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NEAL, Grace - Grover
Source: Crawfordsville Review Friday April 7, 1916
Two suits for divorce were filed in the circuit court yesterday. One by Mrs. Grace Neal who charges her husband Grover Neal deserted her on July 31, 1915 the 10th anniversary of their marriage and another by Mabel Vancleave against John Lambert Vancleave charging cruel and inhumane treatment. ... ...Mrs. Grace Neal in her complaint states that she was married to the defendant Grover Neal July 31, 1905 and that just 10 years later July 31, 1915 he deserted her. She declares that for 5 years before their separation, however the defendant failed to provide for her. She asks that the marriage ties be dissolved and that she receive the custody of the 3 children. She also asks the defendant be compelled to pay a reasonable sum for their support and education. Mable Vancleave is represented by Ira Clouser and Grace Neal by Thomas, Foley & Lindley.
NEWARD, Nancy - Frederick
Crawfordsville Record, Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Indiana 10 May 1834 State of Indiana, Montgomery Circuit Court, March Term 1834
- petition for Divorce And now at this term comes the said complainant, by Naylor & Evans, her Attornies, and filed her petition and affidavit, and it appearing, to the satisfaction of the Court, that the said defendant is not a resident of this state - it is therefore ordered that notice of the pendency of this petition be published 3 weeks successively in the Record, a public newspaper printed in Crawfordsville, or the Lafayette Free Press, and that unless said defendant be and appear her eon the first day of the next term of this court & answer unto said petition, the matters and things contined therein will be heard in his absence - and cause continued. A copy. Attest ... John Wilson, Clerk April 9, 1834. - kbz

NEWLIN, Clara - William
Crawfordsville Journal Review 21 Sept 1940 p 3
Clara Margaret Newlin was granted a divorce from William Earl Newlin. They were married Oct 9, 1937 and separated January 23, 1940. Her former name, Clara Margaret Washburn was restored by order of the court. - kbz

NEWLIN, Ruth - Seth
Crawfordsville Daily News-Review Sept 25, 1902 p 1
The divorce suit of Mrs. Ruth Newlin vs. Zeph Newlin came up in court this morning. Contrary to expectation Zeph made no appearance and after he had listened to Mrs. Newlin’s tale of woe Judge West decided that she was entitled to the decree. For good measure he gave her the custody of their five interesting children and the lady took her departure as happy as you please – kbz

NIXON, Harry - Rosie
Weekly Argus News, April 2, 1892 p 8
Yesterday's Journal published quite an extended notice of the marital infelicities of Harry Nixon and his wife. Mr. Nixon had imparted the details of their unpleasant relations of the past few years to the Argus News in the morning with the request that nothing be said about them for the present until all hope of a recociliation had vanished. Before the Argus News was off the press Mr. Nixon rushed in to denounce in unmeasured terms the article printed by the Journal and desired very much that we should everlastingly rip 'em up the back for it and pronounce the whole thing a mess of lies and a tissue of falsehood.. In repeating Mr. Nixon's language, or something similar to it, we feel that we have complied with his request and the Journal will please consider itself thoroughly chastised. Mr. Nixon claims that the trouble between himself and wife is due to too much mother-in-law and that had the girl's mother let them alone all would have been well. As it is she came Wednesday and with two of her sisters, all armed with clubs, pitchforks and a hoe, besieged his castle and carried off her clothing. She took the ten months old child with her while Harry has the little boy. She is working in a factory at New Albany. Harry still hopes for a reconciliation. It is a very unfortonate affair. - kbz

Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal, 15 October 1892                  
Mrs. Rosie Nixon has filed suit at New Albany, for divorce from Harry Nixon. They were married in this city November 15, 1887. She has been compelled to leave him several times on account of his cruel treatment and failure to provide. They have two children, Freeman aged three and a half years, now with his             grandmother, Mrs. Dagget, here, and Goldie, aged one year with its aunt in Lafayette, Mrs. Retta Huffman, of whom she asks the custody. Mrs. Nixon has been employed in the New Albany woolen mills since the 5th of last, March, when she left Crawfordsville.  - transcribed by kbz


