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Benjamin Allen's estate willl be settled by Elizabeth Allen in St Clair Co [Western Intelligencer, 23 Oct 1816]

Icabod Badgley and Elizabeth Badgley the heirs of George Atchison petition the Monroe Co court to sell his land. [Western Intelligencer, 19 Jun 1816]

The estate of Caleb Baldwin will be settled by Leonard White in Gallatin Co, IL
[Western Intelligencer, 02 Oct 1816]

John Crittenden
Beauvais is the name of a man who is reported to be worth $80,000, with interest piling up at the usual rate every time the earth revolves round the sun. But he is not happy, and he blames it all to his wife. Yesterday he aired his ills and woes by filing with the clerk of the district court, through his attorney, Justice W. O. Hudson, a petition asking that his brief, but exciting and turbulent marriage relations with his better half, Mary A., be declared null and void and that he be allowed to again pose among the ranks of men of single blessedness.
It is a ludicrous as well as exciting tale that the apparently much injured man relates. He goes on to state that he took Mrs. Beauvais for better or worse on October 3, of last year, the solemn vow to honor, love, obey, cherish and other things having been affirmed before the very legal luminary who has now been retained by the husband to have the courts cast asunder. As the story goes Mr. Beauvais did not heed the warning to be found somewhere in the good book "that the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery," but went right ahead and hitched his name to the woman of his choice, although he was well aware of the fact that she had been legally disjointed from a prior husband, whose name was John Luthur. And even before Mr. Luthur enjoyed connubial bliss with the woman whom Beauvais chose for a helpmate, she had embarked on the seas of matrimony with J. T. Tucker, whoso lungs gave out and his spirit was wafted to the pearly shores.
Mr. Beauvais informs the court that as soon as he was declared lawfully married by the justice he took up his abode with his wife, who he says suddenly presented a forty-horse power temper and a pugnacious temperament that has on more than one occasion made the hair on his head assume a disposition to crawl through the crown of his hat. He also describes his wife as being zealous of tongue, and stored with a vocabulary of language not over soft and sweet, which from time to time she has hurled at him with the force of a Kansas cyclone. It seems he could stand this to a certain extent, but he draws the line at what he alleges to be her disposition to either do him bodily injury, or worse still, waft him while in the prime of his manhood and usefulness before the reckoning powers up in the beautiful beyond. After narrating in his petition the number of tongue lashings he has undergone from his spouse since his wedding day, Beauvais comes right out and tells “flat-footed” why he wants the matrimonial tetters broken off and be allowed to hold on to his thousands without having to share any of it with the woman who has cast thorns amid his bed of roses, and with whom it has transpired he co-habituated for a number of years without legal consent and the fruits of which was a child, whose legitimacy was in peril until the celebration of the marriage vows in this city last October. A few weeks after the wedding day he sets forth that his wife filed vigorous objections to his going out nights to furnish violin music for merry dancers, and that when he sought the family fig tree about the hour of 1 a.m. she was loaded and primed for him. Her noise and clatter interfered with his tempting the soothing solace of morpheus, so figuratively speaking, "he took up his bed and walked" into another room, barricading the door, not as a matter of good faith but of personal safety to life and limb, that protected him from the irate Mrs. Benuvais. But It seems the barricaded door afforded him not the shelter and protection that he had speculated on, for it soon yielded to the battering-rant blows of the indignant wife, who, in loud and unmistakable tones, informed her liege lord and master that she proposed to make mince meat of him with an axe. By strategy and a liberal allowance of strength Beauvais succeeded in avoiding death, and after passing a night of horror and suspense, at daybreak made his escape.
The action of Beauvais in appealing to the court for redress has made Mrs. Beauvais really wrathy, and last night she promised a Republican reporter that she proposed to make it very interesting for the gentleman. Mrs. Beauvais was seen at her residence, where she was exercising a matronly and mother's care over three children, a boy 11 years of age; a girl, who has seen six summers, and a baby two years and one-month old. The first enumerated children are by a former wife of Beauvais, while the last is the one born to the warring couple out of wedlock. Mrs. Beauvais has two more children by previous husbands, but they are with relatives in the east. By the same husbands she had two more children, but they are gone to glory. Mrs. Beauvais is prepossessing in appearance, and her cold black eyes snapped like coals of fire when she volunteered her side of the story, which will be the basis of her defense when she filed an answer to the petition of that of her husband.
