Tuesday, August 19, 2008


New York, 1895

Arrest of the Husband on a Charge of Abandonment.

Mrs. Elizabeth Bodge, the wife of John J. Bodge, of Dunton, has made complaint to Justice Hendrickson, of Jamaica, charging her husband with abandonment and non-support of herself and their child. Bodge was arraigned before the justice on Wednesday. Bodge claims that his wife is indolent, and that she is too intimate with one Mrs. Benemiller, a neighbor, who is objectionable to Mr. Bodge, his three daughters, and his friends. He says that after he remonstrated with Mrs. Bodge for keeping company with Mrs. Benemiller, she continued to go openly with her and drove about with her in a carriage. He insisted that she should not do it, and then she left him altogether, taking with her the child which was her's by a former marriage to a Mr. Watts. Mrs. Bodge claims that her husband had abused her and absolutely refused to support her any longer. The case was adjourned until July 3. Ex-District Attorney Fleming appeared for Mr. Bodge, and Counselor Stanford for Mrs. Bodge. The Bodges have only been married about a year and a half.

There appears to be no merit in the charge against Mr. Bodge. He seems to be a victim of persecution, and his arrest seems to have been caused to annoy and humiliate him. Mrs. Budge came to court in Mrs. Benemiller's carriage, dressed like a society belle. Mrs. Benemiller is the woman who was arrested some time ago for committing an assault on Colonel Crandall.

—The Long Island Farmer, Jamaica, NY, June 21, 1895, p. 1.

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