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Hattie L. Fay Deposition A
   
Note:  This deposition, labelled Deposition A in the Index, extends over three double sided pages (numbers 7-12).  Pages 8, 10 and 12 carry two signatures, one of Hattie L. Fay and one of N. E. Ives, Special Examiner.  There is no break in the text before and after each set of signatures.  Like the final statement, this is set up in a question and answer format; but the answers are long and discursive.   Page 7, the beginning of the deposition, seems to be missing from the file.  What we have begins on page 8, and starts without a heading and in the middle of a sentence.
   
[DEPOSITION A]
   
[Case of Hattie L. Fay, No. 809,924]
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whether it was in the Northern, Southern, Eastern or Western part of the state. All such questions have been asked me before, but I have never been able to answer them.
Q: Did you ever have a marriage certificate?
A: Yes
Q: What became of it?
A: Well I lost it about 7 years ago I don't remember to have ever read it but once.
Q: Is then any one living who saw you married?
A: I don't know of any. All those present were strangers to me. I was at Wappela, Ia. when Mr. Fay wrote to me to meet him at some railway station in Iowa some place, I don't know where--and when I met him we went down into Missouri to get married--he had a friend with him, I do not remember his name--he went to Missouri with us and at the town were we were married he had a girl or woman to whom he was married at the same time and place, Mr. Fay and I were married. I do not know the name of either of the parties nor what became of them. They were the only persons present except the minister who married us and some members of his family. The minister's name was _ _ Stigney. I think that was a presbyterian. I don't know where he or the members of his family may be at the present time.--I cannot name any one by whom I can prove that I was actually married to Mr. Fay.
After we were married we came back into Iowa and traveled about for some thing like a year then settled in Monmouth, Ill. and lived there until about 1874 then came to this village and lived here until his death.
   
Hattie L. Fay
Deponent
   
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 9th day of Sept., 1904, and I certify that the contents were fully made know to deponent before signing.
N. E. Ives.
Special Examiner.
   
I was married but once before I was married to Mr. Fay. I was married to Morgan L. Bennett at Espleville, ___ Co Penn. [probably Espyville, Crawford Co.] when I was 21 years old--sometime in the 40s I believe. Mr. Bennett was a soldier. I do not know whether or not he was a pensioner -- do not remember the name of the Company and regiment-- I think, though, he was in a cavelry [sic] Regiment, I never made application for a pension as his widow. I lived with Mr. Bennett as his wife until about 1867 or 1868 when he left me and went to Montana and in about three months after he left home I received a letter from a stranger in Montana, enclosing a draft for $10, with the information he was dead and the money enclosed was what belonged to him. He was a dissipated man and I always concluded he died from excessive use of liquor. I never had additional evidence or information regarding his death. -- I do not know now who wrote me the letter, nor any one by whom I might prove his death. I do not now know in what part of Montana he died.
Mr. Fay was married before he was married to me. He was married to Amanda Ford down[?] in Ohio--I don't know in what town or county-- I knew her when I was a girl--she was a school teacher and taught school in the county where I lived when a girl-- Astabula county, Ohio. Now Richmond or Richmondville-- I was living there when I married Mr. Bennett but we went over into Penn. to get married. I do not know where Amanda made her home. I never saw her after she was married to Mr. Fay. I never met Mr. Fay until I met him at Cedar Rapids, Ia, about two years before I was married to him. He was then seperated [sic] from Amanda and was then or subsequently divorced from her --at any rate they had been seperated by divorce at the date I married him. Amanda secured the divorce from him--she applied for and received a divorce from him some place in Iowa--but I do not know in what town or county. Mr. Fay had notice of the divorce proceedings. I saw and read it myself before we were married--but I do not know what became of the notice. I know Mr. Fay had it though, but it is lost. Amanda knew that he had remarried. She is a fighter and I am certain she would have made it interesting for him had he not been divorced from her.--I never met her after I saw her when a girl in Ohio--but a son of Mr. Fay, Homer Fay, and his wife visited us here in Roseville some 6 or 7 years before Mr. Fay died--and it was after he left us that I first missed my certificate of marriage with Mr. Fay. To that time it had always been kept in a box with Mr. Fay's prison papers--there was no lock on the box--but after his son Homer had been here the certificate of our marriage was missing. I do not know whether or not he took it--but you can draw your own conclusions and they may be the same as mine.
Q. Did you have any conversation with Homer or his wife regarding the subject of divorce between his parents?
A. I had conversation with his wife. She understood that Amanda had been divorced from Mr. Fay, and then I remember to have heard Homer and Mr. Fay speak of /
   
Hattie L. Fay
   
Deponent
   
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 9th day of Sept., 1904, and I certify that the contents were fully made know to deponent before signing.
N. E. Ives.
Special Examiner.
   
of the divorce and to have heard Homer say his mother had had an opportunity to remarry.
I cannot furnish any proof showing that Mr. Fay and his first wife were divorced, but I know that they were, because I saw the notice of the divorce proceedings that Mr. Fay received and it was a subject we discussed before we were married. It is my recollection she secured the divorce from Mr. Fay about two years before we were married.
I married Mr. Fay in good faith--I was fully satisfied that my husband--Bennett--was dead and that Mr. Fay had been seperated from his wife Amanda by divorce-- but I cannot offer proof of my marriage with Mr. Fay, the death of my husband Bennett, and that Mr. Fay and Amanda were seperated by divorce about 1868, some place in Iowa.
I can prove that I lived with Mr. Fay as his wife, for 30 odd years and was living with him as such at the date of his death, by Wm. Lee, Joe Whiterock, James Proutey and George Rayburn.
At the date of Mr. Fay's death I owned the house and lot, our home, here in this village. It was all the property either of us owned--the place was deeded to me before Mr. Fay died. Mr. Fay had no insurance--he had no money, stocks or bonds or other interest bearing securities. I have lived in the house ever since Mr. Fay's death--Have had no income from any source except my own labor.
I recently sold the house and lot for $1100. and am now making preparations to move out. I owed $200 [Page 12] which I paid out of the $1100.--I can prove my financial condition as stated by the same parties named to prove I lived with Mr. Fay as his wife for more than 30 years immediately preceeding his death.
I fully understand the questions asked and my answers have been correctly recorded in this deposition which I have heard read.
I waive being present during any further examination of the case.
   
Hattie L. Fay
   
Deponent
   
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 9th day of Sept., 1904, and I certify that the contents were fully made know to deponent before signing.
N. E. Ives.
Special Examiner.