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 1888Solomon 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.