Tuesday, April 03, 2007

A Very Deserving Fellow

Civil War veteran James Kindred Williams and wife Elizabeth had their first child in 1869. 27 years and 15 children later, Elizabeth had had enough.

In 1896, Williams filed for divorce, alleging that his wife "refused to give to him what God and nation said he deserved."

Lizzie Williams, who moved in with one of her children, did not respond to her husband's allegations.

The courts did not resolve the divorce until March 15, 1898, when a judge "dissolved" the marriage "on account of voluntary abandonment." [Link]
James soon after found a woman who would give him what he deserved, and six additional children besides.

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