Monday, January 29, 2007

Late for His Own Wives' Weddings

From the Salt Lake Tribune of Sept. 28, 1895:

Kentucky Man the Uncle of His Own Child.
Vanceburg, Ky., Sept. 27.—William Sargent, a young man of this place, find himself in the peculiar position of being a bigamist, a brother-in-law to his own wife, and uncle to his child, which will, when big enough, call him father. And, to make his burden still harder to bear, Mrs. Kate Evans, an estimable widow of Vanceburg, is twice his mother-in-law.

A few years ago Sargent married Rose Evans and lived with her a few months. Then he went West to seek his fortune. After two years the report came that he was dead, and his wife discarded her weeds a year later and married again. Sargent suddenly turned up in his old home. There was no divorce, but an agreement was entered into by which husband No. 2 was to have possession of the wife, while Sargent wooed and won Mary, his wife's younger sister. A few weeks after the second marriage, the roving young man again left for parts unknown. A year ago the report came to Vanceburg that he had been killed in Cuba, and wife No. 2 married Charles Simpler, to whom she bore a son.

Thursday Mary and Rose, while sitting on the porch of the home they jointly occupied, were astonished to see Sargent coming up the road. Another agreement was proposed, but Sargent refused to entertain it, saying he was going to stay at home this time, and wanted his wife Mary, with the child. Simpler had other alternatives, but chose the simpler way out of the perplexing difficulty. He packed his baggage, kissed his wife good-bye and left for Ohio.

Sargent is now in full possession of the house, but does not seem to know just where he is at, and it will take considerable calculating of genealogical and domestic problems to set him exactly right. [Link]

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