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T-U-V -- Divorces, Montgomery County, Indiana (from Newspaper clippings)
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TAPP, James - Josephine
Source: Monday Nov 23 1896, Crawfordsville Daily Journal
James B. Tapp, of Ladoga was today granted a divorce from Josephine Tapp. Plain George Harney conducted the case with his usual urbanity and skill. - kbz
TAYLOR, Amanda vs Perry
Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal 16 Sept 1898
Amanda Taylor has brought suit for divorce from Perry Taylor and tells a very fetching tale of woe.  The parties live out in Sugar Creek Township and until last Monday lived together. Now they are living three miles apart. Mrs. Taylor claims that Perry is a no-account drunken renter, who has not only failed to provide but has been in the habit of calling her vile names and also kicking her whenever he felt in a kicking mood, which was most of the time. Once when she was in the act of putting wood in the stove he kicked her viciously and caused her to fall on the hot stove lids.  He capped his infamy the other day when he accused her of being too intimate with the courtly Wes Pursee. That settled it, and she went at once to the home of her sister, Mrs. Will Kinnamon. She did not take her clothes as Taylor refused to let her have them or to allow anyone else to come and get them. Mrs. Taylor asks for a divorce and $1,000 ALIMONY.

TAYLOR, Emma - James
Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Argus News Nov 12, 1898 p 4
Emma Taylor this morning filed a petition for divorce from her husband, James W. Taylor. Emma alleges James has failed to provide and she accordingly asks for the privilege of being allowed to hustle for herself. She asks for custody of the youngest child, Opal. - kbz
TAYLOR, Leroy - Opal
Source: Crawfordsville Review, June 2, 1925 p 1
Two suits for divorce were granted by Judge Jere West in the Montgomery Circuit Court on Monday. Elizabeth M. Hackathorn was granted a divorce from Herbert H. Hackathorn and her maiden name of Elizabeth M. Macey was restored. According to the complaint the couple married in June 1917 and separted on January 7, 1923. THe plaintiff charged cruel and inhuman treatment and abandoment.
Leroy Taylor was granted a divorce from Opal F. Taylor whom, according to his complaint, he married on December 14, 1912. The defendant left him, he alleged, on March 16, 1925. He charged cruel and inhuman treatment. - kbz
THEBUS, Frances - George
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

THEWLIS, Frank vs. Maggie

Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal 19 Jan 1900 p6

Tuesday afternoon in the circuit court came up the divorce case of Frank Thewlis vs. Maggie Thewlis. Frank had filed a complaint alleging desertion and Maggie had come back at him with a cross complaint alleging cruelty. Both of these amiable young people told their stories and they were pretty tame stories. It developed that Thewlis was only 20 and his wife but 18. Judge West refused to grant a divorce to either and advised Frank and Maggie to kiss and make up. - kbz
THOMAS, Nancy - William
Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal, 26 April 1895

Nancy Jane Thomas has filed suit for divorce against Wm. Henry Thomas. She alleges various things derogatory to William Henry and demonstrates conclusively that he is no the sort of a chap with whom it pays to keep house.- thanks to Kim H

Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal, 17 May 1895

Judge Harney Wednesday officiated at two very pleasant divorce cases and severed the nuptial knots in his usual happy manner. Nancy J. Thomas proved pretty conclusively that Wm. H. Thomas is the sort of a chap who is fonder of good red liquor than he is of a good domestic wife. Judge Harney concluded that as this was the case Nancy Jane should have her liberty. She accordingly received it. Mandy Jones, a colored belle, came smiling to the front and gave the character of Dick Jones a very sinister coat of black. She proved by some pretty enthusiastic witnesses that he was a brute Mandy received her divorce. - thanks to Kim H

THOMAS, Rose - Frank
Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal, 19 March 1892
Rose Thomas has applied for a divorce from F. A. Thomas. Frank, the defendant, skipped some time ago and went to Kansas. Like the man in the comic song "he never came back any more" and Rose want the usual divorce and all proper relief. - transcribed by Kim H.  

Source: Crawfordsville Daily Journal 13 May 1892 p 3
This was divorce day in the circuit court but for some reason or other it didn’t pan out as well as expected from a numerical standpoint. A good many didn’t show up having concluded to try connublial bliss another whirl before sundering the ties forever. The first case before the court was that of Mrs. Willis Canary against Willis. Jere West was master of ceremonies and Judge Sellar and Editor Coffman looked most beneficient as they swore that they knew the lady to be a resident of the town. Mrs. Canary said she wished to retain her bird like name but wanted a divorce from Willis just the same. Willis was awfully rough and rude while he lived with her and took especial delight in gadding about town with such frivolous and giddy creatures as Nancy Lightcap. He also was almost tickeled to death with circumstances were such that he could kick the wife of his bosom about the floor in imitation of the college boys whom he had seen playing foot ball on the campus. He also liked to swear at her and choker her for the purpose of changing his luck when the pop corn trade was dull.

