28 October 2010

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Nunn

Mary Ann Boynton Nunn v George Frederick W. Nunn (Journal 12 p428 - 22 Dec 1884; Journal 13 p111 - 28 Mar 1885; p331 - 11 Dec 1885; Roll 30 case number 75 - 20 Sept/Nov 1876)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)

The couple was married in Hillsdale Co, MI on 3 Sept 1871; Mary Ann was born in Williams Co, OH c1854 and George Frederick was born in Germany c1845 according to their marriage license.  Note that his name was spelled Narn; also note that in the 1880 Bryan, Pulaski Twp, Williams Co, OH federal census p635 the couple was enumerated as Fred Nunn 35 OH, Mary 26 OH, Horace 6 OH, and Clara 3 OH; Fred was listed as an Ohio native rather than an immigrant.  Mary Ann was the daughter of Joseph and Sophia Doolittle Boynton, residents of Springfield Twp, Williams Co, OH.

Mary charged Frederick with extreme cruelty to her between 20 Feb - 3 Sept 1876 when he threatened to kill her, struck her violently, and used profane language.  She wanted custody of the three children, Horace (b 10 Mar 1874, Bryan), Clara, and Belle.  Mary told the court that she owned in her own right Lot 213, Edgerton and Trevitt Add, Bryan, and she gave a list to the court of personal property she brought to this marriage.  The case was continued several times, but finally she was granted a divorce and restored to her maiden name.

Mary Boynton married Dellno Barde in Wms Co on 5 Dec 1887 (Marriage V5 #1104).  By 31 July 1893 Dell Barde married Nora Richardson in Wms Co (Marriage V6 #995).  Whether Mary died or divorced Dell is not currently known.

Frederick W. Nunn married Cora E. or B. Lichtey in Wms Co on 20 Aug 1888 (Marriage V5 #1282).   Cora was the daughter of Henry and Mary E. Leichty of Milford Twp, Defiance Co, OH c1870, but the family moved to Bryan before 1880.  Cora’s father was a Civil War veteran.

Information from the Williams County Civil and Criminal Court records (Journal 13 p341; Roll 41 Box 139 case number 1487 - 15 June 1885) told that Cora Belle Lichty of Bryan, unmarried and living at Mr. Westfall's home, brought a charge of bastardy against Charles Oxenrider; she stated that she was delivered on 22 Sept 1884 of a child whose father was this Charles; he said she was out riding with Richard Burchell, Charles Hudkins, and Mrs. Westfall.  She had kept company with James Hudkins at Charles Austraw's house for two years and she was with Ed McClure out of doors.  The court ordered Charles to pay Cora $300.  Most of these men mentioned in this case are found in other divorce cases.

According to the 1900 Pulaski Twp, Williams Co, OH federal census p8B the Nunn family was listed as Frederick 55 Germ (born Feb 1845), immigrated to US in 1847, wife Cora 32 OH, mother of 3 living children, and children,  Horace, Charles, Belle, Merle, and George. 

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