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Iowa Families:

The Myths and Legends

A Tale of Bigamy

 By Sandy


 My Great Grandfather was born in NY and served in the Civil War under his real name. He served in the Southern states.  He was married in NY and had a least one child with that wife.  It is still not clear, but it seems they were divorced. In the 1880 census she was living with her parents and he was living in a boarding house. He was married a second time under his real name, but never bothered to divorce this lady. Then he changed his name and married my Great grandmother in Muscatine Iowa and had five children under his alias. He was not revered by the family.


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