Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Sandusky County, Ohio, Chancery Court
Scope and Content
Abstracts of Divorce Actions in Chancery Court
Estate Cases in Chancery Court
The nine volumes of Sandusky County, Ohio, Chancery Court records were transferred to the Hayes Presidential Center from the Sandusky County, Ohio, Court of Common Pleas, Sandusky County Courthouse. Volumes 5 through 8 are also available on microfilm in the Hayes Presidential Center’s library reading room. The records were microfilmed by the Center for Archival Collections, Jerome Library, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.
Ohio’s chancery court, existing in each county from its organization through at least 1851, provided a means of finding equity between two parties whose rights conflicted. Until its dissolution, due to Ohio constitutional changes, the chancery court fell under the jurisdiction of each county’s common pleas court, district court, and later the county probate court. The bulk of the cases decided in chancery court involved mortgage foreclosures, petitions to sell land, partition suits, divorce actions (after 1844), and real property disputes.
Scope and Content
The Sandusky County, Ohio, Chancery Court records consist of nine volumes. Case summaries and judgments are recorded chronologically, beginning in 1823 and extending to 1861. Each volume contains a separate ledger that serves as an alphabetical index to the name(s) of the plaintiff(s) used as titles of the suits. The Sandusky County Chancery Court frequently ruled on estate matters, particularly cases involving partitioning of land among heirs and petitions to sell land owned by deceased persons. Cases involved in the settlement of estates often were filed under administrators’ names. The record frequently lists names, ages, and residences of heirs, particularly minor children.
When divorce actions were removed from the jurisdiction of the Ohio Supreme Court in 1844, county chancery courts began hearing divorce petitions. In Sandusky County, Ohio, the cases first appear in Volume 5 of the chancery records. Ohio law provided that divorce petitions could be filed for the following causes: adultery, bigamy, impotence, extreme cruelty, and imprisonment for violations of Ohio criminal laws and /or other state and territorial laws equivalent to Ohio’s. In 1840, under Ohio law, gross neglect of duty, fraudulent contract, and habitual drunkenness for a period of three years were added as legal grounds for divorce. It was necessary for plaintiffs to prove to the court that the allegations contained in their petitions were true.
Volume 1 1826 - 1838
Volume 2 1838 - 1841
Volume 3 1841 - 1842
Volume 4 1842 - 1844
Volume 5 1845 - 1846
Volume 6 1847 - 1848
Volume 7 1848 - 1851
Volume 8 1851 - 1856
Volume 9 1857- 1861
Roll # 52 Sandusky County, Ohio, Chancery Court
Volume 5 1845 - 1846
Volume 6 1847 - 1848
Roll # 53 Sandusky County, Ohio, Chancery Court
Volume 7 1848 - 1851
Volume 8 1851 - 1856
ABSTRACTS OF DIVORCE ACTION SANDUSKY COUNTY, OHIO, CHANCERY COURT
VOL. 5, p. 52 – March 1845 - Eunice HUDSON vs. Edward E. – married 29 June 1839 in Erie County, Ohio:
The couple remained together until January 1841, at which time Edward left. One year later he was known to be living in New York. During their marriage, they had one child, now deceased. Eunice was supported by her parents. A divorce decree was granted with $100 alimony and Eunice was restored to her maiden name of INGRAHAM.
VOL. 5, p. 425 – July 1846 - Menasseh GROVER vs. Rachel – married December 1836:
Rachel left him in March 1842. Menasseh has been a resident of Sandusky County for ten years. A divorce decree was granted with Menasseh paying the costs.
VOL. 5, p. 426 – July 1846 - Alvah PIXLEY vs. Isabel – married May 1834 in York Twp., Sandusky County:
The couple had a son named John now eleven years old. In March, 1844, Isabel committed adultery with Wilson KNAPP. In March 1845, Isabel eloped with him and "went west" and was now living in Wood County, Ohio. Alvah asked for custody of his son. A divorce decree was granted.
VOL. 5, p. 428 – June 1846 - Rebecca I. LARY vs. Daniel – married 21 November 1838
Daniel was then of Lucas County, Ohio, but now of "parts unknown." The couple lived together until March 1844. They were the parents of three children: Sarah Elizabeth, aged 6 years on 12 March 1846; Elen Mariah, aged 4 years on 9 May 1846; John William, aged 2 years on 17 July 1846. Rebecca accused Daniel of extreme cruelty and habitual drunkeness. A divorce decree, custody, and restoration of her maiden name were granted to Rebecca.
VOL. 5, p. 488 – October 1846 - Betsy E. BATES vs. Walter – married 14 May 1832:
Betsy was as resident of York Twp., Sandusky County. Her maiden name was BARKER. Walter left her in the autumn of 1837. A divorce decree was granted with Walter paying court costs.
VOL. 5, p . 600 – Oct. 1846 – Richard DUDWITH vs. Esther – married 22 Oct. 1837, in Riley Twp., Sandusky County:
Esther gave her maiden name as LATHROP. In the fall of 1839, she left her husband to live with her sister in Sandusky County. The following year, she went to Indiana and may now be in Iowa. Divorce decree granted.
VOL. 6, p. 24 - March 1847 – Mary FOGLESONG vs. Eli – married 31 March 1836 in Sandusky County:
Mary gave her maiden name as SHOUP. Her previous husband’s name was WARD. She lived with Eli in Ottawa County, Ohio, until December 1842. At that time, the couple returned to Sandusky Co. There Eli left her with five children. Mary accused Eli of gross neglect and adultery with Mary WILLETT of Ottawa County, Ohio. She was granted a divorce decree and the right to her property from her former husband.
