Phoebe Snyder Eby v Orra A. Eby
No Sympathy, No Comfort, Divorce in Williams County, Ohio, 1881
By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)
Sometimes I found a very simple divorce record that did not have much information but was so touching, so sad. This is one of those situations.
Phoebe Snyder married Orra Eby on 16 June 1878 in Montgomery Co, MI. She may be the daughter of Samuel and Libia Snider who were enumerated in the 1850 Brady Twp, Wms Co federal census, p5B, as Samuel 48, Libia 42, and Phebe 6, all born in Ohio with other siblings; this family is also found in the 1860 Brady Twp, Wms Co, OH federal census p2 as Samuel Snider 57 OH farmer, Lydia 52 OH, Amelia 23 IN, John 21 OH, Theodocia 18 OH, Phebe 15 OH, Martha 13, Sarah 11 OH, and Hiram Miller 14 OH adopted. In the 1870 Florence Twp federal census, p34, there was an Orra Eby 14 OH living in the Harrison Martin household. If these two census records reflect the couple, Phoebe was born in 1844 and Orra was born in 1856.
What is known is that Phoebe appeared in the Williams County, Ohio Civil and Criminal Court (Roll 36 case number 865 - 23 Feb 1881) requesting a divorce. She complained that Orra failed to provide for her and their son Tharsend. On 1 Oct 1879 she returned to the household of her uncle, John Snyder, and Orra fled to Kansas. Their son died on 24 Nov 1880 at which time Phebe received no sympathy, no comfort, and no money for their son's funeral. The court granted her a divorce.
Amos Beebe, son of William and Polly Truman Beebe, was born in DeRuyter, Madison Co, NY. He first married Martha Ross on 1 Jan 1826 in Knox Co, OH. By 1860 he had moved to Scott Twp, Steuben Co, IN and married Rachel Elizabeth Palmer. The Beebes had three children, William C, James Edward, and Jesse, all born in Scott Twp. Amos Beebe died in Steuben Co, IN on 11 Mar 1873 and was buried in the Alvarado Cem there. You may wonder how this family impacts the aforementioned divorce. Rachel Beebe was the mother of Orra A. Eby.
According to the 1880 Center Twp, Rush Co, KS federal census p538B, Oran A Eby 23 OH lived with his mother and siblings, Rachel Beebe 53 NY, Joel D. Eby 25 IN, and Beebe sons William C 19 IN, Edward 16 IN, and Jesse J 13 IN. The record showed that both Oran and mother Rachel were divorced. The Eby father, unknown at this time, was from OH according to this census. Orra was also listed in the 1880 Franklin, Jackson Co, KS federal census p 139 as married man Orra A. Eby 24 OH-PA-NY, living in the household of Henry Eaby 61 OH. By the 1885 Center Twp, Rush Co, Kansas state census, Rachel Beebe and her sons, Orra and Joel Eby, plus Beebe step-children were enumerated there. Orra lived in Los Angeles, CA with wife Janet according to the 1910 federal census and was a widower/roomer there as of 1930.