Before Mrs. Beauvais began taking chances in the lottery of matrimony she was a Miss Mary R. Phillips, and if her life is spared her until the last day of next mouth, she will be just thirty-one years of age. December 20, 1870, also was first led to Hymen's shrine by J. T. Tucker, at St. Mary's, Mo., and two years after she became a widow by reason of the demise of Mr. Tucker. In [?] yellow September 1882, John Luthur, who had won the heart and hand of the young widow, made her Mrs. Luthur. The pair lived a rather stormy and tempestous existence for six years", which it is represented Mr. Luthur spent in calculating by actual consumption how much whiskey he could destroy and whipping and maltreating his wife. Mrs. Luthur finally wearied of her associations with that gentleman, and one fine day bundled herself and children off to the protecting affectionate care of her mother who was then living at Rockwood, Illinois.
It was at Rockwood that the much abused wife met and was introduced to her present husband. The meeting was at a party held in 1888, and a sort of mutual admiration seems to have sprung up between the pair. The love-making on February 12, 1889, readied that stage that the then Mr. Luther was prompted to apply for a divorce from her drunken and brutal husband, and thirty days after the court granted her a legal release from Luther. It seems that she was encouraged to appeal to the divorce court by Beauvais, who promised to marry her as soon as she was legally free, and the following June the two, by an understood agreement, met at a trysting place and travelled together to Raton, N. M. Here the pair lived, seemingly apart, the woman preparing Beauvais' meals for him and caring for his children, one of whom, the boy, is described to be subject to fits, and hard to manage. Affairs went on in this way until September of the same year, when the pair emigrated to San Diego, Cal., taking with them a babe, the result of the liaison, that was born a few months before. The Raton tactics were kept up in San Diego, and in May, 1891, the woman went to Perry county, Missouri, taking with her the baby. She remained there until October, when she came to Phoenix, where Beauvais made good his long deferred promise, and made her his lawful wife.
Now according to Mrs. Beauvais, she is not altogether to blame for the family trouble. She enumerates her woes by saying that Beauvais commenced the cruelty by making her sign, under threats, that he would not marry her unless she did, a voucher depriving her of all interest in his accumulated wealth and real estate and allowing her only ten per cent of what he might become possessor of by their marriage.
His next outburst of ungallantry is described when he objected to her accepting an invitation to attend a ball given by a Mrs. Rhodes, and this on November 1, was repeated when upon being asked where he was going by his spouse he firmly informed her "it was none of her business." Mrs. Beauvais was of the opinion that it was her business, and drove away in the vehicle which her husband proposed using. She says she remained away until after dark, and upon her return Beauvais again informed her it was none of her business where he was going. Then a struggle took place between them for the horse and buggy, Beauvais coming out victorious. This is the affair of which Beauvais speaks of in his complaint, and the woman describes it as follows :
"He came home from that dance about 1 o'clock. I let him in, and we quarreled; he cursed and said he would go to chippy houses, or where he pleased. I told him he never treated his first wife right, and had punished me for three years, and that I would punish him now. He had two shotguns, two rifles and a revolver in his pocket. I had nothing but a piece of dry goods box about an inch wide. In trying to force the door he caught my knee in the door, and hurt me and could hardly walk. I blew out the lamp through a crack in the door, and then went around to the window, but did not break in. I only broke the door knob off. He had a ten bushel box full of stuff against the door, and I heard him loading a pistol. When he got out he took the guns by the barn to hide them, and he threatened to shoot me. I borrowed a revolver from Mrs. Rhodes after we parted, but sent it back to her when I heard he was afraid of me, and got a little girl to stay with me."
Regards her destroying her husband's personal adornments and other property, Mrs. Beauvais says she only destroyed one silk handkershief, some naughty pictures, and the family record because he would not enter therein the date of their marriage and birth of their child. Beauvais still provides for the woman and children, and yesterday she says he gave her the magnificent sum of ten cents, split some wood for her and sent her some medicine.
[The Arizona Republic, January 6, 1892 - BZ - Sub by FoFG]

