1847 OH Bastardy Suit Terminology
In a bastardy suit, what does the term "by next friend" mean? Does this mean the person is not related? The term is used several times in reference to Henry Terk within the bastardy suit and in six weeks of newspaper announcements as well. The suit was against the person she divorced.
Full statement: Judges of the Court of Common Pleas of Hocking County Ohio ___
Chancery setting, your petitioner Polly Hiest by her next friend Henry
Terk your said petitioner being a bonafide resident of the County of
Hocking and who has for more than one year prior to this her appli-
cation for Divorce and Alimony resided in the state of Ohio.