07 February 2018

Mother Sues Daughter - Grace Harper v Mary Alice Mills, Wms Co, OH 1909

Mother Sues Daughter - Grace Harper v Mary Alice Mills, Wms Co, OH 1909
By Pamela Pattison Lash

Sometimes I see a newspaper article that is definitely unique and this is one such item.  Here is the article:
Bryan Democrat (Bryan, OH), Thursday, 19 January 1909 p1 c4
Mother Sues Her Daughter
Says Offspring Refused to Keep Agreement to Support Her for Property

In a petition filed in common pleas court last week a mother sues to have the property restored to her that she had transferred to her daughter who the mother charges has failed to fulfill an agreement to keep and support her during her natural life.

The action is brought by Grace a Harper past eighty years of age against her daughter, Mary Mills, of Springfield Twp.  Mrs. Harper says in her petition that on august 17, 1903 her daughter agreed to keep and support her for the remainder of her natural life, in consideration of which Mrs. Harper avers she deeded to her daughter some property in Ridgeville Township, Henry Co, OH, and gave her certain personal effects named in the petition and $80 in cash.  

The aged plaintiff charges that shortly afterwards Mrs. Mills refused to fulfill the verbal agreement.  By reason of this Mrs. Harper says she was forced to become dependent on other relatives and friends.  She asks for an order of the court setting aside the transfer and the return of the personal property and money.  RL Starr is attorney for Mrs. Harper.

This is what one can learn from a little research concerning the family:

Grace A Hively (17 May 1829 Ross Co, OH – 19 November 1915, Ridgeville, Henry Co, OH); daughter of James W Hively and Henrietta Easterbrook; buried in Locust Grove Cem, Ridgeville, Henry Co, OH; spouse of James Wesley Harper (19 May 1828 Lenawee Co, MI – 23 September 1900 Defiance Co, OH); buried in Locust Grove Cem, Ridgeville Corners, Henry Co, OH; married 28 June 1849, Defiance Co, OH

Their children were two boys who died early, one unknown, Arthur A, Hattie E, Mary Alice, and William EP.  It is Mary Alice that figures into this story.

Mary Alice Harper (13 Feb 1863 Henry Co, OH – 20 February 1928 Wms Co, OH); buried in Boynton Cem, Springfield Twp, Wms Co, OH; spouse William Arthur Mills; married c1881.
According to federal census records we get a sense of the geographical dynamics of this story:
1900 Ridgeville, Henry Co, OH – Grace Harper 71 widow no occupation, mother of 7 children with 4 surviving; she is living alone

1900 Ridgeville, Henry Co, OH – William Mills and wife Mary are living there; he is a farmer; not living close to mother

1910 Adams, Defiance Co, OH – Grace Harper 81 is living with son William E P and his family

1910 Springfield, Wms Co, OH – William Mills and wife Mary are farming and residing there

The conclusion using just the census is that Grace has been taken in by her son William, presumably sometime between the agreement of 17 August 1903 and the court date of 19 January 1909.  She is living with her son in Adams Twp, Defiance Co, OH in 1910 but dies in Ridgeville in 1915.  Whether she retrieved her personal and real estate property needs to be researched further.

05 January 2018

Old Newspapers Tell a Sad Tale of Edon Man Convicted of Murder - John Glenn Toner

A Shocking End to John Glenn Toner
By Pamela Pattison Lash

When I started this investigation into the arrest, conviction, and aftermath of John Glenn Toner for murder, I was surprised at the sheer volume of material that could be gleaned from old newspapers.  Here is the tale of perhaps over-privilege, intoxication, a hammer, and a missing stomach. 

Fort Wayne Sentinel (Fort Wayne, IN), Thursday, 16 August 1906 p4 c5
Toner Pays For Fun

J Glenn Toner of Edon, OH, arrested under the name of Myers, paid a fine of $5 and costs in the city court this morning for public intoxication, his arrest having been brought about by the fact that he drove his automobile through the Berry Street arcade yesterday afternoon.

He entered the arcade from the alley at the south and said he thought it was a public driveway.  He gave a mortgage on his machine and a bond of $50 was put up for him.  Patrolmen Paul arrested him after he had done a lot of reckless driving but no personal or property damage was inflicted.

Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Saturday, 10 January 1920 p3 c8
Victim of Assault With Hammer Dies
Assailant, Who Took Poison, Will Recover

Peter Granzow, 55 years old, farmer, living near Royal Oak, who was assaulted in his home by Glenn Toner, 35 years old, a neighboring farmer, died in Harper Hospital Friday afternoon.

Toner, who is in Receiving Hospital, suffering from self-administered poison, will recover, it is believed.  His story to the police Thursday night led to the discovery of Granzow in his home.  He was unconscious.  Toner said he had a faint recollection of assaulting Granzow with a hammer while Granzow slept.  They had quarreled following several days of drinking, he said.

Toner was recently arrested in Royal Oak and was to appear before Justice McEwan of Royal Oak, Friday on a serious charge preferred by Mrs. Tonner, who left him a week ago.

Battle Creek Enquirer (Battle Creek, MI), Wednesday, 14 January 1920 p3 c2
Held For Murder, Does Not Know Victim Is Dead

Pontiac, Jan 14 – J Glenn Toner is being held here for the murder of Peter Glangow of Royal Oak Township, who died from wounds inflicted in the home of Toner.  Quite a bit of damaging evidence has been found in Toner’s home, including a hammer covered with blood, a half-burned pillow covered with what is believed to be human blood, and Toner’s coat, on the sleeve of which are spots believed to be blood.  Toner has not yet been informed that Grangow is dead.  He claims to have suffered a loss of memory concerning what happened last Sunday.

Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Saturday, 17 January 1920 p18 c5
A grand jury probe into the death of Peter Granzow of Royal Oak who was found fatally injured in the home of J Glenn Toner, was ordered today by Assistant Prosecutor Blakeslee.  He intends to summon several witnesses who have been loath to tell about certain drinking parties at the Toner home just prior to discovery of the crime.  Granzow died from hammer blows on the head.

