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Ask someone older or younger than you for a story they are happy to share. It could be a story from school, one about a pet, a holiday mishap, a lucky escape, or the story of their day so far. Stories come in many shapes and sizes – and can be found in all sorts of places!
Day 28
Today’s Challenge a story I was just talking about with my Mom and cousin Julie, So thanks to them for helping me with today’s challenge.
From very young I was fascinated by the story a distant relative having two families. The rumour was one family in Ohio one in Indiana, and he was a travelling salesman so he would be away with work.

As a child I found this fascinating, would he you go live with one set for some seasons and other set for others? What about the holidays ?
We spoke with my cousin Julie who is investigating all the family history and she is not able to find evidential proof of this rumour .
It was wonderful to have her send photos so at least we can put a face to a name.
When you watch “Who do you think you are?” So many had bigamy in their ancestry
There was not that much chance of getting caught, it seems, unless members of his first wife’s family tracked him down. As they did not have the checking facilities we have today, the chances of being found out were not that common, but when caught it would often make the papers as it was such a big deal. Details on marriage certificates weren’t double-checked; the point of banns (or if an office marriage, the posting of names of those who intended to marry), was (is!) at least partially so that things like bigamous marriages could be nipped in the bud.

Also, if he had not heard from his first wife for seven years or more, it was legal for him to remarry. Bigamy cases sometimes rested on whether or not someone knew their first spouse to still be alive.

Divorce was expensively prohibitive. The average person could not afford to divorce. Times were hard for the poor and drink was often a, contributing to marriage breakdown. Some folks just moved on.
Julie Diehl
Judy Saba