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Money, Marriage, and MadnessThe Life of Anna Ott$
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Kim E. Nielsen

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043147

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043147.001.0001

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Mrs. Anna Miesse, Local Doctor’s Wife

Mrs. Anna Miesse, Local Doctor’s Wife

(p.11) 1. Mrs. Anna Miesse, Local Doctor’s Wife
Money, Marriage, and Madness

Kim E. Nielsen

University of Illinois Press

This chapter relays the limited information available about Ott’s early life, and focuses on her live as the wife of Dr. Jonathan Miesse in Chillicothe, Ohio. The household of this small-town physician and his wife, the household in which their children grew, was complicated, unhappy, and sometimes ugly. Jonathan filed for divorce in 1849, after twelve years of marriage, but withdrew his application within two months, and attempted a separation agreement in 1853. He again filed for divorce in late 1855. This chapter focuses on marriage laws and the contrast between marriage ideals and realities.

Keywords:   divorce, marriage law, marital separation agreement, doctor’s wife, medical education, Chillicothe, Ohio

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