HENDERSON COUNTY DIVORCE RECORDS 1842 – 1900
The following records were abstracted from the divorce records for Henderson County NC. The original records are located at the NC State Archives, Raleigh, NC. Most of the records give the parties involved and the date of the divorce. Sometimes the date of marriage was given and about half of them include the reason for the divorce and any extenuating circumstances. A couple of these records were found in other files and have been included in the list.
Be aware that these records are from a civil case. Most of the information came from a affidavit given by the plaintiff in the case. Just because the accusations was made does not mean that it was a true account of what happened.
Please remember that the writing was sometimes difficult and I could have misread the documents. Use this as a guide to the records located in Raleigh.
BARNWELL, ENOS Vs BARNWELL, BARBURY – 1869 Married 1857 He was accused of committing adultery with Sally Miller
BISHOP, HULDA Vs BISHOP, ANDREW 1867. Married Aug 1866. Andrew was from Jefferson TN. After they were marred she learned that he was the husband of another wife some months before and that the other wife was still alive. On confrontation he fled the state, deserting her. (this record was found in the estate file of John McLain and was probably misfiled)
CARRINGTON, VIRGINIA Vs CARRINGTON, JOHN J. 1882 Married 2 Dec 1873
CARSON, PAUL Vs CARSON, HARRIET 1898 Married 12 Jan 1884
CASE, PINK Vs CASE, DORA? 1899 Married 13 May 1894
CATHEY, RACHEL R. Vs CATHEY, T.H. 1895 Married 23 June 1869. Left her husband in Montana and came to live with parents in Mills River. Before separation the couple lived in Haywood Co, Greenville SC, Buncombe Ct. NC, lastly in Montana. T. H. lived with Clara Vann and fathered a bastard child. T. H. is Thomas H. Cathey.
COLLINS, J. W. Vs COLLINS, CLORA 1891 Married 26 July 1890
DALTON, J. B. Vs DALTON, SAPHRONIA 1878 Married 1869
DIMSDALE, HESTER Vs DIMSDALE, RANSOM 1893 Married 26 March 1878
DRAKE, MARY Vs N. M. DRAKE 1860 Married 1858 ( or 38 can’t tell)
DUNCAN, C. F. Vs DUNCAN, EMMA 1892 Married 1889
EDWARDS, C. W. Vs EDWARDS, MARY 1870 Married 1855
ENLOW, ELLEN Vs ENLOW, JAMES D. 1857 Married 4 Mar 1852
EVANS, ELLEN Vs EVANS, THOMAS 1871 Married ??
FREEMAN, ELIZABETH Vs FREEMAN, ISAAC R. 1867 They were married for 30 years, had 6 children. In Buncombe Co. he took up with Sally Dotson
GARREN, NOAH B. Vs GARREN, LAURA 1890 Noah fought for custody of their 4 year old daughter Eliza Garren. Child was taken by unknown person in his absence. They were married for 21 years
GORDON, W. M. Vs GORDON, ALLIE MAY 1891 Married 25 July 1888
GREEN, JOHN T. Vs GREEN, ENVINA? 1889 Married Aug 1864
GRANT, J. H. Vs GRANT, GEORGIA Married 16 Mar 1892
HARRISON, NANCY Vs HARRISON, NATH 1842 Married in Buncombe Co Sept or Oct 1840
HAWKINS, S. E. Vs HAWKINS, MAGGIE 1894 Married 20 Dec 1890
HENRY, LEAH Vs HENRY, ALBERT 1847 Married 7 Dec 1843
HIGHTOWER, ANN Vs HIGHTOWER, JOSEPH 1855 Married 20 Dec 1833
HYDER, J. L. Vs HYDER, ELIZABETH 1895 Married 1885
HYMAN, DOLLIE G. Vs HYMAN, K. P. 1897 Married 30 Nov 1887
JOHNSON, BENJAMIN Vs JOHNSON, MARY 1894 Married 1891
JOHNSON, E. E. Vs JOHNSON, THOMAS L. 1893 Married 17 Dec 1889
JOHNSON, H. V. Vs JOHNSON, IDA 1897 Married 7 Aug 1892. He came to Henderson Co from Columbia SC with his new bride and children from first marriage. She wanted him to get send the children away.
KING, LAURA V. Vs KING, E. P 1881 Married ??
