19 November 2010

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Stough

Lyman P. Stough v Mary Ann Stough (Journal 4 p289 - Oct 1853; p321 - Apr 1854)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)

Lyman Stough stated that Mary Ann was willfully absent for three years or more.  He was known to be opposed to the use of tobacco and intoxicating liquor. Using the facts stated below, it would appear that he married this second Mary Ann (unknown surname or parentage) c1845/46 -1850.  The divorce was granted.  Note there was only mention of this in the journal and not the rolls of the Civil and Criminal Court records.

Lyman, b 6 Aug or 7 Nov 1813 in Ravenna, Portage Co, OH, was the son of Jacob and Margaret Ettinger Stough.  He came to Wms Co c1843 and first bought a farm in Jefferson Twp; later he bought a farm in Springfield Twp c1860. He married his first wife, Mary Ann Mercer, daughter of John Francis and Mary Dilworth Mercer, natives of PA, on 1 Sept 1836 in Ravenna, Portage Co, OH; she died on 27 May 1845 or 46 and was buried in the Lash Cemetery, Jefferson Twp, Wms Co.  This couple had three infant daughters and Wallace H (b 26 Nov 1840), Henry (b1842), and Ira V. (1843-Mar 1865; CW soldier).

Lyman married a third time to a Margaret Jane (unknown surname or parentage) and they had a daughter Leila May, b1862-1863.  In the 1860 Superior Twp, Wms Co, OH federal census p184, Lyman Stow 43 OH was enumerated with Margaret 27 OH, and Ira 17 OH. Lyman died of heart disease on 26/27 Dec 1869 in Stryker, Springfield Twp, Wms Co according to his obituary ("Portage County Democrat", 12 Jan 1870); in the 1870 Springfield Twp federal census, p40, the Stough family was listed as Margaret 36 OH and May 7 OH. along with three school teachers, ER Lyon, M Townsend, and P Shields; by 1880 the Stoughs were listed in the Stryker, Springfield Twp federal census as Margaret 43 OH and May 17 OH; third wife Margaret died on 1 Mar 1907, Wms Co (Death V3 p127).

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