GEORGE W. and MARTHA PORTER
As a result of the circumstance of the marriage Judge Scofield granted a divorce to
Martha W. Porter, and returned her land to her, on May 12, 1891. Mr. Porter was also
ordered to pay the cost of Mrs. Porter's representation, and court costs, as at the time
he left his family Mrs.
Porter had no means of support, " . . . except her own hands . . . and was unable to afford proper counsel".
At the time of their divorce George Grant Porter was aged 20 and was married and living close by and Reuben W. Porter was 23 and was living at home with his mother. There were two other children born during the marriage but they died in infancy. As to what happened to George Washington Porter I do not know and due to his wanderings I may never find out.
Macomb Daily Journal, Macomb, IL-Thurs., May 28, 1891, pg. 1
"Martha W. Porter was awarded a decree of divorce from George W. Porter on the grounds of desertion and adultery. Porter for years has been a school-teacher in many states, and at one time in the Indian Territory. He has been in the south the past seven or eight years. Mrs. P. has
remained in McDonough (Mount Twp.). Last winter Porter came north, and by threats of killing himself so worked upon his wife's sympathy that she deeded him forty acres of land that she owned here. Porter went south again, and it was learned that he was living with another woman in an Alabama town. Mrs. Porter was not only granted a decree of divorce, but his honor, Judge Scofield, also set aside the deed by which she had conveyed the property to her husband." The divorce was granted on May 21, 1891.
Co., IL-Page 27-Dwelling 27
PORTER, George W. -white, m, age 54, married, school teacher, born NY, father born MA, mother born CT.
Martha W.-white, f, age 49, wife, married, housekeeper, born ME, father born VT, mother born ME.
Reuben-white, m, 13, son, farm laborer, born IL, father born NY, mother born ME.
Georgie G.-white, m, 9, son, at home, born IL, father born NY, mother born ME.
Co., IL-Dwelling: 88-Family number: 90
George N. PORTER
-M, white, head of household, age at nearest birthday 65, married, born NY, father born MA,mother born MA, occupation school teacher, can read and write, and speak English, owns home.
-F, white, wife, age at nearest birthday 61, married, mother of 4 children-2 living, born ME, father born in VT, mother born in ME, housewife, reads, writes, and speaks English. (*maiden name was Wallace)
George G. PORTER
-son, white, M, age at nearest birthday 28, married June 1, 1889-May 31, 1890, born IL, father born NY, mother born ME, farmer, reads, writes, and speaks English.
-F, white, 25, married June 1, 1889-May 31, 1890, born IL, father born
IL, mother born IL, daughter in law & housekeeper, reads, writes, and speaks English (*maiden name was Kepple)
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