17 September 2010

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Byers


Samantha J. Schlott Byers v Simon S. Byers (Journal 10 p511 - 21 June 1880)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)

The couple was married on 13 Nov 1865 in Wms Co (Marriage V3 p490).  Samantha, b 9 Jan 1846 in  OH, was the daughter of Levi and Rosannah Schober Schlott, natives of Lancaster Co, PA and Franklin Co, PA, respectively, who were enumerated in the 1850 Pulaski Twp federal census, p88B, as Levi 40 PA, Rosannah 35 PA, Elizabeth 15 PA, Jeremiah 12 OH, Franklin 10 OH, Wilson 9 OH, Samantha 4 OH, Rolandus 2 OH.  They appeared in the 1860 Bryan federal census, p45A as Levi 48 PA, Rosanna 44 PA, Jeremiah 22 OH, Samantha 15 OH, Rolandus 11 OH, Alice 6 OH, and James 3 OH.  According to the Bryan Democrat, 12 Jan 1871, Levi Schlott owned a saloon in Bryan on North Main St. He died on 25 May 1877 @67Y 4M 4D and was buried in the Fountain Grove Cemetery in Bryan.  His wife, Rosanna died on 26 Apr 1898 and was buried beside her husband.

In the 1860 Hudson Twp, LaPorte Co, IN federal census p238, Simon Byers was listed as Simon 20 OH farm laborer in household of Levi Solloway.  By the 1870 Bryan federal census p4, Simeon Byers was listed as 26 OH plasterer along with wife Samantha 28 OH, and son Howard 2OH.  According to the 1880 Jefferson Twp, Wms Co, OH federal census p517, the Byers family changed to Catharine Byers 62 OH-PA-PA son Simon 40 OH engineer, daughter Malinda 30 OH, and son Edd W 20 OH. The details of the divorce are not currently known, but a divorce was granted well before Simon married Amanda E. Everett on 23 Dec 1882 in Wms Co (Marriage V5 #261).  Amanda was listed in the 1880 Bryan, Pulaski twp federal census as Amanda Everett 20 OH, servant in household of JW Smith.  Simon died on 20 Oct 1886 (Death V2 p37).  This new wife Amanda married at least two more times. 

An Internet source stated that Samantha married Charles H. Rydman, son of William L and Jane Madden, natives of VA and DE, respectively, and the couple had a daughter, Lottie, b 1884. Charles b 1850 OH, a plasterer, was listed with his family in the 1870 Toledo, Lucas Co, OH federal census p131 and the 1880 Toledo federal census p149.  By 1910 Lucas Co, OH federal census Samantha was listed as 63 widow; Samantha later died in Oct 1910, Lucas Co, OH.

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