01 December 2010

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Willett


Elizabeth Hoisington or Coe Lammon/Lamon Willett v Joseph Willett (Journal 5 p61 - 7 July 1857; Roll 11 case number 15 - July 1857)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)

The couple was married in Lenawee Co, MI on 28 Feb 1850.  According to the 1850 Livonia, Wayne Co, MI federal census p353A the Willett family was listed as Joseph 50 NJ, Betsey 43 NY, Phebe 15 MI, Barton 12 MI, George 24 NJ, Sarah 23 NJ, Eliz Lamon 14 MI, Cynthia A Lamon 9 MI, and John W Lamon 2 MI.  Elizabeth was either Betsey Hoisington, born 1807 NY, the daughter of Titus and Hannah Wood Hoisington or Betsey Coe the daughter of Simon Coe; she was the widow of John Lamon, who died c1847 in Lenawee Co, MI.

Joseph, born c1797 in Little Egg Harbor, Burlington Co, NJ, was the son of Micajah and Hannah Pennington Willett. 

Elizabeth charged her husband with being a habitual drunk for three years or more.  On 10 Mar 1855 he was extremely cruel and struck her.  She was disabled except for attending to her household duties for more than six weeks.  A legal notice appeared in a local newspaper.  A divorce was granted and Elizabeth was restored to her maiden name.

Elizabeth died on 1 Feb 1863 in Richland, Kalamazoo Co, MI; Joseph died on 12 May 1876 in Farmington, Oakland Co, MI.

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