15 October 2010

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Jennings


David Jennings v (Anna) Sophia Powell Tharp Jennings (Journal 8 p343 - 12 Mar 1875; Roll 26 case number 111)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)

The couple was married in Farmer, Defiance Co, OH on 14 Mar 1868.  David charged Sophia with being willfully absent for three years or more.  He produced a witness, John Bale, to confirm his charge.

From the 1850 Farmer Twp, Defiance Co, OH federal census p75, a Tharpe family was enumerated as Alexander 45 PA, Sophia 27 OH, Mary J 8 OH, Wiliam 7 OH, Harriet A 4 OH, and George 3 OH. This shows that Sophia Tharp was a widow when she married David. Defiance Co, OH cemetery records show an Anna Sophia Tharp, (24 June 1823, Trumbull Co, OH - 12 Aug 1888 @65Y1M 18D) buried in the Lost Creek Lutheran Cemetery; she died in Hicksville, Defiance Co, OH.  Anna Sophia Powell and Alexander Tharp were married in Allen Co, OH on 1 Nov 1849.  Alexander Tharp was the son of John C and Rachel Perry Tharp.

According to the 1870 Center Twp, Williams Co, OH federal census p58B the Jennings couple was listed as David 55 OH and Sophia 47 OH.  Note that John Bale, divorce witness, was a neighbor.  Since there are several Jennings children living with a Susan Conklin in the Center Twp neighborhood in 1870, it is possible that the 1860 Monroe, Allen Co, OH federal census p390 may be the enumeration of this David who was 46 OH with wife Elizabeth 46 OH and several children who fit by name and age to those of the 1870 census.  More research is necessary. 

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