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DIVORCE PETITION, FRANKLIN CO. MO.
John Eads :
To the Honorable Nathaniel B. Tucker, Judge of the Circuit Court ofthe
Southern Circuit of Missouri Territory.
Your petitioner Nancy Edds states that sometime in the year 1795in the
State of Tennessee she was married to John Edds and lived with him ashis dutiful and obedient wife. That for many years they lived inharmony and peace but now so it is that in September 1816 that saidJohn Edds for reasons unknown to your petitioner forcibly drove yourpetitioner out of his house and then at divers other times ill treatedand abused your petitioner and threatned to destroy her life and fromthat time until this day refuses to let your
petitioner ( original document torn here) and still refuses to let herreturn to his dwelling and to supply her with the common necessitiesof life. Your petitioner was drove out with eight children which areyet with your petitioner without any other means of support than thatfurnished by her and their own hands. She has had ten children by saidJohn Edds. The other two are away.
Your petitioners pray your honor to cause the said John Edds tocome before you to answer your petitioner in their behalf and thatyour honor will decree your petitioner a divorce from the bed andboard of the said John Edds and will also decree to your petitioner asuitable and ample maintenance for herself and children out of theestate of said John Edds, and make such other and further decree andorder as to your honor may seem just and will ever pray.
Nancy X Edds