Champaign County Court of Common Pleas cohabitating complaint. Ohio vs. Jacob Fritzel

Cohabiting and carnally knowing Polly Hunter

Champaign County Court of Common Pleas cohabitating complaint. Ohio vs. Jacob Fritzel

1811. Single sheet approx. 6½" x 8½", docketed on verso; previous fold neatly strengthened on verso; very good. Jacob Fritzel, "late of the township of Salem," in Champaign Country "Did unlawfully cohabit with & then & there carnally know Polly Hunter ... against the peace and dignity of the state of Ohio." It is possible that her husband William Hunter brought this complaint and it was witnessed by Christopher Wood, Sam. Powell, Dav Parkmann, and Geo. Saunders. The Ohio law stated: That if any married woman shall hereafter desert her husband, and Cohabitation in live and cohabit with another man, in a state of adultery, she shall, upon adultery, conviction thereof, be imprisoned in the cell or dungeon of the jail of the county, and be fed on bread and water only, not exceeding thirty days, and if any married man, shall hereafter desert his wife, and live and cohabit with any other woman, in a state of adultery, or if any married man living with his wife, shall keep any other woman, and notoriously cohabit with her in a state of adultery, every person so offending shall, on conviction thereof, be fined in any sum not exceeding two hundred dollars, and be imprisoned in the cell or dungeon of the jail of the county, and be fed on bread and water only, not exceeding thirty days, at the discretion of the court. (The Statutes of Ohio and of the Northwestern Territory, Adopted or Enacted from 1788 to 1833 Inclusive... Corey & Fairbank, 1834. Chapter DXCIX - An act for the punishment of certain offences therein named, statute 23.). Item #57010

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