17 November 2010

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Starr

Samantha J. Fulton/Sluts Starr v Thomas M. Starr (Journal 8 p113 - 11 Mar 1873; Roll 25 case number 34 - Mar 1873)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)

The couple was married in Wms Co, OH on 10 Nov 1859 (Marriage V3 p76).  Samantha, b1841 OH, was the daughter of Joseph and Catherine Fulton.  In the 1850 Pulaski Twp federal census, p86B, the family was listed as Joseph 57 PA carpenter, Catherine 49 PA, Elizabeth 21 PA, Maria 22 OH, Viletame (f) 20 OH, Joseph 18 OH, Sarah Ann 16 OH, William 13 OH, and Samantha Sluts 11 OH.  Mother Catherine Fulton was listed with her children Elizabeth and William in the 1860 Bryan, Pulaski Twp federal census, p36, as Catherine 58 PA insane; the father or stepfather of Samantha was not listed.  In the 1870 Bryan, Pulaski Twp federal census, p47, Samantha was enumerated as Samantha Starr 29 OH milliner with son A. Lincoln 10 OH.  The Bryan Democrat, 12 Jan 1871, listed area business people with mention of Mrs. T. Starr, milliner, on the corner of Beech and Bryan Streets.

Thomas Starr, b1838 PA, was the son of John and Elizabeth Kennedy Starr.  This family was listed in the 1850 Superior Twp federal census p43, as John 59 PA, Elizabeth 57 PA, William 22 OH, Arthur 20 OH, Lucinda 14 OH, and Thomas 12 OH along with Grandmother Elizabeth Kennedy 83 PA, the widow of John Kennedy.  When his father died in 1852, Thomas, when he became of age, was granted the farm on which we now reside in Superior Twp, Williams Co, OH, it being the north half of the northwest quarter of section twenty-three in township seven north of range two east in the district of lands subject to sale at Lima Ohio containing eighty acres more or less; Thomas received the west half and his brother Arthur the lands in east half.  Thomas may have been a Civil War veteran, having served in Co E 38th Ohio Infantry.

Samantha charged Thomas with being willfully absent for three years or more.  The couple had a son Charles Lincoln, b1861; another female child, b 30 July 1868 had died before 1870.  The divorce was granted.  On 15 Oct 1876 in Williams Co, OH Samantha J. Fulton married Christopher A. Weaver.  In 1880 the Weavers plus CL Starr (son) lived in Hicksville, Defiance Co, OH.  Samantha Fulton Starr Weaver, born in Middletown, Holmes Co, OH on 29 Dec 1839, died on 14 Dec 1921 in Hicksville and was buried in Forest Home Cemetery.

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