Hull Divorce Suit, 1912 January 13, Hull Daily Mail

divorce suitIn the Divorce Court, on Thursday, Sir Samuel Evans heard the undefended petition of Mrs Ethel Emily Chilver, of Arthur-st, Hull, and formerly of Ellerby, who sought the dissolution of her marriage on the ground of the cruelty and adultery of her husband, Ernest Chilver, joiner and wheelwright.

Married at the Hull registry on November 9, 1901, they lived at Ellerby. There was one child and the parties lived happily until the end of 1903. The husband gave way to drink, and in March, 1904, petitioner had to complain of his conduct with a widow. Then he became angry, and knocked petitioner on the head with his hand. He had also struck her with his fist, and in consequence of his treatment she went into an asylum. In 1907 Mrs Chilver found that her husband had been living with another woman at Thirtlebury, Yorkshire, for two years.

A decree nisi, with custody of the child, and costs was granted.

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  1. Paul Ford - January 29, 2014, 10:29 pm Reply

    Ethel Emily Holmes was the daughter of Emily Ford and John Shutwell Holmes. In 1904, the year of her husband’s ‘conduct with a widow’, they also lost their new born baby, Ernest Chilver. She was awarded custody of her only other child, Florence Emily Chilver.

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