Bryan Democrat (Bryan, OH), Tuesday, 16 March 1920 p1 c3
Toner Trial This Week

The trial of Glenn Toner, former Williams County citizen, for the murder of Peter Granzow, was set to open at Pontiac, MI, on Monday, CL Newcomer, Bryan attorney, will appear in the trial as one of the attorneys for the defendant.  Ganzow was found nearly dead from the effects of a blow by a hammer the first week in January at the home of Toner near Royal Oak, MI, and newspapers at that time published an account of the murder.  Toner is a son of J M Toner of Edon.

Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Thursday, 18 March 1920 p13 c2
Lapse of Memory Murder Defense
Pontiac Man Tells His Story on Witness Stand

Pontiac, MI, March 17 – J Glenn Toner is on trial in circuit court for the murder of Ellwood Granzow, Royal Oak Township farmer, who succumbed to wounds from a hammer.  Toner surrendered himself to officers and claims a lapse of memory concerning events during the alleged drinking party at his home.  While at the Detroit Receiving Hospital, he claimed he dreamed of seeing Granzow sitting on the floor of the Toner home with a hole in his head.  Granzow was later found in a similar position.  Mrs. Toner appeared in her husband’s behalf today and there are several more witnesses for the defense.

Lansing State Journal (Lansing, MI), Wednesday, 24 March 1920 p7 c4
Pontiac – Life in Jackson Prison at solitary confinement and hard labor was the sentence imposed upon J Glenn Toner in circuit court by Judge K P Rockwell.  Toner, a Royal Oak man, was convicted of having killed Ellwood Granzow, a farmer living near him, in a quarrel during a drinking bout.  Toner’s defense showed he had been addicted to drink since early youth.

The Yale Expositor (Yale, MI), Thursday, 23 June 1921 p2 c2
Pontiac – An appeal to the Supreme Court is being taken in the case of J Glenn Toner, of Royal Oak, serving a life sentence in Jackson Prison for complicity in the death of Peter Granzow, who was beaten to death during a drunken orgy.

Bryan Press (Bryan, OH), 26 August 1926 p1 c4
Suspect Murder of Prisoner From Edon
Suspicious Aroused By Return Of Body Without Stomach From Penitentiary

Considerable speculation has prevailed in and about Edon for the past week concerning the death of J Glenn Toner who died at the Michigan State Penitentiary at Jackson a week ago.
Toner was found dead Sunday evening and relatives at Edon notified that an inquest would be held Monday evening at 7 PM and an undertaker was sent to Jackson from Edon to be present at the inquest.  When he arrived at Jackson from Edon at 4 PM Monday he was informed that the inquest was over and that Toner had died of peritonitis.

The first report concerning his death said that he had died of ulcers of the stomach but he had not been ill as some people from Edon had been at Jackson six days before he died and they saw him but knew nothing concerning the alleged stomach ailment.  They report that he looked well at that time and was working as a foreman of the department in which automobile license tags are made.

The body was brought to Edon and after arrival there a post mortem examination was held and it was discovered that his stomach was missing, leading some to suspect that possibly he had been poisoned and an effort was made to remove the evidence in case action should be taken later.
Toner was secretary to the chaplain of the prison, played in the prison band, and is reported to have been in close touch

Bryan Democrat (Bryan, OH), 27 August 1926 p1 c4
Death of Edon Man at Jackson Is Questioned

The death of Glenn Toner at Jackson Prison is being investigated, relatives not being satisfied with the report handed out at that institution following his death.

Toner was sent to prison six years ago last January for the murder of a man at Pontiac.  The two had been drinking heavily.  In the prison he made friends, became secretary to the chaplain, played in the prison band and in all was in close touch with prison politics.

Following his death an undertaker was sent to Jackson.  He was told that Toner had died of peritonitis, the inquest being over.  Another report had given his ailment as ulcers of the stomach.  In Edon a post mortem examination revealed that his stomach was missing, and this aroused the suspicion that he had been poisoned and the stomach removed to do away with evidence.

Detroit Free Press (Detroit, MI), Monday, 30 August 1926 p1 c8
Free Press Is Blamed For Blocking Release
Preliminary Payment of $200 After Cleric Returned One Check Is Described

J Glenn Toner, a life termer at Jackson State Prison, died there three weeks ago, a disappointed man.
He believed his parole had been arranged.  At least $200 had been paid for it.

With his death the correspondence that had marked the efforts of himself, his brother, and his counsel to cancel his sentence for murder came to light.  The details of his case seem illuminating in connection with charges of huckstering of paroles during the Grosbeck administration that have been made in the course of the present governorship campaign in which the governor is seeking a fourth term – something unprecedented in Michigan.  Several state officials are involved in the case.

Blare Grosbeck has been governor nearly 7,000 paroles having been granted by him.  The records of the parole office, which was reorganized in 1911 bringing it directly under the thumb of the governor, have been kept from the public.

The operation of the office has been subject to widespread criticism as a result of the wholesale releases in the face of increasing crime.

In part of the correspondence the collapse of the Toner case is blamed on the Detroit Free Press but as soon as the paper’s criticism of the parole methods ceased the writ of liberty would probably ensue.
Another letter from the chaplain at the prison, Rev William Hopp, who cooperated with State Senator Barney Brower, the administration floor leader in the legislature and the others in the Toner case, urged that the arrangements be pushed as expeditiously as possible as everyone in Michigan expects the appointment of the governor as attorney general following the resignation of the present attorney general.  This, of course, is mere speculation, but may prove correct, in which case your plans may miscarry.

It will be recalled that certain state officials campaigned diligently for the appointment of Grosbeck as US Attorney General and that when President Coolidge named Charles Warren instead, they sought as diligently and successfully to block confirmation of that choice.

It was Rev Hopp who directed the brother and counsel of Toner to Brower.  He returned a check to Toner pointing out that is justice to his position as chaplain he could not very well enter late any arrangement that might be made with Brower.

