27 October 2010

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Narragang

Samuel Narragang v Mary “Polly” Overholt Narragang (Journal 4 p156 - Sept 1851; Roll 8 Box 22 case number 1 - 10 Feb 1851)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 11 October 2011)

The couple was married in Upper Mt. Bethel, Northampton Co, PA on 26 Oct 1821.  Mary Overholt was born on 28 Sept 1801; she was the daughter of William and Gertrude Kulp Overholt.  In the 1850 Jefferson Twp federal census, p25B, the husband was listed as Samuel 49 PA and daughter Mary 17 PA.  In the 1850 Wadsworth, Medina Co, OH federal census Polly Overholt lived with her brother Martin and his family.

Samuel charged that on 1 Nov 1839 they moved to Wadsworth, Medina Co, OH and on 18 Aug 1843 Mary left him.  He moved to Jefferson Twp, Wms Co on 1 May 1850.  A legal notice was placed in the Equal Rights newspaper, Feb 1851.  From the Issue Docket, Clerk of Courts, 1848-1852, in September 1851, Samuel Narragang sued his wife Mary for divorce; the divorce was decreed and the "widow" was granted $125 to be paid 90 days from *** of court or execution issued.   Note - I saw the word "widow" and have reported this as such; I have no idea why that term was used as Samuel was very much alive for quite a few years after this.

A Mary Overholt Nargan, probably Samuel's daughter, married Reuben B. Crotser in Wms Co on 5 Feb 1852 (Marriage V2 p121). In the 1860 Madison Twp federal census, PO West Unity p204A-205, Samuel Nargang 59 PA lived with the John and Mary Ebaugh family. Neighbors were Solomon Lehman 38 PA, his wife Nancy 37 PA, and Isaac Smith 15 OH. By the 1870 Madison Twp federal census, p1, Samuel was listed as 60 PA along with Nancy Lehman 40 OH, and Lehman children Daniel 16 OH, Martha 11 OH, and Mary 9 OH. 

Samuel died prior to 30 Dec 1872 (Probate #1552) leaving Isaac Smith as the administrator of his estate.  John Kerr, Alpheus Hendricks, and Amos Johnson were sureties.  Samuel left no widow but his letters of administration showed his heirs were Nancy Lehman (Mrs. William) of Wms Co and Mary Crotzer of Kalamazoo Co, MI.  Also posted as heirs were the heirs of Elizabeth Hamilton (Mrs. Benjamin), deceased (Samuel, Benjamin, Joseph, and David Hamilton) and the heirs of Joseph Narragang (Hannah Briggs), deceased (Norton, Elizabeth, Cashius, Viola, and Nancy Narragang).  Nancy Lehman and Ellary Crotzer were notified of the sale of Samuel's property in Wms Co, OH and Monroe Co, MI.

Mary Overholt Narragang died on 18 Oct 1869 and was buried in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Wadsworth, Medina Co, OH.

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