The following is a transcription of an entry on pages 119-120 in the Grainger County Circuit Court Minutes book, covering the years 1841-1846, held by the Grainger County Archives, in Rutledge, TN:
Saturday, January 1st 1841
This day Thomas Whiteside filed his petition in open court praying that certain persons therein named shall be declared his legitimate children which petition is in the following words and figures, to wit,
To the Honorable Robert M. Anderson one of the Judges of the circuit courts in & for the State of Tennessee now holding court for the County of Grainger in said State,
The petition of Thomas Whiteside a resident of the said county of Grainger within the Jurisdiction of your Honor, represents to your Honor that, That he is the Father of the following persons, that is to say David Holt, Lucinda Holt, Thomas Holt, William Holt, and Louisa Jane Holt, none of whom were born in wedlock, and all of whom are residents in the said Jurisdiction. Petitioner further states, that the mother of the said children is Jane Holt, who is also a resident of said county, your petitioner further represents that his Intention is to maintain and educate the said children, and act toward them as becomes a parent, and to make them heirs of his estate. He further represents that he is desirous that his above named children, should bear his name and be legitimated and be so Known & designitate. he therefore hopes that the above reasons will be thought sufficient by your Honor, to authorize your Petitioner to avail himself of the provisions of the Laws of Tennessee made & provided for such cases. He further prays that the said David Holt, be known & designated by the name of David Whiteside, Lucinda Holt, by the name of Lucinda Whiteside, Thomas Holt by the name of Thomas Whiteside, William Holt by the name of William Whiteside & Louisa Jane Holt, by the name of Louisa Jane Whiteside. Your petitioner presents the above reasons, to your Honor, as sufficient & hopes they may be so considered by your Honor. Your petitioner therefore prays that the names of said children, may be altered as above indicated and that the said children may be by an order of your Honor, declared legitimate and heirs of your petitioner, and that this petition and the order & opinion of your honor may be recorded at length on the Record of your Honorable Court agreeable to the acts of assembly made & provided in such cases. And your Petitioner will ever pray &c,
By John Netherland his attorney
And the Court having heard and Inspected the foregoing Petition and the reasons therein set forth, and being of opinion that said reasons are sufficient, It is ordered by the Court that the said children mentioned in the petition be and the same are hereby declared legitimate and that their names be altered as prayed for in said petition, and that they be declared heirs of the estate of Petitioner and that this Petition and order of the court be entered at length on the records and that the Petitioner pay the cost of this proceeding.