02 December 2010

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Wisman

Margaret Temple Wisman v Hugh B. Wisman (Journal 8 p114 - Mar 1873; Roll 25 case number 41 - Jan 1873)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)

The couple was married in Wms Co on 23 Aug 1868.  Margaret charged Hugh with being willfully absent for three years or more.  She said he left her and their child, Bertha May, age three, on 11 Nov 1869; Bertha was born on 9 June 1869 in Superior Twp, Wms Co, OH.  A legal notice appeared in a local paper. 

Margaret Temple may be the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Cox Temple, PA natives, who were enumerated with their children in the 1860 Superior Twp, Wms Co, OH federal census p190 PO Bryan as Joseph 57 PA, Elizabeth 47 PA, William 27 OH, Joseph 26 OH, John 25 OH, Harvey 14 OH, Mary 18 OH, Ann 12 OH, Margaret 9 OH, and Eliza 6 OH, but in the 1870 federal census for that township Margaret Temple 19 OH (without a child) lived with Joseph and wife Elizabeth.  Either this was not the former Mrs. Wisman or the daughter Bertha May had died or resided with someone else when the census was taken (see below).  

Hugh B. Wisman was a Civil War veteran of Co H 9th Ohio Cavalry.  On 18 Nov 1872 Hugh, born c1845, married Lucy Featherstone in Randolph Co, Missouri; by 1880 they lived in Sullivan Co, MO with three children, Katie, Hugh, and Lydia and on 19 Sept 1890 Lucy J. Wisman of Missouri filed for a Civil War widow’s pension.  Note that Hugh married before Margaret initiated divorce proceedings.

According to the 1880 Superior Twp, Williams Co, OH federal census, Margaret had married Josia Kent or Cyrus Kint and Bertha Wisman lived with the couple.

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