Margaret Bittick and John Howe [Rowe] were married on Thursday, 5 Dec 1844, in Jefferson Co, MO by G J Johnston, CC Justice of Jefferson Co, MO at Jefferson Co, MO.
In 1850, Margaret is with her parents, John Bittick and Hannah McCourtney, in Jefferson Co, MO.
The following was found in 'The Rowe Family History (facts referred to were gleaned from legal records in the county courthouse in Hillsboro, Jefferson Co, MO) Biography':
The earlierst member of the Rowe family that has been found, so far, was John Rowe. His parents were probably Robert Rowe, b. c1792 in Kentucky, and his wife, Nancy, of Maryland.
The 1870 Texas Co, Missouri census, and the enumeration of 1876, lists John Rowe, born c1825 in Kentucky. He came to Missouri around 1834 and married in 1844 to a woman whose name was Margaret [Bittick]. He next appears in the marriage records of Jefferson Co, Missouri, where it is recorded that he married Minerva Rudd on 2 Feb 1853.
Naturally, Margaret was unhappy about this and so began a law suit against him. The state of Missouri was also interested in his marital status and issued an order for his appearance in court on 25 May 1853 to answer to charges of adultery.
Apparently he never appeared and, on Monday, 5 Dec 1853, the court awarded Margaret a divorce and again issued an order for John's appearance in court.
Margaret's grass-widowhood was short-lived, however; it is recorded that on 17 Dec 1853 Margaret Rowe and David Nealy were married.
Jefferson Co, MO marriage records - David Nealy and Margaret Rowe were married on 17 Dec 1853 by Albert P. Haile, JP at Jefferson Co, Missouri. Witnesses: James Bittik, Jno Bittick and Chas. Maupin.
John Bittick is Margaret's father, James is her brother and Charles Maupin is her brother-in-law.
John Rowe died 17 Nov 1883 in Turley, Texas Co, MO.
For additional information on the Bittick families of Missouri check out our website - Francis Bittick database:
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