18 November 2010

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Stevick

Hannah Rebecca Sherriff Beard Stevick v Jacob Stevick  (Journal 9 p469 - 28 Mar/25 June 1878)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)

The couple was married in Richland Co, OH on 28 Jul 1852.  Jacob’s mother was Mary; his father is unknown at this time.  Hannah, possibly the daughter of John and Mary Sherriff, had been married before to William Beard; the marriage took place on 3 Sept 1846 in Richland Co, OH. According to the 1860 Jackson Twp, Richland Co, OH federal census p114 the Stevick family was enumerated as Jacob Stevick 39 PA farmer, Rebecca 30 OH, Sarah 7 OH, Hannah 4 OH, Mary 72 PA, and Mary Bard 12 OH, William Bard 9 OH, and Sarah Bard 7 OH. Since 19 June 1876 Hannah told the court that Jacob was in the penitentiary in Michigan for the crime of manslaughter.  She wanted custody of daughter, Quintilla Alice, born 1863 in Richland Co, OH, the real estate, and a reasonable alimony of $500.  Quintilla later married George Lyons of Williams Co, OH on 3 Nov 1883 in Wright Twp, Hillsdale Co, MI.

From Shelby Independent News: 13 April 1876, Vol. 8, No. 25, one learns that Jacob Stevick, formerly residing in Jackson Township, but more recently in Michigan, during the past year shot a man, and we learn has been sentenced to the Penitentiary for life. Evidently on 6 Feb 1876 in the town of Ransom, Hillsdale Co, MI, Jacob assaulted and killed Horace A. Burnett. Jacob was tried in the Hillsdale Circuit Court, found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to ten years, which is what Pioneers of Bean Creek, Lenawee Co, MI, Scarritt, 1876 p137, history entry stated. In the 1880 Jackson State Prison, Jackson Co, MI p441C Jacob Stevic, prisoner, was listed as a divorced 59 MD native.

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