“You have a child, have you not, Mrs. Canary? Asked Mr. West – yes, sir. “What is its name?” Jimmie Blaine Canary was the fond mamma’s response. “Is it a boy or a girl?” asked West. But the laugh drowned the response and the divorce was decreed.
Mrs. Rosalie Kenney is quite pretty and she wanted a divorce from harry Kenny who skipped and left her after one month of bliss. She has not heard from him since and the court granted the decree to the joy of Mrs. Kenny (sic) who took her maiden name of Coombs.

The case of AJ Henderson against Phronia Henderson was continued until next term.

The case of Rose Thomas against Frank Thomas was about to be dismissed as the plaintiff had failed of service, but on learning that eight days still remained to get it she went her way rejoicing and unting for the wicked defended.

The case of Alice Shotts against Wesley Shotts was dropped from the docket as the parties had patched up their difficulties.

The case of James Endicott vs. Cora Endicott was called and it was proved conclusively that the worthy Jim was a much abused young man. Cora is beyond question wholly unworthy of his loving kindness and husbandly affection, She before she so cruelly deserted him a year ago used to pass her time swearing at him until he shed great bring tears as big as spring peas. She is now living in Lafayette and as she is in rather shady business the court granted the divorce.

The star case of the day was the suit of Lulu Keesee again Frank Keesee, who until July 9 last, drove the wagon for Hadley & King for $9 a week and very generously lavished $2 of that sum on the sup0port of his wife and four children. He skipped last July and it is supposed left these parts with Mrs. Julia Ashley of Homer, Ill. This Mrs. Ashley was very much infatuated with the altogether adonis like Keesee and several of her amorous letters were read by JR Hanna to the delight and edification of all present. The court actually blushed and finally called a halt in the reading which was rather lively to say the least. The following is one of the choice passages upon which the court found a verdict for the plaintiff: “Oh you sweet-faced Frank! How glad I am when you come so that I can meet you at the door and you can take me in your arms and hug me and kiss me and I can say bless your sweet mouth.” This is one of the tame passages and the letters all pictured Frank as being ravishingly beautiful and captivating. Perhaps he was but as such he was never appreciated in these parts for some strange reason.

THROCKMORTON, Katherine - Charles
Crawfordsville Weekly Argus News Sept 26, 1896 p 8
Judge Harney has severed the bonds of matrimony that exited between Charles P. and Katharine Throckmorton. The court also restored her maide name - Katharine Craig - kbz

TOMLINSON, Elizabeth - Henry
Weekly Argus News Jan 14, 1893 p 8
Elizabeth Tomlinson, who is the defendant in a divorce suit filed some time ago by her husband, Henry Tomlinson, appeared this morning and filed her motion for temporary alimony. Judge Harney sustained the motion and gave her an order on the plaintiff for $100 payable in 15 days.
TOMLINSON, Harvey - vs wife
Source: Indiana State Sentinel 15 Nov 1893 p 8
The divorce suit of old Harvey Tomlinson and wife occupied the attention of the court last Thursday. Mr Tomlinson alleged in his complain cruelty and desertion on the part of his wife. She came back at him with a general denial and the result was a pretty thorough airing of both characters. The case was bitterly contested and the smutmill kept busy.  Judge Harney refused to grant the decree and old Harvey is just where he began. Some 14 years ago Tomlinson got a divorce from his wife and she was awarded $4,500 and he remarried her again to avoid payment. – Crawfordsville Review

TOMLINSON, Henry vs wife

Source: Crawfordsville Star 9 Oct 1879 p 1
“A Brace of Fools who couldn’t agree, married or unmarried so they compromised.  Henry Tomlinson, a rich and middle-aged farmer of good old Madison Twp, possessed of many a broad acre, fat kine ? sleek horses and other comforts of life, found, after six children had been born to him, that his wife was not of a congenial temperament, hence applied for a divorce.  Henry and his wife married in 1858 and this change of heart was a recent thing.  Neither complainant nor defendant put in any claims of naughtiness on either side, hence Willson & Willson had no great amount of trouble in securing a divorce last week after many continuances.  The court however seemed to think Mrs. Tomlinson had certainly aided in collecting the “filthy lucre” and so they gave to her alimony of $4,000 and the custody o the three youngest children and the three older ones went to the father who had the fancied grievance.  This sort of a settlement failed to suit the old gentleman, it shattered his heart to see an entire third of his estate clipping so neatly through his fingers to say nothing of the harrowing loss of his three youngest born, and it didn’t take the lusty old gentleman long to sidle up to the late Mrs. Tomlinson with a proposition to make her Mrs. Tomlinson again.  How well Henry succeeded is evinced in the fact the divorce was granted on Friday and on Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock the newly divorced stepped into Clerk Brown’s office and were neatly and quickly reunited again by Squire Russell.  It has cost Tomlinson a matter of $1000 for his fun but then he ought to be satisfied for not many men would come out so well as he has done in his court and courting.  And now, may the blessings of peace and quiet be and abide with them forever more, Amen!


