03 October 2010

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Fesler


Sarah Ann Altdoueffer Fesler v Michael Fesler (Journal 5 p577 - 2 Dec 1859; Roll 13 case number 67 - Nov 1859) - see Hunter (when posted)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)

The couple according to Sarah was married in Richland Co, OH on 9 Oct 1854, but the marriage records of that county stated the marriage took place on 10 Nov 1844 (Marriage V4 p236).  The parentage of Michael Fesler is not currently known; Sarah Ann, b 9 Feb 1831 in Columbiana Co, OH, was the daughter of William and Ann Amelia Hisey Altdoueffer, who married on 11 Feb 1830 in Columbiana Co, OH.  William’s wife died in 1838 and he married Leah Pifer on 21 Oct 1838 in Richland Co, OH.   Soon after the marriage they left for LaFayette, Wms Co, OH, and so did the young Fesler couple.  In 1850 Jefferson Twp federal census, p23B, the family was enumerated as Michael Fesler 29 PA, Sarah 20 OH, and Lauren Bigg (m) 8 OH. The couple had a daughter Sarah Amelia Fesler (9 Nov 1855 or 15 Oct 1856 - 12 Oct 1870) and a son William J. Fesler (12 June 1852 - 6 Oct 1854). 

On 29 Aug 1859 Sarah filed her divorce petition, retaining the legal services of SE Blakeslee, and stated that on 10 May 1856 Michael left without making any provision for the family.  By 5 Sept 1856 he lived in Steuben Co, MI with Maria Zolman or Johnson for ten weeks and then he left for parts unknown.  She wanted alimony and custody of the daughter.  She called GW Kennedy, DW Ball, George Rittenour, and Harrison Bushong as witnesses.  The divorce was granted.  Sarah married John W. Hunter on 10 Dec 1859, Wms Co (Marriage V3 p79).

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