My grandmother, Dorothy Marie Crocker, was the plaintiff in her 1935 divorce from Jack J. Carnall.
The divorce papers are posted below. There is no mention of the first marriage in 1930, only of the second marriage in 1933. The Genlighten genealogist who helped with the divorce search couldn’t find a divorce between the two marriages. She checked these indexes:
#7 Superior Court DLC by Plaintiff: 1930-1933
#6 Circuit Court by Defendant 1930-1934
Divorce Index Calumet City 1928-1963 (index covers all those years)
Divorce Index Chicago Heights #1 1903-1964 A-D
She found the 1935 divorce at Cook County Archives, 50 W Washington, Room 1113, Chicago, IL File #35-S-4528 Superior Ct. Cook Cty Dorothy Carnall vs. Jack J. Carnall.
Since she didn’t find a divorce between the two marriages and the 1935 divorce mentions only the second marriage, so maybe the first one wasn’t recorded correctly, as Kerry suggested.
What’s really weird is that Dorothy testified that there were no children! Did she mean no children at all or no children from the 1933 marriage? If Jack Carnall was my father’s father, what could have motivated Dorothy to lie about his paternity? And if he wasn’t the father, what could have motivated Jack Carnall to marry my grandmother twice?
Maybe Dorothy lied and told Jack Carnall he was the father but he was not.
Dorothy testified that Jack Carnall hit her. My Aunt Lilly Tieste also testified to this effect. Jack Carnall testified that this was not true. Dorothy asked for alimony but received none.
I doubt Dorothy would say Jack Carnall wasn’t the father if he really was, because if he was, she could have probably gotten alimony and child support. She clearly wanted alimony.