This is not only interesting but may be of some help for some of us looking
for a lady or ancestor that has had an unknown name change..... As you will
see that some of the children in a divorce assumed his/her mothers MAIDEN
name....... This is new knowledge for me...
From: shirleyreynolds [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Sunday, October 31, 1999 9:16 AM
Subject: [KYF] Kentucky Divorces
The only way to get a divorce in the State of Kentucky before the year 1809
was by an act of the state legislature. In January of 1809 the circuit
courts were given authority to grant divorces. Some of these records come
from a list of made by a gentleman named Glenn Cliff while he was working at
the Kentucky Historical Society in the 1950's. This list of divorces was
printed in the magazine "Bluegrass Roots" published by the Kentucky
Genealogical Society beginning in the Spring of 1980. Some of these records
I found while searching through the individual counties in the circuit court
clerk's records and some are from reports of the Kentucky State Legislature.
Adair, John v Dicy Adair Granted Feb 27, 1849
Curry, Amanda F. v Robert W. Curry Granted Jan 5, 1837
Jordan, Richard S. v Catherine Jordan Granted Dec 19, 1836
Justice, Betsy v Frederick Justice Granted Jan 12, 1825
Grider, Eliza Jane v William Grider Granted Feb 6, 1839
Restored to her maiden name Eliza Jane Higginbotham.
Grider, William E. v Eliza Jane Grider Granted Jan 29, 1840
Mosley, Nancy v John O. Mosley Granted Dec 10, 1822
Jones, John (Trigg Co.) v Friney Jones Granted Feb 28, 1849
His marriage to Martha Jewell legalized.
Jones, Elizabeth v Husband not named Granted Jan 22, 1798 "This act
authorizes Elizabeth Jones to be divorced from her husband if he shall be
found by a jury to have deserted her and lived in open adultery with another
woman in any state except Kentucky."
I can't help it folks - I laughed so hard when I read this one. Sounds like
as long as Mr. Jones confined his adulteries to the State of Kentucky he was
Jones, Emily E. v William Jones Granted Jan 5, 1837
Lamaster, Catharine (Shelby Co.) v Irvin Lamaster Granted Feb 29, 1849
Restored to her maiden name Catharine Miles. Her child's name also changed
Skeeters, Amanda v William R. Skeeters Granted Mar 3, 1842 Restored to
her maiden name Amanda Fryrear.
Noel, Adella v Robert Noel Granted Feb 28, 1842
Norton, William v Harriet Norton Granted Feb 28, 1849
Adams, Elizabeth v William Adams Granted Dec 9,1799
Alford, Fielding v Sally Alford Granted Dec 9, 1821
Smoot, Memory v John Smoot Granted Mar 4, 1843
Restored to her maiden name Memory Razor
Stamper, Richard v Rebecca Stamper Granted Feb 28, 1848
Roberts, Eliza Jane v Oscar Roberts Granted Jan 24, 1845
Restored to her maiden name Eliza Jane Chenoweth.
Wheeler, Harriet J. v Green H. Wheeler Granted Feb 12, 1849 Her
marriage to David Wade legalized.
Ferguson, Kitty v James Ferguson Granted Nov 26, 1831 He was
restored to rights of a single man by Act of Legislature.
Floyd, Matilda v William S. Floyd Granted Feb 12, 1838 She
was restored to name Matilda A. Harrington. He was restored to all rights
and privileges of an unmarried man by Act of Legislature.
Funk, John v Susannah Funk Granted Jan 22,1798
Ewing, Henrietta v Charles Ewing Granted Feb 3, 1808
Ennis, William R. (Grant Co.) v Almeda Ennis - nee Albrey Granted Feb
28, 1848. His marriage to Margaret Green of Boone Co. legalized.
Caycraft, Keziah v William Caycraft Granted Jan 17,1839
Restored to her maiden name Keziah Ratliffe.
Hall, Sereny v John B. Hall Granted Feb 16,1841
Restored to her maiden name Sereny Miller.
Hazel, Sarah v William Hazel Granted Mar 1, 1848
Restored to her maiden name Sarah Johnson, name of child Anna Hazel changed
to Anna Johnson.
Some of these records do have grounds for the divorce - desertion, cruelty,
adultery, abandoment, unchaste behavior, etc. In the interest of propriety
and so as not to embarress anyone I did not include them.
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