03 November 2010

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Rice

Suzette Burke Rice v Stewart Frew Rice (Journal 12 p368 - 27 Nov 1884)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)

The couple was married in Hillsdale Co, MI on 16 May 1880 (Marriage Lib E p307).  The groom was recorded as Frew S. Rice.  In the 1870 Camden, Hillsdale Co, MI federal census, p273, Stewart was 8 along with parents John L. Rice 38, Nancy J 40 and Richmond 16.  Stewart Rice, the son of John L. and Nancy Stewart Rice, was b 15 Sept 1862 (pos Camden, Hillsdale Co) MI; however on his marriage license he stated he was born in 1859 in PA. (possibly Butler Co, PA). The Burke family was enumerated in the 1870 Florence Twp, Williams Co, OH federal census p70A as Emmett 30 OH, Sarah 31 Ireland, Solon 12 OH, Sussity 9 OH, Edward 6 OH, and Romer (m) 3 OH.

The newly married couple was listed in the 1880 Florence Twp, Wms Co, OH federal census as Frew Rice 17 OH student and Susetta 19 OH, living with her parents, Emmett Burke 44 and Sarah 40 plus children Solon, Lodeamand (m), James, Flora, and grandmother Harmony Burke 63. Suzette charged Frew with gross neglect of duty and being willfully absent for three years or more.  He resided in Lordsburg, New Mexico.  They had a daughter Lelia.  Suzette received $200 in alimony. 

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