Counsel for Toner were Augustus Gebbhard of Bryan, OH, and Bert Chandler of Hudson, MI.  A third individual who was active in Toner’s behalf was Charles Wardner, director of vocational education in Jackson.

Their activity began late in 1923 and continued through 1926.

Toner was committed to Jackson in 1920, being sentenced to serve a life term by the late Judge Rockwell of Pontiac.  In a drunken brawl near Royal Oak he had hit a man named Granzow with a hammer, killing him. For a time while he was in prison he was secretary to Hopp.  Later he served with a road construction gang.

In a letter to Wardner, Toner’s brother reviewed at length the efforts that had been made to get his brother out of prison.

The Times Herald (Port Huron, MI), Tuesday, 31 August 1926 p2 c3

Regarding the case of J Glenn Toner, a lifer who died recently at the Jackson State prison, the Governor related the circumstances under which executive clemency was denied Toner.  He said Senator Burney Brower of Jackson was retained as one of several attorneys in the case on behalf of Toner, but later withdrew, offering to return the retainer fee of $200 he had been paid.

“The only effect of the charges in the Toner case, the Governor said, is the insinuation that Senator Brower had some political influence with me.  The sum and substance of the whole story is that three lawyers sought a parole which they did not get.”

Bryan Democrat (Bryan, OH), 31 August 1926 p1 c1
Toner Case Shows Corrupt Officials Sought Bribes
Highest Officials Were In Corrupt Deals, Says Free Press
Letters of Edon and Bryan Men Scattered Over Free Press In Toner Case

The death of J Glenn Toner of Edon at Jackson Prison is stirring Michigan because it brings open charges that the parole of prisoners in that state has been bartered by a ring of high officials, from governor down to prison chaplain.

In Monday’s Detroit Free Press were several fac-simile letters written by OG Toner of Edon, Attorney AL Gebbhard of Bryan, and William F Hopp, Jackson chaplain.

Mr. Toner’s letter to Mr. Warder states that he, Mr. Toner, did not grasp the situation when it was first hinted that he might obtain his brother’s release.  “I was not familiar in dealing with such fellows.  I never bought anybody and I did not understand conditions.  He visited a Senator Brower, he writes, and paid an advance fee of $200 to that state official.

Criticism of Governor Groesbeck’s many paroles, 8,000 in all, made it seem advisable to drop proceedings for Toner’s parole in November 1925.  Mr. Hop, chaplain, urged Mr. Toner to get busy with Senator Brower, and haste was also urged in 1924 because it was believed that Go Groesbeck might be appointed Attorney-General by President Coolidge, in which case the parole matter would be up to a new governor.

When the Williams County men went into Michigan to secure the parole of a prisoner they found officials working adroitly for cash for that parole, and it is now feared that Toner’s death instead of being from natural causes, was a means taken to silence the prisoner and cover up the corruption existing there.

An underground letter from James Glenn Toner to his friend Charles Warder told him “that the prisoner was in fear of being bumped off.”  Mr. Warder was in NY at the time the letter was sent to him and shortly after Toner, former Deon man, died suddenly in Jackson Prison.

Investigation of the case is now being pushed at Jackson by Mr. Warder, RW Reese, another friend of Mr. Toner and the Detroit Free Press, which has been attacking the prison management for some time.  J M Toner, father of the dead man, expected to be called to Jackson the first of the week in the case.

Mr. Warder, one of the men who is pushing the case, is a teacher of vocational training in the Jackson schools.  At the time he received the warning letter from Toner he was in New York, where he owns a pleasure resort.

Mr. Toner, the father, said Saturday that he felt there were too many good people in Jackson to permit this case to be dropped, yet he also intimated that he is somewhat discouraged regarding the progress that it is making.  It is one of the most mysterious prison deaths that has puzzled Michigan authorities for years.  Friday’s News-Bee said:

“OG Toner placed some reliance in the observations of Maude Walters, Deon, who visited Toner in prison a few days before his death.  She said he appeared to be in the best of health.

“It is claimed that both Toner and his family had sought pardon for the prisoner.  The brother at Deon employed an agent, he said, to present his claim two years ago.  That agent shortly before Toner’s death received a letter from the prisoner, complaining about the delay, the brother says.

“For some time Toner was employed on a road gang.  After his complaint he was kept in closer quarters at the prison.  Whether prison authorities feared it was not safe to permit Toner to remain on the road gang could not be learned.

“From present indications, however, it is not likely that a probe will be launched, unless relatives can bring other persons into the controversy.  Officials here say that as far as they are concerned the investigation is closed.”

16 December 2017

Man and Woman Marry Each Other (Multiple Times) - John C Crisman and Pauline Bodenburg Crisman

There Are Two Surprises to This Tale
By Pamela Pattison Lash

Buffalo Evening News (Buffalo, NY), Thursday, 28 December 1899, p8 c4
Weds the Same Woman Thrice
And Now John Crisman Seeks a Third Divorce From Her For Desertion

John Crisman, a horse dealer of this city, has married the same woman three times.  Crisman was first married to Pauline Bodenbaugh [Bodenburg] at Bryan, OH, 30 years ago.  Five years later he obtained a divorce on the grounds of abandonment.  He came to Oklahoma from Chicago in 1889.  His former wife followed him and they were married again.  A year later a second divorce was obtained by Crisman on the grounds of abandonment, and Crisman came to this city.  His wife followed him again, and old troubles were buried for a third time and Crisman and wife were married.  One year ago Mrs. Crisman left her husband’s home and today her husband filed a third divorce suit.  Crisman is a Grand Army man and has a son fighting in the United States Army in the Philippines – Perry, O> T> special to Chicago Inter Ocean.

