Palm Gooden was born on 4 Jan 1899, in Fayette County, Tennessee. His father was Edward and his mother was Ora. He married Willie (1901-1974) in 1934 in Tipton County, Tennessee. During their marriage, they had one daughter, Katherine. Palm had six brothers and six sisters. They were Robert L (b. 1895), Grace (b. 1900), Mary (b. 1901), Viola (b. 1904), Spelburn (b. 1907), Edward II (b. 1907), Abraham Lee (1908-2004), Albert (1913-1937), Braxton (b. 1914), Thelma M (1917-1998), an unknown sister (b. 1920) and Ora L (b. 1922).
Divorce 1934 – Divorce Records 1911-1950, EsHa Roll 102
TO THE HONORABLE C. B. McCLELLAND, JUDGE OF THE COUNTY COURT OF TIPTON COUNTY, TENNESSEE.
WILLIE GOODEN, a resident of Tipton County, Tennessee,
PALM GOODEN and W. M. WILLIAMSON, Trustee, both residents of Tipton County, Tennessee
Your complainant respectfully shows to the Court as follows:
That she and the defendant Palm Gooden were legally intermarried about twelve years ago and that they have lived together as man and wife until the night of January 24, 1934, when they separated, as will be set out in detail hereinafter.
She further shows to the Court that about a year ago the said defendant Palm Gooden began to grow tired of her and became enamoured with one Estelle Thomas and was constantly in her company. She further shows to the Court that upon learning of his attentions to the Thomas woman, she remontrated with him, but this served only to make him angry and caused him to curse her and on several occasions threaten to kill her.
She further shows to the Court that about two weeks ago when she remonstrated with him about his attentions to said woman, eat her so badly that she had him arrested and fined for the same; that she went back to their home and the said defendant told her that if she intended keeping after him about where he went and who he went with she had better stay away.
She further shows to the Court that on the night of January 24, the said defendant was away from home and she had occasion to look for him, and on learning that his car was parked near the house of said Thomas woman, she went to her house and found said defendant in bed with said woman. Upon their return home, the said defendant told her to get out, but finally allowed her to stay at their home until the morning of January 25, when she left.
She further shows to the Court that there was born to them one child, a girl, now seven years of age, named Katherine, who is now in the custody of the complainant, and she charges that she is a fit and proper person to have the care and custody of said child, and that the defendant is not a fit and proper person to have her care and custody.
She further shows tot he Court that said defendant is the owner of two tracts of land in the 10th Civil District of Tipton County, Tennessee, and bounded and described as follows:
FIRST TRACT: Beginning at a stake, Robert Jone’s southwest corner on Hamblett’s east line; thence north 1.25 west 6 chains to a stake in Jon’s west line; thence across a field north 88 east 22.51 chains to a stake; thence south 3.25 east 6.03 chains to a stake in Jone’s south line; thence south 87.75 west 23.57 chains to the beginning, containing 13.71 acres.
SECOND TRACT: Beginning at a stake in the field, the southwest corner of a 50.44 acre tract belonging to George Boyd, Sr., thence south 86.5 west 34 chains to a stake in Greenlee’s east line; thence south 3 east 11 chains to a stake; thence north 86.5 east 34 chains to a stake; thence north 3 west 11 chains to the beginning, containing 37.40 acres, more or less.
Said two tracts of land are encumbered by a trust deed to the defendant W. M. Williamson, Trustee, and of record at book 171, page 222, of the Register’s Office of said County, the balance due upon the indebtedness secured by said trust deed being approximately $165.00, which trust deed is a valid lien upon said land.
She further shows to the Court that in addition to said land the defendant Palm Gooden is the owner of the following personalty, to wit: 1 automobile, 1 ambulance, 1 cow, 2 mules, 2 or 3 bales of cotton, 1 lot of corn and hay, and house hold and kitchen furniture; and in addition the said defendant may own other personality, such as notes money, etc.
Your complainant charges that said defendant, on the 24th day of January, 1934, in Tipton County, Tennessee, committed adultery with the said Estelle Thomas; and that she has not condoned the same, nor has she been guilty of a like offense; and that the defendant turned her out of doors, and has been guilty of such cruel and inhuman treatment towards her as to render it unsafe and improper for her to co-habit with him and to be under his dominion and control, and that she is entitled to an absolute divorce from the said defendant, to the exclusive care and custody of said minor child, to counsel fees and to alimony, both temporary and permanent, out of the property of the said defendant.
She further shows to the Court that unless the said defendant is restrained by the injunctive powers of this Court, he will dispose of or encumber said real and personal property in order to defeat the just claims of the complainant to have alimony decreed her out of the same.
This is the first application for extraordinary process in this case.
