18 October 2010

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Kohl

Laura Haer Kohl v Charles Kohl (Journal 6 p444 - 28 Feb 1865; Roll 17 case number 62)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)

The couple was married on 1 June 1856 in Gallwea, Crawford Co, OH.  They had the following children: Louisa (7), Charles (6), Edward (5), Henry (4), and an infant male of 7 weeks when she filed for divorce.  Charles owned property in Wms Co with neighbors of Thomas Churchman and Conrad Haer.  On 13 Sept 1863 Laura had a stillborn female child.  Charles was abusive to her and expected her to labor beyond housework.  He was guilty of gross neglect by 21 Nov 1864.  She called many witnesses to substantiate her case.  The defendant, Charles, had leave from the court to amendment the complaint.  It is not clear whether a divorce was granted. 

A Charles C. Kahl married Magdalena Klopfenstein in Wms Co, OH on 5 Feb 1867 (Marriages V3 p650).  According to the "Bryan Democrat", 12 Jan 1871, a C. Kahl, carpenter, had a business on the corner of Cherry and Butler Streets in Bryan; he was listed in the 1870 Bryan, Pulaski Twp federal census p11 as Charles Kahl 40 Prussia carpenter, Magdalena 29 NY, and Cordelia 2 OH; whether this was the husband Charles is not known.

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