The Cincinnati Enquirer (Cincinnati, OH), Wednesday, 20 December 1899, p2 c4
Third Divorce
From the Same Woman Is Sought By an Ohio Citizen
Special Dispatch to the Enquirer

Perry, OK, T., December 12 – John Crisman, formerly of Bryan, Williams County, Ohio, filed his third suit for divorce from his wife, Pauline Crisman.  They have been married three times and now Crisman seeks a third divorce.  The first marriage was in Bryan, OH, where the first divorce was obtained.  The second marriage and divorce were at Guthrie, OK. T and the third marriage took place here, and now Crisman is seeking his third divorce.  He alleges abandonment.  Crisman is a prominent GAR man, and runs a livery stable here.

The timeline from the first article is
1869 they married in Bryan – she would only be 11 years old – not likely
1874 they divorced in Bryan on grounds of abandonment
1889 he came from Chicago to Oklahoma
1889-1890 she follows him, they marry, then divorce
1890ish – he moves to Perry OK, she follows him, they marry
1898 she leaves him
1899 he files for a third divorce

The timeline from the second article is
First marriage and divorce in Bryan
2nd marriage and divorce in Guthrie, Logan Co, OK
3rd marriage and divorce in Perry, Noble Co, OK
Both state that John Crisman is a horse dealer and runs a livery stable.

Here is what records tell one about the couple:
John Conklin Crisman (10 December 1845, Hartford, Licking Co, OH – 10 September 1936, Bryan, Williams Co, OH); buried in Fountain Grove Cem, Bryan, Wms Co, OH; s/o Ambrose C Crisman and Elizabeth N Page; Bryan Democrat, 14 September 1936 p1 c3 – he died at home in Stryker, OH, CW vet, 4 children
Pauline Hatty Bodenburg (16 June 1858, Bryan, Pulaski Twp, Williams Co, OH – 4 February 1928, Wms Co, OH); buried in Leggett Cem, Edon, Florence Twp, Wms Co, OH; d/o William Bodenburg and Elizabeth Marie Prophet; her parents married in Germany and came to USA c1852; Bryan Democrat, 10 February 1928, p8 c5 – known as Mrs Crisman, died at home of daughter, Mrs Dora Faulhaber

The couple had four children
1.       Dora Armina (b 3 Sept 1877, Nebraska – 17 Oct 1948, Angola, IN); mar1 Zigler, m2 Daniel Faulhaber, m3 Johnson; Leader Enterprise, 28 October 1948, p4 c4 – she was born in Nebraska then moved with her parents to Defiance Co, OH
2.       Ambrose Birtus (17 Feb 1880, Phelps Co, NE – 11 July 1963, Henry Co, MO); mar1 Elizabeth, m2 Josephine Packhelser
3.       Ola – mar Kinser
4.       John Henry (14 June 1894, Perry, Noble Co, OK – 26 Feb 1988, Burlington, Coffey Co, KS); mar Hazel

M1 – 20 May 1876, Bryan, Wms Co, OH (Marriages V4 p462)
Surprise #1
Pauline Bodenburg  Crisman v John C Crisman
Pauline claimed that on 13 April 1892 John was guilty of extreme cruelty at the residence of his father where they lived.  He carried on a terrible assault, choking and beating her causing blood to flow from her nostrils and putting her in fear for her life.  On the day following she returned to the residence and she was driven away whereby John refused to live with her.  He had 20 acres of land valued at $1,000.  Pauline wanted a divorce, reasonable alimony, and restoration of her maiden name.  They have three children, but there was no mention in the divorce papers about Pauline wanting sole custody or any remarks referring to these children.  The court found John guilty of extreme cruelty and ordered him to pay Pauline $300 in alimony, setting a payment schedule and placing a lien on his property if he did not pay her. 
Divorced June 1892, Wms Co, OH

M2 – Guthrie, Logan Co, OK – no info
Divorced – no info
M3 – Perry, Noble Co, OK – 23 March 1894
Divorced – c1899 – only newspaper info
Surprise #2
M4 – Watonga, Blaine Co, OK – 18 August 1905; their daughter Dora and their son John Henry were witnesses

Living apart between 1916-1920 in Wms Co, OH
She died in 1928; he died in 1936; both were buried in different cemeteries in Wms Co, OH

Additional Sources
1850 Hartford, Licking Co, OH – John 4 OH w/parents
1860 Pulaski Twp, Wms Co, OH – john C 11 OH w/parents
1860 Pulaski Twp, Wms Co, OH – Rosalie 3 OH w/parents
1870 Pulaski Twp, Wms Co, OH – Polina 13 OH w/parents
1870 Pulaski Twp, Wms Co, OH – John 22 OH with sister Josephine Bowlby
1880 Williamsburg, Phelps Co, NE- John 33 OH/Pauline 23 OH/Dora 4 NE/ Ambrose born Feb 1880, all living next door to his brother James
23 April 1892-June 1892 – Civil and Criminal Court (Common Pleas) of Wms Co, OH – Box 173 Case #3034
1900 Purcell, Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory – John 54 married but no wife listed/Ola/ John
1910 Center, Mayes Co, OK – John 64 OH/Pauline 51 OH/ grandson John Jr 15
1916 Farm Journal Directory – John and Pauline residence is Edon, OH, farm
1920 Concord, Elkhart Co, IN – John 74 OH, widower, retired farmer
1920 Florence Twp, Wms Co, OH – Pauline 60 OH married, living on her own
1928 Bryan City Directory – John living on Walnut St, Bryan, soldier
1930 Bryan, Wms Co, OH – Walnut St – John 84 OH boarder of Emerson Strayer, no occup

07 December 2017

A Sad Ending to a Native of Williams County, OH - Susan Markel Lindsey, 1910

A Sad Ending to a Native of Williams County, OH - Susan Markel Lindsey, 1910
By Pamela Pattison Lash

Old newspaper accounts from different papers can have both common details, information found in one source and not the other, or missing data.  In this case two different newspapers accounts add detail to the tragic ending of a life in Williams County, OH.  Let's examine the accounts as to genealogical details and information on the death.  

