Thursday, April 12, 2018

Livingston County, Kentucky Divorce Index 1854 - 1871

Divorce files are found in Circuit Court records at the Kentucky Dept for Libraries and Archives. To order the case file, which contains the details of the case, go here: Order Form

The information for the following divorces has been gleaned from Livingston Circuit Court Order Books (circuit court minutes)  N (1852 - 1854), O (1854 - 1860), P- Q (1863 - 1867), R (1867 - 1871). The reference is given at the end of each entry.

OB = Order Book

Ainsworth, J.C. vs Martha B. Ainsworth. Divorce granted 17 Aug 1869. (OB R, p. 350)

Amos, Fisher W. vs Zalma Amos. Divorce grated 28 June 1855. He is to pay costs. (OB O, p. 152)

Berry, M.L. vs C.A. Berry. Petition for divorce. Cause dismissed 1 Sept 1865. (OB Q, p. 279)

Bloodworth, Isaac vs Anna E. Bloodworth. Divorce granted to defendant 2 Sept 1865. Her maiden name of Roberts was restored. Isaac Bloodworth prohibited from marrying for 12 months. (OB Q, p. 293).

Burgess, Rebecca vs J.T. Burgess. Divorce action continued 20 Feb 1865. (OB Q, p. 186). Parties now living together 1 Sept 1865. Petition dismissed. (OB Q, p. 279).

Carson, L.B. vs M.H. Carson. Divorce petition dismissed 11 Feb 1866. (OB Q, p. 325)

Champion, Catharine vs James M. Champion. Divorce granted 2 Sept 1865. Plaintiff's maiden name of Owens restored to her. (OB Q, p. 286).

Champion, W.B. vs Mary S. Champion. Plaintiff's petition for divorce dismissed. Divorce granted to Defendant 15 Feb 1868. (OB R, p. 108)

Clark, M.B. vs S.C. Clark. Divorce. Plaintiff hath departed this life. (OB R, p. 171, 12 Aug 1868).

Connolly, M.A. vs John Connolly. Divorced granted 31 Aug 1866. Defendant is a non-resident. (OB Q, p. 469).

Covington, Malisa Cordelia vs Henry W. Covington. Contract of marriage dissolved 20 Aug 1867. Defendant restrained from marrying for one year. Plaintiff's maiden name of Harris restored. (OB R, p. 46).

Drewry, Sarah A. vs James A. Drewry. Deft. didn't appear. Divorce granted 20 Dec 1854. (OB O, p. 49) "On the 20th day of Septr 1852 ... James W. Drewry drove her from home violently using a great deal of harsh language..."  Depositions by Mrs. Hester Behag, plantiff's mother, and Dan F. Pryor. [1]

Dukes, Rufus vs Lucinda Dukes. Divorce granted 19 Feb 1873. (OB S, p. 192)

Dukes, W.R. vs C. Dukes. Divorce granted 23 Feb 1870. (OB R, p. 403)

Dunn, M.F. vs B.A. Dunn. Plaintiff granted divorce from B.A. Olive [sic] Dunn 13 Aug 1868. (OB R, p. 174). [Case file not found at KDLA]

Elliott, C.C. vs John Elliott. Divorce granted 13 Aug 1869. (OB R, p. 319)

Hodge, Jennie vs James A. Hodge. Deft. is non-resident. Attorney for deft. filed statement of his services 4 March 1864. (OB Q, p. 160). Cause dismissed 20 Feb 1865. (OB Q, p. 186).

Jones, Mary Jane vs James M. Jones. Petition for divorce 17 Feb 1869. Defendant abandoned her more than 12 months prior to institution of this action.  (OB R, p. 268).

Larrett, Zelia C. vs Alexander Larrett. Divorce granted  30 Aug 1860. Zelia, name restored to Zelia Catrin Renaud and to have full custody and control of infant daughter. (OB P, p. 116)  Mrs. Zelia Renaud married Alexander Larrett 14 Oct 1858 Pope County, Illinois. Both were born in France.[2] Zelia C. Larrett vs Alexander Larrett. Divorce granted 17 Feb 1869. (OB R, p. 270). Mrs. Zelia Larrett married T.R. Sherman 13 Feb 1871.[3]

Lee, W.A. vs Rosanna Lee. Divorce granted 22 Aug 1863. (OB Q, p. 50).

Mitchell, H.M. vs E.A. Mitchell. Divorce granted 31 Aug 1866. Plaintiff cannot marry  for one year and is "not to form with one other person the marriage relation until he finds the means or ability to support and maintain a wife and is not to let her suffer or be cast upon the world destitute and uncared for." (OB Q, p. 469)

Page, James vs Ailcey Page. Divorce granted 17 Feb 1868. (OB R, p. 115).

Ridley, J. vs R.J. Ridley. Defendant is non-resident 24 Aug 1865. Continued to next Feb term. (OB Q, p. 259).

Ross, A.J. vs E.P. Ross. Divorce granted 2 Sept 1865. (OB Q, p. 289).

Ross, C.C. vs Mary Ross. Divorce granted 17 Feb 1869. (OB R, p. 276)

Ross, Lovin vs M.J. Ross. Divorce granted 21 Aug 1867. Plaintiff to have all property owned by him at time of their marriage or what he acquired in his own right in this marriage. (OB R, p. 71).

Sams, E.C. vs Wiley Sams. Divorce granted 19 Aug 1870. (OB R, p. 472)

Smith, Minerva Ann vs Robert Smith. Cause continued 20 Feb 1865. (OB Q, p. 186). Divorce granted 2 Sept 1865. Plaintiff's maiden name of Carroll restored to her. (OB Q, p. 289).

Stroud, G.W. vs E. Stroud. Divorce petition dismissed 21 Aug 1863. (OB Q, p. 47).

Wells, Mary H. vs Jesse Wells. Divorce granted 2 Sept 1865. (Book Q, p. 287). Jesse Wells charged with bigamy 13 Feb 1866. (OB Q, p. 307). Reported 12 Feb 1867 that Jesse Wells hath departed this life. (OB Q, p. 471).

Wells, P.A. vs W.J. Wells. Divorce granted 2 Sept 1865. (OB Q, p. 289).

Williams, S.M. v M.J. Williams. Marriage dissolved 14 Aug 1867. Defendant cannot marry for one year. (OB R, p. 23).

[1] Sarah A. Drewry vs Jas. W. Drewry, filed 3 Nov 1854, Kentucky Dept for Libraries and Archives, Livingston County Circuit Court Cases Dec 1854, read Oct 2009.
[2] Judy Foreman Lee & Carolyn Cromeenes Foss. Pope County, Illinois Marriage Books A-E  1813-1877, Vol. 1, (Evansville, IN: Evansville Bindery, 1990) 63 referencing Marriage Book B, p. 25.
[3] Joyce McCandless Woodyard. Livingston County, Kentucky Marriages Records Including Marriages of Freedmen, Vol. II (Aug 1839 - Dec 1871), (Evansville, IN: Evansville Bindery, 1994), 180.

Published 12 March 2018, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog,

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