15 November 2010

Divorce Action in Williams Co, OH - Snow (William)

William Snow v Rachael Ferris Snow (Journal 4/5 p367 - Apr 1855; Roll 9 case number 127 - Nov 1855)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)

The couple was married in PA on 15 Sept 1819.  Rachael, 1799 in MD, was the daughter of William and Lauranna Ferris; William’s parentage has not been currently discovered. The couple was enumerated in the 1850 Brady Twp federal census, p11B, as William 56 MD, Rachel 48 MD, John 25 MD, Mary 18 OH, Anna 16 OH, Stattle (m) 12 OH, Elijah 9 OH, Elisha 9 OH.

William charged his wife with being willfully absent for three years or more.  He stated that in Oct 1851 she left for Indiana.  The couple had the following children with their birthdates: John W (12 Dec 1824), Peter T (7 Feb 1827), Samuel F (10 Feb 1829), Mary Jane (29 Apr 1831), Anna Maria (27 June 1835), Benjamin S (16 Dec 1837), and twins Elisha P and Elijah T (9 Jan 1841).  He had 160 acres of land.  Rachel countersued stating that he was guilty of gross neglect and had ill-treated her.  He beat her in the wee hours of night with clubs and threw her from the house.  It became dangerous for her to live under the same roof with William.  A legal notice appeared in a local paper.  A divorce was granted and William paid alimony.

According to the 1860 Washington, Wayne Co, IN federal census p406 Rachael was listed as widow 61 MD along with her son John W 34 MD; in the 1870 Washington, Wayne Co, IN federal census p626A Rachael Snow was again enumerated as 71 MD along with son John Snow laborer 43 MD.  Rachael’s son Peter Thomas also lived in Wayne Co, IN until his death at the Battle of Chickamauga during the Civil War.  By 1880 Rachael’s son, John Snow, lied at the Wayne Co, IN poor house.  Rachael may have died between 1870-1880.  

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