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Felonious Friday – Clinton and Margaret Waits Divorce

I’m trying something new on Fridays… posting family tree items related to crime. I haven’t found many to-date (thankfully), but will eventually post them all.

Clinton and Margaret Waits Divorce Article

This Friday, I have chosen the divorce of my 2nd great grand uncle, Clinton Morris “Clint” Waits, from his wife, Margaret (Kramer) Waits Yontz. The two were married on 4/15/1896 in Pickaway County, Ohio. They had three children, Claude, Mildred, and Helen. Mildred died at the age of three from Whooping Cough, and Helen was stillborn.

Clinton and Margaret divorced in 1926, with the above article appearing in the 11/8/1926 issue of the Lancaster Daily Eagle.  The grounds for divorce was Margaret’s infidelity.  Due to the divorce, she was barred from her dower interest in Clinton’s property.

Clinton Waits Arrest Article

On 12/9/1926, Margaret charged Clinton with attempted murder, and he was arrested by the sheriff in Lancaster, Ohio. Clinton posted $700 bond and his case was bound over to the grand jury. The above article appeared in the 12/10/1926 edition of the Lancaster Daily Eagle.

I have been unable to find any additional articles on the murder charges, but did find Clinton living in Greenfield Township, Fairfield County, Ohio in 1930 as a farm hand, with Jesse Carpenter and his family.  I’m assuming that the case was settled or the charges were dropped. Prior to 1930, Clinton was a glass worker at the Lancaster (OH) Lens Company.

Margaret would later remarry Hamilton Yontz, also a glass worker, on 5/6/1928 in Franklin County, Ohio.  In 1930, they lived in Circleville, Ohio.  Margaret was employed as a restaurant cook.

Clinton Morris Waits Portrait

Clinton died 3/13/1943 in Lancaster, Ohio from a coronary thrombosis. Margaret died 4/20/1953 in Lancaster, Ohio from coronary occlusion. They, along with their daughters, are buried in Reber Hill Cemetery in Walnut Township, Pickaway County, Ohio.

Brian Davis – Christine Davis (Williams) – Ralph Scott Williams Jr. – Nellie Ruth Williams (Waits) – Harmon Clay Waits (brother of Clinton Morris Waits)

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