Thanks to Olmanriver for this one !
“Sunday, April 23, 1882
TOO MUCH MARRIED
In the year 1844 William Kirkham, now deceased, married in Kentucky & getting the California fever, like many others in “49 & ’50, left his old home & came to this state, & located on Wilson creek. He left behind him a wife & two children, the eldest of which is now 24 years of age. .
Kirkham lived the life of a bachelor here until four or five years ago, when he took unto himself another wife (a dusky maiden), by whom he became the father of two more children. Wife number 1 hearing of this, came from her old home in ~ Kentucky for the purpose of commencing an action against her truant husband for bigamy, & arrived about one year ago, living at Arcata since the time of her arrival. But the second marriage being not properly solemnized, being performed by Lieutenant Halloran, then an officer in the U. S. Army, at Camp Gaston, the proceedings against the much married husband were not commenced. Wife number 1 finding that the law would not sustain her in proceedings for bigamy, was about to commence an action for divorce when Kirkham died, & left surviving, a wife at Arcata, number 1, & two children, the issue of said marriage, & a wife, number 2, at Willow creek, & two children, & an estate of the value of about $4,000, which was willed to wife number 2, & A. Norton, of Mad River, was named as the executor of said estate.