VOL. 6, p. 114 - June 1847 – Sophia LEACH vs. William M. – married 23 February 1830 in Syracuse, New York:
In August 1830, Sophia accused William of leaving her while sick. She was forced to return with her sister to her father’s home in Black Rock, New York. She then remained at the home of his mother for two weeks, hoping that William would return. She has now been a Sandusky County resident for twelve years. A divorce decree and restoration of her maiden name HOLLOWPETER were granted.
VOL. 6, p. 151 - October 1847 – Margaret HAWK vs. Jeremiah – married 10 October 1839 in Wayne County, Ohio:
The couple lived together in Wayne County, Ohio, until March 1844, when Jeremiah left her. A divorce decree, custody, and restoration of her maiden name SIGNS were granted to Margaret.
VOL. 6, p. 233 - October 1846 – Isabel DIXON vs. Moses M. – married 3 May 1835:
The Dixons had three children: Elizabeth, aged 7 years on 9 August 1844; George, aged 6 years on 4 March 1845; and Maria, aged 3 years on 5 November 1844. He left her in 1841 and moved to Indiana or Illinois and was married there to an unknown woman. A divorce decree, $200 alimony, and custody were granted.
VOL. 6, p. 469 - June 1848 – Jacob ERNSPERGER vs. Mary Ann – married October 1833:
The couple was married in Montgomery Township, Richland County, Ohio. Mary Ann’s maiden name was CARR. They lived in Hancock County, Ohio, until July 1843. They had four children between the ages of six and thirteen. In January 1844, Mary Ann left Hancock County, Ohio, with Henry ADAMS and moved to Wayne County, Indiana. They now live in Miami County, Indiana, and she has two children by ADAMS. A divorce decree and custody were granted.
VOL. 6, p. 471 - June 1848 - Mary Ann MOORE vs. Reuben – married 19 January 1842:
Reuben left Mary Ann in August 1842 and is now living in Michigan. Divorce decree granted.
VOL. 7, p. 8 - August 1848 – Emily CULLEN vs. Matthew D. – married 22 July 1837:
Emily’s maiden name was given as LARRY. The couple had four children: Francis C., aged 10 years on 2 July 1848; Robert C., aged 5 years on 13 March 1848; Eleanor M., aged 2 years on 7 September 1848; Mathew D., aged 3 months on 31 August 1848. About six months previous, Matthew committed adultery with Lois NUTTER. Emily stated that Matthew sometimes kept Lois concealed in his tailor shop. 1 August 1848, Matthew eloped with her. Matthew owned inlot 120 in Lower Sandusky [Fremont, Ohio]. Custody and divorce decree were granted to Ellen. Matthew was enjoined for meddling.
VOL. 7, p. 46 - March 1847 – Betsey BERRY vs. John – married 10 June 1837:
The couple was married in Michigan. In 1844, they moved to Lower Sandusky. They were the parents of two children. One had recently died and the other was 4 years of age. John unlawfully married Judith CARR on 23 Dec. 1847, near Defiance, Ohio. John then left her in April 1848. $1000 alimony, custody, and divorce decree were granted to Betsey.
VOL. 7, p. 49 - June 1849 – John KING vs. Susan Ann – married 1 January 1845:
The couple was married at Jackson Twp., Sandusky County. Susan’s maiden name was ROZZEL. On 9 July 1847, she committed adultery with Rufus NORTON. She now resides with her father in Jackson Twp, Sandusky Co. They had one child and one other was born six months after their separation. Susan Ann was given custody. Divorce decree granted.
VOL. 7, p. 189 - June 1849 – Ann E. ALLIS vs. Isaac – married 29 August 1844:
The couple was married at Lower Sandusky, Ohio. Soon after Isaac became intemperate and has been guilty of gross neglect. In August of 1847, Ann moved to her father’s home. Isaac was known to be living in Seneca County, Ohio. Divorce decree was granted. Ann was restored to her maiden name of HARVEY.
VOL. 7, p. 305 - June 1850 – Euretta GARLAND vs. John - married 3 November 1838:
John treated her with extreme cruelty. On 1 September 1846, John left her without support. He has been gone ever since. Divorce decree granted.
VOL. 7, p. 371 - June 1850 – Charles A. ROUSH vs. Adaline – married 7 March 1842:
Adaline left him on 27 May 1846, and now resides in Akron, Summit County, Ohio. Their two children are living with Charles. Divorce decree granted. Custody of the children was given to Adaline until otherwise ordered.
VOL. 7, p. 371 - January 1851 - Sally McINTYRE vs. Alpheus – married 13 November 1834:
The couple lived together until 1 August 1849. They were the parents of one son, Alpheus, Jr., aged 12 years. Alpheus was guilty of adultery with Cordelia M. PHILIPS. Divorce decree granted. Custody of Alpheus, Jr., was given to Sally.
VOL. 7, p. 373 - June 1851 - Betsey C. WHITTAKER vs. Joseph – married 9 September 1849:
The couple had one child, Cynthia C., aged one year "on 30 July next." On 1 March 1851, Joseph treated her with extreme cruelty, causing Betsey to live with her father. Divorce decree granted. Custody of the child and $100 were given to Betsey.
VOL. 7, p. 379 - January 1851 - Lemon ALDRICH vs. Mary – married 1 October 1848:
Mary’s maiden name was given as FOSTER. Lemon listed his residence as Green Creek Twp., Sandusky County. On 4 November 18? , Mary left him and committed adultery with Jonathon WAINWRIGHT and others. In November 1848, Mary left the state. A child was born 21 October 1849. Divorce decree granted.
