25 October 2010

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Meek

Samuel Meek v Harriet Dodd Meek (Journal 8 p319 - 4 Mar 1875; Roll 26 case number 117 - 1875) – see Dodd

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)

The couple was married on 19 Apr 1864 in Bryan, Wms Co (Marriage V3 p374).  From the 1870 Bryan, Pulaski Twp federal census, p49, they were listed as Samuel 30 OH laborer and Harriett 26 OH. Samuel charged that on 1 Nov 1872 in the house of Charles E. Meek of Napoleon, Henry Co, OH Harriet committed adultery with Charles and has continued to cohabit with him.  What relation this Charles had to Samuel, if any, is not currently known. A divorce was granted. 

In the 1880 Defiance, Defiance Co, OH federal census p25, Samuel Meecks 37 OH plasterer was listed with wife Mary I 22 OH and son John 2 OH.  Whether this is the subject of this divorce has not been currently determined, but if so, this Samuel was the son of George and Haley Smith Meek and he died in Defiance on 4 Dec 1912; his widow, Mary Westrick Meeks died there on 18 June 1923.

Harriet Augusta Dodd, daughter of Peter M. and Eliza Donley Dodd, was born in Defiance, OH on 11 Apr 1844; Harriet lived with Charles Edward Meeks according to the 1880 federal census along with a Cora, aged four.  Harriet’s father, Peter Dodd, was also the subject of a Williams County divorce.  By the 1910 Defiance, Defiance Co, OH federal census p1B, Augusta H. Meeks is 62 with marital status of divorced, so presumably she divorced Charles Edward Meek(s). She died in Defiance, OH on 12 July 1916 with Charles Meek supplying the information on the death certificate; she was buried in Riverside Cemetery, Defiance, OH as the wife of Charles E. Meeks, a Civil War veteran of Co D 38th OVI, born Feb 1847, who later died c1920 and was also buried in Riverside Cemetery.

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