11 October 2010

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Groff

Delilah J. Shipman Groff v Gustave Groff (Journal 9 p241 - 24 Nov 1877; Roll 29 case number 22 - Nov 1877)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)

The couple was married in West Unity, Brady Twp, Wms Co on 1 Sept 1870.  Delilah charged that Gustave was willfully absent for three years or more.  They had a daughter, Laura E, b June 1871.  She wanted alimony of $500, which was to be paid to her within 30 days. There was a legal notice in the Fountain City Argus notifying all that Delilah wanted a divorce, which she received. 

Delilah, the daughter of Obediah and Barbara Sears Shipman, was born on 1 June 1856 in Lower Augusta Twp, Northumerland Co, PA.  From the 1870 Franklin, Fulton Co, OH federal census p86B, the Shipmans were listed as OE 39 PA farmer, Barbary 35 PA, Delila 14 PA, Samuel 12 OH, Jane 10 OH, Isaac 7 OH, and Obidiah Ely 65 PA cooper. According to the 1880 Millcreek Twp federal census, p483B, Delilah Shipman 24 PA with parents as PA natives was a servant in the home of Joseph and Hettie Moss.  If this Delilah is the subject of this divorce, she was married at age 14 if the census data is correct.  Her daughter, Laura E, lived with her Shipman grandparents as Laura E Shipman 8 OH in 1880 Mill Creek, Williams Co, OH federal census.

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