As I discussed in Part 1 about Lena, I found that the land being sold and partitioned between 32 members of my family originally belonged to Lena R. Tremlett. But, I've never heard of Lena. I decided to search for her on Ancestry and see what I could find.
When I searched for Lena R. Tremlett in Missouri, I came up with 4 good hits - 3 death records and an 1880 census.
|1880 Census - St Louis - John Tremlett is 3rd person - Lena Randolph Tremlett is 4th|
people below John & Lena are boarders
Next, I looked at the three death records for
Lena each showing she
died in May of 1887. The records show she died of nephritis and was born in DeWitt County, Illinois. I think she was actually born in Virginia, but she grew up in DeWitt County.
Next, I Googled "Lena R Tremlett" and was surprised to uncover another article about her on Newspaper Abstracts. This was published in March of 1887 and it was for the filing of a divorce! It sounds like a pretty nasty divorce, too.
The last thing I uncovered was through Mocavo. It is a judicial index from 1887 in
so it is
probably the divorce case file. (The case number is 16305; microfilm reel C38388.) She died only two months after filing for
divorce, so I'm really interested in that case file. I'm going to hire someone in St. Louis to look up that file for me. St. Louis
Here's the article about
filing for divorce which was in the "St Louis Dispatch Post" on March
31, 1887. The transcript was contributed by Gigimo.
A divorce suit was filed late last evening in the Circuit Court by Mrs. Lena R TREMLETT against John TREMLETT of the Hotel Belvedere,
They were married in May, 1879, and lived together until last October. Mrs.
TREMLETT makes serious allegations against her husband, charging him with
conduct rendering her position intolerable. She accuses him of heaping shocking
indignities upon her at various times, making false accusations against her and
acting in the most violent manner. She alleges that her husband was unduly
intimate with a female servant and that he caressed another woman in her
presence. He also took the part of a young woman who had assaulted his wife.
Mrs. TREMLETT further charges that her husband transferred his affections to
another woman and that he tried to get rid of his wife by filing a suit for a
divorce which he subsequently withdrew being unable to furnish proof of the
allegations contained in the petition. When the separation took place he said
that he was going to .
Mrs. TREMLETT asks for alimony, alleging that her husband is possessed of
$30,000 worth of property. Florida
Another big question now that I see Lena was married in 1879 is: why did she get 5 pieces of land conveyed to her in 1879 from the Queen's and the Hammett's, people I've never heard of?
|1883 City Directory for St. Louis found on Fold3|
Source: 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Saint Louis (independent city), Missouri, Enumeration District #12, printed page #224A, dwelling 159, John Tremlett household, online images, Ancestry.com <http://www.ancestry.com>, accessed 20 Jul 2014, citing Family History Film #1254717.
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