Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams
This legal document, Sebrina Hopkins vs. Freeman Hopkins, is a bill charging Freeman Hopkins with "extreme and exhaustive cruelty" due to the abandonment of his wife, Sebrina Hopkins, and family after he sent them to Illinois from New York on the promise that he would join them but failed to do so and instead proceeded to leave them destitute while he committed adultery numerous times. Mrs. Hopkins was thus "compelled to labor hard to support the family" during the five or six years after Mr. Hopkins abandoned her and their children in Illinois. The bill, dated November 10, 1855, is seeking relief be mandated of Mr. Hopkins on behalf of Mrs. Hopkins. The bill was filed by the Sangamon County Illinois clerk on November 17, 1855.
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Document, Bill Charging Abandonment and Adultery, Sebrina Hopkins v. Freeman Hopkins, November 1855, Original Manuscript Collection, Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana, Mississippi State University Libraries.