29 November 2010

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Varnes

Mary Klopenstein Varnes v Richard Varnes (Journal 7 p312 - 30 Apr 1869; p322, 366, 423; Journal 10 p113 – Apr 1879; Journal 14 p266 - 16 Dec 1887 p338 - 28 Mar 1888; Roll 22 case number 81 – Apr 1869)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)

The couple was married in Wms Co on 19 Feb 1867. She wanted a divorce and alimony based on gross neglect.  There was a minor daughter, Dora Ellen, under 5 years (b 1869).  Richard stated he would appeal alimony of $1200 set by the court. She later received some alimony. Nothing else is known although the action was continued and dismissed several times because Richard refused to give Mary reasonable alimony of $1,000 to be paid in installments.  The couple was finally divorced on 12 Mar 1870 but there was a continual filing for more money from 1879-1887.

The groom appears to be the son of John and Matilda Varnes, natives of PA.  According to the 1860 Superior Twp, Wms Co, OH federal census p189a, the Varnes/Varns family was enumerated as John 50 PA, Matilda 50 PA, George 17 OH, Stephen 12 OH with a separate household of Richard 24 OH, Rebecca 22 OH, and Lorette 2 OH.  Richard Varns had married Rebecca Wellington in Wms Co on 9 Dec 1856 (Marriages V2 p172).  Richard’s mother Matilda died on 16 Sept 1861 @55Y 5M 15D and was buried in the Lick Creek Cem, Center Twp, Wms Co, OH.  Father John Varnes married Elizabeth Langley in Wms Co on 3 Sept 1865 and he died on 7 Feb 1888 @77Y 1M 12D and was buried in Shiffler Cem, Jefferson Twp.

Richard’s children from first wife Rebecca died as follows: Mary (25 May 1860), Loretta L (25 Sept 1861), Albert (20 Sept 1863 @2Y 18D), and Ellen (11 Jan 1864 @4M 19D); these children were also buried in the Lick Creek Cem.   There is also a record of Rebecca C. Varns buried in Lick Creek Cem, but her tombstone is unreadable. Sometime after the 1860 Superior Twp federal census and the 1864 Wms Co Atlas, Richard Varnes lived in Center Twp, Sec 2; the 1867 list of person property taxpayers also showed that Richard Varnes lived in Center Twp. 

Mary Kloppenstine Varns was the daughter of Jacob and Sarah, natives of France who lived in Bryan, Pulaski Twp as of 1870 and were listed in that census p42 as Jacob 61 FR baker, Sarah 52 FR, Fred 23 NY baker, Mary 20 MD, Phebe 16 MD, Alice 10 MD, and Dora Varns 1 OH.  According to the 1880 Bryan, Pulaski Twp federal census p638C, Mary Varnes was 28 MD divorced, living with her daughter Dora 11 OH.

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