without any just provocation on my part, I hereby forewarn all persons that I shall pay no debts which she may contract on my account.
(Signed) Jonathan W. Hale





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