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OLIVER, Cordelia - William
Source: Crawfordsville Daily Journal 11 Sept 1890 -p3
About two weeks ago Mrs. Cordelia Oliver, through Coppage & White, began an action for divorce from her husband, Wm. Oliver, who is one of Alfrey’s hands. Mr .Oliver, being apprised of her action, took it deeply to hear and became so displeased in fact, that he vowed with tragic air that the case should never come to trial, no, not if he had to killed his wedded wife who wanted to be unwedded. So dire his threats of violence became that Mrs. Oliver complain to the police last evening and Will was placed in the custody of the sheriff for safe keeping. He had his hearing before Mayor Carr this morning and was bound over to keep the peace on a bond of $100. - kbz

OSTHEIMER, Belle - John
Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal 23 June 1888 p3
A divorce was granted this morning in the case of Belle Ostheimer vs. John Ostheimer. The divorce was absolute with alimony of $5600 cash and household goods.

OSWALT, Lilly -Charles
Crawfordsville Review Jan 6, 1925 p 1
Lillie Oswalt of New Richmond was on Monday afternoon granted a divorce from Charles N. oswalt by Judge Jere West in the circuit court. The divorce was granted on a cross complaint filed by Mrs. Oswalt after her husband had filed a complaint for divorce. The cross complain alleged cruel and inhuman treatment and non-support.
Judge West allowed Mrs. Oswalt $1,000 alimony and ordered Oswalt to pay the sum of $7.50 a week for the education and support of the couple's 18-months old baby, Alice Mae Oswalt - kbz

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PALMER, Salina
Source: Sunday Star, Crawfordsville, July 31, 1899
Mrs. Salina Palmer, of Ripley township, says her husband has been missing and no tidings received for two years, so she wants a divorce from him. - thanks to Kim H


PATTON, Julia - P. R.
Source: Thursday evening, Argus New, Jan 4, 1900
Mrs. Julia Patton of New Market has been divorced from Dr. P.E. Patton the Terre Haute doctor who some months ago broke into print with a sensational story that he was being slowly poisoned by his wife. The charge was made while he was bedfast, seemingly at the point of death but so tickled was he with the sensation his story created, that he speedingly rallied and Doc is himself again. The divorce suit was tried at Sullivan on a change of venue and court awarded Mrs. Patton an absolute decree. It was further decreed that the dear doctor should recover damages from Mrs. Patton to the extend of $500. - kbz

Source: Weekly Argus, Jan 6, 1900 p 1
Mrs. Julia Patton of New Market, has been divorced from Dr. P.R. Patton, the Terre Haute doctor who some months ago broke into print with a sensational story that he was being slowly poisoned by his wife. The charge was made while he was bedfast, seemingly at the point of death but so sickled was he with the sensation his story created that he speedily rallied and Doc is himself again. The divorce suit was tried at Sullivan on a change of venue and the court awarded Mrs. Patton an absolute decree. It was further decreed that the dear doctor should recover damages from Mrs. Patton to the extent of $500.

Source: Waveland Independent Waveland, Montgomery County, Indiana April 28, 1899
A sensation has grown out of the divorce suit of Mrs. Julia Wilhite Patton. She left her husband, Dr. Patton, a Terre Haute cancer specialist, some 3 months ago, charging him with drunkenness and cruelty. Patton has been sick ever since the separation, and now claims that he is suffering from the effects of a slow poison administerd by his wife before she left him. Mrs. Patton, who is living on her farm near New Market, says it is only a scheme to extort money from her and she makes the counter charge that the doctor tried on more than one occasion to kill her with chloroform. - kbz

