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Divorce News

Wyoming, Feb. 26, 1862


WHEREAS My wife, Mary E. Dorrance, has left my bed and board without any cause or provocation, I hereby forbid all persons from harboring or trusting her on my account as I will pay no debts of her contracting after this date.

Penn, July 14, '59 H. B. Dorrance

-Contributed by Karen Seeman

 Barnum Divorce Case
The McCook tribune, March 19, 1897
Divorce Case Proves Sensational.
Columbus has been enjoying some sensational scandals. One in particular was the divorce case of Josephine Barnum vs. George E. Barnum. Mrs. Barnum sues for divorce and alimony after having been married to the defendant about one year. At the time of her marriage she claimed to be a widow, her former spouse having died. Mr. Barnum took a trip to Stark County, Illinois and resurrected, it is claimed, not only one, but two of her former husbands and brought one of them, George W. Smith, back to testify against his wife. It is needless to say that Josephine has lost her interest in the alimony case and also the affections of husband No. 3.

Cooper Divorce
The Holt County sentinel. (Oregon, Mo.), July 25, 1902
Appolis S. Cooper says that his wife, Lizzie to whom he was married in Stark County, Illinois in 1872, has abandoned his home since 1889 and he asked to be divorced.

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