Sarah C. Simpson Filson v William H. Filson (Journal 12 p206 - 4 Jan 1884; Roll 40 case number 1217 - 25 Oct 1883)
By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)
The couple was married in Waldron, Hillsdale Co, MI on 20 Dec 1879, by Volney Reynolds, JP, (Lib E p292). In the 1870 West Unity, Brady Twp federal census, p21, there was a William Filson 11 OH residing with Thomas C. Filson 39 PA sawmiller, Margaret 45 PA and Mary 21 OH. Prior to this Thomas C. Filson had enlisted in Co F 11th Michigan Infantry on 11 Sept 1861 in Hillsdale Co, MI as a soldier during the Civil War. It is not currently known if this Filson family is connected with the detailing.
Sarah requested a divorce and restoration of her maiden name. She stated that on 20 Mar 1880 William, who lived in Pioneer, Madison Twp, Wms Co, OH, had abandoned her and was willfully absent for more than three years. The court granted the divorce. In the 1880 Hudson, Lenawee Co, MI federal census p236, William 21 OH lived with his parents, Thomas C and Margaret Filson; in the 1900 Hillsdale, Hillsdale Co, MI federal census p21, the William Filson family was enumerated as William b Mar 1858 OH-PA-OH stocker in a gas factory with wife Hellen of Canada, married 15Y, with four children, three living, Hellen, Esther, and Agnes, all born in MI.
By 1910 the family lived in Los Angeles, CA; William H. Filson 51 OH was listed as married twice; in the 1920 Kern Co, CA federal census p9, William H. Filson 60 OH-PA-OH widower was a roomer but in the 1930 Glendale, Los Angeles Co, CA federal census p14A William H. Filson 71 OH lived as head of house with his son John C Filson and John’s wife.