This is the prosecuting attorney's indictment of William McFadin and Polly Taylor for illegal cohabitation.
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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
Document, 8" x 12.5"
Documents; Manuscripts; Law; Marriage; Relations between the sexes; Crimes; Housing; Laws; Legislation
Strawberry Township, Lawrence County (Ark.)
MSNE.0070, Box 11, Folder 890
Lawrence County (Ark.) Circuit Court records, MSNE.0070
Arkansas State Archives
Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives
Illegal Cohabitation: United States v. McFadin and Taylor, Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives, Powhatan, Arkansas.
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