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Aquilla Wren

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Aquilla Wren was a store owner in Peoria, Illinois in the 1830s and 1840s. He came of note as a result of a divorce proceeding in which Abraham Lincoln was involved. Aquilla Wren and Clarissa Wren achieved some fame and notoriety as part of a sensational divorce case in Peoria, Illinois. After Aquilla Wren, a merchant in Peoria, divorced Clarissa (Jones) Wren, she pursued an alimony payment from him despite significant cultural and legal obstacles. Even after Aquilla Wren died during the course of the proceedings, Clarissa Wren continued the case, which eventually wound up in the Illinois Supreme Court. Aquilla Wren (1797-1844) and Clarissa Jones (b. 1811) married in Jackson County, Ohio, in January 1826. In 1830 the Wrens moved to Peoria, where he opened a dry goods store, purchased land, and became one of the town's leading merchants. Abraham Lincoln came to Peoria in 1844 to get involved in the divorce case. Aquilla Wren was granted a decree after a finding by a jury that his wife Clarissa had been guilty of misconduct. Lincoln seems to have come into the case late in the term of court when he assisted Elihu H. Powell and William F. Bryan in their efforts to obtain a new  ( Wikipedia article )

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