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Subject: [GA-ROOTS] Question on divorce in early Georgia records
Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2011 14:32:09 EDT
Do any of you know when a divorce was final in early Georgia? Was it when
it was entered into the county records or was it after the State Legislature
had acted on it?
In the Elbert County records this particular divorce was shown to be
brought up in the April 1816 session. However the State Legislature did not act on
it until the Nov Dec Session 1816.
The act from the state says that from and after the passing of this act,
the civil contracts of matrimony are hereby declared to be completely
dissolved and annulled. Approval Date: Assented to, 13th December, 1816
A man by the same name as the one being divorced married in Sept 1816.
Could it have been the same man? Perhaps he didn't know or didn't care if the
divorce was final or not. He had a son by the same name and we are trying to
determine which man it was that married.
Thanks for any input.