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Mary Sarver Exparte
Adoption of Isabella Meadors
County Court Minutes
February Term, 1859


Source: TSL&A Microfilm #51

Transcribed by Jan Barnes

© 2004

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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

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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.


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