VOL. 7, p. 385 - June 1851 - Phebe SOLOMEN vs. Joshua – married 12 August 1847:
The couple had one child: Rufus, aged about two years. She accused Joshua of extreme cruelty and sought help from her father and brothers. Divorce was granted. Phebe was restored to her maiden name and given $100 alimony and custody of the child. [Sandusky County marriage records give Phebe’s maiden name as LONG.]
VOL. 7, p. 499 - October 1851 - Margaret CUDIGAN vs. James – married 9 September 1836:
The couple had four children: Eleanor, aged 13 years; Joanna, aged 8 years; Edward, aged 6 years; and John, aged 3 years. Margaret accused James of extreme cruelty by whipping her. James admitted striking her, but accused her of taking nearly all the pork he had butchered and selling it. He stated that her intent was to take all of his money and send it to relatives and friends in Ireland. Divorce decree, $100 alimony, and custody of the children were granted to Margaret.
VOL. 8, p. 60 - May 1851 - Alfred KENNICUTT vs. Electa – married 10 August 1826:
Alfred had married Electa REYNOLDS in Niagara County, New York. They had been Sandusky County residents for fifteen years. Their minor children were: William, aged 17 years; Martha, aged 15 years; Helen, aged 13 years; John, aged 10 yrs; Emmy, aged 6 years. He accused Electa of committing adultery with Benjamin BROCK of Green Creek Twp. On 25 March 1851, and at other times. Divorce decree granted. Custody of the minor children was given to Alfred.
VOL. 8, p. 62 - February 1852 - Magadalene BROMLEY vs. George W. – married July 1836:
The couple had five children: Elizabeth, aged 14 years; David, aged 12 years; Mary Ann, aged 9 years; Henry, aged 5 years; George, aged 3 years; and Lucy, aged 9 months. In January of 1852, George had threatened Magdalene with a gun, and in February with a butcher knife. He frequently beat her. During the past 5 years, George had provided no support and during the most recent three years, he had been habitually drunk. Divorce decree granted. The custody of the daughters was given to Magdalene and the sons to George. Magdalene was also awarded 50 of the 76 acres of their Riley Twp. farm, which had been deeded by her father. She also received "half the rent share growing on the 50 acres," 15 bushels of wheat, 2 sheep, and the black heifer.
VOL. 8, p. 174 - July 1852 - Barney O’RAGEN vs. Jane – married 5 or 6 years earlier:
Jane’s maiden name was given as BARBER. [Sandusky County marriage records show that a Jane BARBER married Barney RAGLER on 3 November 1841.] Jane had left for parts unknown about 3 years earlier. A male child had been born to them. Divorce decree granted.
VOL. 8, p. 193 - November 1852 - James CLARK vs. Mariah – married 17 February 1848:
Mariah’s maiden name was given as EVERETT. She had been absent for about three years. Divorce decree granted.
VOL. 8, p. 225 - September 1852 - Mary KEEFER vs. George – married 10 April 1836:
The couple had four children: Elizabeth, born 12 July 1837; Abraham born 11 October 1841; George W. born 2 February 1844; and Mary Ann born 19 March [no year given]. In December of 1851, Mary left George after being beaten with a hoop pole and a ramrod. She has had to support herself and the children. Divorce decree granted. Mary was awarded $200 alimony and custody of the children. [Sandusky County marriage records show that a George KEEFER married a Mary BIXLER on 7 April 1835].
VOL. 8, p. 234 - Phebe KELLER vs. John – married April 1846:
Phebe accused John of committing adultery with Marilla CARR during the last month. He had taken the two eldest children and was threatening to take the youngest. Divorce decree and $250 alimony were awarded to Phebe. [Sandusky County marriage records show that a John KELLER married Phoebe BASHARE on 15 April 1847].
VOL. 8, p. 258 - September 1853 - Harriet BEEKER (also given as BUKER) – married 12 June 1850:
Harriet, the widow of A. G. FOSTER, had been a resident of Sandusky County for ten years. [Sandusky County marriage records show that a Harriet FOSTER married Levi BAKER 20 June 1850]. Levi deserted her on 17 August 1850. She had been providing for her children by her former marriage. Divorce decree granted. Harriet was returned to her former name, FOSTER, and awarded alimony.
VOL. 8, p. 269 - July 1853 - Huldah GILBERT vs. Milton – married 10 October 1847:
Huldah stated that she and Milton had married in York Twp. and that she had lived with Milton until August of 1851. They had two children – a son and a daughter. After their marriage, they moved to Bowling Green, Wood County, Ohio, residing there until their separation. Huldah returned to her father’s in York Twp., taking her daughter with her.
VOL. 8, p. 320 - July 1853 - Catherine E. ROSE vs. David C. – married 10 May 1852:
Catherine stated that David had been convicted of manslaughter at the June 1853 term of court. He was now at the Ohio State Prison in Columbus, Ohio, serving a three year sentence. She had lived with David until his arrest in August of 1852. They had a child who died young. Catherine was 19. She told the court that at age 21, she would receive a valuable parcel of property belonging to her deceased father. Divorce decree granted. Catherine was restored to her maiden name of FLOYD. She was to have all property acquired before and during her marriage. David was to retain his property.
VOL. 8, p. 330 - November 1854 - Julia A. JUNE vs. Isaac – married 6 January 1838:
The couple had seven children: Israel, aged 16 years on 6 May 1854; Ferdinand, aged 14 years on 8 February 1854; Emeline, aged 12 years on 1 August 1854; Isaac, aged 9 years on 27 August 1854; Julia, aged 6 years on 13 April 1854; and Thomas, aged 3 years on 11 August 1854. Julia accused Isaac of committing adultery with Adelia BARKER at the Mansion House, Sandusky, Erie County, Ohio, on 22 June 1851, and at their home on 5 October 1852. Julia stated that at other times, he committed adultery with Mary MORRISON. Divorce decree and custody of the children were granted to Julia. She was awarded $2500 alimony over a three year period.
