On December 20, 1871, George married Sarah Gorham in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
In 1872, George was charged with forgery, though he somehow managed to avoid prison. His luck held out when, in April 1873, he was charged with grand larceny and was found not guilty. After announcing his intention to reform, George was arrested later that month for grand larceny for stealing a horse. This time his luck ran out and the jury convicted him. He reacted to the guilty verdict with the “utmost nonchalance,” and observed “I guess they have got me this time.” During sentencing he spoke on his own behalf and requested that his conviction be overturned. His request was overruled, but observers were impressed with his oratorical skills and thought he sounded like a “very fair criminal lawyer.”
By late summer, George’s wife Sarah had filed for divorce. George’s notoriety meant the divorce was well publicized:
George has not only been guilty of larceny, horse stealing, forgery, embezzlements, confidence games, obtaining money under false pretenses, assault and battery and other similar eccentricities, but has preached, delivered temperance lectures, studied law, been a telegraph operator and an engineer.
He has been acquitted of numerous crimes, been declared insane by an Allen County Jury, &c., but now languishes in the Michigan City Penitentiary. Among the other incidents of his career was his marriage, which occurred in December, 1872. His wife, Sarah Graham, complains in the Circuit Court that he has deserted and abandoned her, failing to provide for her and her child, and has finally been convicted of an infamous crime.
Sarah was granted her divorce. George served a five-year sentence at the Michigan City (Ind.) prison and was released on Christmas Day, 1877. Prison records described him as having a light complexion with light brown hair, gray eyes, and a temperate disposition. He was not a large man, weighing only 139 pounds upon his release from prison.
Against her father’s wishes, Sarah married George for the second time on April 16, 1878, a decision that proved fatal.
 Ancestry.com. Indiana, Marriages, 1810-2001.
 Fort Wayne Sentinel, September 5, 1872.
 Fort Wayne Daily Gazette, April 11, 1873.
 Fort Wayne Daily Gazette, April 28, 1873.
 Fort Wayne Daily Gazette, May 9, 1873
 Fort Wayne Daily Gazette, May 30, 1873.
 Fort Wayne Daily Gazette, August 28, 1873.
 Fort Wayne Daily Gazette, September 18, 1873.
 Indiana State Prison Records, (Indiana Digital Archives), Book 2, Page 109.