William Patton

Boone County, Missouri, Circuit Court Book A: 162, October 1825 William Patton vs. Martha Patton. Order of publication has been made and the defendant did not appear. Petitioner has good conduct and reputation. It does not appear the defendant ever lived in this state; that the offences charged did not occur under the jurisdiction of this state, no law of this state was broken. Case was dismissed.  

p. 167 William Patton appealed to the Supreme Court. Daniel P. Wilcox and Gilpin Tuttle acknowledged they owned Martha Patton $100 to be levied upon their respective goods.

He was in Boone County 23 July 1829 

William Patton vs. Martha Patton (late Martha Mark); Box 521, case #19

Sometime about March 1814 petitioner married Martha Mark and that 18 August 1821 your petitioner believe she committed adultery with one James Munroe, said Munroe living and residing in Davidson County where the Pattons were also living. He stated that he had lived in Missouri for more than one whole year prior to filing the petition and prays that the marriage be declared null and void. 10 February 1824.  

Martha was summoned. Witnesses statement were taken in Davidson County. They were Araminetta Smiley, James C. Patton, Thomas Williams and James Bodfish on behalf of William. Martha was served in Davidson County.  

Smiley testified that she was present during one of the arguments when Mrs. Patton stated that the man of whom Mr. Patton was suspicious had come into her bedroom in a state of intoxication and was found there by Patton which produced a difference and a separation. She understands that Mr. Patton actually fond him in the bed.

James C. Patton, aged about 25 years old said he had known the plaintiff from childhood and the defendant since their marriage. James C. said he boarded at the house of the plaintiff; a man named James Munro boarded there also and we slept in the same room. On the night in question Munroe retired from the sitting room and when the deponent went to bed he found Munro’s wearing apparel in our bedroom. About 12 or 1 o’clock he was awakened by a noise in the room occupied by the plaintiff and his wife. He went into the room and there found the plaintiff, his wife, and Munroe, said Munroe without any clothes except his shirt, at the moment engaged among the curtains of the bed which he appeared to have drawn with him in getting out of bed. The plaintiff had went to the country the day before and was not expected home that night. During the conversation which passed after Munroe got out of the house. James testified that Munroe was not intoxicated.  

Thomas Williams deposed about 24 years of age and said that he boarded at the house and was also raised from sleep by the disturbance. Munroe had not been intoxicated that night at supper.

James Bodfish, aged 29, was a watchman in Nashville. After trying to get into the plaintiff’s house, he then went to a house occupied by James Troy where he found Munroe with no other clothing but his shirt. Munroe told him that he had been caught with Mrs. Patton and that Patton had come in on them with a club and he Monroe and called out “Murder” and made his escape without his clothes. When Bodfish saw him he was sober. 13 January 1825.  

Outcome not in the file, but he must have been granted the divorce. The case is not reported in Missouri Reports. Nevertheless, the loose papers of the divorce file are at the Missouri Archives in the Supreme Court documents.