19 October 2010

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Leavitt

Sophia D. Sloan Leavitt v Oliver Leavitt (Journal 12 p115 - 13 June 1883; p144-145 - 30 Nov 1883; Roll 38)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)

The couple was married in Wms Co on 4 Apr 1876 (Marriage V4 p457).  In the 1880 Springfield Twp federal census, p682A, the Leavitts were listed as Oliver 27 OH, Sophia 25 OH, and Olive 1 OH.  The couple had a child John O. b 6 Nov 1878 in Springfield Twp (Birth V1 p118); perhaps the child was misnamed in the record.    Sophia’s parents were John and Rachael Bower Sloan of Springfield Twp, found in the 1860 federal census, p72 as John Sloan 42, Rachael 43, William 17, Louisa 12, John W. 10, and Sophia 5, all born in PA.  Oliver, born 1 Apr 1851 in Coshocton Co, OH, was the son of Gideon and Mary Sickles Leavitt of Deerfield, Rockingham Co, NH and Stillwater, Sussex Co, NJ, respectively.

Sophia charged Oliver with extreme cruelty.  She received $700 alimony and custody of their daughter Rachel Olivia.  She also sued Edwin Langley who held $250 of her money.  Edwin was a Civil War soldier from Coshocton Co, OH who moved to Wms Co and married Clarissa Leavitt, Oliver's older sister in Oct 1865.  A divorce was granted.  In April 1886 a Mrs. Leavitt who owned a millinery shop in Bryan sold this to a Mary Mitchell.  Perhaps this Mrs. Leavitt was Sophia.

In the 1910 Lorain, Lorain Co, OH federal census p5B Oliver was listed as 56 OH widower and lodger of the ME Snurr family.  He died on 12 July 1917 in Elyria, Lorain Co, OH and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery there.

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