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DE JAYNE: Filed Suit For Divorce.
Pontiac, Ill., Sept. 22. - Mattie De Jayne, who gives her place of residence a being in Livingston county, has filed a bill asking for a divorce from her husband, Levi De Jayne, on the ground of cruelty and inhuman treatment. The bill states that they were united in marriage at Augusta, Ill., June 29, 1903, and continued to live together until November 7, 1907, when she was compelled to leave him on account of his cruel treatment. She asks to be allowed to resume her maiden name of Mattie Feasterd and to have the custody of their only child. [The Weekly Pantagraph, Sept. 25, 1908; sub. by PHG]

KING - Henry C. King, 60, Pontiac, Ill., complained to court that he had been customer of mail order business for 20 years, and everything had given him satisfaction except his mail order wife. He got the divorce. [The Day Book, 24 January 1912; Sub. by Pam Haag Geyer]

McMILLAN -- Livingston Circuit Court, April term, 1845 -- Andrew McMillan vs. Susan McMillan -- Bill for divorce.
THE above named defendant Susan McMillan, will take notice that a summons has issued in the above entitled cause,  returnable to the above slated term of court, and against said defendant, and that the complainant has filed his affidavit, setting forth that said Susan McMillan is not a resident of the State of Illinois, as he verily believes; therefore, if the said defendant does not appear at the above stated term of the court, to be holden [Sic] in Pontiac, on the fourth Monday in April next, and defend the matters and things in complainant's bill of complaint alleged against her, the same will be taken as confessed, and a decree entered therein accordingly.  D.S. EBERSOL, Clerk--Feb. 12, 1845  [The Ottawa Free Trader, Volume 5, Number 37, 28 February 1845; Sub by Pam Haag Geyer]

MOFFETT -- Judge Moffett at Pontiac last week decided in the Defenbaugh divorce case that the attorney's fees should be but $1,100 instead of $1,500 as claimed. [The Weekly Pantagraph, Apr. 7, 1899; sub. by PHG]

MORRIS - Lindsay Morris, who lives on a farm two miles northeast of Chenoa in Livingston county, has secured a divorce from his wife in the Livingston county court. They have a family of two girls and two boys. Mr. Morris will keep the girls and Mrs. Morris, the boys, and all the property has been divided equally. Mr. Morris will stay on the farm. [The Weekly Pantagraph, Feb. 1, 1901; sub. by PHG]

-- Cecilia Kay Spence of Fairbury was granted a divorce from Gene B. Spence of Fairbury on grounds of mental cruelty. Judge Stephen Adsit granted the divorce Tuesday in General Division of Circuit Court. They were married June 20, 1959 in Hollywood, Fla. Custody of one child was awarded to Mrs. Spence and he was ordered to pay $30 per week for child support. (1971 June 16 - Wednesday - Pontiac Daily Leader - Sub by Teri Colglazier)



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