Did some more work on Jeremiah "John" Wellie (my 2nd great grand uncle) and discovered that he had at least TWO wives before ending up in Idaho, where he had 2 more wives.
First wife was Elizabeth "Lizzie" Lingenfelter, who he married in the Indianapolis area in 1876. They got married very young (both 17) and they had two children (Mabel and Clyde). (About Lizzie and those children: Lizzie went on to marry Anthony Kuhry and they lived out their remaining years in San Diego. Her daughter Mabel Tibbetts married Edward Everett Horton and lived in San Diego the rest of her life (no children). Son Clyde Tibbetts married Blanche Smee in Long Beach, CA and was working in January 1912 as a "launch engineer"/tour guide off the coast from Rancho Palos Verdes/Los Angeles harbor, when he was washed away by a large wave/swell and was never found (he did save the tourists though!). He had an infant son by then, Paul Ellis Tibbetts, and an unborn daughter Dortha who was born after his death.)
Anyway, I'm assuming Jeremiah then left Lizzie about 1879, and immediately took up with Flora Dull in Bremer County, Iowa, having a child (Leta) with her within a year of son Clyde's birth. Jeremiah and Flora were part of the Tibbetts family that left for San Diego, California abt 1882/1883. Jeremiah had 4 children with Flora (Leta, Mabel, Carl Oscar, and Glenn Haven, the first three in San Diego) and then left her sometime after she became pregnant with Glenn in 1888. She remained back in Iowa until the 1910's, when she came to live with Glenn in Seattle where she died in 1918.
By 1894 his first wife Lizzie had come to San Diego and sued him for divorce on the ground for failure to provide. So he was either a bigamist or lived "in sin" with Flora.
I think I've figured out 3rd wife/woman Edith M Ellis--she was the 2nd wife/widow of Civil War vet Daniel Dodge Ellis, and after her marriage to Tibbetts was over she went back to being called Edith Ellis (collecting civil war pension). I don't know her maiden name. She died in Marion County, Oregon in 1934, so if anyone wants to get that death cert it might have her maiden name on that.
4th woman/wife was Myrtle Katherine Edwards, divorcee of Edward Raup. Her brother Frank J Edwards was kind of a business bigwig in Shoshone County, Idaho during that time. Not sure how legit that marriage really was, as it is not entirely clear to me that she divorced Edward Raup or was just separated, as she was back with Edward in 1920 (but then married James Bailey in 1921??). I guess Wellie met his match with that lady lol
It seems like it was always a soap opera with this guy, seriously.