I am looking for information on Elijah K. Cleveland and his 1st wife Julia G. Devol.  They were married in 1869 in Athens, ME and divorced in 1875.  They had 2 daughters, Cora and Myrita.  I am looking for vital records that show Cora's birth.  State Archives didn't have the records due to a fire in Athens that destroyed them.  I would appreciate any information on this family.  E=mail me at Judith.watt2@gmail.com

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Comment by Chris Dunham on November 15, 2014 at 5:02pm

Have you seen the actual divorce record? It confirms that Elijah and Julia had two children, and says that Elijah had abandoned his wife and children in August 1874, but in February 1875 "sent and took one of said children from her." The child who remained with her mother was Mirtie A. (or Murtie A.), aged 3 years. Unfortunately, the record does not give the birth dates of the children.

Comment by Judith Watt on November 16, 2014 at 8:15am

Thank you for the divorce information.  It is proof that Cora was born before 1877. I am researching Elijah and Julia oldest daughter Cora.  Her death record states that when she died on 22 Aug. 1908 and she was 31 years, 4 months, and 24 days old.  which would put her born in 1877.  Cora shows up as 1 yr. old in the 1870 census living with her parents in Athens.  In the 1880 census she is 12 and living in Bangor with her father.  Cora is my Great Grandmother.  Cora married Fred P. Williams.  Fred's line traces back to Jacob Williams an early settler of the Caratunk/Embden area.  Jacob Williams' wife was Joanna Dean Williams and her line traces back to Francis Cooke's daughter Jane.  It is a very interesting line to follow.

Thank you again for your help  .

Judy

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