Sarah R. Williams Shellhart Snyder v Isaac M. Snyder (Journal 12 p273 - 12 Apr 1884; p330 - 15 July 1884; Journal 13 p81 - 26 Mar 1885; p128 - 28 Mar 1885; Roll 39 Box 140 case number 1139 - 14 Apr 1883; Roll 40)
By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)
The couple was married in Wms Co on 25 Dec 1872. Sarah was first married to Joshua B. Shellhart in Wms Co on 26 July 1860 (Marriage V3 p123). They had the following Shellhart children: Sarah F (b1866), Joshua Ulysses (b1868), and Frances A (b Aug 1872, Madison Twp). The family was enumerated in the 1870 Madison Twp federal census, p3, as Joshua B. 33 OH, Sarah R 25 OH, and Sarah F 4 OH. Joshua died on 16 Jan 1872, Wms Co (Death V1 p14).
Dr. Isaac Snyder, born in Putnam Co, OH, came to West Unity, Wms Co, OH with his parents and graduated from the Buffalo Medical School in 1859. After he married Sarah the couple was enumerated in the 1880 Brady Twp federal census, p497A, as Isaac 52 OH, Sarah R 35 OH, and stepchildren Sarah F Shellhart 14 OH, Joshua Ulysses 12 OH, and Frances A 8 OH.
Sarah charged Isaac with extreme cruelty. She stated on 1 Mar 1881 he assaulted her, threw her to the floor, and grabbed her by the hair until her father came into the room. On 17 Aug 1881 he beat her with a chair and was willfully absent since the fall of 1881. She wanted a reasonable alimony and a divorce. The case was continued three times and later dismissed. In June 1889 he was one of the new Montpelier bank directors.
Dr. Isaac M. Snyder's obituary in the Bryan Democrat, 16 Oct 1890, p5, stated that he died at his home in Montpelier@54Y; the pressures of life ruined him and he took drugs to combat these pressures. Mrs. IM Snyder in Feb 1893 sold the "Wabash Saloon" in Montpelier.