16 November 2010

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Speaker

Sarah A. Ault Speaker v David Speaker (Journal 12 p130 - 27 Nov 1883; Roll 39 Box 129 case number 1169 - 2 July 1883)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)

The couple was married in Wms Co on 18 Dec 1873 (Marriage V4 p310).  Sarah was listed as Mrs. Sarah Ault; she was the widow of David/Daniel Ault who was buried in the Riverside Cemetery, Montpelier (1833-1871).  There is a Sarah A. Harbaugh who married David Ault on 3 Jan 1862 in Seneca Co, OH; this could be the Sarah A. Ault, but more research needs to be done.  They had three Ault children: Lydia A (b 22 Jan 1862), Mary Ida (b1864), and Catherine (b1868), all born in Ohio, as evidenced in the 1870 Superior Twp federal census, p27-28. 

Neighbor David Speaker, b1805 MD, lived with his family listed as David 65 MD, Mary A 59 PA, Hannah 22 OH, Thomas 20.  His wife Mary A Linn Speaker died in 1872.  Earlier in the 1860 Bridgewater Twp federal census p105b-106, David Speaker and his family were listed as David 54 MD, Mary 53 OH, Marcille 20 OH, Frank 19 OH, Jacob 16 OH, Harriet 10 OH, Hannah 8 OH, and Berton 9 OH.

By the 1880 Superior Twp federal census, p545A, David 74 MD lived with the HP Nigh family as the father-in-law; Sarah A Ault 40 was head of house down the way from the Nighs, enumerated as Sarah Ault 40 OH, Ida 16 OH, Katy 12 OH, and Charles Campbell 22 IN hired help.  David came to Wms Co from Seneca Co, OH c1855 and set up a blacksmith shop; he was a great checker player.

Sarah charged David with being willfully absent for three years and more.  She wanted a divorce and restoration of her former name, Ault.  The divorce was granted.  David died on 12 Jan 1889 in Wms Co (Death V2 p48).  Sarah married John Schaffer in Wms Co on 19 June 1884 (Marriage V5 #494).  She died in 1894 and was buried in the Sandy Hill Cemetery, Riverside, Montpelier, OH.

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