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J. C. TAYLOR's two wives (1887)
Posted by: Jessica Chisholm (ID *****3164) Date: May 10, 2007 at 17:52:23
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From the "Southern Reporter", vol.2, p. 581, I found this court case that might be of genealogical interest to someone. The case concerns the deceased J.C. TAYLOR, who had bigamously married one woman while still married to another, and to whom his property should be given. The case is 'Succession of TAYLOR', Supreme Court of Louisiana, 1887, on appeal from third judicial district of Claiborne parish, LA.

According to the court documents, J. C. TAYLOR married Sarah CASTLEBERRY in 1852. They seperated in 1865 but lived only a few miles apart, sharing custody of their children. In 1866 Sarah attempted to divorce him for adultery. In the meantine, J.C. eloped with a schoolteacher, the widow P.F. McFarland, and they went to Arkansas on December 9 1866 to be wed. J.C. TAYLOR then died in December 1886. In 1867, Sarah was granted a divorce from J.C. A second marriage ceremony was performed for J.C. and P.F. in 1869. The court decided that P.F. McFarland's conduct in marrying J.C. was "not characterized by good faith in law" as she knew he still had a wife living, and in fact had met Sarah on 3 occasions. The court rejected her application for herself and her children to inherit his property.


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