News from The Cartersville Courant

The Cartersville Courant
Cartersville, Georgia
October 28, 1886, Page 3
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“Local Pointers.”

C. T. Vaughan was granted a first verdict of divorce from his wife, Martha Vaughan, on Tuesday in the Superior court, on the ground of desertion.


Ellis Patterson, a colored blacksmith of this town has received notice that letter patent have been issued for his new double-foot plow.  Those who have seen the plow work say it is a good invention.  One is now on exhibition at the State Fair.


The Superior Court Tackles Two Divorce Cases, and Grants Them in Each Instance.
One Somewhat Sensational.

In the petition of William O. Jones, who sues for a total divorce from his wife, Ida, on the ground of forcible marriage, plaintiff sets out in his petition that on the 5th of May 1885 he was compelled by force to marry Ida Gaston, of this county, but he avers that he has not lived with her since the marriage.  The substance of the particulars, as alleged in his petition, is about this. On the 4th of May, 1885, A. G. Bullock and W. F. Gaston, came to the house of Rebecca Jones and M. M. Jones, where petitioner was living, Bullock being armed with a repeating pistol, alleged that the petitioner had seduced Ida Gaston, which petitioner denies, and which he says was denied by Ida Gaston in the presence of Bullock and W. F. Gaston.  The petitioner states that he was unarmed and was compelled against his will to go to the house of Hugh Gaston and marry said Ida, or die.  “They said Bullock said he had come prepared and drew his pistol and declared that he would kill petitioner if he did not go at once and marry the said Ida.”   Petitioner says he was defenseless and went with them, and they took him to the house of Hugh Gaston, guarded him all night, that some of them procured the license, and under force he was made to marry Ida Gaston.  The said W. F. Gaston, the petitioner says, brought Ida to the house of Rebecca Jones, the petitioner’s mother, and left her there.  The prayer of the petitioner is that the marriage be declared null and void, as it was obtained by force, menaces and duress.

One verdict by a jury at this term of court in favor of petitioner’s appeal has been awarded, but under the law it requires two such verdicts at different terms of court to make a total divorce.  Jones denies in the most unequivocal terms that he was falsely charged of wronging the woman.

The case of Carrie E. Bell against Bayless E. Bell, her husband, for divorce, was tried before Judge Fain and a jury Monday, and the plaintiff was awarded a verdict of absolute divorce.  The ground charged and proven to the satisfaction of the jury was cruel treatment.  Mrs. Bell’s own statement was the only evidence introduced.  The defendant did not appear, introduce witness or make any defense.  According to the law of this State, however, it is necessary that the plaintiff be awarded two verdicts, at separate terms of the court, before the divorce is really granted.


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