06 October 2010

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Gilbert (George)

Mary E. Stover Gilbert v George B. Gilbert (Journal 12 p362 - 25 Nov 1884)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)

The couple was married in 1872, Hillsdale Co, MI (Marriage E p120).  In the 1880 Bryan, Pulaski Twp federal census, p631B, George Gilbert 32 VA was listed with wife Mary E. 32 PA, and son Clyde 2 OH plus Mary's parents, Henry Stover 56 PA and Lucy 54 PA. Prior to this in the 1870 Bryan federal census, p45, George was a 30-year-old OH teamster who lived with the A.T. Bement family.  From the 1870 Canton, Stark Co, OH federal census p73, the Stover family was enumerated as Henry 48 PA, Lucy 45 PA, Mary 24 PA, George 19 OH, and Charles 16 OH; the 1860 federal census for that location, p144, also listed the Stover family.  Note that Mary E Stover was 14 PA making her birth year c1846.  What makes this family interesting is that in the 1850 Pulaski, Williams Co, OH federal census p85B, the Stovers were enumerated as Henry 28 PA, Lucy Ann 25 PA, and Mary E 5 PA; therefore the Stovers moved from PA to Williams Co, then relocated to Stark Co, and by 1872 moved back to the Bryan area.

Mary charged George with being a habitual drunk for three years or more and gross neglect.  They had a minor child and Mary wanted alimony of $300 plus restoration of her maiden name.

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