Source: TSL&A Microfilm #51
Transcribed by Jan Barnes
Be it remembered that on the 7th day of February 1859 this cause came
on to be heard and was heard before the worshipful County Court of Sumner
upon the petition of petitioner which is in the following words to wit:
To the Worshipful County Court of Sumner County.
Your petitioner Mary Sarver would represent and show unto your worships that she resides in Sumner County that many years ago her son Quinton Sarver had a natural daughter by one Majah Ramsey, said daughter was by the name of Isabella. Your petitioner would show your worships that said Isabela is now
about 27 years old and that before she was two years old the mother of
the said Isabella gave her to your petitioner and she has raised and that
she has continued to live with her up to this time and has ever been to her
a dutiful and obedient child, that she has now and ever has had all
the love and affection that mother could have for a child which love and
affection is mutual, Petitioner has no near relation except a brother who
is well of and but one child. She would show your worships that the
said Isabella intermarried with one James Meador, but she is now a widow
with two children, and your petitioner for these reasons desires to adopt
the said Isabella Meador as her child with all the rights of inheritance
and succession that she would be entitled to as if she were her own child,
to this end she prays your worship to decree her the adopted child of petitioner
with all the rights that she would have if she were the legitimate child
of petitioner and as in duty bound she will ever pray etc.
Mary (her mark) Sarver
And the Court being satisfied with the reasons mentioned in said petition doth grant the prayer in the same contained and does hereby decree the said Isabella Meadors to be the adobted child of the petitioner Mary Sarver with all the privileges of a legitimate child and with power and capacity to inherit and suceed to the real and personal estate of the said Mary Sarver as heir and next of kin, and all other rights and privileges conferred by law upon an adobted child. It is further decreed that petitioner pay the cost of this proceeding.