|Hickey v Henson, Tennessee Supreme Court, 1860.|
Nine years later, William P. Henson brought an action in Jefferson County Court to declare Theodore Hickey his legitimate son and to change his name to Henson. Martha Hickey had recently died, leaving Theodore under the care of his grandmother Rachel Cannon Hickey. By this time, Rachel was nearly 75 years old, and maintaining the remains of her husband's estate and farm in Jefferson County. Rachel had put young Theodore through school, and he had grown up under her household for the first nine years of his life. I'll cover the next part of this case in the following post.