22 November 2010

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Thompson

Elizabeth Fickes Thompson v Albert J. Thompson (Journal 8 p325 - 6 Mar 1875; Roll 26 case number 129 - Mar 1875)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)

The couple was married in Bryan, Wms Co on 20 May 1866 (Marriage V3 p559).  Albert, b1837 pos Pickaway Co, OH, was the son of Turner and Elizabeth Thompson, VA natives.  By the 1850 Jefferson Twp federal census, p22B, the Thompsons were listed as James 49 VA, Elizabeth 49 OH, Joseph 21 OH, John 19 OH, Martha 17 OH, Louisa 15 OH, Albert 13 OH, and Nancy 11 OH.  Elizabeth Fickes was married before as she had two daughters, Sylvia, b1855 MI, and Della b1861 MI.  After the marriage these girls were known as Thompson.  In the 1870 Bryan, Pulaski Twp federal census, p5, Elizabeth 35 PA lived with her children Sylvia 15 MI, Della 9 MI, Albert 3 OH, and Frank 1 OH.

Elizabeth charged Albert with gross neglect.  He willfully abandoned his family on 24 Dec 1868.  He had sons, Albert (8) and Frank (6).   Albert had property in Jefferson Twp, Sec 13 and 24 of 120 acres, valued at $8,000.  She called Elizabeth Van Fossen as a witness who stated she had known Albert for four years and he was currently in Iowa.  A legal notice appeared in the Bryan Press, 21 Jan 1875.  The court awarded Elizabeth with a divorce. 

In a legal notice, which was posted in the Bryan Press, 27 Sept 1877, p2, the estate of Turner Thompson was finalized and mentioned son Albert Thompson of Burlington, Iowa. 

According to the 1880 Stryker, Springfield Twp, Williams Co, OH federal census p661B Elizabeth had remarried and was listed as the wife of Jessie Ecker as follows: Jessie 55 OH running a sawmill, Elizabeth 46 OH, Clara 16 OH, Effie 12 OH, and Jessie B 3 OH plus stepsons Albert Thompson 13 OH and Frank Thompson 11 OH.  Jessie and Elizabeth were married on 17 Apr 1880 in Williams Co, OH.

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