The following notice appeared in The NEW YORK TIMES dated November 19 1894 and reported the following action in the State Courts of New York.:- DIVORCES:- No.2347 Gornall v.Gornall.
The CHICAGO DAILY TRIBUNE dated Nov.30 1895 reported: - R.F.GORNALL WANTS HIS CHILDREN . Petitions Judge Goggin for a Writ of Habeas Corpus. The Sheriff has in his custody two children, Robert and Elsie Gornall aged 8 and 7 respectively, and he will keep them until next Tuesday ,when Judge Goggin will decide what is to be done with them.Their father, Robert F.Gornall of New York, yesterday filed a Petition for a Writ of Habeas Corpus to obtain possession of the little ones, and to his Petition was attached a copy of a Decree of the Superior Court of New York giving him a divorce from their mother, Mamie Gornall, and awarding him the custody of Robert and Elsie. Judge Goggin issued the Writ prayed for, and the children were found at No.3036, Shields Avenue.Judge Goggin will hear the case Tuesday.
Robert was part of The Garnella Brothers, acrobats and tumblers who had changed their name from Gornall to appear more European on the stage.had two children by his first wife, Robert Farrel Gornall and Elsie. Following his divorce, he married again. I am trying to find out who was and what happened to his first wife, Mamie. Elsie remained in vaudeville, Robert F. jnr. eventually became an architect of some note.