Tuesday, March 28, 2017

When “late” doesn’t mean dead (spinoff one)

Yesterday I posted about a 1825 divorce case.  You can read the post HERE.  There is some wording in the divorce that is interesting and it could trip someone up.

“To the Sheriff of Jackson County Greeting: We command you, that of the goods and chattels, Lands and Tenements of Wm C. Seaman for Catherine Grantham late of your county…” [emphasis mine]

late of your county sounds like Catherine is dead, especially since someone else, William Seaman, is acting on her behalf. In this case “late of your county” simply means that she used to live in Jackson County, Mississippi where the order was being served. Catherine was now living in Marion County where the divorce was filed.

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