Shelby  County,  Indiana

George  Ensminger
Sarah  J.  Ensminger

Complaint for Divorce In Circuit Court 
No. 434     Box 84
Filed Clerks Office January 28 1868 J. G. Wolf Clerk
Aprl 8, 1868     Fee Book 26     page 32     Ben F. Davis Atty

State of Indiana In The Circuit Court
Shelby County         SS                             April Term 1868

            The plaintiff  George Ensminger  complains of  Sarah Jane Ensminger  (late  Sarah Jane Miller) his wife and says that the pltff and defendant were duly united in lawful wedlock on the ___ day of February A.D. 1867 at said County That immediately upon their said marriage the said plaintiff and defendant commenced keeping house together at the said County.  That the plaintiff treated his said wife with kindness and affection and provided well for her comfort, support and happiness.  That notwithstanding the promises the Defendant within 10 days after the Marriage of the Plaintiff, wholly abandoned the plaintiff without cause or excuse and left the said County of Shelby and removed to the County State of Kentucky where she has ever since remained separate and apart from the plaintiff and the Deft avers that the said defendant left his said home with persons and of bad character for virtue. And that during the time the plaintiff and defendant lived together the Deft failed and refused to prepare meals or superintend the pltffs Household affairs but upon the contrary thereof behaved herself and demeaned herself as a termager act and was continuously mad sulky, and unpleasant. Plff shows that he is now and for the past ten years has been a bona fide resident of Shelby county and that said defendant is a non resident of the State, he asks that Notice be given said Deft and that upon final hearing that the plaintiff have Judgment for divorce, he shows there is no property or children of either of said parties.
Ben F. Davis Atty            


Affidavit for Non-Residency In Shelby Circuit Court
Filed in Clerks Office January 28 1868                    
J. G. Wolf Clerk          Ben F. Davis Atty
George Ensminger In Circuit Court
           VS April Term 1867    [1868]
Sarah Jane Ensminger

            Be it remembered that on this 11 day of Jany 1868 personally came before me the undersigned Notary Public within and for said County, John Webber who being duly sworn says that he is acquainted with each of the parties to the above Entitled cause that the plaintiff is a bona fide resident of Shelby county, Ind., and has been such resident for more than one year last past. That the Deft Sarah Jane Ensminger is not a resident of the State of Indiana but is a resident of the State of Kentucky.
John Webber        

            Subscribed and sworn to before me this 11th day of Jany 1868
Geo. W. Gadd     Notary Public                    

Proof of Publication

Filed April 8, 1868 J. G. Wolf Clk

State of Indiana
Shelby County SS
            Personally appeared before me J. G. Wolf Clerk of the Shelby Circuit Court Jas. M. Cumback publisher of the Shelby Republican Union a public weekly Newspaper of general Circulation printed and published in Shelbyville in the County aforesaid who being duly sworn upon his oath says that the Notice of which the attached is a true Copy was duly published in said paper for three weeks successiously the first of which publication was on the 6 day of February 1868 and the last on the 20 day of January 1868.
J. M. Cumback

            James M. Cumback Printers fee $7.00

Complaint For Divorce

State of Indiana
Shelby County 
                                    In the Shelby Circuit Court April Term A.D. 1868
George Ensminger
        VS                                         Complaint for Divorce
Sarah J. Ensminger

            Be it Remembered that on the 28th day of January, 1868, the above named plaintiff filed his complaint in the Clerks office of the Shelby Circuit Court, together with the affidavit of a competent person, that said defendant Sarah Jane Ensminger, is a non resident of the State of Indiana.
            Now, therefore, said defendant is hereby notified of the filing and pendency of said complaint against her, and that unless she appear and answer or demur thereto, at the calling of said cause, on the second day of the next Term of said Court, to he begun and held at the Court House in the city of Shelbyville, on the first Monday in April next, said complaint and the matters and things therein contained and alleged, will be heard and determined in her absence.
            Witness my hand, this 29th day of January, A.D. 1868.
Jacob G. Wolf, Clerk S.C.C.        

Ben F. Davis, Attorney for Plaintiff
February 6th, 1868

Transcribed by Barb Huff
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