VOL. 8, p. 344 - November 1854 - Sarah Ann BECK – vs. George – married 29 January 1839:
The couple was married in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, and were the parents of six children: Christopher, aged 12 years; Mary C., aged 10 years; Jacob, aged 8 years; William, aged 6 years; Sarah Ellen, aged 3 years; and Olive, aged 6 months. On 26 August 1854, Sarah Ann accused George of assaulting her and stated further that he was an habitual drunk. Divorce decree was granted. Sarah Ann received custody of the children, alimony, and the household goods.
VOL. 8, p. 348 - September 1854 - Catherine DAM – vs. Henry – married 1 June 1851:
Catherine and Henry were the parents of one child. On 1 Jan. 1854, Henry was guilty of extreme cruelty. He then left for Indiana. Divorce decree and custody were granted to Catherine.
VOL. 8, p. 440 - August 1854 - Alma MAXHAM vs. Hosea C. - married 7 October 1851:
The couple was married in York Twp., Sandusky County. Alma accused Hosea of cruelty and negligence of her support since their marriage. Her parents had to provide food, clothing, and a home for her. Two months prior to 10 June 1854, she tried to live with Hosea in Clyde, Ohio, but his cruelty and drunkenness forced her to return to her parents. In November of 1852, at York Twp. and at other times, he committed adultery with Sarah LONGSDALE. She is now the mother of his child. Hosea owns ¼ acre in Clyde with a small frame house as well as another ¼ acre without a cabin. The house was built with the material, labor, and money of Alma’s father. They have one two-year-old child, Lida M. Hosea denied the charges of cruelty. He also stated that he had been charged with only one incident of adultery with Sarah LONGSDALE, 11 November 1852. After Hosea confessed this act, Alma agreed to go with Hosea to Michigan to avoid a bastardy suit. She then lived with him for two months after learning about the incident. Divorce decree and custody were granted to Alma. All personal property and lots were awarded to Alma.
VOL. 8, p. 464 - April 1855 - William TYLER vs. Eliza – married December 1834:
The couple was married in Oneida County, New York. They lived together until 1 August 1848, when Eliza abandoned him. Depositions were taken in Buffalo, Erie County, New York. Eliza was informed of the proceedings, but failed to appear. Divorce decree granted.
VOL. 8, p. 466 - September 1855 - Mary Ann McGOWN vs. Henry – 29 October 1841:
Henry and Mary Ann were the parents of one child, Artilla A., aged 13 years. Mary Ann accused him of cruelty, neglect, and abandonment for over three years. On 16 April 1850, he beat her and left, never to return. Mary Ann further accused him of adultery with Elizabeth SIBRELL, Elmore, Ohio, on 1 April 1853, with whom he has since lived. Mary Ann asked for the restoration of her maiden name of CLINE. The petition was filed at Henry’s home in Elmore. Divorce decree, restoration of her maiden name, and $500 alimony were granted to Mary Ann.
VOL. 8, p. 469 - September 1855 - Matilda ELLIS vs. John F. – married 7 May 1837:
The couple had one child, Franklin J., eleven years old. John F. had been absent more than three years and his residence was unknown. Divorce decree, custody of the child, and restoration of her maiden name were granted to Matilda.
VOL. 8, p. 471 - September 1855 - John Y. PETTYS vs. Sally A. – married 1 January 1851:
The couple lived together until December 1851, when Sally refused to continue living with John unless he permitted her two grown daughters to live with them. There was "much quarreling" between Sally and her daughters. In June 1852, John asked Sally to return to him; she refused, saying she would go to Connecticut to live. Divorce decree granted.
VOL. 8, p. 479 - January 1856 - Elisabeth KEPFER vs. Rodolphus – married 8 April 1849:
Elisabeth had formerly been the wife of John BOWMAN by whom she had two children: Barbary, aged 12 years in June 1855 and John, aged 10 years in September 1855. Elisabeth accused Rodolphus of habitual drunkenness, neglect, and extreme cruelty. She stated she had been whipped the night before filing her petition. Divorce decree and restoration of her former name were granted.
VOL. 8, p. 491 - January 1856 - Silas BATES vs. Charlotte – married 3 August 1850:
The couple was married in Norwalk, Ohio. Charlotte’s maiden name was WHITMAN. On 1 May 1851, Charlotte abandoned Silas, stating she would never return. She went to Lorain County, Ohio, for two years and then to Michigan or Indiana. Divorce decree granted.
VOL. 8, p. 493 - January 1856 - William PALMER vs. Ann – married 27 March 1849:
The couple was married in Day, Saratoga County, New York. Ann’s maiden name was BALL. There were no children. Ann had been unhappy for a year or two. On 29 December 1852, Ann left. William begged her to return, but she refused. A year later William came to Ohio and has not seen her since. He believed she was still living in New York and had filed a divorce petition in 1855. Divorce was granted.
VOL. 8, p. 541 - May 1856 - Lewis CANFIELD vs. Abigail – married 29 August 1843:
The couple was married in Pittsford, Monroe County, New York, prior to the filing of the suit. They had one child, Mortimer T., 11 years of age. They moved to Sandusky County two months ago. From January to April 1856, Abigail committed adultery with Lorenzo D. PARKER, with whom she eloped. A summons was sent to Lynn, Massachusetts, her last know residence. Divorce decree and custody of Mortimer were granted to Lewis.
