The decree of Judge Tuley denying the claim of Mrs. Jeannette C. Patton Pyott to the name and property of James M. Pyott has been affirmed by the branch appellate court. The opinion of the reviewing court was voiced by Judge Shepard and refers specifically to the various findings of the circuit court, which declared against Mrs. Pyott on the gorund of the mental condition of Mr. Pyott and on the finding that the marriage ceremony was performed by fraud and circumvention.
James M. Pyott for years has been a prominent foundryman on the West side. He was interested in several manufacturing plants and was the head of the Pyott Foundry company on Sangamon street. For forty years he was known as a man of exemplary habits and a regular church attendant. After the death of this first wife it is said, that his mind, enfeebled by age, gave way and a marked change was observed in his habits. He became careless in his dresss and conversation. Oath to go through the legal form of declaring his unfit to conduct his business, his children assumed charge of his affairs, and he signed a deed of trust to much of his property.
In October, 1898, after some correspondence, he married Mrs. Jeannette C. Patton of Sedley, Ind. The mariage was performed without the knowledge of Mr. Pyott's chidlren. A month later suit for separate maintenance was brought by Mrs. Pyott, who asserted that the property which she was led to believe was owned by her husband had been transferred to his children.
In the proceedings which followed an answer and cross-bill was filed by Mr. Pyott's children who were made defendants to the original suit, declaring that the marriage was procured by fraud and imposition on an old man who in his feeble intellect thought that he was simply securing a housekeeper and not a wife.
Mrs. Patton placed the value of the estate at $230,000, and declared the erepresentation of Mr. Pyott that he was the owner of much real estate and other property was one of the inducements which led her to marry him.
Nunda Herald, July 12, 1900
Article from the Chicago Journal: Decree of Judge Tuley denying the claim of Mrs. Pyott