16 September 2010

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Bowlby

William J. Bowlby v Ellen Warner Bowlby (Journal 5 p224 - Nov 1852; Roll 8 Box 25 case number 7 - Nov 1852)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 11 October 2011)

The couple was married in Wms Co, OH on 11 Nov 1849 (Marriage V2 p108).  William charged that Ellen committed adultery on 9 Sept 1850.  The couple had children with the eldest aged 8 years and the youngest aged two years.  There was a Wms Co, OH land transaction for a William I or J Bowlby as the grantee from grantor John Goodwin on 12 Mar 1849 consisting of 80 acres (Deeds V9 p401 and 160 acres sold to William Bowlby from US Government at the Lima Land Office on 1 Aug 1849. A further deed was found as grantor William Bowlby sold land to Sarah Ann Bowlby on 28 Aug 1850 of 160 acres, which was the same land he bought in 1849 (Deeds V10 p118) – SW ¼ of Sec 21 T6N R3E. in Pulaski Twp.  David and Adam R. Bowlby purchased similar parcels in the same time frame. 

The ages of the two children, not named, were 8 and 2 years.  For the eldest of the children to have been issue of the couple seems unlikely given that the couple was married about three years.  Therefore, it would appear that this eldest child was a stepchild of William, or a child of either party but not both.  According to the Issue Docket, Clerk of Courts, 1848-1852, in the April 1852 Term, the divorce petition of William J Bowlby v Ellen Bowlby was filed on 17 Jan 1852 with a continuance. According to the Appearance Docket, Clerk of Courts, 1846-1852, the divorce of William J Bowlby v Ellen Bowlby was granted to the plaintiff in Sept 1852.

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