LAUGHTER, MARTHA Vs LAUGHTER, WILLIAM J. 1882 Married 25 Nov 1876
LEVI, JOHN F. Vs LEVI, LOU 1889 Married June 1884. She left him to live with C. Dill.
LEWIS, T. R. Vs LEWIS, SALLIE 1870 Married ?. She was accused of committing adultery.
MC HAM, J. C. Vs MC HAM, EMMA 1886 Married 20 Nov 1874 in Spartanburg Co SC. She was accused of committing adultery
MINTZ, WILLIAM Vs MINTZ, ANNA 1889 Married 2 June 1882. She was accused of committing adultery
MOODY, J. W. Vs MOODY A. S. 1887 Married 11 Oct 1881 She was accused of committing adultery
MOORE, CATHERINE Vs MOORE, QUILLEN 1845 Married 1820 or 21. Lived in Buncombe and Henderson Counties. He went to live with Sarah Trammel. He and Sarah have two or three children. Allies Sarah Tilley.
MOORE, JULIA T. Vs MOORE, NOBLE J. 1880 Married 24 Jan 1870 He was accused of committing adultery with Sarah Grant
OWENBY, RACHEL Vs OWENBY, EPHRAIM 1858 Married Oct 1846. She was the daughter of Jacob Lyda. She married Ephriam and moved with him to Rutherford Co NC where they lived until March of the next year. He “became addicted to the habit of intemperance which he kept up almost constantly…with him keeping often the worst of disespoted? drinking men” He squandered all of their money and lost the home. She returned to her father’s home. She lived with her parents for 2 years and then was able to purchase a tract of land and build “a humble cottage” upon it. In Dec. 1856 Ephraim came to her home, saying he ashamed of his conduct and and asked her to take him and three starving little children from a former wife in. She agreed. He returned to he old ways and in September he left with his family and soon after sold the whole crop to a stranger. He then committed adultery with Lillie Caroline Carlile with whom he lived for a short time then moved to GA, taking the concubine with him. (I have a copy of her petition and will share. It is difficult to read but yields a lot of info.)
POSEY, A. E. Vs POSEY, NORA H. 1898 Married 23 Nov 1887. They lost a boy and girl baby. After this she became pregnant 2 more times and forced miscarriages. He wought divorce on the grounds that she would not give him children.
REYNOLDS, T. A. Vs REYNOLDS, GEORGIANNA 1893 Married Feb 1875 She was accused of committing adultery
ROBERTSON, MARY JANE Vs ROBERTSON, W. H. 1878 Married 1868. He was accused of abusing her daughter from former marriage
RUCKEN, SARAH Vs RUCKEN, H. K. 1860 Married 1857 in Rutherford Co. He went back to Rutherford Co. He was accused of beating her.
SEAMAN, JOSEPH Vs SEAMAN, ELIZABETH 1890 Married 3 June 1870. She was accused of committing adultery with Thomas Rouse or Rowe and John Matthews
SHEPPARD, LAURA Vs SHEPPARD, L. F. 1891 Married 2 Feb 1887 in Buncombe Ct. NC. After first child was born she got sick. The child died in 1888. He was accused of beating her.
SHIPMAN, JACKSON Vs SHIPMAN, JANE 1842 Married ?? She was accused of committing adultery with Little Merrill
SOLESBEE, H. J. Vs SOLESBEE, L. C. 1881 Married ?. She left him and the county
STEPP, HENRY Vs STEPP, MARY A. 1870 Married 20 Dec 1868. He was accused of beating her.
SUMMERS, J. N. Vs SUMMERS, CATHERINE 1867 Married Dec 1861 in Henderson Co. In 1863 he joined the army in TN, was taken prisoner and sent to Camp Douglas, Ill until 18 May 1865, home 6 June 1865. When he returned she was with child, 6 months later child came. She was accused of adultery with Americus Hulton or Benjamin Jones.
THOMPSON, ELIJAH T. Vs THOMPSON, ELIZABETH 1876 Married ?? She was accused of committing adultery with James Johnson
TOWNSEND, ELIZABETH Vs TOWNSEND, LEWIS 1863 Married Fall of 1840. In 1859 he went off with Eliza Dickerson and left Elizabeth with a large family
TUCKER, WILLIAM Vs TUCKER, PHEBE 1855 Married April 1846. He was accused of beating her.
WARD, MARY ANN Vs WARD, BENJAMIN 1846 Married ? . He was accused of beating her.