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Old 03-16-2011, 03:57 PM
 
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One of my favorite records is a relative who married (secondly) a much younger woman (though I think she was in her 20s when they married) when he was a quite old man. They had a daughter, and then were divorced. This was in 1866. Here's a quote from their divorce petition:

"James charges that in Mar 1866 Jane committed adultery with one John Chesnut and on 24 Dec 1866 was delivered of a female child which she says is the child of said Chestnut; that he, James, is some eighty-one years of age and his wife a comparatively young woman. Jane denies allegations, says she is age thirty-eight, that James is childish and under the influence of his older children who do not want her to share in his property. Divorce and custody of daughter Martha, age eight, is granted to James."

There was lots of good, bitter testimony from his older children. Such a little Peyton Place!
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Old 03-16-2011, 04:15 PM
 
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One of my favorite records is a relative who married (secondly) a much younger woman (though I think she was in her 20s when they married) when he was a quite old man. They had a daughter, and then were divorced. This was in 1866. Here's a quote from their divorce petition:

"James charges that in Mar 1866 Jane committed adultery with one John Chesnut and on 24 Dec 1866 was delivered of a female child which she says is the child of said Chestnut; that he, James, is some eighty-one years of age and his wife a comparatively young woman. Jane denies allegations, says she is age thirty-eight, that James is childish and under the influence of his older children who do not want her to share in his property. Divorce and custody of daughter Martha, age eight, is granted to James."

There was lots of good, bitter testimony from his older children. Such a little Peyton Place!
Interesting that the child was awarded to James, when it appears its paternity is in doubt. Did James claim paternity counter to his wife's claim?
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Old 03-17-2011, 06:35 AM
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Maybe they're talking about 2 different children. The most recent one being by another man.
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Old 03-17-2011, 04:38 PM
 
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No, it was only the one child. It was his children who seemed to make the most vociferous claim that he wasn't the father. I think mostly they just were painting her as a Jezebel who wasn't fit to raise a child, whoever the father was. And I think, in the court's eye, as long as he was willing to provide for the child, they didn't care.
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Old 06-11-2014, 09:30 PM
 
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George Devert Street was my great grandfather. My grandmother never mentioned any of this and I assume she never knew that her father was born a Plunkett. I asked my mother about this and it was news to her. I do want to know more about Anderson Plunket.
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