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First Divorce in Tishomingo County

 Whom God had joined together Stephen Adams put asunder.



The first divorce granted in Tishomingo County was on October 12, 1841.  This case was styled Louisa Hampton vs. B. M. Hampton, and was first filed on June 10, 1840, but dismissed at the request of the plaintiff.  The following year, proceedings were again instituted and at the October term of the Circuit Court, 1841, Judge Stephens Adams presiding, the following decision was handed down:


“This cause came on to be heard by the court, and it appearing to the court that the facts as charged in the bill are true, and that a subpoena regularly issued, and that the defendant having wholly failed to answer or deny the facts as stated and the plaintiff having fully established her charges as stated in her bill, it is ordered, adjudged and decreed by the court that she be wholly and entirely dissolved from the bonds of matrimony, and that the bonds be forever dissolved, annulled and made void, and that she be wholly freed from all restraint arising there from, and that the costs be taxed to the defendant.”


Source:  Nabors, S. M.  History of Old Tishomingo County 1832-1940.


Contributed by Tishomingo County Historical & Genealogical Society.


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