William P. Henson v. Rachel Hickey

Order: 
Supreme Court Case Name: 
William P. Henson v. Rachel Hickey
Case Date: 
1860
Court Origin: 
Circuit - Civil
Cause/Crime: 
Child Custody

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Division: 
East
Number of Pages: 
19
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Case originally State v. Henson in which Henson was charged with bastardy. Martha Hickey, a single woman, declared Henson the father of her illegitimate child. Henson petitioned to change the name of his child from Sheadrick Hickey to Henson and to adopt the child as a legal heir. Rachel Hickey, Sheadrick's grandmother, suing Henson over custody. Court ruled in Henson's favor. Hickey appealed.