03 October 2010

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Fees


Sarah Margaret Springer Fees v Jacob P. Fees (Journal 10 p227/232 - 5 Jul 1879; p320 - 10 Dec 1879; Roll 33 case number 580 - Nov 1879)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)

The couple was married on 13 July 1867 in Jefferson Twp, Wms Co (Marriage V3 p697).  Sarah was recorded as Mrs. Springer so if is accurate, her maiden name is currently unknown.  She charged Jacob with gross neglect and failure to provide food and clothing for her and their son William Franklin Fees, 9 years old.  Sarah said that on 1 July 1875 and 15 May 1877 he was extremely cruel, flashing a sharp knife and threatening to kill her.  He beat her so hard that her whole face was swollen. According to Sarah her husband did no work in Mar 1876 and on 15 Sept 1877 he left their home.  Jacob had bad credit and was a thief, serving some time in jail.  For the last two years she had resided with Mary Hendricks Springer, who came to court to verify this.  Mary was 76Y and a resident of NW Twp.

In the 1860 Washington, Hancock Co, OH federal census p283 the Levi Springer household was enumerated as Levi 53 OH, Mary 54 OH, Mary J 20, William 18 OH, and Sarah M 9 OH. In the 1870 Jefferson Twp federal census, p29, there was a Springer family enumerated as Levi 62 MD, Mary 65 MD, Mary J, 30 OH, and Willis F 6 OH.  In the West Jefferson Cemetery, Jefferson Twp there was a burial for William Springer d 2 June 1864 @21Y 4M 3D, who might have been Sarah's brother and the son of this Mary Springer whom Sarah lived with.  Levi Springer died in 1872 and his wife, Mary, died in 1892.  More research needs to be done to confirm this.

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