17 November 2010

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Spencer

Amy Johnson Spencer v David M. Spencer (Journal 13 p378 - 23 Dec 1885; p442 - 26 Mar 1886; Roll 41 Box 143 case number 1491 - 8 July 1885)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)

The couple was married in Waldron, Hillsdale Co, MI on 1 Jan 1884 (Marriage Lib F p44).  David was born in 1850 in NY. Amy was born in 1865 in Williams Co, OH; he was 34 years old and she was 19 according to their marriage license. Amy charged that they lived together for three weeks and three days when David abandoned and neglected her.  In Jan 1884 in Montpelier, OH, David committed adultery with Mandania Amanda Moore.  He told Amy that he thought more of Mandania's little finger than Amy's whole body.  He made no secret about this affair and Amy was humiliated.  Amy wanted $500 in alimony.  A legal notice appeared in the Bryan Democrat, 8 Sept 1885.  A divorce was granted.

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