30 October 2010

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Oxenrider (David)

Athalinda Bollinger Oxenrider v David Oxenrider (Journal 7 p424 - Mar 1870; Roll 21 case number 139 - Mar 1870) – see Finegan

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)

The couple was married on 11 Feb 1865 in Wms Co and had a son, Elwood Arlington Bollinger, b 3 Apr 1865. David, b 9 Nov 1836, was the son of William and Mary Oxenrider, and David appears to have been a Civil War veteran.  Athlinda, b 16 Nov 1845 in Seneca Co, OH, was the daughter of Jacob and Mary Stoner Bollinger.  According to the 1860 Center Twp, Wms Co, OH federal census p77 the Bollinger family was enumerated as Jacob 45 PA, Mary A 40 OH, Solomon 20 OH teacher, Amanda 18 OH, Mary M 16 OH, Athalinda 14 OH, Sarah E 12, Sophia J 5 OH.

Athalinda charged David with being willfully absent for three years or more.  Their son Elwood was five years old.  She brought the following witnesses: Mr. Bollinger, and James and William Oxenrider.  It was unclear from the records if David had committed bigamy as he had another wife, Elizabeth, who was living with him and their children in Bryan as of the 1860 Bryan federal census, but Elwood Arlington Bollinger’s death certificate listed David and Athalinda Bollinger Oxenrider as his parents.

In 1871 David Oxenrider owned a saloon and billiard parlor in Bryan on South Main Street. David was listed with a wife Elizabeth 41 OH and family in the 1870 Bryan, Pulaski Twp federal census, p10, as David 49 PA saloonkeeper. By the 1870 Madison Twp federal census, p19, Athlinda 24 OH and son Elwood 5 OH lived with her parents Jacob Bollinger 55 PA and Mary A 50 OH. Athelinda next married widower and next door neighbor, Burr St. John, shortly after Mar 1876-1877.  His first wife, Esther "Hetty" Fesler, whom he married on 12 Jan 1860, died on 12 Mar 1876.  David Oxenrider died in Bryan on 17 Oct 1885 and was buried in the Fountain Grove Cemetery; his wife Elizabeth joined him in 1901. Burr and Athlinda St. John had five children with two surviving in 1900. Athelinda died on 1 June 1923 and was buried in the Billingstown Cemetery.

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