30 November 2010

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Weldon

Sevilla Wilson Weldon/Weldin v Chockley T. Weldon/Weldin (Journal 8 p429 - 16 Nov 1875; Roll 27 case number 96 - 7 Sept 1875)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 30 May 2012)

The couple was married 31 Apr 1843 in Paris, Stark Co, OH according to Sevilla but the record showed 22 Apr 1843 officiated by James H. White, MG, Methodist Episcopal Church (Marriage B p193); note April has 30 days not 31.  Chockley, parentage unknown and a Civil War veteran as sergeant in Co E 38th OVI, was born c1821 OH.  Sevilla, daughter of William and Susan Wilson, was born c13 Feb 1825 OH. According to the Paris, Stark Co, OH federal census p401A the Weldin family was listed as CF Weldin 30 OH wagon line worker, Servilla 24 OH, Elizabeth 6 OH, and Franklin 5 OH, all living with Servilla’s parents.

The couple appeared in the 1860 Bryan, Wms Co federal census, p44, as Chockley 39 OH, Sevilla 35 OH, Elizabeth 17 OH, and Franklin 14 OH.  By the 1870 Bryan federal census, p6, Sevilla 43 OH lived with Frank 24 OH and his family. In the same census CT Weldon was listed, p29, as CT Weldon 48 OH auctioneer. Daughter Elizabeth "Libbie", b1843 OH married WF Parker in Wms Co on 13 Aug 1863 (Marriage V3 p318).  Franklin Jefferson Weldon, b 12 Nov 1845 in Stark Co, OH, married Hadessa Elder in Wms Co on 15 Nov 1866 (Marriage V3 p621).  Franklin was also a Civil War veteran, having served in Co H 9th Regular OVI. 

According to the Bryan Democrat, 11 Aug 1870 p3, “a note from CT Weldin, now of Topeka, Kansas, informs us he will return to Bryan about September 1, and resume the profession of Auctioneer.  Those requiring his services can leave orders at this office.”

Sevilla told the court that Chockley or CT was willfully absent for three years or more.  He resided in Kearney, Buffalo Co, Nebraska.  A legal notice appeared in the "Bryan Press."  The divorce was granted.

The Bryan Press, 14 Aug 1879 p5
Mrs. WF Parker of Topeka, Kansas is visiting her mother, Mrs. Weldon, and other friends here.

Sevilla died of cancer in Bryan on 6 Dec 1879 @54Y 9M 24D and was buried in the Fountain Grove Cemetery there. She was a devoted worker for her church.  Her son Franklin died on 14 Feb 1905 and was also buried there.  His obituary in the "Bryan Democrat", 2 Mar 1905, p3, told that his father was aggressive and a prominent figure in the affairs of Wms Co for years. Franklin must have lived in Kearney, Nebraska from 1872-1876. "Of his father's family there was one survivor, Mrs. Elizabeth Parker, who resided at Topeka, Kansas."

In the 1880 Center, Buffalo Co, Nebraska federal census, p240A, Chockley Weldin was enumerated as 58 OH-Delaware-PA widower and farmer. On 23 June 1881 in Kearney Co, NB Chockley married Sarah A.Haines; Mrs. CT Weldin died on 24 May 1883.

According to The Bryan Democrat, 2 Mar 1899, p3, "CT Weldon of Kearney, Nebraska is here visiting relatives and old time friends".  By the 1900 Kearney, Buffalo Co, NE federal census p6B, Chockley, now known as Charles, was listed as b. Oct 1822 OH 77 married 15 years and Elizabeth E. 59, b. Sept 1840 ENG, mother of 7 children with all 7 surviving; they were married c1885.  "Charles" Weldin died on 6 Mar 1904 @82Y. Elizabeth later received a widow's pension for Chockley's Civil War service.  Both CT and Mrs. CT Weldin were buried in the Kearney Cemetery.

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