Creator

Date Original

1822

Description

This is the prosecuting attorney's indictment of William McFadin and Polly Taylor for illegal cohabitation.

Biographical/Historical Note

This indictment for illegal cohabitation is an excellent example of how our legal system is constantly evolving. Through new cases, new legislation, and social or cultural movements, the body of laws which governs society are continually reshaped.

Transcription

United States of America
Territory of Arkansas
County of Lawrence
In the circuit court in and for the
county of Lawrence of January Term
in the year of our Lord one thousand
eight hundred and twenty two
The Grand Jurors of the United States
impannelled[sic] charged and sworn to inquire in and
for the body of the county of Lawrence
aforesaid upon their oath present that
William McFadin and Polly Taylor late
of said county did on the first day of January
- - - in the Township of Strawberry and
county aforesaid and still do unlawfully live
and cohabit together in a state of for-
nication the said William and the said
Polly not being married to each other
to the great detriment and evil
example of all good citizens and
against the peace and dignity of the
United States and of this territory
And this we find upon the
information of two of our body
T. Dickinson Prosecuting attorney
under the direction of the court

Physical Description

Document, 8" x 12.5"

Subjects

Documents; Manuscripts; Law; Marriage; Relations between the sexes; Crimes; Housing; Laws; Legislation

Contributor

Townsend Dickinson

Geographical Area

Strawberry Township, Lawrence County (Ark.)

Language

English

Identifier

MSNE.0070, Box 11, Folder 890

Resource Type

Text

Collection

Lawrence County (Ark.) Circuit Court records, MSNE.0070

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives

Recommended Citation

Illegal Cohabitation: United States v. McFadin and Taylor, Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives, Powhatan, Arkansas.

Rights

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Disciplines

United States History

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