14 September 2010

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Bontrager

Isaac Bontrager v Eliza McDonald Bontrager (Journal 12 p430 - 22 Dec 1884; Journal 13 p111 - 28 Mar 1885; Case Roll 1348 – 25 Aug 1884)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)

The couple was married on 8 Nov 1878 (no location mentioned) as stated in journal but in the case #1348 the couple was married on 20 Aug 1877 at Auburn, DeKalb Co, IN. Isaac stated that on 1 Jan 1881 (and other times since then) at Edon, Williams Co, OH Eliza was guilty of adultery with Charles Carpenter; she refused to cook or do any kind of household work and finally deserted Isaac for the required three-year period. The couple had two children, Lucyann aged three and Maryann aged six. Isaac requested a divorce, custody of the children, and equitable relief. The case was continued twice. 

Edon Cemetery records show an Eliza McDonald, b 29 Aug 1846, Akron, Summit Co, OH, daughter of Socrates “Cret” and Mary Ann Crow McDonald, married Isaac Bontriger.  Eliza died on 13 Dec 1918 in Florence Twp, Wms Co, OH.  Isaac died on 11 Oct 1913.  Two daughters, Rosa Bontrigger Lump and Mary Ann Bontrigger Shoup were also buried in Edon.  Nothing more is currently known.

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