PATTON, Sarah - James
Source: Waveland Independent, Waveland, Montgomery County, Indiana, April 11, 1919
Sarah Elizabeth [Layne] Patton has filed suit for divorce from James W. Patton of Waveland and also asks $10,000 alimony. The suit filed by Williams & Murphy sets forth that the defendant has been cruel and inhuman and the plaintiff seeks a divorce, alimony and custody of 6 children. The parties of the suit were married 25 Jan 1895 and until 1912 lived in Browns Valley when they moved to Waveland. The separation occured on March 14, 1919 - Crawfordsville Review

PEFFLEY - Mae - Carl
Source: Crawfordsville Review 21 Sept 1920 p1
For the second time in two weeks a divorce suit hasw been filed with the county clerk in which the couples lived together but three months following the wedding ceremony. Yesterday Mae Phillips Peffley filed a divorce complain against Carl Peffley, charging cruel and inhuman treatment. The complain cites that the couple was married in May 1920 and separated in the following August. Mrs. Peffley asks the court restore her maiden name, Mae Phillips.

PETERMAN, Siphonia
Greencastle Star Press 27 Feb 1892 p 1
Siphonia Peterman, wife of a wealthy Montgomery County farmer has sued for a divorce and $25,000 alimony.

PETRO, Sarah - Sam
Source: August 1, 1901 Daily News-Review p 1
Mrs. Sarah Petro of Darlington has sued for a divorce from her husband, Samuel Petro, who is now supposed to be sojourning in Montana. Sam is of an inventive turn of mind but somehow the products of his genius failed to pan out in a financial way. He originated a combined hay and hog rack, a stump puller and a patent coupler, and went broke on the 3. In addition to his own money he sunk about $200 belonging to his wife. He is now at work on perpetual motion and thinks he can solve the problem if he had a little “cale seed.” He recently importuned his wife to mortgage her home to that end and because she refused, Samuel got huffy and pulled his freight. Mrs. Petro is willing that he shall stay in Montana but she would like a decree and the custody of their two children. - transcribed by kbz

PICKETT, Howard - Hazel
Source: Crawfordsville Indiana Daily Journal Wed March 3, 1915 Howard E. Pickett was granted a divorce from his wife, Hazel Pickett, in circuit court today, the defendent failing to appear in the case. In his complaint Pickett charged that his wife kept company with other men. He said she went to the Waynetown horse show last June with another girl and two single men, remaining out until two in the morning. The Picketts were married in May, 1911, and separted in June, 1914. Clyde H. Jones was attorney for the plaintiff.


PINE, Emma - David
FEB 1891 Divorce cases

Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal, 21 February 1891

The time of the circuit court Tuesday was occupied in trying the divorce cases which came up. There were 17 on the docket, but not all of them came up.

The first was the suit of Susan Wilhite against Wm. Wilhite, the popular coal oil vendor. She proved by many witnesses that Will was a great man to destroy liquor and while under the influence of the same to apply pet names to her not in keeping with the character of a Christian gentleman. Will has frequently beaten her too, and upon one occasion drew a knife and threatened to "let his life blood out upon the new carpet" The twain were married on January 3, 1873, and on January 3, 1891 they celebrated the anniversary by parting company. As William did not appear the divorce was granted.

Emma Pine next appeared and said that David, her husband wasn't worth shucks. He appeared pretty good timber when she took him but after two days of married life the provoking old thing packed up his duds and left the ranch. He has not shown up there since and the court got even with him by setting the coy Emma free.

Rosa Platt said that Thomas Platt was a regular dead beat. The wretch had utterly failed to provide for her as he had promised when first their troth was plighted in the shadows outside the electric light. Although Tom was released from the county jail Monday where he had spent a season for his prized fight escapade, the fellow did not appear to deny Rosa's statement and she was released from the odious bonds.

Francis Thebus, of Sugar Creek township, told the court that her husband, George Washington Thebus was a hard drinking, hard swearing and hard hitting old lout and that she was the victim of all three of his acquirement's. George was not on hand and the divorce was promptly granted by the sympathetic judge.

