Shelby  County  Indiana
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The  Shelbyville  Republican
Wednesday April 17, 1912
Page 1 column 7
Judge Blair Frees Woman Who Married A Man, Robert P. Smith,
Who Is Said To Be A Bigamist
Chances Are He Will Locate In Some remote Part of Country
And Will Send For Indianapolis Sweetheart
          Nora Swinford-Smith  is now a free woman, as far as matrimonial bonds are concerned, Judge Blair, shortly before noon today, rendering a decision in her favor.  The plaintiff brought proceedings of this nature against  Robert P. Smith, alleged bigamist, who broke jail Thursday night of last week, since which time nothing has been learned of his whereabouts.
          The evidence in the annulment proceedings was heard at least two weeks ago by Judge Blair and he withheld his decision until the case of Smith could be heard, his trial being set for last Saturday.  The man, however, broke jail, and since then his whereabouts have been unknown to the authorities.
          The plaintiff in the case married Smith on September 27, 1910, while he was a soldier located at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, near Indianapolis.  Smith claimed that he was a single man.  He returned to his post and in December, 1911, Mrs. Smith heard that he had a wife,  Mollie Smith,  at Mangum, Oklahoma, and she wrote there, receiving a reply that woman was also the wife of Smith.  She said that she had heard that he had a wife in Texas.
          When Smith came here in December his Shelbyville wife accused him of having another wife and he did not deny the charges.  He left that day and did not return until in March.  When he came here he wrote a note to her asking to call at her home.  An affirmative reply was given, but he was arrested before he had time to go to the Swinford home.
          Then there appeared another sweetheart, Gertrude Foust, of Indianapolis.  She came here and it is said broke off the engagement, but this was untrue as letters between the two showed.  Smith has made good his escape and the chances are that his Indianapolis sweetheart will later join him when he gets located and believes himself to be out of danger as far as the charges against him here is concerned.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Daily  Democrat
Thursday, August 24, 1911
Page 4   column 1
          Fred Swinford,  of near Fenns, was in this city yesterday on business.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, November 2, 1905
State of Indiana, Shelby County, ss:
          Notice is hereby given that on the 21st day of October, 1905, George T. Swinford, was by the Shelby Circuit Court appointed the administrator of the estate of  Nancy A. Swinford, deceased, and that said estate is probably solvent.
          This 21st day of October, 1905.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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