of the October term of the
Hamilton Circuit Court, AD 1855
To the honor Edwin Bucher presiding judge of the Hamilton Circuit
in the 12th Judicial circuit of Illinois in chambers sitting.
Your Orator MARY CHARLOTTE HUTCHCRAFT, honorable complaining,
would represent unto Your Honor, that on the 3rd day of January, AD,
the County of Hamilton and State of Illinois, she was united in
according to the laws of said state, with one JOHN HUTCHCRAFT,
may be made party....to this her bill of complaint.
Your Orator would further represent unto your Honor, that since
as aforsaid with the said JOHN HUTCHCRAFT,
two children have
born unto them,
the said John and Mary Charlotte, that is to say WILLIAM
of the age of six years and CHARLY of the age of 4 years old at
date of the filing of this bill, both of which said children are in the
under the protection of your Orator.
And may it please your Honor, your
from and after her said marriage with the said JOHN HUTCHCRAFT,
conducted herself towards her said husband, as a loving and affectionate
to his wants and alleviating his cares, to the utmost of her
hoping thereby to......and receive like treatment from the said John, in
But may it please your Honor, he, the said JOHN, not regarding
solemn marriage vows, nor the comfort and well being of your Orator, did
about the .....day
of ....AD 1852, entirely abandon your Orator and has since
his determination never to return and that he, the said JOHN has now
absent for more than the space of two years (four years?)...and that he
not furnished your Orator and her little children for three years last
of the necessaries of life.
Your Orator would further represent unto your Honor, that for
past, the said JOHN has been a man of profligate habits, and of
character, and that in consequence of the said habits and character
of the said JOHN she has no longer any hopes of his being reclaimed and
with her as husband should.
But on the contrary, she fears that the said
may return and forcibly take from her said children and that they may
by his own wicked and abandoned maintain of life.
And now your Orator prays, your Honor, that on a final hearing of
bill of complaint, your Honor may render a decree wholly dissolving the
matrimony heretofore existing between your Orator and the said JOHN
HUTCHCRAFT and that the same may be hence forth .......null and void,
and further more that the right to the custody of the said minor
ordered, adjudged, and decreed to remain in your Orator, and furthermore
Orator prays your Honor in consideration of the circumstances, that
peoples most gracious want of subponead in chambers may be issued to the
JOHN HUTCHCRAFT commanding he and as in duty bound will even
Carpentier ? ??
August 14, 1855