12 November 2010

Divorce Action in Williams Co, OH - Sinclair

Rachel A. Townsend Sinclair v James Sinclair (Journal 7 p406 - 9 Mar 1870; Roll 21 case number 146 - Mar 1870)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)

The couple was married on 11 Nov 1836 (Note I think it should be 1856) in Jackson, Jackson Co, MI.  Rachel claimed James was a habitual drunk for three years or more; they had children William Bryan (12) and Lucy Lucretia (10).  Rachel wanted a divorce and restoration of her maiden name.  A legal notice appeared in the Bryan Union Press. 

According to the 1860 Gorham Twp, Fulton Co, OH federal census p418 a Jas. Sinclair family was enumerated as Jas 33 MI, Rachel 19 MI, Charles 8 MI, William 2 MI, and Lucy 1 MI.  Using this census, Rachel would have to be born in 1841 so therefore the marriage date in the record may be false or the census information was incorrect.

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