John Duhamel v Marie Duhamel (Journal 12 p105 - 13 June 1883; Roll 39 Box 128 case number 1142 - 28 Apr 1883) – see Smith Kent (when posted)
By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)
The couple was married on 15 Mar 1876 in New York City, NY. John, parentage unknown, was born in Nov 1824 in Paris, France. According to the 1880 Stryker, Springfield Twp, Wms Co federal census, p663A, John was listed as 58 Paris, FR, laborer, married but living alone.
He charged that Marie was willfully absent for three years or more. She lived at 132 Madison Ave, NYC. A legal notice appeared in the Bryan Press, 8 June 1883. He was granted a divorce. Nothing further is known of Marie Duhamel.
On 13 June 1883 in Wms Co (Marriage V5 #357) John married Catharine Kent. In the 1900 Letcher Twp, Sanborn Co, SD federal census p245, John Duhamel, who immigrated to the US in 1873, first settling in NY, was listed as John Nov 1824 (75) FR and wife Katherine, who came to the US in 1854, Apr 1837 (63) FR, married 24 years with two children, both surviving. Note that Katherine was married before her marriage to John Duhamel and they were married 17 years before the 1900 census. Why the Duhamels were living in South Dakota is not currently known. Wms Co, OH Death V3 p29 showed John Duhamel died on 26 Jan 1908 and was buried in French Cemetery, beside second wife Catharine (1837-?). Catharine may be the daughter of French natives John and Mary Myer; she may also have ben previously married to Smith Kent. This speculation needs further investigation.