17 November 2010

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Stevens

Pascarlina Hawk Stevens v Daniel Stevens (Journal 13 p529 - 19 June 1886; p577 - 16 Oct 1886; Roll 44 case number 1650 - May 1886) – see Gatchel

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)

The couple was married in Crawford Co, OH on 30 Nov 1842. Pascarline/Pascarolina, the daughter of David and Margaret Hatten Hawk, was born on 16 Nov 1825 in Somerset Co, PA; Daniel, possibly the son of Amos and Margaret Hannah Cunning Stevens, was born on 27 July 1822 in Crawford Co, OH.  This couple was listed on the 1850 Auburn, Crawford Co, OH federal census p326A, and the 1860 Holmes, Crawford Co, OH federal census p235. The family was enumerated in the 1870 St Joseph Twp, Williams Co, OH federal census, p9, as Daniel 47 OH, Pascarlina 44 PA, Leroy 20 OH, Augustus 14 OH, Webster 12 OH, Charles 10 OH, Iva 8 OH, and Rollie 4 OH.  Edith Stephens 6 OH resided nearby with the John and Minnie Richert family.  By the 1880 St Joseph Twp federal census, p17, Daniel was listed as 58 OH with his wife Pascarline 55 PA, and children Charles 20 OH, Iva 18 OH, and Rollie 14 OH.  Their farm was three miles north of Edgerton.

Pascarline charged Daniel with habitual drunkenness for the past five years.  She gave an extensive list of their children and their birthdates as follows: Margaret L (4 Oct 1843), Hannah L (18 Dec 1844), ? A (1 Feb 1846), Mary E (28 Mar 1848), Alfred M (14 Feb 1849), Amos Leroy (9 Mar 1850), Daniel (4 Mar 1852), Napoleon (30 Mar 1854), Augustus W (28 Feb 1856), Daniel Webster (14 Feb 1858), Charles L (29 Feb 1860), Iva (Nov 18 **), Edith (30 Mar 1864), and Rolla J (30 Mar 1866).  She said that on 12 Jan 1886 Daniel was extremely cruel, intoxicated, and used profane language stating that he would burn down their house; he kept this up until 4 AM.  On 20 Jan 1886 he got a bottle or flask of powder and said he would throw it into the stove and blow them up; she feared to retire for the night.  On 13 Feb 1886 he upset furniture, broke dishes, and took down and flourished his gun until long after midnight.  She wanted her personal property, the house in Edgerton, valued at $500, and 8 acres of real estate plus a reasonable alimony.  She further desired to be restored to her maiden name.  The action was later dismissed.

Daniel died on 18 or 28 Feb 1897 (Death V3 p120) and was buried in the Maple Grove Cem, Edgerton; Pascarline died on 14 Mar 1906 (Death V3 p126); however her obituary appeared in the "Bryan Democrat", 22 Feb 1907 p4.  She was buried beside her husband, Daniel Stevens.  

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