Monday, October 10, 2011

A Marriage Conundrum - Max & Margaret (Leisure) Ewing

Max Ewing and Margaret Leisure were married 14 Aug 1927 in Rush County, Indiana. At the time the groom was living in New Castle and the bride in Carthage. Max's birth is listed as 18 Sept 1905 in Rush County born to Wm Ewing and Mary A Price. Margaret's birth is listed as 16 Nov 1910 in Shelby County* to Dora R Leisure and Anna V West**.

Then, Max Ewing and Margaret Leisure were married 24 Apr 1937 in Bartholomew County, Indiana. At the time the groom was living in New Castle and the bride in Columbus. Max's birth is listed as 18 Sept 1905 in Rush County born to William Ewing and Mary Price. Margaret's birth is listed as 16 Nov 1909 in Shelby County* to Dora R Leisure and Anna V West***.

The earlier marriage definitely took place as the couple is found together in New Castle, Henry County on the 1930 census. They are listed as married; he married at age 22 and she age 17****. Margaret's brother Tyrus was living with them as well.

There you have the conundrum. Why were they married twice? Did they divorce and remarry? Did they think they should remarry because Margaret hadn't been truthful about her age at the first marriage?

Based on their obituaries, Max and Margaret never had any children so there are no direct descendants to query. If anyone out there has resolved this mystery, I'd love to know what it is.


 *(This is incorrect, her parents were born in Shelby County but she was born in Rush County and is listed in Rush County Births Book 5, page 47.)
**Rush County Marriage Records Bk 22, Pg.71 & LDS film 1837933, digital folder 4186014, image 00071 on familysearch.org Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959 (search for Max Ewing)
*** LDS film 1940484, digital folder 4201891, image 00206 on familysearch.org - Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959 (search for Max Ewing)
**** 1930 US census, New Castle, Henry County, Indiana, population schedule, Enumeration District (ED) 23, p.9B, dwelling 185, family 189, Max Ewing; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (http:/www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 Oct 2010); from National Archives microfilm T626, roll 593.

3 comments:

  1. Mariah Kendall AllenNovember 12, 2011 at 7:55 AM

    They were married twice. Margaret was my great Aunt. Her brother Robert Lynn "Bob" Leisure was my grandpa he passed away Oct 24, 1989. Margaret passed away before I was born. I have a copy of her birth record.

    Margaret Jane "Peggy" Leisure b. 16 Nov 1909 Rush County Indiana d. 23 Apr 1967 Henry County Indiana

    Max and Margaret had no children and owned a home at 200 Block of North 18th New Castle collected antique's I have a couple news artice on that. Family story was Margaret dad Dora Roscoe "Dode" Leisure did not like Max William Ewing and Margaret left for awhile.


    Groom: Max Ewing Groom's Race: White Groom's Date of Birth: 18 Sep 1905 Groom's Place of Birth: Rush Indiana Groom's Residence: New Castle Indiana Groom's Number of Marriage: Groom's Father: Wm Ewing Groom's Mother: Mary A Price Bride: Margaret Leisure Bride's Race: White Bride's Date of Birth: 16 Nov 1910 Bride's Place of Birth: Shelby Indiana Bride's Residence: Carthage Indiana Bride's Number of Marriage: Bride's Father: Dora R Leisure Bride's Mother: Anna V West Informant Name: Date of License: County of License: Rush Date of Marriage: 14 Aug 1927 Place of Marriage: , Rush, Official: Record Number: Film Number: 1837933 Digital Folder Number: 4186014 Image Number: 00071 Number of Images: 1

    Groom: Max Ewing Groom's Race: White Groom's Date of Birth: 18 Sep 1905 Groom's Place of Birth: , Rush, Indiana Groom's Residence: New Castle, , Indiana Groom's Number of Marriage: once Groom's Father: William Ewing Groom's Mother: Mary Price Bride: Margaret Leisure Bride's Race: White Bride's Date of Birth: 16 Nov 1909 Bride's Place of Birth: , Shelby, Indiana Bride's Residence: Columbus, , Indiana Bride's Number of Marriage: once Bride's Father: Dora Leisure Bride's Mother: Anna West Informant Name: Date of License: 24 Apr 1937 County of License: Bartholomew Date of Marriage: 24 Apr 1937 Place of Marriage: , Bartholomew, Indiana Official: Record Number: Film Number: 1940484 Digital Folder Number: 4201891 Image Number: 00207 Number of Images: 1

    Groom: Max Ewing Groom's Race: White Groom's Date of Birth: 18 Sep 1905 Groom's Place of Birth: , Rush, Indiana Groom's Residence: New Castle, , Indiana Groom's Number of Marriage: 1 Groom's Father: William Ewing Groom's Mother: Mary Price Bride: Margaret Leisure Bride's Race: White Bride's Date of Birth: 16 Nov 1909 Bride's Place of Birth: , Shelby, Indiana Bride's Residence: Columbus, , Indiana Bride's Number of Marriage: 1 Bride's Father: Dora Leisure Bride's Mother: Anna West Informant Name: Date of License: 24 Apr 1937 County of License: Bartholomew Date of Marriage: 24 Apr 1937 Place of Marriage: , Bartholomew, Indiana Official: Record Number: Film Number: 1940484 Digital Folder Number: 4201891 Image Number: 00206 Number of Images: 1

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  2. Mariah, thanks so much for the explanation. I knew if I put this our there eventually someone would answer the question:-) Do you know if they divorced between marriages? I haven't found a divorce record. Maybe they just thought since she had been gone for awhile they should remarry?

    I'll copy this for my files.

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  3. Mariah Kendall AllenNovember 12, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    I never did find a divorce record but my grandpa said they married twice. I wish I would talk more to him about family but grandpa was tight lipped with some of them. I have some pictures of Dora and Anna family somewhere. My mom sent them to me before she passed away. I will see what I can find. my e-mail addy is missymallen@yahoo.com

    Dora and Anna had 13 children 3 are still living.

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