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Ellen Frances Farrar (b. 12 Oct 1841), daughter of Bernard Gaines Farrar and Ann Clark Thruston, married James White Kennett on 09 Nov 1859 in St. Louis, Missouri. They had five children: Harry Percy Kennett, Samuel Hauser Kennett, Ferdinand Kennett, Barnard Farrar Kennett, and Anne Clark Thruston F. Kennett. They divorced in 1870 (30 May 1870) in the City of St. Louis. She then married Samuel Thomas Hauser, Jr on 04 Oct 1871 in St. Louis. They then had four children, two of whom survived to adulthood: Ella Farrar Hauser (my wife’s grandmother) and Samuel Thomas Hauser III.
My question is this: How can I get the details of the divorce? I have a 1954 certified copy of the decree from the Clerk of the Circuit Court but when I try to get a copy of the complete file I get nowhere. When I tried the Circuit Court they sent me to a Cathy at 622-3462 but the phone never answers and messages left are never returned. Any suggestions? Thanks, Chuck