Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 2, Number 2, May, 1992 Page: 126
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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
Jesse Robinson }
Sarah, alias Sally )
In this case the parties appeared by their attorneys and a jury being the
following persons (viz.) John J. Lackey, David Ives, Wm. G. Hunt, Ethelbert B. Fowlkes,
William Alley, Patrick Reels, John W. Hodges, Wm. C. Baxter, John Morris, W. J. E.
Heard, John Pinchback, and John Harwell, twelve good and lawful citizens of Colorado
County, who being duly sworn to try the same do say, we, the jury find for the Plaintiff
a Divorce on the grounds of excesses and cruel treatment on the part of the Defendant
and that all the property personal, be equally divided between the parties after the pay-
ment of all the Debts now existing against them.
signed John W. Hodges, foreman
wherefore by reason of the law and the facts and the verdict of the jury, it is considered
by the court that the holy bonds and civil writes of matrimony now existing by and
between the plaintiff and defendant in this suit be and the same are hereby dissolved,
annulled, and declared void from this time forward and forever from each other as man
and wife from this time forward forever and it is further considered by the court that the
costs of suit be equally divided between the parties so as that each one pays all the costs
that they created and that execution issue for the same against the parties respectively. 12
Houston, Austin: The University of Texas Press, 1938, volume 1, p. 331). According to most accounts, this
blind woman was Millsaps. No verification of this assertion has been found. The papers of her suit against
Robinson contain no mention of any disability.) When she returned, she found Robinson on the land in the
process of having it surveyed. She sued to have his surveying stopped and to have the property awarded to
her. She did, on August 6, 1838, manage to secure an injunction enjoining Robinson "from all further
proceedings in the premises," but her case was dismissed on a technicality at the March 1839 district court
term in Jackson County. See Cause File 17 and District Court Minutes, Volume A-1, pp. 56-57, both in the
Office of the District Clerk, Jackson County, Texas.
12 The court says nothing about the custody of the children, but it seems that Jesse got them, at
least eventually, for, as previously mentioned, they were living with him when the 1850 federal census taker
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