VOL. 8, p. 546 - July 1856 - Harriet BALDWIN vs. Eleazer – married 12 April 1848:
The couple was married in Green Creek Twp., Sandusky County, and had three children: Elsy M., 7 years of age on 14 February 1856; Marcus D., 4 years of age on 25 September 1856; Frank Augustus, 2 years of age on 14 August 1856. On 12 June 1856, at the home of Joseph WEIKER in Sandusky County, Eleazer committed adultery with Mrs. William (Mary) WALKER, then separated from her husband and living with the WEIKER family. He admitted his crime and stated he intended to repeat it. Fearing his cruelty, Harriet slept in another room with Eleazer’s grandmother. He threatened her with gouging her eyes out unless Harriet returned to his bed. She did not want to leave because of the children, but Eleazer locked her in a room so that she was unable to care for her sick children. His grandmother, fearing for Harriet’s safety, advised her to leave. Harriet lived with friends in Ballville Twp. and claimed complete poverty. Eleazer threatened to sell the land they had bought from Daniel and Susannah SEAMAN in 1852 and leave Ohio with the children. Harriet stated she possessed $70 worth of furniture, 2 cows, and $200. Eleazer denied all accusations, but the court granted the divorce decree, and $1200 alimony.
VOL. 9, p. 6 - December 1856 - Frances WIRE vs. John – married 10 February 1835:
The couple had married in Erie County, New York, and had one child Harrison, 20 years of age. They had been residents of Ohio for 18 years and of Sandusky County for 2 years. Frances accused John of habitual drunkenness, neglect, and extreme cruelty on March 28, 29, and 30, 1855, at Maumee, Ohio. John struck her in the face and used vulgar language. Fearful of another beating, she left at 2:00 a.m. during the night of March 31. She came to Sandusky County to live with her brother. The divorce decree was granted. Frances was given custody of Harrison, property [described in case] received through descent from her father, furniture, one buggy, a span of horses, and a cow.
VOL. 9, p. 51 - September 1857 - John CELLAR(S) vs. Elizabeth – married 30 November 1843:
Elizabeth abandoned John over 3 years earlier. Divorce decree granted.
VOL. 9, p. 52 - September 1857 - Wilson HAYNES vs. Mary Ann – married 23 July 1842:
In 1850, Mary Ann abandoned Wilson and went to live with relatives in Indiana. Divorce decree granted.
VOL. 9, p. 53 - September 1857 - Maria BOWLAND vs. James M. – married 13 April 1851:
The couple married in Green Creek Twp., Sandusky County, and had two children: Charles, 4 years of age and Mary, 2 years of age. Maria accused James of extreme cruelty on 15 May 1856, and had suffered frequent beatings and obscene language. James had left the county with another woman. Maria was granted a divorce decree, restoration of her maiden name CRANE, possession of 1/8 of her deceased father’s land [description given in case], and custody of the children
VOL. 9, p. 100 - December 1857 - Rosetta KLINE vs. Barnhart – married 23 September 1838:
The couple married in Sandusky County and had resided there together until 22 November 1857. Rosetta stated her age was 52 years. The couple had six children: Sarah, 18 years; Francis A., 16 years; Barnhart, 14 years; Peter, 12 years; and Henry E., 11 years. One child died in infancy. Barnhart had been attending spiritual and "Free Love" meetings after which he became abusive and locked her out of their bedroom. On Saturday 1857, he began choking Rosetta and when her daughter tried to help, Barnhart hit Rosetta, threw her in a buggy, and had her driven to WEAVER’S Tavern. She then stayed with the Amos R. CARVER family. Barnhart accused Rosetta of selling their personal property. He further said Rosetta had been abusive, had left his bed, and was meeting a man named QUEEN. On 20 December 1857, she threatened to poison him. He believed she owned $354 worth of land in York Twp., which she could use for support. Divorce decree and $3000 alimony were granted to Rosetta. Barnhart was ordered to pay $75 every 6 months. Failure to pay would result in double payments. Barnhart appealed to the district court.
VOL. 9, p. 116 - March 1858 - Louisa BUEL vs. Jonathon – married October 1836:
The couple was married in Sandusky County. They had five children: Mary Elizabeth, 16 years; Sarah, 14 years; Josephine, 9 years; Elsie, 7 years; and Laura. 3 years. Louisa accused Jonathon of habitual drunkenness. Divorce decree, possession of personal property, and custody of the children were granted to Louisa.
VOL. 9, p. 117 - January 1858 - Emily PARKER vs. John R. – married 10 May 1855:
The couple was married in Adrian, Lenaway County, Michigan. In March 1857, in Huron County, Ohio, John was convicted of grand larceny and sentenced to five years in the state penitentiary. Divorce decree and restoration of her maiden name ALDRICH were granted to Emily.
VOL. 9, p. 119 - January 1858 - Jane SANTOS vs. Joseph V. – married 1 September 1852:
On 18 August, 1852, Joseph left with the intention of visiting his natural country, Portugal. He corresponded until September 1854. Though he was able to support her, Jane stated Joseph had not done so. Divorce decree and restoration of her maiden name COOK were granted to Jane.
VOL. 9, p. 128 - April 1858 - Daniel HUBBELL vs. Mary Ann – married 1 September 1839:
The couple was married in Milan Twp., Erie County, Ohio. Daniel accused Mary Ann of neglecting their children over the past ten years by not preparing food or making clothing. On 20 April 1858, she assaulted their oldest daughter, Ellen, and hit William, their twelve-year-old son, in the head with a piece of stove wood. Their daughter has made clothing for all four children. Mary Ann had threatened to poison David. She burned or destroyed clothing and provisions. Daniel was granted a divorce decree and custody of the children.
