For a father who had 2 sons that would fight in the Confederate Army!
7 1/4 x 7 1/2, manuscript in ink. State of South Carolina, Anderson District. To any lawful Constable of Said District- Complaint being made unto me by Elias Mullinax, plaintiff, that John James, Defendant, of sd.[said] District is indebted unto him the said plaintiff in the sun of seven dollars & fifty cents, interest 21 cents, in a joint note a copy of which is as follows- by the first of October next we or either of us do promise to pay Elias Mullinax or bearer the sum of seven dollars & fifty cents with interest from date June 20th, 1843. John James [signed with his "X" mark] and that the said defendant refuseth to pay the same. These are therefore to require you to summons the said defendant to appear before me or any other Magitrate of said Dist. at my House on Saturday the 18th day of this instant to answer to the above complaint at 12 o'clock. Given under my hand and seal this November 11th, 1843. The document is signed Wm. D. Litton, Magistrate, with his hand drawn seal at the right. Docket on the reverse: Summons in plea of Debt. Elias Mullinax. John James Debt, $7.71, Magistrate fee 37 1/2, Constables Co., 50, [for a total of] $8.58 1/2. Copy of Summons for Defendant. Light wear, and scattered staining. Bold and very neatly written document from 1843 South Carolina.
WBTS Trivia: John James, the subject of this summons, had two sons, Thomas and John, who both fought for the Confederacy as South Carolina soldiers during the War Between the States.