Loose records: #5399
Transcribed by Jan J.
A. L. Short
-v- } Final Decree
In this cause it duly appearing to the court that the defendant has been regularly brought before the Court by service of process and has failed to appear and make defense within the time required by law, it is therefore ordered by the Court that complainants bill be taken for confessed and cause set for hearing exparte.
To the Hon. J. W. Stout, Chancellor, holding the Chancery Court for Sumner
County, Tennessee, at Gallatin, Tenn.
A. L. Short, a citizen and resident of Sumner County, Tennessee Complainant,
Nannie Short, 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, on the 25th day of September, 1911, and lived together as man and wife until the 18th day of September, 1914, when the defendant willfully and maliciously deserted your complainant and has been absent without a reasonable cause for more than two whole years next preceeding the filing of this bill in this Court.
Complainant would further show that he has made repeated efforts to induce the defendant to return to and live with him, but that she has upon all occasions refused to do so and has stated to others that she never expected to live with your complainant again.
Complainant would further show that he made the defendant a good, kind and provident husband, and did not in any way whatever give her any just cause or excuse for deserting him.
Your complainant is now, and has been a citizen of Sumner County, Tennessee, for more than two whole years next preceeding the filing of this petition in this Court.
Premises considered, complainant prays: -
That process issue and be served upon the defendant, that she be required to appear and answer this bill, her answer upon oath being waived. That at the hearing of this cause complainant be granted an absolute divorce and restored to all the rights and privileges of an unmarried man.
Grant complainant such other, further and general relief as the nature of the case may require, as in duty bound complainant will ever pray.
J. T. Durham
A. L. Short 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 by collusion with the defendant, but in sincerity and truth for the causes mentioned to the bill.
A. L. Short
Subscribed and Sworn to before me,
This the 16 day of September 1916.
J. W. Hill, Clerk
We acknowledge ourselves sureties for the cost of the above style cause.
A. L. Short
D. E. Short
This cause was this day heard before the Hon. J. W. Stout Chancellor upon the petition filed & proconfesso heretofore taken and entered of record and the oral testimony of witnesses examined in open court.
When it appeared to the satisfaction of the Court from the proof that complainant & defendant were married in Sumner County Tennessee on the 25th day of September 1911 and lived together until the 13th day of Sept. 1914 when the defendant willfully & maliciously deserted complainant & has been absent without reasonable cause for more than two whole years before the filing of the bill in this cause, it is therefore ordered by the court that the bonds of matrimony subsisting between comp. & defendant be dissolved & for naught held & that comp. be returned to all the rights & privileges of an unmarried man.
It is further ordered that comp. pay the cost of this cause except the state and county tax which will be paid by the defendant for which fi fa will issue.