25 October 2010

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Moore (William)

Martha M. Dickerson Moore v William Moore (Journal 8 p78 - 30 Oct 1872; Roll 24 case number 85 - Oct 1872)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)

The couple was married in North Bloomfield Twp, Morrow Co, OH on 1 Sept 1859.  The Moore family was enumerated in the 1860 Jefferson Twp, Wms Co federal census, p171B, as William 30 OH, Martha 24 OH, Mary 1/12 OH, and Harvey *Ly 4 OH.  Note that Harvey may not be the issue of this couple.  According to Martha they had the following children: Mary Jane (b 11 May 1860), James Addison (b 11 Oct 1862), William Asa (b 8 Feb 1867), and another deceased child by 1872.  She charged that on 10 Apr 1869 William was extremely cruel to her.  A legal notice appeared in the Bryan Press.

William's answer to the court was that Martha was guilty of adultery with unknown men in Mansfield, OH between 18 Sept 1870-1 Jan 1871 at a house of ill fame for more than three months.  William countersued in North Bloomfield, Morrow Co, OH because he wanted the three children.  He said that Martha was willfully absent on 29 June 1872.  This case was dismissed in Wms Co. Sons James and Willy Moore lived with their father according to the 1870 Morrow Co, OH federal census; if would also appear that William Moore lived with his parents, William and Jane Moore.  Martha may be the daughter of Isaac and Charity Van Kirk Dickerson but more research is needed to verify.

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