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Thomas Courtney - Elizabeth Fruits Stivers Courtney
Source: Crawfprdsville Weekly Journal, Saturday, July 11, 1891
Everybody knows rich old Tom Courtney down at Waynetown. Well, your uncle Tom has a great big full-fledged divorce suit on his hands. Last Thursday his wife, Rebecca A. Courtney put on her store clothes and hustling up to Crawfordsville filed a divorce suit against him through her attorney, Jero West. Mrs. Courtney was much affected while the complaint was being written out and even shed two or three big briny tears. Mrs. Courtney was a "lone lorn widder woman" along in '88 when she met Thomas Courtney and the twain falling in love were made one. Merrily tinkled the marriage bells and their hearts beat like oceans when the storm passed away. But as has true love never tan so smooth and Tom proved to be an audaciously jealous old cuss. recently the complaint avers he became quite savage and threatened all sorts of dire things. Now Mrs. Courtney states that she has always been scrumptiously circumspect in her conduct towards other men. Tom couldn't see it that way, however, and constantly accused her of being criminally intimate with some of the most prominent citizens of Waynetown. Two doctors residing there and a Hebrew merchant were the especial objects of his suspicion and he constantly referred to them as having the wife of his bosom down to a pretty fine point. He continued these accusations unceasingly and abused his wife in a terrible manner using oaths the size of the Waynetown meeting house. finally he threatened to deprive her of life and this so terrified the poor and pretty creature that she resolved to apply for divorce. Thomas Courtney is worth about $50.000 and an elegant farm about a half mile west of Waynetown. His wife asks for $15,000 alimony and thinks she will have no trouble in getting it. Some of their friends think the mater may be adjusted, but the matter is now in the courts and it looks like war.
Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Journal 11 October 1895 p 3
Judge Harney last week granted the Courtney Divorce case. Rebecca was granted the divorce and Tom paid her $3,000 in cash. The good people of Waynetown are making books on the time of the next reunion of this worthy couple.
NOTE: : *Rebeca A. Fruits daughter of William Jason & Eliza Louisa Jones Fruits. First married William STIVERS Second marriage Thomas Courtney Married 5 times????
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