19 November 2010

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Sullivan

Lucy Marilla Higley Sullivan v Amos Sullivan (Journal 4/5 p425 - 9 Nov 1855; Roll 9 case number 128 - 28 May/Nov 1855)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 4 June 2011)

The couple was married in PA in Aug 1845.  Marilla, daughter of Jacob S. and Nancy Spencer Higley, was born in Canandaigua Co, NY on 7 Dec 1828.  She told the court that she and her husband came to Wms Co shortly after their marriage.  On 15 July 1853 in Brady Twp he committed adultery with Susan Deck; he left Marilla in Dec 1853.  She knew that in Delta, Fulton Co, OH Amos committed adultery with an unknown woman on 20 Jan 1854.  They had two children, Emily Rosetta (9) and Cornelius Eugene (3).  Marilla received a divorce plus $200 alimony and custody of the children. 

Marilla married Solomon Rogers in Wms Co on 24 Feb 1856 (Marriage V2 p162).  Solomon was the son of Eli and Mary Rogers; he was born in Bedford Co, PA on 10 Oct 1817.  He first married Cordelia in Morrow Co, OH on 27 May 1841; she died on 15 Jan 1856 and was buried in the Johnson Cem, German Twp, Fulton Co, OH. Solomon and Cordelia had the following children: George W, Margaret E, Catherine, Jonathan, Samuel H, and Emily.  In 1843 the Rogers lived in Fulton Co, OH where Solomon was a carpenter; by 1864 they lived in Butler, IN where he was a postmaster, express agent, and a jeweler.  He moved to Stryker c1876. 

According to the 1860 German Twp, Fulton Co, OH federal census p346 the Rogers family was enumerated as Solomon 43 mechanic PA, Marilla 31 NY, Emma Sullivan 14 MI, Cornelius Sullivan 8 OH, Geo W Rogers 17 OH, Catherine Rogers 12 OH, and Samuel H Rogers 7 OH.  By the 1870 Butler, Wilmington Twp, DeKalb Co, OH federal census p444A the couple was listed as Solomon 52 PA jeweler and Lucy M 41 NY plus John C. Smith 30 NY apprentice to jeweler.  In the 1880 Stryker, Springfield Twp, Williams Co, OH federal census p661B the Rogers were enumerated as Solomon 62 PA apiarian and Marilla 51 NY-VT-VT; there was a notation that Marilla suffered from heart disease.

In the 1900 Stryker federal census, the family was listed as Marilla Rogers 71 NY widow, and grandchildren, William Sullivan b1873 OH, Sebius (m) b1877 OH, Charles Sullivan b1879 OH, and Bertha Sullivan b1879 OH. Marilla died in Stryker on 12 May 1909 and was buried in Boynton Cemetery.   Solomon who died 10 Sept 1887 was buried near his first wife and children in the Johnson Cemetery.

Bryan Democrat, 19 Jan 1888
Solomon Rogers to Cornelius Sullivan, lot and parcel of land in Stryker, $150........it looks like Cornelius paid the estate of Solomon Rogers for this land as Solomon had died several months before the transaction.


Anonymous said...

Solomons daughter Catherine Rogers married Andrew Jackson Clingaman the brother of Mary Ann the wife of Stephen Friend Rogers....... someone posted photos of Andrew and Mary's parents on Ancestry.....it is odd that that Solomon would not be related to Jonathan Ferris Rogers family......how r u?

Anonymous said...

SOLOMON ROGERS was born in Bedford County, Penn., October 10, 1817, and was the youngest of the fourteen children of Eli and Mary Rogers, also natives of Pennsylvania. When a mere child, Solomon was left an orphan, and was reared until fifteen by a brother in Wayne County, Ohio; two years more of his young life he spent with an uncle, and then began the conflict with the world unaided. His education was rather limited, but he had a natural aptitude for mechanics, and after a short time passed in farm labor he began work as a cooper, and followed the business for a number of years. May 27, 1841, he married Miss Cordelia Rogers in Morrow County, Ohio, she being a native of Richland County, and born January 17, 1827. They became the parents of six children, viz.: George W., Margaret E., Catharine, Jonathan, Samuel H. and Emily. Of these, Catharine is the only one now living. The eldest son, George W., lost his life in the late war. Mrs. Rogers died January 15, 1856, and February 24, 1856, Mr. Rogers married Mrs. Marilla Sullivan, who was born in Canandaigua, N.Y., December 7,1828. In 1843, Mr. Rogers moved to Fulton County, Ohio; in 1864, he moved to Butler, Ind., and in 1876 he came to Stryker, this township, where he has ever since resided, almost exclusively engaged in bee culture, and he is now probably the most successful and best posted apiarist in Northwestern Ohio. His hives are of his own invention, and he handles only Italian and Cyprian bees, of which he has about 200 colonies. Mr. Rogers is quite liberal in his religious views, and equally so in politics, although he always threw his influence against the pro-slavery party. He was Postmaster and express agent while living at Butler, and also carried on there a jewelry establishment. While residing in Fulton County, he worked at carpentering, and everywhere has been regarded with respect and esteem by his fellow-citizens.

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