06 October 2010

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

Mary E. Cunningham Gilbert v Burton O. Gilbert (Journal 8 p397 - 3 Nov 1875)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)

The couple was married on 2 Jan 1870 in Wms Co (Marriages V4 p93). Burton Gilbert appears to be the son of Orlando and Lucy Leach Gilbert, a couple who married on 3 Dec 1833 in Portage Co, OH. The 1850 Center Twp, Wms Co, OH federal census p72, showed the listing for the Gilbert family as Orlando Gilbert 39 OH, Lucy 36 OH, Samantha 16 OH, Mercy 15 OH, Mary Ann 11 OH, Leander 10 OH, and Benton 1 OH. The 1860 Center Twp federal census p89, recorded the Gilbert family as Orlando Gilbert 49 OH, Lucy 44 OH, Cyrus 20 OH, Burton 12 OH, and Emma Miser 4 OH.  The 1870 Center Twp federal census p6 was dated as 22 July 1870 with the Gilberts listed as Orlando 56 OH, Lucy 52 OH, Burton 21 OH, Emma Maze 14 OH, and Mary Gilbert 17 OH.  Taking the marriage date as 2 Jan 1870, it would seem reasonable that Burton 21 (b 1848) and Mary (b 1853) would likely be this newly married couple, living with the groom’s parents.  Note the discrepancy in age for Mary in the next paragraph.

Mary E. Cunningham appears to be the daughter of Levi and Nancy Cunnigham.  This family was enumerated in Williams Co, OH as early as 1840.  From the 1850 Pulaski, Williams Co, OH federal census p86A, the Cunninghams were listed as Levi 41 OH, Nancy 35 OH, Lyrene 17 OH, Amanda 15 OH, Homer 12 OH, Lora 10, and Mary 4 OH.  In the 1860 Center Twp, Williams Co, OH federal census p86A, the Cunninghams were enumerated as Levi 50 OH, Amanda 25 OH, Homer 23 OH, Mary 15 OH, and Ida 2 OH.

Burton lived in Waterloo, DeKalb Co, IN and had been willfully absent for three years.  The records show nothing else.

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