The information given below is about James Alexander and Lucinda Howe of Washington County, Ohio.They were married May 16, 1819 and must have separated or divorced soon after. Don't think they are part of my line, but someone may be interested.
American Friend, June 25, 1819:
Whereas my wife Lucinda has left my bed and board, without any just cause or provocation - This is, therefore, to caution the public and every individual, against harboring or trusting her on my account, as I will pay no debts of her contracting after this date.
Union, June 25th, 1819.
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American Friend, July 16, 1819:
Mr. Prentiss, -- You will oblige a number of your subscribers by publishing the following:
We have seldom witnessed a transaction, where the want of principle and moral rectitude, and all those feelings and attentions, which connect and bind the local and domestic compact, than the one we are about to mention.
James Alexander, who, in your paper of the 25th of June, cautions the public and individuals, against harboring or trusting his wife Lucinda, is about 25 years old, he came to this neighborhood with his father and step-mother, (a woman formerly from the city of New-York, who has no children) under circumstances, which have created suspicions, very unfavorable to the purity of their reputations, which suspicions have so far gained a general belief, as in some measure, to account for his otherwise unaccountable conduct to his wife. Lucinda, the wife, is daughter of Peter Howe, Esq. all of Union; we have known her from an infant, has been decently educated, and well instructed in business, and her character was without a stain, until her unfortunate connection with him - their marriage took place about the first of May last, which was sooner, on account of his solicitations, than she or her family had expected, she was invited to reside in the family with the step-mother, and assist in some spinning and weaving, until, her parents could provide her necessaries for house-keeping. She went, but what was her situation, the most humiliating that can be conceived; instead of the decent civilities, due to his companion, he treated her like a slave; accosting her in language which is too indecent to be written; she had a bed by herself and the step-mother the other, her husband slept she knew not where; this is from his own story. Unhacknied in the ways of vice; unsuspicious that there are characters so far depraved, whose business has been, to lay snares for the unwary and make innocence their game; unwilling to believe what she saw, she determined to remain a few days and endeavor to unravel the seeming mysteries that surrounded her, and after weaving a web of cloth and doing some spinning, the step-mother informed her she had no more work for her to do, and she returned to her fathers home.
He having at every opportunity, endeavored to injure and slander her character, without any evidence or assigning any reason. We have made this statement to the public, from a conviction of the innocence of the young woman and a respect to her wounded feelings, and those of her numerous and respectable relations, and to prevent any improper impressions, which his notification and declarations, may have had upon the minds of those unacquainted with the circumstances, from those acquainted she has nothing to fear.
A number of neighbors.
Union, July 6th, 1819.
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American Friend, July 23, 1819:
We have received an anonymous communication, in answer to the one published last week, signed by Joseph Stacy and others respecting the conduct of James Alexander towards his wife. We are totally unacquainted with the author, and have declined publishing it till he comes forward and places his real signature at the bottom of his piece, which we suppose he will not object to “in behalf of injured innocence.” Our reasons are - the delicacy of the subject: the allusions to the private character of the author of the piece published last week, and our own general rule, that subjects of this nature cannot be inserted in this paper over a fictitious signature.
(Info found on a blog called "Historial Marietta, Ohio")