23 October 2010

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Malcolm

Lucretia Stella Williams Malcolm v Charles A. Malcolm (Journal 12 p431 - 22 Dec 1884; Journal 13 p55 - 10 Mar 1885)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)

The couple was married in Wms Co on 9 Sept 1880 (Marriage V4 p701). Lucretia, born 30 Dec 1857 OH, was the daughter of Andrew S. and Mary Ann White Williams. In the 1860 Superior Twp, Wms Co, OH federal census p200 PO Montpelier, the Williams family was enumerated as Andrew 33 OH, Mary 29 PA, Joseph 8 OH, Martha 6 OH, Rebecca 4 OH, Lucretia 2 OH, and Charles 6/12 OH.  From the 1870 Superior Twp federal census p6 one finds the Williams family minus father Andrew as Mary A. Williams 38 OH, Joseph W 18 OH, Martha E 16 OH teacher, and Lucretia S. 12 OH. Charles, born on 29 Jan 1857 in Ruggles, Ashland Co, OH, was the son of Robert M and Elizabeth Robinson Malcolm.

Lucretia charged Charles with adultery while he was in Chicago, IL.  Their daughter, Zoe, was born on 25 May 1881, Montpelier (Birth V2 p36). 

Lucretia died on 12 Aug 1887 in Wms Co (Death V2 p43) and was buried in the Riverside Cemetery, Montpelier, along with her brother, sister, and mother.  Her brother, Dr. JW Williams became the guardian for Zoe, a minor, filed on 8 Nov 1890; Dr. Williams represented Wms Co in the Ohio General Assembly from 1891-1893.  A news item in The Bryan Democrat, 1 Sept 1887 p5 c3, stated through a letter written by JW Williams, guardian of Zoe Malcolm, that his sister Lucretia Stella had life insurance through the firm of Union Central Life of Cincinnati, and the company paid Lucretia’s heir, Zoe, $1,000 just 12 days after her death; the policy was taken out 1 Nov 1886. Daughter Zoe Malcolm lived with her maternal grandmother, Mary A. Williams, as evidenced by the 1900 Superior Twp, Williams Co, OH federal census; both of Zoe’s parents were born in OH.  Zoe, a teacher, died in 1954 in St. Petersburg, Pinellas Co, FL.

Charles married Deborah Ann Patterson c1891 and they lived in Wolf Creek, Monroe Co, WVA and Fayetteville, Fayette Co, WVA.  Charles died on 10 May 1938 in Meadow Bridge, Fayette Co, WVA.

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