VOL. 9, p. 132 - March 1858 - Permelia BARRETT vs. Philander – married 2 June 1853:
Permelia had resided in Sandusky County, Ohio, for fifteen years. She had married in Riley Twp. as a minor at the age of 16 years. She had known Philander for only two months. Prior to her marriage, her guardian, Carmi G. Sanford, held 480 acres, money, notes, and two Fremont lots in trust for her. Later, control of this property was given to her husband. Permelia accused her husband of giving her a drug to cause an abortion as he believed if they were childless, he would receive her estate upon her death. They lived together until November 1855, when Philander abused her and stated he had only married her for her property. She then returned to her mother’s in Riley Twp. and later moved to Townsend Twp. Permelia accused Philander of adultery with Charlotte HOLLIDAY and Kate BAKER. Divorce decree, restoration of her maiden name ALLEN, custody of her son, and the return of all her property were granted to Permelia.
VOL. 9, p. 204 - October 1858 - Josephine DOUGHERTY vs. James – married 1 May 1857:
Josephine and James were the parents of five children. Vincent and Christopher were still minors. Josephine accused James of habitual drunkenness. Josephine owned inlot 288 in Fremont in her own right. Divorce decree, custody of minor children, and household goods were granted to Josephine.
VOL. 9, p. 248 - October 1858 - James BARNS vs. Elizabeth – married 2 March 1851
Elizabeth stated her maiden name was FAUSEY and that she had been separated from her husband, providing her support on her own property. Divorce decree granted.
VOL. 9, p. 301 - April 1859 - Elizabeth GESSNER vs. Lewis – married 3 January 1828:
The couple had married in Canton, Berne, Switzerland, in the village of Thun. They had resided in the county for ten years and were the parents of eight children: Emily, 22 years; Matilda, 20 years; Caroline, 18 years; Gustavus, 15 years; and Rudolphus, 13 years. Lewis, Sr., was a physician who owned 160 acres [description given in case] worth $4000. He had recently sold a Fremont lot and a stock of drugs from his drugstore. For the past six or seven years Lewis had been cruel, abusive, and had abandoned Elizabeth. Divorce decree and custody of Rodolphus were granted to Elizabeth. Lewis was ordered to pay $50 alimony every three months for life.
VOL. 9, p. 303 - March 1859 - Samuel P. WATTRING vs. Adaline B. – married 2 February 1855:
Samuel had been an Ohio resident for fifteen years. In August of 1857, Adaline had begun corresponding with men of "bad reputations." In May 1858, she had committed adultery with James HAIGHT of Clyde, Ohio. She had moved to New York in June 1858. Divorce decree granted to Samuel.
VOL. 9, p. 305 - October 1858 - Christopher MILLER vs. Alice Jane – married 8 January 1857:
The couple had lived together one year and then separated. Christopher accused Alice of committing adultery with Andrew FISHER and others. Divorce decree was granted to Christopher.
VOL. 9, p. 306 - June 1859 - Barbara MILLER vs. Peter – married May 1842:
The couple married in Blair County, Pennsylvania. For the past four years, they had lived in Sandusky County. They were the parents of seven children: Peter, age 16 years on 9 February 1859; Adam, aged 14 years on 4 February 1859; John, aged 12 years on 8 January 1859; James, aged 10 years on 15 September 1859; George aged 6 years on 23 January 1859; Joseph, aged 5 years on 15 August 1859; Mary Ann, aged 2 years on 25 April 1859. Barbara accused Peter of gross neglect and six years of habitual drunkenness. Divorce decree, custody of minors, and personal property were granted to Barbara.
VOL. 9, p. 311 - March 1859 - Isabella ELISTON vs. Abraham – married 26 November 1857:
The couple was married at Fremont. At Patterson, New Jersey, in Passaic County, Abraham was convicted of horse stealing and sentenced to one year in the New Jersey penitentiary. Divorce decree, restoration of her maiden name NYCE, and all property were granted to Isabella.
VOL. 9, p. 372 - July 1859 - Maria NILES vs. Chancy – married 15 May 1846:
The couple was married in Erie County, Ohio, and had been Ohio residents for five years. They were the parents of three children: Rosalva, aged 13 years on 9 December 1859; Ewilda, aged 9 years on 30 October 1859; and Ancil, aged 3 years on 22 September 1859. Maria accused Chancy of habitual drunkenness and abuse by choking and kicking her on 8 July, 1859. Divorce decree, custody of children, and restoration of her maiden name PITTS were granted to Maria. She was given 20 acres [description given in case] and all personal property.
VOL. 9, p. 374 - August 1859 - Mary S. DAVIS vs. John W.--married 16 September 1843:
The couple was married at Ballville. They were the parents of four children: Susanna D., aged 18 years; Hanna R., aged 12 years; Ellen M., aged 10 years; and Hattie E., aged 4 years. John had been absent for three years. Divorce decree and custody of children were granted to Mary.
VOL. 9, p. 376 - September 1859 - Epha M. WILSON vs. Andrew – married 15 February 1855:
Epha had been an Ohio resident for ten years. Andrew had been absent for three years and his residence was unknown. Divorce decree and all property were granted to Epha.
VOL. 9, p. 378 - July 1859 - Orlando CURTIS vs. Mary C. – married 27 July 1851:
The couple was married in Wayne County, Ohio. Orlando and Mary were the parents of three children: Hester E. J., aged 7 years; Sarah E., aged 4 years; and Orlando E., aged 2 years. On 14 November 1858, Mary committed adultery with James LE-INS at George McGEE’s barbershop in Fremont. Divorce decree and custody of children were granted to Orlando.
