Another break-through in documentation on the Meredith family line. As you can see in my 2006 post I was grappling with the Meredith families in the Pulaski County, Virginia, vicinity. I ultimately started trying to piece together ever Meredith family in all Pulaski County, and outside if they were linked as well. It was time-consuming and I stored/shared all the information in what is now FamilySearch.
By the time 2012 rolled around, I felt I could write the history of James Thomas Ross. I was convinced by the information in that post that James Thomas Ross, aka James R Meredith, was the son of 1805 James Meredith. Of course, this is not without its disputes. But this latest discovery very much confirms that earlier belief of 1805 James Meredith as the father. Sallie, James wife, indicates a bastard son by the name of James R Meredith.
First is this Court filing:
“To the Hon – John K Fulton
“Judge of Pulaski Cir. Court –
“Sheweth unto your Honor your Oratrix Sallie Meredith that in the year 1818 or about that time she intermarried with one James Meredith by whom she has had 7 children all of whom have long since married leaving your Oratrix and said husband living at the old homestead.
“Your Oratrix says she has always been a dutiful and affectionate wife true to her marriage vows and strictly observant of all the duties pertaining to her marriage relations. That she has until afflicted by age and infirmities, always been a hard laboring woman often making a hand in the field besides doing her own housework.
“That after her love, continuance, and obedience towards her husband, he has been grossly negligent and brutally cruel toward your Oratrix who further charges that for about 15 years he has been continually and grossly guilty of adultery. Your Oratrix further says that she is brought to this humiliating necessity of charging that for the greater part of the 15 years her said husband has treated her so inhumanly by harsh language, threats, blows, and more especially by bringing lewd women (for his own lustful designs) to your Oratix’s home, that she has been compelled to leave her own home and seek support and the protection of her children to whom she is indebted for the same.
“That she is aged and feeble and constantly requires especial help and support which her said husband refuses to give as he has long since threatened he would do.
“Your Oratrix further insists that it is very hard that she should be thus cast off and neglected in her old days after he has largely contributed by her labor and economy, in assisting her said husband in acquiring considerable property, which said property was conveyed in part to her son S. W. [Sebastian W] Meredith and in part (the Homestead tract) to one James R. Meredith a bastard son of her said husband, which said conveyances your Oratrix charges were Made and accepted with the intentions of depriving your Oratrix of any means of support. See copies of several deeds filed herewith and and prayed to be taken as part of this Bill.
“She insists upon her own upright conduct as a wife, upon the brutal and adulterous of her said husband and upon the inhuman and collusive action of S. W. Meredith and James R. Meredith in an effort to deprive your Oratrix of any means or hope of support.
“Your Oratrix is advised that a court of equity will interpose and enter such orders as will give her such relief as she requires, beit to that end will set aside the deeds herein named.
“Being without remedy at law and remediable only in a court of equity where matters of this kind are alone cognizable, to the end that she may obtain relief your Oratrix prays that her husband James Meredith and also S. W. Meredith, and James R. Meredith herein named being made parties defendant in this Bill and be required to answer all its allegations fully upon oath.
“That because of your Oratrix age, and necessities your Honor will order the proper party or parties to pay to your Oratrix a sum of money sufficient to enable her to carry on this suit and also for her support and maintenance during its pendency.
“That your Honor will also make such decrees and orders as may be necessary to provide for her future support, and if proper, to discharge her indebtedness for her past support and maintenance during the time the same has been withheld by her husband, and if necessary set aside the deeds herein named.
“May your Honor grant the [not sure the word, looks like ‘Cmmn’s’, Commons?] Writ of [not sure, looks like Sfa or Spa] directed and grant all such further general and special relief as to equity belongs and the nature of the case may require.
“And as no duty bound your Oratrix will even pray be.
“Sallie Meredith by Cecil P [M or Y]
The outside of the paperwork is scanned:
“Sallie Meredith vs James Meredith et als
“Bill and Ex’s.
“September Rules 1882
“Bill filed De nisi
“Octo Rules Bill taken for confessed and cause set for hearing
Another page of the case:
“Sallie Meredith vs James Meredith et als } In chancery
“All the matters in controversy in this cause having been compromised agreed and settled by consents of parties, it is adjudged, ordered, and decreed that this suit is dismissed and the cash of the defendants, provided in legal attorneys fee shall be taxed herein.
Then this affidavit:
“Sallie Meredith vs. James Meredith et als } Affidavit in Chy
“David C Meredith and Louisa Covey make oath and say that they have heard the Bill in the above named cause read and that the allegations herein contained are substantially true.
“Affiants further state that the Plaintiff Sallie Meredith is very feeble and is entirely dependent upon the charity for a support and that she is greatly in need of assistance.
“Sworn to before me by David C. Meredith and Louisa Covey this 8th day of Sept 1882
“Walter [Ssipton?] [N?] P. for Carroll Co. Va
“Sallie Meredith vs. James Meredith et all } Affidavit
“This day Willem [Witten] Cecil and John G. Cecil personally appeared before me in my County of Carroll and make oath and say that they have heard the Bill read and in the above named cause read and that the allegations therein contained are substantially true.
“Affiant further state that they live near said Sallie Meredith and know that she is aged and in feeble health and is greatly in need of assistance.
“W. H. Sunderland Clerk Carroll County Court.
Then attached are the deeds mentioned in the Complaint. First is the one to S. W. Meredith of about 6 acres dated 28 July 1881.
Then the deed to James R. Meredith of 40 acres for $10 on 26 July 1881. This deed also tells that it is part of a tract of 1,000 acres, so James Meredith Sr had quite a bit of land.
Then another deed to Sebastian W Meredith of about 60 acres dated 7 February 1870.