Clarissa J. Meads Bair v William H. Bair (Journal 7 p327 - May 1869; Roll 21 case number 1 - May 1869) - see William Bear v Rachel A. Stewart Bear; also Leichty
By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)
The couple was married in Bucyrus, Crawford Co, OH, on 1 Mar 1860 (Marriage V6 p2). Note that in this marriage record the bride's name was Eliza J. Meads. Clarissa, the daughter of Isaac and Lydia Leonard Meads, was 16 years old when she married as she was found with her parents in the 1860 Bucyrus, Crawford Co, OH federal census, dated 15 June 1860, as Isaac Meads 38 NY, Lydia 38 NY, Clarissa J. Blair 16 NY, Eliza Meads 12 NY, Isaac 14 NY, Mary 7 NY. Note her married name was listed as Blair not Bair. Also one finds the Bair family enumerated in the 1850 Todd, Crawford Co, OH federal census p48 as Samuel Bear 35 Oh, Nancy 35 PA, William 13 OH, Jehill 10 OH, Mary J 8 OH, Martha J 6 OH, and Lorenzo 2 OH and in the 1860 Bucyrus, Crawford Co, OH federal census p57 as Samuel Bair 44 OH, Nancy 45 PA, William 22 OH, Jehiel 20 OH, and Martha 16 OH.
The couple had three children: Oliver F, Jenny V, and Adam. Clarissa charged William with extreme cruelty and subpoenaed the following witnesses to bring testimony: David Wheeler, Mary Shade, Art Riggle, James and Sarah Hudkins, Charles Elder, and WH Ensign. The divorce was granted.
According to the 1870 Pulaski Twp federal census p31, William 33 OH laborer and son Oliver 11 OH lived with Samuel Bair 55 OH plasterer and wife Nancy 57 PA. It would appear that Samuel and Nancy were his parents, but that has not been confirmed. On 7 Oct 1877 William H. Bair married Mary D. Hopkins in Wms Co (Marriage V4 p537). In the 1880 Bryan federal census the family was enumerated as William 42 OH-PA-OH, Mary 36 CAN, Oliver 1 OH, and Jehiel Bair, boarder 39 OH-PA-OH, divorced with rheumatism. William died c15 Nov 1883 and was buried in the Fountain Grove Cemetery in Bryan, later to be joined by Nancy A. (1814-1885) and Samuel (1815-1891).