Source: TSL&A Microfilm Roll #5082
Loose Record #5499
Transcribed by Jan J. Barnes
To the Honorable W. L. Cook, Judge, etc, holding the Circuit Court for
Sumner County, Tennessee, at Gallatin:
Mrs. Cammie Crafton, a resident of Sumner County, Tennessee, Petitioner, vs. Leo Crafton, a non-resident of Tennessee, and a resident of Indiana, Defendant
Petitioner would respectfully show to the Court:
That she and the defendant were married in Sumner County, Tennessee, on the 18th day of January, 1922, where they lived together as husband and wife until the 9th day of May, 1922, when the defendant willfully and maliciously deserted petitioner, and that he has continued said desertion, without a reasonable cause, ever since, during which time he has failed to provide for her; that he has abandoned her turned her out of doors, and refused to provide for her, without cause.
Petitioner would further show that the defendant during their marriage was, and still is, guilty of habitual drunkenness, and that he contracted the habit of drunkenness after their marriage.
The residence of the parties is as stated in the caption, petitioner having been a resident of Sumner County Tennessee all of her life.
No children have been born to the union of petitioner and defendant.
Premises seen and considered, petitioner prays that non-resident publication be made for the defendant, requiring him to appear and answer this bill, but not on oath, his oath to his answer being waived; that on the hearing petitioner be granted an absolute divorce from the defendant, and vested with all the rights of an unmarried person; and grant that her maiden name, Cammie Hodges, be restored to her.
Grant petitioner such other general and special relief to which she may justly be entitled.
Collier & Denning
Attorneys for Petitioner
State of Tennessee,
The petitioner, Mrs. Cammie Crafton, makes oath in due form of law that the facts and things stated in her foregoing bill are true, that her complaint is not made out of levity, or by collusion with the defendant, but in sincerity and truth, for the cause mentioned in the bill; and she further solemnly swears that, owing to her poverty, she is unable to bear the expense of the suit which she is about to commence, and that she is justly entitled to the redress sought, to the best of her knowledge and belief.
Mrs. Cammie Crafton
Subscribed and sworn to before me,
this the 6th day of April, 1923
Harvey L. Brown
C. C. Clerk