Re: -- Carleton-Tibbetts wedding puzzle response
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Ontario Vital Statistics include two, conflicting marriage registrations for William J. Carleton and Isabella Tibbetts. See our transcription of those registrations
On 17 Jul 2009 their great-granddaughter,
Susan Rossberg De Simone of Greenwich, Connecticut, emailed us the following explanation.

I can clear up the puzzle about the Wellington Jeffers Carleton 
and Isabella Murray wedding in Port Dover.

I am the great-granddaughter of William Jeffers Carleton and Isabella Murray Tibbetts. I have their family Bible in my possession. It was given to Isabella on her wedding day by her father and mother.

According to the inscription in this Bible's Family Record section, Isabella and Wellington were wed on 12 Oct 1869, so neither date in [the Ontario Vital Statistics] records is correct. I visited Port Dover once, and if memory is correct, the church where they were married had had a fire years before that destroyed its records. This may account for the marriage date problem.

Isabella's parents were Rev. William Tibbetts, M.D., and Laura Matilda Richardson Tibbetts. According to the Family Register, Wellington Jeffers Carleton was born 18 Feb 1846 in Belleville, Canada, and Isabella was born 25 Nov 1846 in Funchal, Madeira. (William Tibbetts and Laura Matilda were Scots.) According to family tradition, Wellington was a teacher.

Wellington and Isabella had four children: 
Arthur, born 3 Aug 1870 in Port Dover;
Clarence Hugh, born 24 Nov 1872 in Sault Ste.Marie, Canada;
Mary Ann born 16 Oct 1875; and 
Matilda Isabella, born 9 Dec 1878 in Indianapolis, Indiana; died
age 2, on 16 May 1881 in Indianapolis. 
Mary Ann married John Petterson in 1901 in Princeton, Minnesota. Clarence was my grandfather. Neither Arthur nor Mary had children, though both married.

Isabella and Wellington were divorced, at her instigation, 11 Feb 1889, in Hennepin County, Minnesota. (I have the District Court Document.) According to extant letters from Isabella at the time, the cause was his alcoholism which sometimes made him violent. She was awarded custody of the children, although her sons were already 18 and 16 at the time.

-- Susan Rossberg De Simone of Greenwich, CT

[Compiler's Comments: Port Dover and Sault Ste. Marie are communities in the Canadian province of Ontario.]
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