Susanna Lucina/Lusena Philips Dailey v Jeremiah E. Dailey (Journal 8 p398 - 3 Nov 1875; p489 - 9 Mar 1876; p539 - 22 May 1876; Roll 28 case number 40; Roll 47)
By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 20 January 2014)
A. Rapp, a Catholic priest, married the couple in Maumee, Lucas Co, OH on 21 Apr 1845. Susanna told the court the date was 15 May 1846. The family was enumerated in the 1850 Troy, Wood Co, OH federal census, p218, as Jeremiah Dailey 26 CAN, Susan 25 NY, and children John 3 OH, Mary M 4 OH, and Sarah 1 OH; his parents Cornelia and Catherine Dailey, both natives of Ireland, were next door neighbors along with Jeremiah’s siblings. In the 1860 Bryan, Pulaski Twp federal census, p33, the family was listed as Jeremiah Dailey 35 Upper Canada, Susan 34 NY, and children all born in Ohio, Mary 14, John 12, Sarah 10, Jeremiah 8, and Alice 2.
According to the Civil War Draft Registration Records, on 28 July 1864 Jeremiah E Dailey (possibly the principal in this divorce story) suffered from a physical disability rendering him unable to serve. In the 1870 Bryan federal census, p43, the family appeared as Jeremiah 45 CAN teamster, Luena 44 NY, Jeremiah 19, Alice 13, and Jennie 5.
Susanna was a resident of Ohio for more than 30 years and more than 20 years of those were in Wms Co. She stated that on 1 Apr 1871 in Bryan Jeremiah was violent to her; in fact a year after they married he was violent and abusive, and he refused to buy her clothing. On 15 Sept 1873 he was cruel and neglectful and left her for a time. She catalogued abuse on 20 July 1874 when he refused her a table to eat on and proper food. On 20 May 1875 he kicked her out of their home. Susan stated that she was 48 years old and the last four years she has been in poor and feeble health, living through charity of her friends and neighbors in Pulaski Twp; she even asked for help from the township trustees. On 15 Jan 1874 he committed assault and battery on her.
The couple had the following children: Mary (28) married to Byron DeLong, John (27), Jeremiah S. (24), Alva Alice B. (18), a child named Sarah (b1850) who died young, and Jennie (10). Jeremiah owned Lot #268 in Edgerton and Trevit Addition, Bryan, valued at $2800 plus much personal property. Throughout the course of these proceedings Susana amended her petition, asked for reasonable alimony of $300 one time and $110 another. This case was dismissed.
According to the 1880 Bryan federal census, p641B, the Dailey household appeared as JE 55 CAN street commissioner with Irish parentage, Jeremiah 27 OH laborer, Lucena 54 NY with Massachusetts parentage, and Jennie 15 OH. Jeremiah Dailey (1824 - 1901) and Lusena, his wife, (1826 - 1896) were buried together in the Bryan Fountain Grove Cemetery. Lusena’s obit in The Bryan Democrat, 20 August 1896 p5 and 3 Sept 1896 p5 c5, stated that Lusena L. Phillips Dailey was born in Canandaigua, NY on 28 Jan 1826 and died 17 Aug 1896 at 70Y 6M 19D. She was the mother of eight children with five preceding her in death. She left a husband, a son, and two daughters to mourn her. She also had an obit in the Bryan Press, 3 September 1896 p3 c5. Jerry E Dailey’s obit appeared in the Bryan Press, 6 June 1901: “J. E. Dailey, an old and respected citizen of this place entered into rest, Thursday, May 30, 1901 aged 77 yrs. The funeral was held at the home of his daughter Mrs. L. B. Delong on North Beach St. Sat. at 2 PM. Mr. Oldacke of The Church of Christ officiated. Interment at Fountain Grove Cemetery. Mr. Dailey came to this town nearly 50 yrs ago”.
In the Bryan Democrat, 7 February 1901 p10 c3, under courthouse proceedings the heirs did not waste any time in disposing of the Dailey property as it stated “John Dailey v Jeremiah Dailey et al – on the 9the of February at the north door of the courthouse in Bryan there will be an auction of lands and tenements Lot 53 and 54 Naftziger’s Addition in Bryan, lot 6 Bostater’s Addition in Bryan, lots 53 and 54 appraised at $60 Lot 6 appraised at $50. Terms cash”.