09 November 2010

Divorce Action in Williams Co, OH - Shaffer (James)

Sarah Shultz Shaffer v James Shaffer (Journal 7; Roll 18 case number 83 - 12 Jan 1869)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)

Sarah stated that the couple was married on 1 June 1862, Wms Co, OH, but the record showed the date as 13 June 1863 (Marriage V3 p312).  Sarah, b1840 in Richland Co, OH, was the daughter of William and (Catherine Long or Barbara Snyder) Shultz. The 1850 Jefferson Twp, Wms Co federal census, p21, enumerated the Shultes family as William 45 PA, Catharine 40 PA, Joseph 20 OH, Susan 18 OH, Jacob 16 OH, Elizabeth 13 OH, Lewis 11 OH, Sarah 10 OH, John 9 OH, William 7 OH, Samuel 4 OH, and George 3 OH.  The 1860 Durbin Corners, Jefferson Twp federal census, p168B, listed the family as William 55 PA, Catharine 51 PA, Lewis 19 OH, Sarah 19 OH, John 17 OH, William 15 OH, Samuel 14 OH, and George 12 OH. In the 1870 Millcreek Twp federal census, p3, the family changed to Catharine 60 PA, Sarah 29 OH, and Samuel 24. 

Sarah charged James with gross neglect and abandonment.  He left her without clothing or food and went to parts unknown outside the state of Ohio.  She received help from her father who lived in Wms Co.  She obtained her divorce and was restored to her maiden name.

Sarah married Jacob Marks on 16 Mar 1871 in Wms Co (Marriage V4 p163).  Sarah and Jacob had two known children, Leroy (b 21 July 1875) and Mervin (b 14 July 1877).  Jacob appeared to be relation of George Marks, and possible son of Daniel and Hannah Marks of Millcreek Twp.  Sarah died between 1880 and 1900 as her husband Jacob appeared in the 1900 Alvordton, Millcreek Twp, Williams Co, OH federal census as a widower.

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