Premises considered, complainant prays:
That an injunction issue to restrain the said defendant from disposing of or in any way encumbering the real and personal property set out hereinabove pending the hearing of this cause.
That she be allowed alimony pendents lite and reasonable solicitors fees, pending the hearing of this cause.
That at the hearing the complainant be granted an absolute divorce from the said defendant, and that she be decreed the exclusive care and custody of said child.
That she be granted out of the estate of the said defendant permanent alimony and solicitors fees in such amount as may seem right and proper to the Court
And that she have such further and other relief as she may be entitled to.
Tipton & Tipton
Solicitors for Complainant
STATE OF TENNESSEE, TIPTON COUNTY
I, Willie Gooden, make oath that the facts and matters contained in the foregoing bill are true to the best of my knowledge and belief; that the complaint is not made out of levity or by collusion with the defendant but in sincerity and truth for the causes mentioned in the bill. I further make oath that owing to my poverty I am unable to bear the expenses of the action I am about to commence and that I am justly entitled to the redress sought to the best of my knowledge and belief.
[signature of Willie Gooden]
Sworn to and subscribed before me this the 25th day of January, 1934.
J. B. Overall, Clerk, filing bill 25
¢ afft to bill 25¢ 50
Spa to answer 75¢ Iss one copy of bill. 1.50 Iss Inj Bank 2.00 4.25
Inj issued to Palm Gooden 2.00 Sp to ans Bank of Mason 75¢ 2.75
Filing notice 25¢ Filing Amendment to bill 25¢ .50
Int order dismissel 50¢ .50
V. W. Pickens, D.S. Ex spa to ans Palm Gooden. 2.00
V. W. Pickens, D.S. Ex spa to ans Bank of Mason. 2.00
V. W. Pickens, D.S. Ex Injunction Bank of Mason. 2.00
V. W. Pickens, D.S. Ex Injunction Palm Gooden. 2.00
V. W. Pickens, D.S/Heading notice to Palm Gooden .50
Refund of court cost paid by Willie Gooden. 6.00
Palm Gooden ET. AL.
IN THE COUNTY COURT OF TIPTON COUNTY, TENNESSEE.
Comes the complainant, Willie Gooden, and moves the Court to be allowed to amend her bill this day filed in this cause by her as follows:-
Complainant would respectfully show to the Court that, since the filing of her original bill herein and the issuance of process thereon, she has learned that the defendant Palm Gooden, in addition to owning the real and personal property set out in the bill, has between $500.00 and $1,000.00 on deposit to the credit in the Bank of Mason, and unless he is restrained from drawing the same out of said Bank, and unless said Bank is restrained from paying any of the same to him or on his order, he will withdraw the same and either conceal it or dispose of it so as to defeat the rights of the complainant to alimony therein.
Premises considered, complainant prays: That she be allowed to file this as an amendment to her original bill, and that the Bank of Mason, a corporation with its principal office in Tipton County, Tennessee, be made a party defendant hereto, and that process issue to compel it to appear and answer this bill.
That an injunction issue to restrain the defendant Palm Gooden from drawing out or in any way encumbering, assigning or disposing of said funds on deposit with the Bank of Mason; and that the defendant Bank of Mason be restrained from paying to the defendant or upon his order any money now on deposit with it to the credit of the defendant Palm Gooden.
That the defendant Bank of Mason be required to answer on oath and disclose what amount of money the defendant Palm Gooden has on deposit with it.
And that she have general relief. [signed Tipton & Tipton]
I, Wm. C. Tipton, make oath that I am one of the solicitors for the complainant herein, and that the facts and matters stated in the foregoing amendment are true to the best of my knowledge and belief.
Sworn to and subscribed before me this, January 25, 1934. [signature of clerk]
To the County Court Clerk at Covington:
File this amendment and issue process and write of injunction as prayed for without requiring any bond, the complainant having already subscribed to the oath required by law for poor persons.
This Jan. 25, 1934 [signed Chas. B. Mcleeland] County Judge.
IN THE COUNTY COURT OF TIPTON COUNTY, TENN.
TO PALM GOODEN:
Take notice that on Friday, February 2, 1934, at Ten (10:00) o’clock A.M., I will move the Court to allow me alimony pendente lite and counsel fees as prayed for in the original bill filed herein, said motion being based upon the statements contained in said original bill.
This January 25, 1934. [Willie Gooden]
Came the complainant and the defendant palm Gooden by their attorneys in open Court and announced that the matters in controversy in this cause have been amicably settled and the parties have become reconciled and moved the Court that the bill herein be dismissed.
And it appearing to the Court that all costs of this cause have been paid, said motion is allowed and the bill of the complainant herein is dismissed and the bill of the complainant herein is dismissed and the injunctions heretofore issued will stand dissolved.
And the cause is retired.