Surnames and Family Research Forum
Re: Marital status in census records
In Response To: Marital status in census records ()
Yes!!! I had a gguncle (the youngest brother of my ggrandfather) who was married and living with his family in Greenfield, Indiana in 1910. I could never figure out what happened to his wife and children, although he was listed on the 1920 and 1930, and his death certificate in the 1930s as widowed. I decided to trace a cousin of his wife who was living in their home in 1910, and found her living with the "alive" wife on the 1920 census in Chicago, Illinois, and also living with them was their son. The kicker is that the wife was living with her new husband and continued to live with him until her death many years later. Had I not traced that cousin, I never would have located the wife and their children. I never found a marriage certificate for the wife and her new husband nor did I ever locate a divorce for my gguncle and his wife. My gguncle never remarried and when he died his sister, my ggaunt was the informant on the death certificate that listed him as a widower. I believe, that at that time, it may have emotionally too difficult to acknowledge that a spouse was a cheat and left with someone else. I also think divorce may have been financially inaccessible for many at that time.