VOL. 9, p. 379 - April 1859 - Emeline DUTTON vs. Thomas – married 5 March 1840:
The couple was married at Troy, New York. They were the parents of two children: Thomas E., aged 11 years and Elizabeth, aged 7 years. Emeline accused Thomas of cruelty, abandonment, and adultery at the house of Mr. SWIFT in Fremont. Thomas owned lots 110 and 111 in Sandusky, Erie County, Ohio, and $300 worth of property. Divorce decree, custody of children, and $500 alimony were granted to Emeline.
VOL. 9, p. 407 - August 1859 - Rebecca SMITH vs. Levi – married 12 October 1850:
The couple was married at Woodville, Ohio. They were the parents of two children: Gwinn Laroy, aged 7 years on 7 May 1859; Mary Edith, aged 4 years on 8 January 1859. Rebecca accused Levi [also referred to Ira] of committing adultery with Mary ENBODY in Toledo, Ohio, and with unknown women at the Cleveland and Lake Erie R.R. Depot in Fremont. Levi owned a house and lot in Hessville, Ohio. Divorce decree, custody of children, restoration of her maiden name EVERSOLE, and $200 alimony were granted to Rebecca.
VOL. 9, p. 409 - January 1860 - Sarah M. ROWLEY vs. James – married 20 December 1840:
The couple married in York Twp.. They had been Ohio residents for ten years and were the parents of three children: Lydia, aged 16 years on 8 February 1859; Ann Jennette, aged 14 years on 6 July 1859; and Cora Tryphena, aged 2 years on 21 July 1859. They resided on their homestead on lots 737, 738, and 740 in Fremont. Sarah accused her husband of cruelty by forcing her to associate with women of bad repute. She also accused him of threatening to take away her youngest child. He had committed adultery with Hellen SPENCER at her home in Fremont. Divorce decree, custody of children, restoration of her maiden name, and all real and personal property were granted to Sarah.
VOL. 9, p. 452 - September 1860 - Jeanette STAGE vs. Harrison – married 23 March 1853:
The couple had twins: Henry Allen and Delia A., aged 2 years on 10 April 1859. Harrison was accused of adultery and drunkenness. Divorce decree and $4500 alimony were granted to Jeanette.
VOL. 9, p. 489 - July 1860 - Williston MERRICK vs. Rowena – married 11 May 1842:
The couple had lived in Sandusky County for 20 years. Williston stated his wife’s maiden name was HATHAWAY. They were the parents of six children: Nancy, aged 17 years; Irene, aged 15 years; Lyman, aged 12 years; Juliaette, aged 9 years; Adelaid, aged 7 years; Frederick W., aged 5 years. Williston accused Rowena of committing adultery and eloping with L.L. GORSUCH on 3 April 1860. Rowena denied the accusation. She stated that Williston refused to let her enter their home, threatened to starve her. She further alleged that he told her six men were being sent to tar and feather her. Moreover, he stated he intended to burn the house. On 3 April 1860, Williston ordered their son to drive her to Gorsuch’s home in Elmore. He then wrote Gorsuch and offered to sell Rowena for $50, a horse, buggy, and harness. He also possessed $800 originally belonging to Rowena’s father. The court dismissed the case.
ESTATE CASES FILED IN SANDUSKY COUNTY, OHIO, CHANCERY COURT
The following estate cases were filed in Sandusky County, Ohio, Chancery Court. No reference to these cases appears in the Sandusky County Probate Court. A few of the cases involve the estates of non-residents. An estate file may exist in the county and state where they resided. Those marked with an asterisk concern guardianships.
ADAMS, Phineas 1842 (of Williams Co., OH); V. 4 p.126
BAILEY, Sally 1848 (of Walworth Co., Wisc. Terr.); V. 6 p. 401
BAILEY, Sarah1848 (of Walworth Co., Wisc. Terr.); V. 6 p. 401 *
BAILEY, Benjamin Franklin 1848 (of Walworth Co.,Wisconsin Terr.); V. 6 p. 401 *
BAILEY, Joseph Warren 1848 (of Walworth Co., Wisconsin Terr.); V. 6 p. 401 *
BALDWIN, Eliza (nee WITHEREL) (Mrs. Smith D.) 1843; V. 5 p. 554; V. 6 p. 451
BALDWIN, Smith D.1848 V. 6 p. 501 *
BARKHIMER, William1855 V. 8 p. 431
BARR, John, 1848 (of Ashland Co., OH); V. 7 p. 233
