15 May 2009

An 1825 Divorce Between James & Mahala (Cottan) Patillo of Pope Co., Illinois

I've wanted this document since I found the following entry several years ago:

The Saga of Southern Illinois
Volume XXVI #3 Fall 1999
DIVORCE RECORDS - Pope County, Illinois
1820 - 1870
Submitted by Darrell Dexter
p. 37
James Pittullo, Senior v. Mahala Pittullo
Granted 8 June 1825
Mahala was found guilty of adultery by a jury.
(BOOK A, Page 329)
Original records in Circuit Clerk's office will provide more particulars

Pope County Circuit Court Records, Book A, Page 329 [Copy made at IRAD - Carbondale, IL]

James Pittullo, Senior married Mahala Cottan on 27 September 1821, as his 3rd wife, in Pope Co., Illinois. James Patillo, Sr. (ca 1768 - ca 1844), my 5th great-grandfather, moved to Grant Co., Wisconsin with other members of his family, although my branch remained in Illinois (Me, Living, Katherine Johnson, Katie Rice, Nancy Jane Patillo, Felix G. Patillo, John S. Patillo, James Patillo, Sr.) until Katherine Johnson moved to Arkansas, then to Michigan and finally to Texas (her mother, Katie Rice, may have moved to Arkanas before dying in childbirth).

The gravestone of James Patillo, Sr. was "unearthed" from a "vanished graveyard" per a 1931 newspaper article in the Fennimore Times, linked to the Wisconsin Historical Society website (I have it linked here on a previous blog).

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