The Blogging from A to Z Challenge is to post everyday (except Sunday) in the month of April 2016 starting with the letter A and going all the way to Z. The theme I chose is...
My Family Tree Places.
John Ledingham Mavor was born in Ellon, Scotland and was the brother of my 2x great grandfather. I found John in the United States working as a railway engineer/fireman at Cheboygan, Michigan. Cheboygan and Mackinaw City did not have rail service until the early 1880s, so he must have been working further south. Perhaps he worked for the Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad that had reached Petoskey (Bear River) in 1873. Also many small railroad lines were popping up to transport lumber to Chicago.
On Thursday the 28 June 1876 a woman named Maggie Mavor walked into the office of Justice Joshua P Sutton and made a complaint...
Thursday afternoon a lady giving her name as Mrs. Maggie Mavor … ... Justice Sutton's office, and informed that preservator of the law that her husband John L. Mavor, was a much-married man. She avers that on the 15th of May, I875 she was married to the said John at the Island of Mackinaw, and that she had lived with him as his wife. She also averred that on the 20th of May, 1876, he had so far forgotten his marital vows as to marry one Julia Duffany, which act is in violation of the law. Upon this information, Justice Sutton issued a warrant, and Deputy Sheriff Mulvaugh arrested the man of plural wives Thursday night. He was taken before the court, where he was admitted to $500 bail to appear for examination. He states that if he was married to Maggie, he was drunk and didn't know it, or something to that effect. At any rate his mind seems oblivious to the fact of Maggie being his wife. It would now seem probable that before he gets through with this matter he will have his memory refreshed.