Lilburn Johnson, et al. v. State

Order: 
Supreme Court Case Name: 
Lilburn Johnson, et al. v. State
Case Date: 
1893
Court Origin: 
Circuit - Criminal
Cause/Crime: 
Unlawful Cohabitation

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Division: 
East
Number of Pages: 
24
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Add. defendant: Polly Kelly. Plaintiffs in error were accused of living together as man and wife without being legally married. Lilburn Johnson was an African American man. Polly Kelly claimed to have "mixed blood," but was considered a white woman. Witnesses noted that Polly had two "colored," children. It is unclear if Lilburn was their father. Polly and her brother James Murphy were described as having a dark complexion and "kinky," hair.