22 November 2010

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Taylor (Israel)

Israel Taylor v Phebe Crane Taylor (Journal 4/5 p398 - Nov 1855; Roll 9 case number 132 - Nov 1855)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)

The couple was married in Alexandria, Licking Co, OH on 1 Nov 1838.  Israel charged that in July 1851 Phebe left him and moved to Franklin Co, OH.  They had a daughter Dortha N., b 27 June 1841 who was 13Y 7M of age.  The action was dismissed and Israel had to pay court costs. 

Phebe was born on 1 Apr 1820 in Middletown, Orange Co, NY; she was the daughter of Stephen and Dorothy Little Crane.  The Taylor couple had two daughters, Fannie Elizabeth (1839-1840) and Dorothy Norton (1841-1908).  They may have obtained a divorce elsewhere because Phebe married Reverend Josiah Sherman on 30 Aug 1855 in Licking Co, OH.  Note that her marriage took place before the divorce action was dismissed in Williams County.  Before this divorce action was filed, Israel Taylor with presumably his wife and daughter were living next door to Phebe’s parents as found in the 1840 Monroe Twp, Licking Co, OH federal census p408.  Phebe Taylor and her daughter Dorothy were enumerated with her parents in Alexandria, OH. 

Josiah Sherman, affiliated with the Alexandria Methodist Church, was married before to Julia A. Speck. By 1860 Phebe resided in Alexandria, Licking Co, OH.  Phebe and Josiah had two children, Carrie Eva (1857-1858) and Charles Kitchell, born c1860.  Phebe died in Licking Co, OH on 3 Aug 1899.  

There was an Israel Taylor enumerated in the 1860 Springfield Twp, Williams Co, OH federal census p57 as Israel 43 PA with wife Eliza 29 PA and their children Lavinia 3 OH, Lorietta 2 OH, and mother Sarah Taylor 75 NY.  It has not been established whether this Israel Taylor is the former husband of Phebe Crane.

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