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St. Louis Post Dispatch
St. Louis Post Dispatch
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Description: The Lost Found. Mrs. Abelina MARTIN's Efforts to Secure Her Children.

Date: August 6 1886

Newspaper published in: St. Louis, MO

Yesterday Mrs. Abelina MARTIN of Howard, Kan., accompanied by D. W. DUNNET, arrived in Belleville, her object being to obtain possession of her four children from whom she had been parted by her husband for over a year. The children as she had learned were confined in St. Agnes' Orphan Asylum. In the summer of 1885 Mr. MARTIN persuaded his wife to sell a piece of property valued at about $8,000, that they might move to Washington Territory. A few days before the time set for them to take their departure for their new home, Mrs. MARTIN's husband persuaded her to visit a friend at Sedan, and while she was gone he took the four children and started East. Her children's whereabouts remained a mystery to her until a few days ago, when she received knowledge of their confinement in a Belleville orphan asylum, and she took the train at once for that city. She obtained a writ of habeas corpus from Judge Snyder and yesterday afternoon the children were restored to her. The meeting between the mother and her lost ones was very affecting. MARTIN has been notified of his wife's action, and it is expected that he will come to Belleville at once and dispute her right to the children in the courts.

Submitted: 01/20/11

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