TONEY, Charles
Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal, 19 September 1891

The case of Hiram Waite against Anna Waite was called neither plaintiff or defendant was on the ground. The plaintiff was represented, however, by counsel and witness. poor old "Doc' Waite is a helpless cripple and it was proved that his wife, Anna was no earthly account and had basely deserted him some time ago. In view of this the divorce was granted. Charles Toney was the defendant in a little divorce case which came up that morning, but as the plaintiff did not show up the case was continued on indefinitely as were two or three others. Last Thursday Judge Snyder granted a divorce to Narcissa Evans who brought suit sometime since against Jonas W. Evans. Both parties live in Ladoga and are well connected. - thanks to Kim H for this

TRACY, Leroy - Elsie

Source: Crawfordsville Review 22 Aug 1916 p 1
Leroy Tracy filed a suit for divorce in circuit court yesterday against his wife Elsie M. Tracy whom he says abandoned him and his children for the past two years. The two were married according to Mr. Tracy in 1899 and she left her home in 1913.  He says that she was cruel even before she decided to leave.  He asks for the three children, Louis, Frances and May Tracy and all proper reliefs.  
Thanks to Kim H for sending another of our Poor Farmers – we love ‘em!~
TRACY, Michael - Judy
: Crawfordsville Record 23 July 1835
State of Indiana, Montgomery County – Michael Tracy vs. Judith Tracy – Petition for divorce
Be it remembered, that on this 22d day of July 1835, the complainant by Naylor his attorney, filed in the office of the clerk of the circuit court of said county, his petition for divorce, charging said defendant with adultery, abandonment & c. and said complainant, by his said attorney, also filed in the office of the clerk aforesaid the affidavit of Zachariah Ellis, setting forth that said defendant is not a resident of Indiana. Now, therefore, notice is hereby given, that unless said defendant be and appear at the next September term of said court, and plead, answer, or demure to the same, on or before the calling of the cause, the matters and things contained therein will be taken as confessed. .. John Wilson, clerk
Crawfordsville July 22d, 1835 - kbz
TRIBBY, Alice - James
Source: Lafayette Journal & Courier 13 Feb 1939 p 14
Crawfordsville, Feb 13 – Alice Tribby, Ladoga, has brought suit for divorce from James Tribby, charging cruelty and infidelity. They were married in 1937 and separated last week. She asks restoration of her maiden name, Bridges.

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VAIL, Noah - Mariah
Source: Crawfordsville Indiana Daily News-Review, May 8, 1901 p 8

Noah B.C. Vail has sued for a divorce from his wife, Mariah J. Vail. He alleges the defendant had a penchant for calling him harsh names and telling him that she had not married him for love. She intimated that she cared no more for him than for a rabbit and on one occasion had the effrontery to boast that he was not the father of their youngest child. Mariah was wont to stay out late at night and was not a little bit particular about the company she kept. Noah wants a divorce and the custody of their three children =- transcribed by kbz
VanCLEAVE, Mabel - John
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. - kbz

Source: Independence Kansas Evening Star 28 April 1911
GF Vandehende did not know what day of the month Thanksgiving came on but knew he wanted a divorce and for that reason was in the district court today.  Judge Flannelly asked him how old his child is and he hesitated, then turned and looked the court square in the face. “What month does Thanksgiving come in?” he asked. The question was so unexpected the judge paused a moment, then answered, “November.”  That’s right, the 25th of November he was 7 years old.  Vandehende lives in Coffeyville and is a piano tuner and musician. His wife is in Crawfordsville, Indiana. They have lived in various places or rather they have separated in various places for wherever he went she refused to come except he would coax her and send her money and when she did come they could not get along. She was like the Dutchman’s dog.  When he wanted her she was not at home and when she was at home he did not want her. She was so disagreeable and quarrelsome he told the judge, that he could not live with her. In answer to questions of his attorney, Judge Lamb he said it was all her fault. After he was examined Judge Flannelly asked a few questions of his own nook, and elicited some interesting information.  “Relate the story of your first separation?” said the judge. “Well, it was in Crawfordsville,” began the witness. “I was going to the theatre where I played the piano nights to practice. This was in the afternoon. She objected to my going saying I only wanted to see ‘that girl.’  She told me to stay at home and beat a rug. I stayed. I took the rug out and hung it over the porch railing and began to beat it with a hose. She came out on the porch and sat on the railing to see that I did it right. I let the hose slip through my hand till it was far enough out that it hit her a rap on the leg. Then she cursed me and I went in the house. “I laid down and turned on the fan. She came in and turned it off.  I had to get up and turn it on again and to pay her back, I kicked a bucket of water over on the floor, just to get even for having to get up and turn the fanon. This raised a row and I grabbed her and nearly tore her wrist off. She said I had to get out of the house but I did not. Her sister and brother were living there and they made her go.”  The brother, a boy about 17 was in evidence at the trial and told his story, exonerating his brother-in-law. Mrs. Vandehende was not present.  She is in Crawfordsville working in a factory, making mittens.  Doubtless her husband wishes she had given him one before he married her. The little boy who was born in the month that Thanksgiving comes in is with his mother. The divorce was granted.
Source: Crawfordsville (Indiana) Weekly Journal, 7 October 1898 p 2

Belle Vaughn has asked for a divorce from her husband, John Vaughn. John is represented as being a complete shyster in a domestic way and the complain against im is a black one. If he wishes any good name left he would do well to enter a general denial - kbz

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