16 October 2010

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Kent (Smith)

Smith Kent v Catherine Meyer/Myer Kent
Quick Entanglement, Divorce in Williams County, Ohio, 1860 – see John Duhamel
By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)

He made her acquaintance and nine days later he proposed.  He thought she was a person of fair and virtuous conduct.  He quickly found out that she was not.  Love at first sight had put blinders on his common sense.

Smith Kent, b. 1830 OH, the son of Ashford and Nancy Thompson Kent, lived in Springfield Twp, Wms Co, OH according to the 1850 federal census, p103B, as follows: Ashford Kent 64 VA, Nancy 60 OH, Thomas 27 OH, Isaac 22 OH, Smith 20 OH, Elcy 18 OH, David 16 OH, Rachael 15 OH, and Louisa 11 OH.  Smith's mother, Nancy, died on 14 Nov 1855 @63Y 7M 10D and was buried in the Beaver Creek Cemetery, Pulaski Twp, Wms Co, OH.

According to his testimony in the Williams County Civil and Criminal Court records (Journal 6 p55 - 27 Nov 1860; Roll 14 case number 114), Smith Kent made the acquaintance of Catherine Meyer on 1 Mar 1859.  He proposed and was married to her on 10 Mar 1859, Wms Co (Marriages V3 p49).  Catherine turned out in four months time to be "a common prostitute" when on 11 July 1859 she was delivered of a full grown child which was not his, but that of an unknown Besconcon.  After the birth of the child Smith abandoned Catherine and had not lived with her since then.

The 1860 Bryan, Pulaski Twp federal census, p181A, bears out this fact that Smith Kent 30 OH was residing with his father Ashford 71 VA and sisters Rachel 24 OH and Louisa 20 OH plus an unnamed female 6/12 IN.  Who this child was is not currently known, but presumably she is not the child mentioned in the divorce. The court granted Smith a divorce after listening to the testimony of Polly Shoe, Louisa Kent, and Mrs. Charles Chapman.  Catherine did not appear in court nor did she contest this divorce.

In the 1850 Jefferson Twp federal census, p22B, there is a Jacob Myres 50 PA with wife Barbery 39 PA and children including Catherine 15 PA.  This may be the one time Catherine Myers Kent, but this needs to be verified.  A more likely match was found in the 1860 Stryker, Springfield Twp, Wms Co, OH federal census p56B, a Myer family was listed as John 61 FR, Mary 61 FR, Catherine 22 FR, and Lewis 1 OH.  In the 1870 Springfield Twp federal census the Myer family appeared as John 72 FR, Mary A 72 FR, Peter Bruot 33 FR, Lewis 11 OH, Edwin 8 OH, and Catherine 33 FR.  Catherine may have married FR native John Duhamel in 1883, but this needs to be further investigated.

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