12 October 2010

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Hinman

Calvin Jacob Hinman v Mary E. Kimmel Hinman (Journal 10 p183/234 - 25 June 1879; Roll 34 case number 639 - June 1879)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)

The couple was married by Joseph Showalter, MG for German Baptist Church, on 28 Mar 1859 in Berlin, Stark Co, OH (Marriage V5 p92).  Calvin told the court they were married on 15 Feb 1859.  He charged Mary with adultery on 30 June 1862 at the home of Jacob Kinsey in Portage Co, OH.  On 10 Jan 1866 she committed adultery with Ed Hunter at their home in NW Twp, Wms Co.  The couple had two children, Hollis 16 and Harvey 12, both of whom lived with their mother in Akron, Summit Co, OH.  

Calvin produced witness, SJ Ward, a physician from Suffield, Portage Co, OH, who told the court he had known both parties for twenty years.  He said in June 1862 Mary resided with the Kinsey family as their housekeeper.  In Oct 1862 Mary told him that Jacob Kinsey had come to her bed and slept with her.  Now she was in a family way by him and that as her husband, Calvin, had been gone a year in the service she was afraid she would have trouble about "it".  At the time she was 3 months pregnant.  Calvin also produced the following witnesses for his side: Milton B. Crist, Archibald Malcolm, and Josiah Boyers.  The court granted the divorce.

Calvin, born 22 Jan 1842 in Coventry Twp, Summit Co, OH, was the son of Orel Smith and Esther Sausaman Hinman.  Mary E. Kimmel, born 8 Aug 1839 in Lake Twp, Stark Co, OH, was the daughter of Jacob and Eliza Brumbaugh Kimmel. The couple was listed in the 1860 Lake, Stark Co, OH federal census p372 as Calvin J. Hinman 20 OH, Mary E 20 OH, and Almedia 1 OH.

According to the 1880 Akron, Summit Co, OH federal census p84, Mary Hinman was listed as ME Hinman 42 OH-PA-OH, Hattie 17 OH, Harvey 12 OH, and 4 boarders, all male.  Mary died on 19 Feb 1923 in Aspen, Pitkin Co, CO.  Her children were Alice Alameda, Hattie Mae, and Harvey Ellsworth, all born in Hartville, Stark Co, OH.  Apparently Mary married again as she was designated Harvey’s mother in the 1910 and 1920 Pitkin Co, Co federal census and her name was Mary A. King.

Calvin Hinman was listed in the Center Twp, Williams Co, OH federal census p611 as Calvin Hinman 38 divorced boarder OH-NY-PA; he lived with physician Jacob M Shutt 33 IN, Catharine A 34 (Calvin’s sister) and their children.

The West Unity Eagle, 14 Jan 1890, stated that Calvin Hinman and his brother-in-law Dr. JM Shutt, of Williams Center, were arrested for making moonshine.  The still was discovered when a fire broke out at the doctor's residence.  Revenue officers from Toledo drove to Melbern where Calvin lived and found a couple of jars of distilled liquor.  He and the doctor were taken to Toledo where Calvin was discharged.  Friends said that the still was only used for experimental purposes, but it was later claimed that the pair were about to open a drug store at Melbern and were making their own high wines in violation of the law."

From the 1900 Marlboro, Stark Co, OH federal census p10B the Hinmans were listed as Calvin 58Y Jan 1842 OH-OH-OH and wife Anna 56Y Mar 1844 OH-OH-OH, mar c1882 with no children.  Calvin died in Middlebranch, Stark Co, OH on 8 Mar 1920; his widow, Anna Wise Hinman, died on 11 Feb 1928 in Magadore, Stark Co, OH.

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