Bryan Democrat (Bryan, OH), October 4 and 7, 1901, p1 and p8
Temporary Insanity
Lead to Mrs. Lindsey Taking Her Life Sunday Morning with Acid
     Mrs. Sue Lindsey died early Sunday morning from the effects of carbolic acid poisoning.  She was an old lady and had been in poor health for a time and worry had affected her mind so it is thought that it was in a moment of temporary insanity that she took poison.
     Mrs. Lindsey lived with her son, Clarence, and family on her own farm about five miles north-east of Bryan.  She purchased the acid from a local druggist Saturday and kept it concealed in her room.  She was up early Sunday morning and down stairs.  About six o’clock while the rest of the household happened to be outside for a moment she went to her room and drank the acid, pouring it first from the bottle into a glass.  When the others returned to the house Mrs. Lindsey was found on the bed and unconscious, but still alive.  Doctors hurried out from town, but before they reached the house she was dead.
     Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Reformed church at Pulaski, Rev. Money of West Unity, officiating.
     Susan Markel Lindsey was born August 20, 1840; she departed this life October 2, 1910 at the age of 70 years 1 month and 12 days.  She was the eldest of a family of seven children, all of whom have preceded her in death except two sisters, Mrs. G W Benner of Bryan and Mrs. GB Lindsey of Pulaski.  Her husband Samuel Lindsey departed this life April 1, 1888 since which times she has continued to live on this farm which she and her husband had by frugality and hard work transformed from a dense forest into a beautiful and comfortable home.
     She leaves to mourn her loss as a kind and indulgent mother, three children, WN Lindsey of Bryan, Mrs. James Snow of St Johns, Michigan, and CW Lindsey of Pulaski, one child Amos Eugene having died at the age of two years.  She is also survived by two grandchildren, Clela Lindsey Schartzer and Hugh Ames Lindsey, and one great granddaughter, Helen Arlene Schartzer.
     At the age of three years Mrs. Lindsey came with her parents Amos and Diana Markel from Pickaway County to Williams County where she has since resided.  Early in life she united with the German Reformed church and has always taken an active part in the Lord’s work.  During the latter part of her life she has been severely afflicted by disease which has enfeebled both her body and mind taking away her active life; however, she was always kind and generous to the afflicted and needy and endeared her to a wide circle of friends who mourn her loss.
Cards of Thanks……….W N Lindsey, Clemmie Snow, C W Lindsey

Bryan Press (Bryan, OH), 6 October 1910
Aged Woman Is Suicide; Poison
Taken By Mrs. Sue Lindsey of Near Bryan Proved Fatal; Had Been in Poor Health
     Mrs. Sue Lindsey died at the home of her son Clarence Lindsey early Sunday, death being due to carbolic acid poisoning.  Mrs. Lindsey had been in feeble condition for the past year and had been making her home with her son and family near Pulaski.
     Saturday she was seemingly feeling quite well and came to Bryan where she purchased six ounces of carbolic acid from one of the local druggists.  She went to bed Saturday night as usual and arose early Sunday morning and came downstairs.  Her daughter-in-law hearing her go back up the stairs got up and went to the stair door where she detected the odor of acid.  Upon going upstairs to her room she found Mrs. Lindsey lying on the bed.  She had taken nearly all of the acid but was still alive.  A physician was summoned at once but she died before help could be obtained.
     Mrs. Lindsey was about 72 years of age at the time of her death.  She leaves three children, Wilson, Clarence, and one daughter, Mrs. James Snow of St. Johns, Michigan, besides a host of friends to mourn her untimely death.
     Funeral services will be conducted from the Reform church at Pulaski Tuesday afternoon at 1 o’clock.  Interment will be made in the Shuffler cemetery.

Let’s analyze the two articles in terms of genealogical material.
*Both stories share Susan’s age at death (do the math for birthdate from The Bryan Press) and the names of her three living children; however, The Bryan Democrat, reported the name and age of her fourth child, and issued a better family data statement on her actual birth and death dates plus the places of these events.  Her parent’s names were given as well as their place of residence before settling in Williams County. If you also do the math on her age you will have a general idea when the family came here. Her living siblings were identified along with her husband’s name and when he passed away, plus two additional generations of direct descendants were listed. 

*Both articles made reference to her personality traits, including her religious affiliation. 

*The Bryan Press described her funeral details and where she was to be buried.

Next let’s look at the suicide events.
There appear to be a few conflicts concerning these accounts.
*Both accounts agree as to the who, when, where, why, and how.

*It stated from the Bryan Democrat that multiple doctors were called to the scene while the Bryan Press only mentioned one.

*The Bryan Democrat gave a more detailed account of her supposed movements before, during, and after taking the poison, but the Bryan Press specifically mentioned an unnamed daughter-in-law’s involvement.

I researched carbolic poisoning and found that just a half an ounce can cause death so Susan’s six ounce purchase (mentioned as that quantity in the Bryan Press) would definitely do the job.  She may have mixed the acid with water but neither account suggested that.   Nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, bleeding, and diarrhea were common symptoms after ingestion.  I also wonder what story Susan gave to the druggist in order to obtain the carbolic, but it appears that purchasing this was not unusual for that time period.  Many housewives made soap from a mixture of carbolic acid.

My conclusion is that to obtain a full picture of her relatives, final resting place, and details of her suicide one needs to examine both newspapers carefully.  

21 November 2017

Lillie May Cook Berger v Jacob J Berger, filed 25 January 1902 in Wms Co, OH Common Pleas Court
By Pamela Pattison Lash

Bryan Democrat (Bryan, OH), 30 January 1902, p11 c3 - Lillie claimed that Jacob was guilty of extreme cruelty; he called her names and threatened bodily injury upon her plus he failed to provide any support for her and their two children.

