17 November 2010

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Stauffer

Hiram Stauffer v Lovina Weaver/Weber Stauffer (Journal 9 p5 - 14 Nov 1876; Roll 30 case number 74 - 14 Nov 1876)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)

The couple was married on 1 Dec 1867 in Center Twp, Wms Co, OH (Marriage V3 p736).  Hiram, born in 1836 PA, was the son of George and Elizabeth Stark Stauffer who lived in Wayne Co, OH.  Hiram appeared in the 1850 and 1860 federal censuses for that location. By the 1870 Center Twp federal census, p13, the couple was listed as Hiram 34 PA shoemaker and Lovina 25 OH. 

Hiram said his wife had been willfully absent for three years or more.  They had a son, George Frederick, born on 15 Oct 1872 at Melbern, Williams Co, OH.  He brought the following witnesses to court to verify his charge: Jacob and Noah Nihart, Mrs. Amelia Nihart, Samuel Weaver, and Jared Lafayette Cunningham.  Lovina, a resident of Center Twp, was given custody of their son.

According to the 1880 Center Twp, Williams Co, OH federal census p604A, Hiram Stauffer had married Rebecca Douglas prior to 1880 as they had a daughter Amanda, born 24 Nov 1881 in Center Twp, Williams Co, OH.  By the 1900 East Union Twp, Wayne Co, OH federal census p2A the widow Rebecca Stauffer, born Oct 1841 in OH, was listed with her three children, Amanda, Mary E, and Earl.

Using the 1880 Liverpool, Medina Co, OH federal census p334A, one finds George F. Stauffer 7 OH, his mother Lovina 34 OH with Bavarian native parents, and his stepfather Frederic Wurmstich 52 Saxony native.

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