What happened to Annie after she and John Tobin divorced in 1923?

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John and Annie lived in Newington vt. They had 5 children. She had 1 child out of wedlock with another man before they were married. She was born in Newfoundland and her maiden name was Blackmore. He was born in Nova Scotia as John Turpin and changed his name to Tobin when he went to the States around 1902. They are difficult to track down.
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Cathy, a bit more details, if you have them, would be helpful in trying to help you.  Approximately when was Annie born and approximately when (and where) did she and John marry?

I perhaps located them on the 1901 census of Canada living in Shelburne:  Annie age 25, John age 24; Dora age 9.  John's occupation shown as ship carpenter.  (Ref: Year: 1901; Census Place: Shelburne (Town/Ville), Shelburne & Queens (shelburne), Nova Scotia; Page: 3; Family No: 30).

I found a John D. and Annie E. Tobin on the 1920 US census in Newington, Rockingham, New Hampshire:  John age 42 (born Nova Scotia); Annie age 44; children Charles M age 18, George F age 17, Elsie J age 12, Lauretta age 1-3/12.  (Ref:  Year: 1920; Census Place: Newington, Rockingham, New Hampshire; Roll: T625_1013; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 124; Image: 932).  John's occupation is a bolter in a shipyard, so this seems as if it's them.

I also located a divorce record for John D. and Annie E. Tobin, marriage date 25 Feb 1899, divorce date 13 Feb 1923, in New Hampshire; reason: adultery (Ref: “New Hampshire, Marriage and Divorce Records, 1659–1947.” Online index and digital images. New England Historical Genealogical Society. Citing New Hampshire Bureau of Vital Records, Concord, New Hampshire).

I found a border crossing for their daughter, Elise E. Tobin, from Canada to the U.S. in May 1919, age 11.  It shows her grandmother as Esther Blackmore (Ref:  The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; Manifests of Passengers Arriving at St. Albans, VT, District through Canadian Pacific and Atlantic Ports, 1895-1954; National Archives Microfilm Publication: M1464; Roll: 369; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service; Record Group Number: 85).

If you happen to be a member of ancestry.com, this is where I located all of this...


by Darlene Athey-Hill G2G6 Pilot (413k points)
edited by Darlene Athey-Hill
These are the same people. I have all of this information as well as a newspaper article from 1925 where a supposed minister married Annie Tobin to a Charles H. Wellington. He (the minister)turned out to be a fraud, but fell in love with Elsie and married her. They went on to have at least 3 children. It is Annie and what happened to her that I am most interested in. I am an offspring of the child she had out of wedlock in Shelburne, NS. I have been trying to track down her other children as well but I am running into walls. Thank you for your assistance.  Cathy

Sorry the information I tracked down wasn't useful to you, Cathy.  Perhaps it might be helpful to others that read your post, since the information provides more details/clues than your post and clarifies that they lived in New Hampshire as opposed to Vermont...

Records indicate that John and Annie's daughter, Elsie, married William Stetson and lived in Massachusetts.  On the 1930 census, William & Elsie appear in Lynn, Essex, MA with sons Edward (age 4) and Oliver (age 1).  The 1940 census tells us they had another son, Richard (age 9 in 1940).  You might try tracing/tracking this line and contacting descendants, since Annie would be the grandmother of these three boys...

Thanks again. William Stetson was the imposter minister that married Annie to Charles Wellington. Apparently she led quite an interesting life. I will try and track down Elsie's descendants.

Annie's son, George, was living in Vermont in 1930.  He was living in Michigan when he died in 1973.  His obituary was in "The Blade" on 2/8/73.  You might try to locate a copy of that and see if it mentions anything about his mother.  Here's the obituary index link:  http://obits.toledolibrary.org/obits/view1.asp?id1=277043

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