S Bond and Caldwell Cairnes to sell the estate of Thomas Todd, deceased on 23 May in St Clair Co.
[Western Intelligencer, 15 May 1816]

Zach Burnett's estate will be settled by Moses Short in St Clair Co, IL [Western Intelligencer, 02 Oct 1816]

Daniel Converse requests payments owed to the estate of Jude Converse, to be settled in Madison Co, IL [Western Intelligencer, 25 Jun 1816]

N Cook and William Dunn will sell the estate of Timothy Kelly, deceased
["Western Intelligencer", 09 Oct 1817 - Sub by FoFG]

Thomas and Jane Cox will sell the estate of Robert Co, deceased, on 01 Jun
["Western Intelligencer", 21 May 1817 - Sub by FoFG]

William Crawford appointed Indian Affairs of the Creek Agency [Western Intelligencer, 21 Aug 1816]

Clement Davis, settling the estate of Remembrance Davis in Johnson Co, IL [Western Intelligencer, 14 Aug 1816]

Mathew Duncan requests people oweing him money to pay
["Western Intelligencer", 2 Jul 1817 - Sub by FoFG]

Mathew Duncan has land for sale in St Geneveive Co and in Glasgow, KY as an heir to Joseph Duncan. There is also a house and lot in Kaskaskia
["Western Intelligencer", 10 Sep 1817 - Sub by FoFG]

James E Estes requests all debts to him be paid [Western Intelligencer, 04 Dec 1816]

W M Farlan requests those owing the estate of Mervil M'Farlan to make payment. He will settle estate in Gallatin Co. [Western Intelligencer, 19 Jun 1816]

The estate of James Fulton willl be settled in Randolph Co by Paul Haralson and Sarah Fulton [Western Intelligencer, 05 Sep 1816]

George Fisher and Pierre Bono found two negros, Betsy and Ben, who belong to Col Henry Walker of Rockingham Co, VA. They are in jail in Kaskaskia
["Western Intelligencer", 09 Oct 1817 - Sub by FoFG]

Henry Hays asks for those indebted to William L Smith, deceased, to make payments to estate. [Western Intelligencer, 15 May 1816]

Daniel Hull, heir of Nathaniel Hull applied to sell land in Monroe Co, IL [Western Intelligencer, 24 Jul 1816]

Estate of Leonard Kepler will be settled by Barbara Cassidt of Ark Co, MO Territory [Western Intelligencer, 02 Oct 1816]

Notice to John P Maxwell (IL Territory) and Hugh H Maxwell (MO Territory) that James Maxwell has died and as his nephews they inherit his estate [Western Intelligencer, 21 Aug 1816]

William McBride asks anyone oweing Samuel Wilson, deceased, to make payment. [Western Intelligencer, 25 Jun 1816]

John M'Ferron requests that people owing him money to pay
["Western Intelligencer", 06 Nov 1817 - Sub by FoFG]

Baptiste Montrieul has accused Joseph Baker of being a Swindler
["Western Intelligencer", 27 Nov 1817 - Sub by FoFG]

Mr Moredock wishes to divorce Margaret Lord, this was passed. [Western Intelligencer, 18 Dec 1816 - Sub by FoFG]

Benjamin Mun requests those owing him money to make payments. [Western Intelligencer, 05 Jun 1816]

Benjamin Mun requests people owing him money to pay by March ["Western Intelligencer", 05 Feb 1817 - Sub by FoFG]

Dr W L Reynolds has his practice on Charter Street [Western Intelligencer, 28 Aug 1816]

