State v. Thomas P. Reed

Order: 
Supreme Court Case Name: 
State v. Thomas P. Reed
Case Date: 
1855
Court Origin: 
Circuit - Criminal
Cause/Crime: 
Illegitimate Child/Bastardy

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County:

Division: 
East
Number of Pages: 
43
Notes / Description: 

Elizabeth (Betsy) Ann Williams, single woman, testified that Reed was the father of her illegitmate child, leading to prosecution of Reed for bastardy. Williams lived at Reed's house in the fall before the child was born. Lots of witnesses, including some who testified that, on one day, Reed's wife went to her brother-in-law's, Reed & Williams stayed at home, & Reed's children were seen playing in the yard & barn.