Augusta Larsh, of Ladoga, complained to Judge Snyder that her husband Carl had run off after abiding with her a year and was now feeding in pastures new. She got her divorce.

Another Ladoga lady came up smiling in the person of Nannie Myers. She was married with due pomp and solemnity to Jim Myers, who after two months of wedded life grew careless like and wandered away never to return. Nannie got a release.

Ben Condon is evidently a mighty mean man. Sarah his wife stood up in open court and accused him of drunkenness, profanity and also of choking her. Ben said this was all true and moreover said Sarah had failed to provide for him during the last two years and he was willing she should have a divorce. It was given with a smile.

The Horn case did not come up although Mr. Anderson labored assiduously to bring it to a focus. -- thanks to Kim H

Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal 7 Feb 1891 p 4
“Pine Cones” – Mrs. Emma Pine has through her attorneys, Davidson & West, brought suit  for a divorce from the festive David Pine. Dave stuck his head through the hymenial yoke at the same time with Emma but after two days he pronounced her a dreary old companion and jerked his head out again.  He hasn’t lived with her since and hence the application.

PITTINGER, Elizabeth - Frank
Source: Crawfordsville Daily Journal 11 Sept 1890 p 3
Mrs. Elizabeth Pittinger has obtained a divorce from her husband, Frank Pittinger. The court instructed her to collect the costs of the suit from the defendant. - kbz
PITTMAN, Emma - Levi
Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Review 29 May 1908 p 7
Emma Pittman has filed a motion before Judge West, asking for temporary alimony in the divorce suit she has brought against her husband, Levi Pittman. Judge West has not yet acted upon the petition. - kbz

PLATT, Rosa - Thomas -- see above PINE, Emma article


POWERS, Newton
Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal 7 July 1899
Muncie Times: Mr. Newton D. Powers and Mrs. Lota Brown in all probability wore married in Chicago last evening, and thus the culmination to a series of domestic troubles. About four weeks ago the wife of Mr. Powers obtained a divorce from him. A complaint for divorce had been filed by the husband and a cross-complaint by the wife. Affairs were compromised BO that the wife was allowed her decree of separation. The divorce came as the close of much marital trouble. Mrs. Powers is said to have departed from the city a short time after receiving hor divorce.  About a week previous to the granting of the Powers divorce, Mrs. Lota Brown and her husband, Samuel Brown, were separated legally. Domestic troubles of a serious kind also existed here. Sunday afternoon Mr. Powers left the city, saying he was going to Crawfordsville. He made arrangements to be gone until to-night or to-morrow morning. It seems that he did not go to Crawfordsville, however, or if he did, was not long there. This morning a local correspondent for a Chicago paper received the following telegram: "Newton D. Powers 32, and Mrs. Lota Brown 29, both of Muncie, to wed here. Did they elope?" It was suspected by those who knew the state of affairs that a wedding of these two principals to the divorce cases would be the outcome of the case and it likewise was suspected that Mr. Powers' alleged trip to Crawfordsville was for that purpose. It is probable that Mr. and Mrs. Powers will arrive home this evening.
PULLIAM, John - Mary
Source: Weekly Review 28 October 1909 p 8
After having lived together for 24 years during which they reared a family of 10 children, Mr. and Mrs. John T. Pulliam have at last had their marital relations severed in the divorce court. Mr. Pulliam secured the divorce from his wife, whose name is Mary C. Pulliam Thursday morning on the charge of incompatibility. Judge Jere West granted the divorce. Mrs. Pulliam was not represented in court and she did not fight the case. She and Mrs. Pulliam were married in 1867 and separated in 1901 after repeated attempts to patch up differences that arose between them. Since 1901 they have nothing to do with one another. Jones & Murphy appeared for Mr. Pulliam in the case. Some of the children were in court and testified on behalf of their father. – kbz

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