The couple was married on 27 December 1894 in Steuben Co, IN

Jacob Berger (27 March 1872 LaGrange Co, IN – 4 November 1932, Evansville, Vanderburgh Co, IN); s/o Jonas Berger and Susan Behringer; was buried in Ft Branch Cemetery

He was married three times:
1.       Lillie May Cook
2.       Unknown as died in 1917
3.       Mattie Buck, 20 May 1918, St Joseph Co, IN

Lillie May Cook (June 1875 Orand, Steuben Co, IN - )

She was married twice
1.       Jacob Berger
2.       Elmer Snyder, c1903

The couple had two children – Vern and Almeda Berger/Burger

Other Sources:
Steuben Co, IN Marriages V 5 p393
1880 Greenfield, LaGrange Co, IN – Jacob 7 IN w/parents
1900 Elk, Osage Co, KS – Jacob 28 IN/Lillian M 25 IN; he was a carpenter
1910 Clayton, Payne Co, OK – Elmer Snyder 40 KS/Lillie 32 IN
1930 Evansville, Vanderburgh Co, IN – Jacob 57 IN/Matilda 42 IN

Jacob Burger, Death Certificate, Vanderburgh Co, IN

Pearl Davis Graham Edwards v Orestes Paine Edwards, filed in Wms Co, OH Common Pleas Court, 25 January 1902

Pearl Davis Graham Edwards v Orestes Paine Edwards, filed in Wms Co, OH Common Pleas Court, 25 January 1902

By Pamela Pattison Lash

Bryan Democrat (Bryan, OH), 30 January 1902 p11 c3 – notice of intend to divorce; Pearl said Orestes was guilty of extreme cruelty as he would tell false stories of a vile nature about her and called her names; in October 1901 he deserted her.

The couple was married in Adrian, Lenawee Co, MI on 29 October 1900. 

Orestes Paine Edwards (12 January 1876, Superior Twp, Wms Co, OH – 13 December 1930, Montpelier, Wms Co, OH); son of Hezekiah Edwards and Caroline Kline; buried Riverside Cem, Montpelier, Wms Co, OH

He was married three times:
1.       Unknown
2.       2. Pearl Davis Graham
3.       Mary smith (1881 – 1930), 25 September 1904 Wms Co, OH; d/o Oney Smith and Caroline McDonald

He had son Paul from marriage to Mary

Pearl Davis (September 1878, Riga, Lenawee Co, MI – 14 March 1948, Hillsdale Co, MI); d/o Jacob Davis and Catherine Jane Housen; buried Frontier Cem, Hillsdale Co, MI

She was married three times
1.       Lee Graham, 15 November 1897, Wms Co, OH
2.       Orestes Paine Edwards
3.       3. Alfred C Moore, 4 May 1903, Wms Co, OH

She had sons George Earl Graham and Harold Moore

Other sources:
Lenawee Co, MI Marriages
Superior Twp, Wms Co, OH Cemeteries p154-155
1880 Riga, Lenawee Co, MI – Pearley E Davis 1 MI w/parents
1880 Superior Twp, Wms Co, OH – Orestes 4 OH with parents
1900 Bridgewater Twp, Wms Co, OH – Pearl Graham, servant, widow with 2 yr old son, George
1910 Pulaski Twp, Wms Co, OH – Orestes 34 OH/ Mary 28 OH – he says he was married only once
1910 Superior Twp, Wms Co, OH – Chester Moore 29 OH/Pearl 31 MI
Wms Co, OH Marriages V9 p79
1918 WWI US Draft – Orestes of Bryan, OH was a farmer and the county surveyor
1920 Hillsdale Co, MI – Chester Moore 39 OH/ Pearl 40 MI
Orestes Edwards, Death Certificate, Wms Co, OH
Orestes Edwards obit – undated

Pearl Moore, Death Certificate, Hillsdale Co, MI

03 November 2017

Michigan County Divorces With Ties to Williams Co, OH - Adams/Porter

Michigan Divorces With Ties to Williams County, OH – Adams/Porter
By Pamela Pattison Lash

From Michigan County Divorces, 1897 – 1952 (online)

Everett William Adams/Kathleen E Porter

Everett William Adams (8 March 1911, Hillsdale Co, MI – 12 April 1991, Jackson Co, MI).  He was buried in Moscow Plains Cem, Moscow, Hillsdale Co, and MI and was the son of Marion G Adams and Elma Smith.  He married Kathleen E Porter on 18 March 1931 in Bryan, Was Co, OH.

Everett was married three times:

1.       Kathleen E Porter, 18 March 1931, Bryan, Was Co, OH; divorced 31 March 1943, Hillsdale Co, MI
2.       Ellen Kinkel Cooley of Was Co, OH, 24 June 1944, Hillsdale Co, MI; divorced 27 November 1944, Hillsdale Co, MI
3.       Kathleen E. Porter before 1960

Kathleen E. Porter (12 June 1914, MI – 19 February 1971, Jackson, Jackson Co, MI.  She is buried in Moscow Plains Cen, Moscow, Hillsdale Co, MI; her mother was Florence Harding. The couple had three children – Jean, Everett Jr, and Phyllis.

Other Sources:
Williams Co, OH Marriages – V15 p273 #545
1920 Summit, Jackson Co, MI – Kathleen 3 ½ MI w/mother and grandparents
1920 Adams, Hillsdale Co, MI – Everett 8 MI w/parents
1930 Adams, Hillsdale Co, MI – Everett 19 MI w/parents

1940 Adams, Hillsdale Co, MI – Everett 29 MI/Kathleen 27 MI with children

Michigan County Divorces With Ties to Williams Co, OH - Abbott/Dick

Michigan County Divorces With Ties to Williams Co, OH - Abbott/Dick
by Pamela Pattison Lash

From Michigan County Divorces, 1897 – 1952 (online) - one gets some information but usually NOT who initiated the divorce or the grounds cited

Howard L Abbott/Violet Audrey Dick

Howard married two times
1.       Effie Jostock, 22 November 1922, North Branch, Lapeer Co, MI; later divorced
2.       Violet Audrey Dick, 24 December 1930, Bryan, Wms Co, OH, div 15 April 1941, Lenawee Co, MI

Audrey married three times
1.       Joseph A Relyea, 17 November 1927, Steuben Co, IN
2.       Howard Abbott – see above
3.       Robert James Murray, 29 March 1946, Detroit, Wayne Co, MI; lived in Adrian. MI 1953-1958

Howard (1908 MI – October 1985, Marathon, Lapeer Co, MI)’ bur Mount Hope Cem, Lapeer Co, MI.  He was the son of Cassius Abbott and Lillian Flansburg.

