I’ve written about Volke’s court case against her father before.
I was hoping to find details of this case in the Adams County, Illinois, court records. It was not to be. Volke Sartorius sued her father’s estate in 1892 for money her former beau gave to her father, Ulfert Behrens, to pay for the care of Ulfert’s granddaughter, who was the daughter of the beau as well.
The newspaper account of the case goes on, at great length, making the entire situation very much like a soap opera. It goes so far as to name the father of Volke’s baby, Harm Habbus. So far, my initial searches for Harm have not located him.
update: We have found the court records for the case to which this newspaper article refers. Stay tuned to see where they were located.