26 September 2010

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Dodd

Fidelia Robinson Dodd v Peter M. Dodd (Journal 7 p282 - 17 Mar 1869; Roll 20 case number 66 - Mar 1869) – see Meeks (when posted)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)

The couple was married in Ft. Wayne, Allen Co, IN on 18 Oct 1864.  Fidelia told the court that Peter was a habitual drunk for three years or more and that he was guilty of gross neglect.  On 28 Jan 1869 Peter, who lived in Huntington, Huntington Co, IN, gave a deposition stating this was not true.  Fidelia was granted a divorce. 

Peter M. Dodd was born c1799 in Delaware and in 1824 moved to Athens, OH.  He married Eliza Donley on 25 Aug 1825 in Hocking Co, OH.  They had the following children: Jacob, Cinderella, Lavina, Jane, Hugh, George, Eliza Ann, Amos Loranzo, Catharine, Harriet Augusta (the subject of a Williams County divorce), and Edna Isabel.  By 1833 the Dodd and the Donleys moved to Williams County, where wife Eliza died in Aug 1854 of cholera (area then Defiance County).  According to the Ohio Land Records Peter purchased 40 acres in Section 19 on 9 Oct 1835 and from the 1839 Washington Twp Poll Book (Williams Co), Peter M Dodd was a voter and township clerk. Peter M. Dodd next married Rosann Newton in Defiance Co, OH, 14 Feb 1857 (Marriage V1 p129); Rosann died tragically in Paulding by being crushed between two railroad cars on 22 Apr 1859.  After the divorce with Fidelia, Peter, a printer, lived in Henry Co c1870 and is believed to have died in 1876.

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