Source: TSL&A Microfilm A 5078
Loose Record #4981
Transcribed by Jan J. Barnes
To the Hon. W. L. Cook, Judge etc., holding the Circuit Court for Sumner County, Tennessee at Gallatin, Tenn.
John Crenshaw, a citizen and resident of Sumner County, Tennessee,
Kate Crenshaw, a citizen and resident of Sumner County, Tennessee, Defendant.
Complainant would respectfully show to the Court:
That he and the defendant were married in Sumner County, Tennessee, in March 1907 and lived together until February 1912, when the defendant willfully and maliciously deserted your complainant and has been absent without a reasonable cause for two whole years next preceeding the filing of this petition in your Honors Court.
Defendant left home and went to Nashville, and failing to return home within a reasonable time complainant wrote to her making inquiry as to the cause of the delay, and her reply was that she was not coming home, that she did not know that she was ever coming back. She, however returned some five months thereafter but refused to live with complainant.
Complainant gave the defendant no cause or just excuse for deserting him, and did all within his power to make her happy and contented, but all to no effect.
Premises considered, Complainant prays:
That process issue and be served upon defendant. That she be required to appear and answer this bill, her answer upon oath being waived: That at the hearing of this cause he be granted an absolute divorce and restored to all the rights and privileges of an un-married man.
Grant complainant such other, further and general relief as the nature
of the case may require, as in duty bound he will ever pray.
John Crenshaw makes oath in due form of law that the facts stated in his
foregoing bill are true to the best of his knowledge and belief and that
his complaint is not made out of levity or any collusion with the defendant
but in sincerity and truth for the cause mentioned in the bill.
Jno (his mark) Crenshaw
Subscribed and sworn to before me,
This May the 5th, 1917.
O. D. Moore
I am complainants surety for the cost of this cause.
Jno B. Swaney
The Sumner County Marriage Index has John Crenshaw and Kate Mills, 28 April 1907.