Source: TSL&A Microfilm #11
Sumner County Circuit Court Minutes
Feb 1893 - Jun 1897
Transcribed by Jan J.
October 24, 1895
T. J. Crafton vs Nora Crafton Pro Confesso
In this cause it duly appearing to the Court that the defendant Nora Crafton has been regularly served with subpoena to answer Complainant bill for Divorce and she having failed to appear and make defense to said bill within the time required by law it is ordered by the court that Judgment pro confesso be taken and entered against the defendant and the cause set for hearing exparte.
Final Decree for Divorce
In this cause it appearing to the court that Judgment pro confesso having been entered and entered against the defendant and it appearing to the court from the proof in this cause that the defendant did evilfully and maliciously desert and abandon the petitioner without any reasonable cause or provocation whatever and the desertion was more than two whole years before the filing of the bill in this cause. It is therefore ordered and adjudged by this court that the bonds of matrimony subsisting between them be dissolved and that the Plaintiff and his security J. W. Crafton pay the cost of the cause for which fifa may ensue.
Thomas Jefferson Crafton was married four times.
From the Sumner County Marriage Index:
T. J. Crafton married Sallie Austin 7 Sept. 1876. Sallie was the daughter of Samuel Austin and Mary Angeline Pitt. Sallie is buried in the Crafton Cemetery on Crafton Road - 1 Dec 1857 - 19 Jan 1893.
T. J. Crafton married Nora White (SCMI) 2 Aug 1893. Divorced October 24, 1895.
T. J. Crafton married Delia F. McGlothlin (SCMI) 25 Oct 1895. Divorce proceedings began in October, 1896.
T. J. Crafton married Alice Miller (SCMI) 29 Dec 1899.
Thomas Jefferson Crafton is buried beside Sallie in the Crafton Cemetery, b 10 Dec 1847; d 6 Aug 1912.