16 September 2010

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Bott

Elizabeth Bettie Schriber Bott v George Michael Bott (Journal 8 p113-114 - 11 Mar 1873; Roll 25 case number 11 - Mar 1873)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)

The couple was married in Stryker, Springfield Twp on 16 Aug 1866 (Marriage V3 p491).  George, b 4 Apr 1842 in Allegheny Co, PA, was the son of Andrew and Hannah Sanno Bott.  The family was enumerated in the 1860 Bryan, Pulaski Twp federal census p52B, as Andrew 57 PA Dutch Reform Church preacher, Hannah 54 PA, William 25 PA, Ellen 22 PA, George 18 PA, Sarah 16 PA, and Eliza J 14 OH. At the outbreak of the Civil War George Bott served in the 38th Ohio volunteer infantry, and enlisted later in the 10th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry where he served until the end of the war as a chief bugler.  He was in the Atlanta Campaign and with Sherman's army in the famous March to the Sea. In the 1870 Bryan federal census, p35, the Bott family appeared as Betsy Bott 25 SC, William 3 OH.

Bettie told the court that George had willfully abandoned her and their son Willis, age 5, for three years or more. A divorce was granted.  George M. Bott married Margaret Jane Armstrong Pulver in the West Bethesda Presbyterian Church on 22 Oct 1874 (Marriage V4 p362.  George M had five children by his second wife. For 3 1/2 years Mr. Bott was postmaster at Montpelier and they lived for a couple of years at Little Washington; in April, 1881 they removed to Ashland, OH where for many years George was active in the job printing business and he was a piano salesman.; he died 14 May 1921 in Ashland.

Bettie, b 3 Apr 1833 in Winston Salem, NC (death certificate info) was enumerated in the 1880 Toledo, Lucas Co, OH federal census p78 as Elizabeth Bott 36 NC, William 13 OH, and Harry 3 OH. The 1900 Toledo, Ward 11, Lucas Co, OH federal census p11A enumerated the “married woman” as Elizabeth Bott running a rooming house (b Apr 1841) 59 NC-Germ-NC married since 1866, William F (b June 1867) (son) 32 OH, Harry F (b Dec 1877) (son) 22 OH and Harry’s wife Annie plus three roomers.  By the 1910 Toledo, Lucas Co, OH federal census p2B the family unit was listed as Lizzie Burton 67 NC, Harry Burton 33 (son) OH-GERM-NC, and William F Bott (son) 43 OH-OH-NC; the 1920 Toledo, Ward 8, Lucas Co, OH federal census p1A had the family enumerated as Elizabeth Burton 75 NC-GERM-Eng widow with son William T. Burton 55 OH-OH-NC. 

Elizabeth also appeared in the 1930 Toledo, Lucas Co, OH federal census p11B as a 97 year old widow, married at age 29, along with son William F. Burton 62 NC-NC-NC single, inspector in auto factory.  Elizabeth Burton died on 30 Sept 1932 in Toledo, Lucas Co, OH and was buried in Flowerfield, St. Joseph Co, MI, where her son Harry resided.

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