12 November 2010

Divorce Action in Williams Co, OH - Slocum

Sarah J. Bostater Slocum v George Albert Slocum (Journal 10 p261 - 18 Nov 1879; Roll 34 case number 678 - Nov 1879)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)

The couple was married in Medina, Lenawee Co, MI on 3 Oct 1878.  George, born on 13 Sept 1858 in NW Twp, Williams Co, OH, was the son of George and Wilhelmina Louisa Snyder/Schneider Slocum.  The family appeared in the 1860 Nettle Lake, NW Twp federal census p12, as George 39 NY, Louisa 31 Baden, William 14 OH, Martha 12 OH, Henry 8 OH, Rebecca 6 OH, Samuel 5 OH, Albert 1 OH.  In 1870 Bryan, Pulaski Twp federal census, p51, the family changed to Louisa 45 Prussia as head of house, Henry 19 OH, Albert 11 OH, and Elizabeth 9 OH. 

Sarah J, born on 27 Mar 1862 in OH, was the daughter of Abram and Cynthia Norton Jones Bostater, enumerated in 1870 Bryan, Pulaski Twp federal census p24, as Abram 35 carpenter (no birthplace), Cynthia 29 OH, Sarah J 8 OH, George 3 OH, Andrew 1 OH, and Elizabeth 30 OH deaf and dumb.

Sarah stated on 14 July 1879 she returned home from church in Bryan when George dragged her along the sidewalk.  He was arrested.  George had been a habitual drunk for three years or more.  Note that when this assault took place the couple had been married about nine months. She charged him with gross neglect as he did not supply her with food or clothing.  He was a temporary laborer.  A divorce was granted. 

In the 1880 Bryan, Pulaski Twp federal census, George was listed as George Slocum, boarder, 21 OH divorced laborer with Millard and Sarah Smith.  Sarah married Charles P. Vanolin in Wms Co on 19 Oct 1882 (Marriage V5 #229).  George married Lilly T. Venioh in Wms Co on 28 June 1888 (Marriage V5 #1256).  Lilly, born in Aug 1868 in Lockport, Springfield Twp, Williams Co, OH, was the daughter of Charles and Huldah Bronson Venoah.  They were the parents of seven children, Clara, Bertha, Nellie, Goldie, Nora, Charles, and Dolly. George died on 13 Jan 1906 in Tiffin Twp, Defiance Co, OH.

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