Eva P. Bartlett Carter v James T. Carter (Journal 14 p512 - 11 Mar 1888; Roll 47 Box 155 case number 2028) – 11 Jan 1889
By Pamela Pattison Lash
The couple was married in Williams Co, OH on 28 Aug 1881 (Marriage V5 #28). Eva charged James, an idle husband, with gross neglect of duty and being willfully absent for three years. Eva said at one time James lived in Chicago, Cook Co, IL, but sometime recently he had moved to New Mexico. She wanted custody of their minor child, Claudia A, five years old on 16 Mar 1889, reasonable alimony, and the restoration of her maiden name, Bartlett. She told the court she owned real estate in Ashtabula Co, OH, but she needed the alimony because at present she was living off the charity of others. A legal notice appeared in The Earth, a newspaper in the Edgerton, St. Joseph Twp area from 11 Jan 1889 for six consecutive weeks. The court granted Eva a divorce and alimony.