BAUGHMAN, John N.1857 V. 9 p. 65
BEALL, James 1838 V. 1 p. 357
BEALL, Zephrania J.1847 V.7 p. 5 *
BEBO, Charles 1833 V. 1 p.123
BELKNAP, Nathaniel H.1842 V. 3 p. 514
BENJAMIN, Peter W.1841 (of New York); V. 4 p. 634
BIDWELL, Edmund 1848 (of Hartford Co., Conn.); V. 7 p. 24
BILLMAN, William 1852 V. 8 p. 34
BOND, Samuel 1845 V. 5 p. 532
BRADSHAW, John H. 1855 V. 8 p. 475
BRECKBIEL, John 1838 V.1 p. 367
BROWN, Melancthon 1849 (of NYC); V. 7 p. 337
BRUNER, Jacob1838 V. 1 p. 370
BULL, Smith 1841 V. 5 p. 195
BURGER, David 1853 V. 8 p. 303
BURNHAM, Josiah B. 1852 V. 8 p. 274
CAMP, Albert A. 1859 V.9 p.391
CASTLE, Rodney 1840 V. 2 p. 297
CHAPMAN, Benjamin 1838 V.1 p. 355
CLARK, Andrew, Sr.,1849 V. 7 p. 285
COCHRAN, David 1829 V. 7 p. 75
COVIL, Leonard 1850 (of Wyandot Co., OH); V.1 p. 216
DAVIDSON, Jeremiah 1849 V. 7 p. 441
DAVIS, James P. 1848 V. 7 p. 30
DeFOREST David C. 1839 (of New Haven, Conn.); V. 2 p. 139
DELANO, Henry (of Henderson, Kentucky) V. 7 p. 460
DEMER, Jacob 1851 V. 9 p. 499
DIX, David 1843 V. 5 p. 108
EASTWOOD, Joseph 1847 V. 6 p. 72
ELY, Mary (DELANO) 1851 V. 7 p. 460
ENTSMINGER, Samuel 1858 V. 9 p. 136
EREHART, Henry 1848 V. 7 p. 13
EWING, Alexander H. 1847 (of Hamilton Co., OH); V. 7 pp.18, 34, 39, 43, 164, 266
FISHER, Adam 1849 V. 7 p.76
FREDTERT, John Philip 1841 V.3 p.103
GALLAGHER, Thomas 1847 V. 6 p. 518
GASSER, Mary 1857 V. 9 p. 9
GEORGE, Elnathan 1829 V. 1 p. 41
GERN, John, Sr. 1849 ( of PA); V. 7 p.153
GIBBS, Jonas, Jr.1849 V. 7 p.184
GRAVES, Elizabeth 1844 (of Ottawa Co., OH); V. 4 p. 664
HINDMAN, John 1827 (of Richland Co., OH); V.1 p.14
HOADLEY, Jared 1840 (of Lucas Co., OH); V. 2 p. 318
HONEYWELL, ? 1851 V. 7 p. 421
JOHNSTON, John 1848 (of Wood Co, OH); V.7 p. 64
KINNEY, Alden 1851 V. 8 p. 109
LaFORCE, Archibald 1850 V. 7 p. 639
LaFORCE, Sarah 1850 V. 7 p. 639
LaFORCE, William 1847 V. 6 p. 333
LaMARK, Peter 1846 V.5 p. 593
LaPOINT,Gabriel, Jr.1850 V. 7 p. 293
MACKLING, John, Jr. 1849 V. 7 p. 208
MACKLING, John, Sr. 1849 V. 7 p. 208
MAIN, Sanford (of Peru, Indiana) 1852 V. 8 p. 505
MANOR, Peter V. 1851 V. 7 p. 505
McNEAL, Milton 1846 (of Seneca Co., OH); V.5 p. 349
McCORD, Joseph 1837 V. 4 p. 73
McKNIGHT, Thomas R. 1831 V.1 p.105
MEEKER, Forrest (of Delaware Co. Ohio) 1852 V. 8 p. 32
MILLER, Elias 1852 V. 8 p. 44
MILLS, Isaac 1843 (of New Haven, Conn.); V.1 p. 192
MYERHOLTZ, Frederick 1859 V. 9 p. 328
MYERS, John, Sr. 1851 V. 7 p. 524
NEW, Peter 1849 V.7 p.163
NEWELL, Daniel P. 1848 (of Wood Co., OH); V.7 p. 431
NUGENT, Rachel 1857 V. 9 p. 83, 343
PISEL, William (of Hardin Co. Ohio) 1860 V. 9 p. 499
PIXLEY, Amanda 1851 V. 7 p. 467
PRICE, James L. 1844 ( of Stark Co., OH); V. 4 p. 554
REEFER, John Joseph 1856 V. 9 p. 32
ROSEBURY, Ebenezer 1838 (of Marion Co. OH); V. 1 p. 387
SANFORD, Asa 1831 V.1 p. 95
SCOTT, Merrit 1843 V. 4 pp. 191, 669
SELVEY, Lorin 1859 V. 9 p. 388
SHIELD, Thomas, Sr. 1853 V. 8 p. 298
SHRENK, John 1857 V. 9 p. 48
SMITH, Jason 1833 V. 1 p. 111
SMITH, John 1851 V. 7 p. 475
SNYDER, Almira 1840 V. 2 p. 328
SNYDER, John Nelson 1820 (of Rockingham, Co., VA); V. 6 p. 343
STEWART, James 1851 V. 7 p. 530
STRICKER, William 1849 (of Knox Co., OH); V. 7 p. 105
STULL, Andrew 1832 V. 1 p. 414
TANNER, John U. (of Richland Co. Ohio) 1856 V. 8 p. 529
TILLOTSON, William B. 1839 V. 2 pp. 132, 149
TINDALL, Elijah 1845 V. 5 p. 532
TINNEY, Stephen E. 1853 V. 8 p. 227
TOPPING, Josiah 1836 V. 1 p. 247
TUCK, John, 1840 V. 2 p. 235
TUEL, William, 1847 V. 6 p. 431; V. 7 p. 119
WAGGONER, ? 1857 V. 9 p. 43
WAGGONER, David 1858 V. 9 p. 230
WEAVER, John 1850 V. 7 p. 588
WEIKER, Jacob 1847 V. 6 p. 180
WIGGINS, John 1844 V. 6 p. 438
WILLIAMS, George 1857 V. 9 p. 83, 343
WILLIAMS, Isaac 1854 V. 8 p. 350 and V. 9 p. 83, 343
WILLIAMS, James 1857 V. 9 p. 83, 343
WILLIAMS, Joseph 1857 V. 9 p.83, 343
WILLIAMS, Joseph E. 1849 (Erie Co., OH); V. 7 p. 323
WILLIAMS, Julius 1846 (of Oneida Co., NY); V. 5 p. 439
WILLING, Harmon, Jr. 1858 V. 9 p. 221
WILLING, Harmon, Sr. 1858 V. 9 p. 221
WILLING, John 1858 V. 9 p. 221
WILSON, Christopher 1838 V. 1 p. 382