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Bertie L. McGlothlin Anderson vs. James R. Anderson

Petition for Divorce, 1905

Source: Sumner County, TN Loose Records: Case No. 13270

Typed & Contributed by Linda Carpenter


To the Hon. B. D. Bell, Judge etc. of the 9th Judicial Circuit, holding the Circuit Court for Sumner County at Gallatin, Tennessee.

The petition of Mrs. Bertie L. Anderson, a citizen and resident of Sumner County, Tennessee.


James R. Anderson, a non resident of the State of Tennessee and a citizen and resident of the State of Washington.

Petitioner would respectfully show to the court that she and the defendant were married in Sumner County, Tennessee on the 23rd day of October, 1898, and they continued to live together as man and wife until the 13th day of September, 1900. On said date, to wit, September 13th, 1900, the defendant willfully and maliciously and without any reasonable cause deserted your petitioner and has never since that time returned. Petitioner has been a resident of the State of Tennessee for more than two years. Petitioner would show that she at all times endeavored to comply fully with her marital obligations and performed faithfully and as best she could the duties incumbent upon her as the wife of the defendant; but not withstanding these facts the defendant as above stated, without any reasonable cause whatever, willfully and maliciously deserted and abandoned her on September 13th, 1900 and has since that time become a resident of the State of Washington. She would further show that occasionally during the first two years of his absence from her, he would send her at different times small sums of money, but same was wholly insufficient for her maintenance and support; and that since said date, or for more than two years before the filling of this petition, the defendant has never sent her any money or contributed anything whatever to her support and has wholly failed and refused to provide for her and has not even communicated with her by letter or otherwise.

Petitioner therefore avers and charges that the defendant James R. Anderson has for more than two next before the filling of this petition willfully and maliciously deserted and abandoned petitioner and still continues said abandonment and desertion, all without any just or reasonable cause whatever.

The premises seen and considered, petitioner prays to be allowed to file this petition in this honorable court, that publication be made for the defendant who is a non-resident of the State of Tennessee, requiring him to appear and answer this bill, but not under oath, his oath being waived; that upon the hearing your petitioner be granted an absolute divorce from the defendant and that the bonds of matrimony subsisting between petitioner and the defendant be perpetually annulled and dissolved; and that her maiden name, Bertie L. McGlothlin be restored to her.

Grant petitioner general and special relief.

Baskerville & Collier - Solicitor for Petitioner

State of Tennessee, Sumner County - Comes Bertie L. Anderson, the petitioner in the foregoing petition and makes oath in due form of law the facts therein stated are true to the best of her knowledge and belief; that her complaint is not made out of levity or by collusion with the defendant but in sincerity and truth and for the causes mentioned in the petition; and that owing to her poverty she is unable to bear the expense of the action which she is about to commence and that she is justly entitled to the redress sought to be the best of her relief.

Bertie L. Anderson

Subscribed and sworn to before me this 3rd day of August, 1905.

W. C. Austin - Notary Public

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