By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 20 November 2011) - I am looking for Melissa's maiden name.
The couple was married on 29 Mar 1871 in Adams Twp, Defiance Co, OH. Melissa stated in court that her husband had willfully abandoned her on 1 Sept 1872. A legal notice of her intent was published in The Bryan Press, with John's last known address as Defiance, Defiance Co, OH. Melissa was granted a divorce. In the 1880 Ada, Hardin Co, OH federal census a John Eckenroad 32 OH was listed with wife Fannie 23 OH and daughter Daisy 3 OH. Whether this was the errant husband is not currently known.
Years later Melissa Eckenroad brought suit against James M Dorrell et al on 16 Nov 1889 (Journal 15 case number 1939). Melissa was listed “now as Melissa Mote”. This apparently was a land suit.
On 27 Apr 1878 Malissa Eckenrode married John Mote in Williams Co, OH.
Alva John Mote (1817 Upwell, Norfolk, England – 14 Feb 1887 Farmer Twp, Defiance Co, OH; to US c1855; wife Mary Jarvis died c1877)
1860 Farmer, Defiance, Ohio; Roll: M653_947; Page: 364; Image: 180; Family History Library Film: 803947. Mote
1870 Farmer, Defiance, Ohio; Roll: M593_1195; Page: 84B; Image: 172; Family History Library Film: 552694. Mote
1880 Farmer, Defiance, Ohio; Roll: 1011; Family History Film: 1255011; Page: 225D; Enumeration District: 240; Image: 0676.
h/h 202/210 Mote, John 66 England
Melissa wife (1830 NY) 50 NY-VT-VT
On 16 Nov 1889 Melissa Eckenroad (now Mote) sues James M Dorrell.
On 29 Sept 1891 in Williams Co, OH Mrs. Melissa Mote married Joseph Hively.
In 1890 CW records Joseph Hively of Bryan, Pulaski Twp was a private in Co B 19th OVI and Co M 6th OVI; diabetes and general disability; later living in National Home for Disabled Vets in Dayton, Montgomery Co, OH (1887); 64Y; born Columbiana Co, OH; barber in Bryan, OH
On 19 Dec 1895 in Williams Co, OH Joseph Hively married Samantha Haskins.