vs. J. D. Robinson et. al., Defendants
Public notice is hereby given that by virtue of a decretal order made and entered of record on the 15th day of May A.D. 1944, by said court in the above entitled cause, the said Administrator will, at the hour of two o'clock in the afternoon on Sat., July 22nd, 1944 at the front door of the residence located in the Village of Coulterville, on the premises hereby below described, in the County of Randolph and State of Illinois offer for sale and sell at public venue to the highest and best bidder, on the terms below set forth, to pay the debts of said estate, all or so much thereof as may necessary to pay the debts now due from estate and the costs of administration now due and to accrue, the right, title, interest of estate of Nancy Dells Robinson, deceased, had at the time of her death in and to the following real estate, situated in the County of Randolph and State of Illinois, described as follows:
Thirty-three (33) feet off the West end of Lot one (1) and Forty-four (44) feet of the East end of Lot two (2) all in Block Three (3) in Jr. R. McFie's Addition to the Town and Village of Coulterville, Illinois and Forty-four (44) feet off of the East end of the Lot North in Block Six (6) in John J. Woodside's Addition to the Town, now Village of Coulterville Il.
The above described real estate will be sold free and clear of dower and home (?) and subject to the taxes levied in 1943, payable in 1944, and subsequent years. Twenty percent of the purchase price to be paid on day of sale and balance upon approval of sale by said court and delivery (?) by administrator.  No deed will be furnished to purchaser until said (?) has been reported and approved by the said court.  Dated this 19th day of June, A.D., 1944
W. G. Robinson, Administrator
Joseph D. Maxwell, Nashville, Illinois
E. H. Wegener, Chester, Illinois, attorneys for Administrator
Date of first insertion June 23, 1944  
[Unknown newspaper, submitted by Kathryn Todd and Transcribed by Vicki Bryan]

State of Illinois   Randolph County.  By virtue of a decretal order of the county court of the said county, entered at the last December term thereof, on the application of the undersigned Conservator of John Robinson, an_____________, to sell the interest of the said John Robinson in and to the following described real estate, to-wit:  Commencing twenty-two (22) rods south of the northwest of the southeast quarter of the south east quarter of Section twelve, T4S, R5W, of ___________, Randolph County, Illinois, and running south nineteen rods, nine feet and nine inches, thence east twenty-four and one-half rods, thence north nineteen (19) rods, nine feet, and nine inches, thence west twenty-four and one-half rods to the place of beginning, containing about three acres of land.    I shall on MONDAY, THE 18th DAY OF JANUARY, 1909, at the hour of one o'clock p.m. on the premises, sell the interest of the said John Robinson, in said above described real estate.  Terms of Sale are Cash.  Deed made to purchaser on date of sale.   Dated: December 17, 1908    Mary Robinson, Conservator of John Robinson      Russell & Sanford, Attorneys  
[Submitted by Kathryn Todd]

John Rutherford requests payments to the estate of Nancy Rutherford
["Western Intelligencer", 10 Sep 1817 - Sub by FoFG]

Estate of David Sloucomb will be settled in Gallatin Co by Stephen Beck. [Western Intelligencer, 19 Jun 1816]

Elizabeth Spriggs was married to James Spriggs in 1815. He is now in New Orleans with another woman and Elizabeth is asking for a divorce from him
["Western Intelligencer", 2 Jul 1817 - Sub by FoFG]

Bill introduced to grant Elizabeth A Sprigg's a divorce and grant Henry S Dodge the right to build a bridge across the Kaskaskia River
["Western Intelligencer", 25 Dec 1817 - Sub by FoFG]

James D Thomas offers reward for Lewis Tacket, a run away [Western Intelligencer, 21 Aug 1816]

The estate of James Weaver will be settled in Johnson Co by Hezekiah West and Mary Weaver [Western Intelligencer, 02 Oct 1816]

Eleanor Wooten and Nathan Davis Adm, ask those who owe money to John Wooten before fourth Monday in Aug. [Western Intelligencer, 25 Jun 1816]

Following persons land will be sold at auction 10 Dec (1816) for taxes due:

Rufus Eaton Chequer & Holmes heirs of George and Ichabod Camp
heirs of Richard M'Carty David Husband Jacob Funk
Joseph Stanley William H Harrison John Boyd & James Mayfield
James Bruff William Russell heirs of Lawrence Keenon
heirs of Thomas Flannery Henry Smith John Harrington
Francis Bouuthiller & Josiah Bleakley Alex M'Nair Israel Dosge & heirs of John Dodge
John Lyle & R Easton Samuel Williams John Dempsey
Widow Tisdale William & Elias Rector Eliass Barcroft
heirs of Tobias Brashear Christian Will James Pigot
Francois Valle   [Source: "Western Intelligencer", 06 Nov 1816]

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