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Early Twentieth Century Divorce
On the back of the papers:
District Court, Dallas County.
Ben C. Nelson, Jr.
Annie Momand Nelson
Filed Sept. 19th A.D. 1900 <Costs taxed>
Book 14/457. (Dismissed) Jan 9 1901
Cost Taxed, Book T Page 171 Box 616 R. B. Seay, Plaintiff's Attorney
No. 19039 } Suit pending in the District Court
Annie M. Nelson }
v. } of Dallas County, Texas.
B. C. Nelson,Jr. }
Now comes the plaintiff in the above entitled cause and leave of court having been first obtained files
this her first amended original petition in lieu of her original
Petition filed herein on May 2, 1900, and represents to the court:
That plaintiff is an actual bona fide inhabitant of the State of Texas, and has been a resident of the
county of Dallas for more than six months next preceding the filing of this suit. That the defendant
resides in the county of Dallas, Texas.
That plaintiff and defendant were legally married in the county of Dallas, Texas, on or about the 16th
day of July, 1899, and ever since have been and now are husband and wife.
Plaintiff now represents to the court that a short time after said marriage the defendant began/a
course of brutal, outrageous and inhuman treatment and conduct towards the plaintiff wholly
unprovoked by any act of hers, which conduct was next to insupportable, but plaintiff endered said
treatment hoping that defendant would return to a decent respect for her and their marital vows, but
instead of doing so he became more cruel and inhuman and on the 19th day of March, 1900, he
abandoned her leaving her penniless, and she was forced to go to her mother for shelter and protection.
Said cruelty in/particular as follows:
(1) The defendant after their marriage deceived her and representing that he had money to
pay their board where they were boarding in the city of Dallas, when she was a bride, and
never knew any better until she was humiliated by being notified by the landlady that
board was not paid & same yet unpaid.
(2) That the defendant shortly after their marriage began to dissipate and spend what little
money he did make gambling and in saloons. That it was a frequent occurrence for the
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