Violet (24 May 1909, Montpelier, Wms Co, OH – 26 July 1971, Adrian, Lenawee Co, MI); bur at Oakwood Cem, Adrian, Lenawee Co, MI.  She was the daughter of Bert Dick and Laura Baker.

This couple had two sons, Jerry Verden and Lowell.  Howard had a son, William from his first wife.
In 1934 and 1936 Howard was listed as a tree surgeon in the city directories of Adrian, MI.

Other sources:
1910 Superior Twp, Wms Co, OH – Audrey 11/12 OH with parents
1920 Superior Twp, Wms Co, OH – AV 10 OH with parents
1930 Montpelier, Superior Twp, Wms Co, OH – Violet 20 OH with parents
1940 Adrian, Lenawee Co, MI – Howard 31 MI/ Violet 30 OH with two sons

Williams County OH Marriages, V15 p225 certificate #449

Civil War Veteran Becomes Despondent - Suicide in Alvordton, 1899 - John Taylor

Civil War Veteran Becomes Despondent – Suicide in Alvordton, 1899
By Pamela Pattison Lash

This Civil War Veteran unexpectedly ended his life, but there were telltale signs that all was not well with him.  Here’s what one can discern using this old newspaper account:

Bryan Democrat (Bryan, OH), Thursday, 26 January 1899, p5 c3
John Taylor, a resident of Alvordton, committed suicide Tuesday by hanging himself in the stable on his premises.  He had been dead for two or three hours when discovered.  No cause is assigned for the act, as he was a retired farmer in easy circumstances and his domestic relations were harmonious.  It had been noticed for some time by those intimate with him that he had lost his mental balance and was at times quite despondent.  His family consisted of his wife and an unmarried daughter; two other daughters are married.  The circumstances attending the sad affair rendered the holding of an inquest unnecessary.  The deceased was about fifty years of age.

John Taylor (1844 Fulton Co, OH – 24 January 1899, Alvordton, Wms Co, OH) was buried in Floral Grove Cemetery, Pioneer, Madison Twp, Wms Co, OH.  He was the son of Ezra Taylor and Hannah Dibble.  He married Lovina Catherine May on 1 May 1870 in Wms Co, OH. John was a Civil War vet, having served in Co H 9th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry.  He filed for a CW pension as an invalid on 31 July 1887 and his widow filed for one on 23 June 1899.

Lovina Catherine May (1852 Wayne Co, OH – 26 November 1922, Wms Co, OH) was buried beside her first husband, John Taylor.  She was the daughter of Jonas May and Elizabeth Hart.  Lovina married a second time to Edward G Frisbie on 4 October 1911, Wms Co, OH.

John and Lovina had three children – Ezra Delain, Mary Elizabeth, and Ora Mae.

Other sources for this couple are:
1850 Brady Twp, Wms Co, OH – John 4 OH with mother
1870 Madison Twp, Wms Co, OH – John 24 OH/ Lovina 18 OH
1880 Madison Twp, Wms Co, OH – John 34 OH/ Lovina 29 OH
Williams County, OH Deaths v3 p132 – res Kunkle, born Fulton Co, farmer, suicide

Williams County, OH Probate #4121 – 20 April 1900

02 November 2017

A Violent Temper Brought Tragedy to Former Bryan, OH Resident

A Violent Temper Brought Tragedy to Former Bryan, OH Resident

By Pamela Pattison Lash

Here is another example of how different old newspaper accounts of the same event need to be closely scrutinized to yield the truth, if possible.

Bryan Democrat (Bryan, OH), 14 February 1884
Shot His Wife and Himself
A dispatch from Homer, NY, February 5 says: “At 1 o’clock this afternoon a lame carriage-trimmer named James E Lines, aged 50, shot his wife, and immediately after killed himself with an English bulldog revolver.  He had been in Denver, Col for three years, and returned three weeks ago Saturday.  This morning he asked his wife if she would go to Denver with him and she said she would.  He then ordered his valise packed, saying he was going at once.  Some words passed between them and his daughter-in-law, with whom they were staying, knowing him to be of a violent temper, became alarmed and rushed from the house.  Suddenly afterward three shots were heard and Mrs. Lines rushed from the house to a wagon shop across the street, where she fell, and was carried back to the house by some workmen.  She was shot twice, one bullet going through her head above the right eye, coming out in the left cheek, the other passing through the back of the neck.  She is yet alive, but is not expected to recover.   When she was taken to the house, Lines was found kneeling on the floor of the sitting room with his face on a chair-seat.  He was dead, having put a bullet through his brain.  He leaves two sons and one daughter, all married.  He had for years been a drinker, and his brain is supposed to have been affected thereby.  If Mrs. Lines dies, it will be the first murder which ever took place within the limits of the town of Homer.”

Lines formerly lived in Bryan.  In the summer of 1863 he was a salesman in Judge Dobb’s store, corner of High and Butler Streets.  Subsequently he worked at his trade – carriage-trimmer – for A. Kenninger for several years.  He also worked at Toledo, Kendalville, South Bend, and other places, his family remaining here.  He was one of the swiftest workmen in his line and earned enormous wages, frequently running over $100 per week, but his extravagant habits and dissipation kept him poor.  While here he invented and patented a clothes-pin upon which he expected to realize a princely fortune with which he built several castles in Spain – but he never occupied them.  He was intelligent beyond his calling, but possessed of an ungovernable temper which coupled with unfounded jealousy of his wife led many of those who knew him best to anticipate that someday he would commit the double crime which the telegraph now announces.  Mrs. Lines was an excellent woman, held in high esteem by all who knew her.

