Mary K. Beechler Dongan v John A. Dongan (Journal 8 p41 - 29 May 1872; Roll 24 case number 40 - May 1872)
By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)
The couple was married in Wms Co on 23 Aug 1866 (Marriage V3 p595). Mary K, born in April 1833, Wayne Co, OH, was the daughter of George and Susan Hawkins Beechler. The Beechlers moved to this county in 1840 and had the following children: Malona, Thomas, Mar, Elizabeth, John C, George Nicholas, Sarah, Susan, Oscar, Martha, Curtis W, and Xenophan. They were enumerated in the 1850 Center Twp, Wms Co, OH federal census p73, as George 49 PA, Susan 40 OH, Malona 21 OH, Mary 17 OH, Elizabeth 15 OH, John 11 OH, George 9 OH, Sarah 6 OH, Susan 5 OH, Oscar 3 OH, Martha 1 OH. By the 1870 Bryan federal census the Beechler family was listed as George 69 PA, Susan 60 OH, Mary Dongan 32 OH, Elizabeth Beechler 23 OH, Oscar Beechler 23 OH, Xenophie 16 OH, and Agnes Dongan 3 OH. The Dongans lived in the Ney and Williams Center areas before moving to Bryan. Bryan business owners listing of 1877 showed a J. Dignan/Dongan, brick mason, on North Lynn Street. The couple had a daughter Susan Agnes, born June 1867.
Mary wanted a divorce stating that John was willfully absent for three years or more and he lived in Albia, Monroe Co, Iowa. A legal notice appeared in the Bryan Press and she was granted a divorce. Mary married Peter F. Burgoyne, a tailor, in Wms Co on 23 Nov 1875 (Marriage V4 p431). Peter was married to a Minerva who died on 1 Aug 1870 @56Y 3M 23D. Upon Peter's death on 18 Jan 1887 @76Y 3M 26D, he was buried beside Minerva in the Fountain Grove Cemetery, Bryan. Mary Burgoyne lived in Akron, OH at the time of her mother's death (13 Dec 1903) and was also buried in Fountain Grove Cemetery with her parents, Lancaster, PA native George Beechler (1800-1876) and mother Susan (1810-1903) but Mary did not have a tombstone. Her brother, Oscar Beechler, an attorney, died and his obituary (Bryan Press, 9 Jan 1913, p4) stated that sister, Mrs. MK Burgoyne of Wilkinsburg, PA, survived him. Two interesting side notes were that Oscar was married three times and divorced twice; two of Mary’s brothers were dentists in Butler, DeKalb Co, IN.