The Cortland County Democrat, 8 February 1884 (online at newspapers.com)
A Tragedy in Homer
James E. Lines Shoots His Wife and Then Puts a Bullet Through His Head.
A Full Account of the Sad Occurrence
Mrs. Lines Still Alive

During the afternoon of Tuesday news came from Homer that James E. Lines, a well-known citizen of the village, had shot his wife and killed himself.

The family lived at the corner of Fulton and Grove Streets.  Percy Lines, the older son, his wife and child of four years, were the occupants of the house and the mother, who seems to have always been the especial friend of the children, was making that place her home.

The Tragedy
Mr. Lines, who had visited Cortland during the afternoon of Tuesday, returned to Homer and about 1 o’clock entered the dwelling of his son Percy.  Nothing unusual was noticed in his appearance either by his family or those whom he had met upon the street.  In the house he found his wife, his daughter-in-law and her little child.  He had an ordinary sized valise filled with his clothing which was already packed in a bedroom opening out of the room where the tragedy occurred.  Immediately after entering the house he went to the parlor bedroom, and brought the valise out.  Passing across the room he took from the cupboard a pistol which he placed in the valise saying, “I am going away.”  He then asked his wife, who was sitting in the kitchen with her daughter-in-law, to come into the parlor as he wanted to talk with her.  His daughter-in-law, who saw him place the revolver in the valise, was alarmed and immediately took her child of four years old from an adjoining bedroom and ran from the house to the nearest neighbor.  Mrs. Lines complied with the request of her husband and passed into the parlor.  There the brutal husband demanded that she should return with him to Denver, Colorado, where he had been living for the past two years.  What further conversation was had can only be conjectured, as Mrs. Lines has made no statement other than the fact that her husband shot her.  It is evident from the appearance of the room, however, that the brutal wretch seized his revolver and attacked the defenseless wife.  He discharged the pistol five times, two shots wounding Mrs. Lines.  One ball entered the forehead over the right eye passing downward obliquely behind the yes and nasal organs and out the left cheek, showing that the unfortunate woman must have been shot while sitting or in a reclining position.  The other wound was through the back of the neck in close proximity to the spinal cord, but which is apparently uninjured.

The daughter-in-law had been but a moment at the neighbor’s house when she discovered Mrs. Lines rushing from the rear of the house, her face covered with blood.  She only ran a few steps when she fell on her hands and knees, but recovering somewhat from her fright she arose and made a further attempt to escape and screaming at the top of her voice….
Murder, Murder
but after a few steps again fell in the snow.  Her screams were frightful and her appearance with blood streaming down her face and person was terrible to behold.  Her cries for assistance were heard by a young man named Fred Springer, who was standing on the sidewalk a few doors above and who immediately ran to her assistance.  By this time a general alarm had spread through the shops of Gage, Hitchcock, & Company, and Mr. Will Hitchcock, hearing the reports of the pistol and the cries of the woman, rushed from the office and with the assistance of Mr. Springer brought Mrs. Lines to the office.  The woman when found was on her knees in the snow.  She was partially conscious but wild with terror and fright, waving her hands and exclaiming, “Oh, my God! My husband has killed me.”

In the meantime another shot was heard from the dwelling.  Mr. Hitchcock summoned the employees of the works and surrounded the house to prevent the escape of the murderer.  No more disturbance being heard, a shutter was carefully raised and Lines was discovered on his knees before an ordinary cane seat sewing chair, and by his side was a heavy Colt’s revolver of 42 caliber.

The parties, headed by Mr. Andrew Henderson, immediately entered the house and examined the kneeling man.  It was a frightful spectacle.  The unfortunate man had evidently kneeled as though in prayer, and then with the terrible weapon which he held placed at the side of his head just over the right ear and fired.  The bullet passed completely through his head and undoubtedly killed him instantly.

Immediately after the discovery of the body, Mrs. Lines was assisted back to the house, medical aid summoned, and the willing hands of kind friends and neighbors cared for the unfortunate woman.  (Much long detail contained in newspaper, not carried here in that newspaper.)

I did not find any patent concerning a clothes pin but I did find the following:
Specifications and Drawings of Patents Issued from the US Patent Office

Wagon-Dashes, James E Lines, Homer, NY, filed 16 August 1876.
A description and set of drawings accompany this patent.  Witnesses for this patent were Jxs. A. Nixon and Wm. B. Randall

Other newspapers throughout the country had carried this story; I chose this one as it appears to have been copied by many other papers.  One can see the inconsistencies of this account:

Russell Register (Seale, AL), Thursday, 21 February 1884, p1 c5
At Homer, NJ, James E Lines, a carriage trimmer, became involved in a quarrel with his wife, from whom he had lived apart for several years, and shot her twice, inflicting fatal wounds; then he killed himself.  Lines was a man of violent disposition, and his wife had refused to go with him to Denver, Colorado, where he had been living.

This is what I have been able to verify:
James Elizur Lines (17 December 1833, NY – 5 February 1884, Homer, Cortland Co, NY) was the son of David Harpin Lines and Julie Ann Morse.  He married Estella Blake on 19 November 1854 in CT (specific place unknown).  The couple had three children – Percy C, Augustus A, and Lilly.

1850 Pompey, Onondaga Co, NY – James E 17 NY blacksmith with Dean Family
1855 Utica, Oneida Co, NY – James 21 NY harness maker pos bro to Sarah DeLong
1867 Williams Co, OH Personal Property Tax – James of Pulaski Twp
1870 Bryan, Wms Co, OH – James 36 NY/ Stella 33 VT with three children
1875 Denver, Colorado City Directory – James carriage painter with Woeber Bros, Western Hotel
1880 Cortlandville, Cortland Co, NY – James 47 NY/ Stella 43 VT – carriage trimmer
1888 NY City Directory – Stella S widow of James E, living at 1693 Lexington Avenue

Families of Ancient New Haven, Donald Jacobus, V5 p1105