Susanna Melissa Shaul Wilson v Charles Henry Wilson (Journal 8 p314 - 2 Mar 1875; Roll 26 case number 134)
By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)
The couple was married in Amboy Twp, Hillsdale Co, MI on 8 Sept 1872. Charles was born on 15 May 1852 in Defiance Co, OH. Susan, the daughter of Isaac and Rebecca Mesmore Shaul, was born in Williams Co, OH on 15 Nov 1856. Susanna stated that they were only married for two weeks when he became cruel to her using abusive language, and violence. He was a habitual drunk and did not provide clothing and food. On 3 Jan 1874 in cold and foul weather late at night three weeks after she had given birth to a child, a drunken Charles pushed her out of the house, locked the door, and forbade her to return. She went to the neighbors. On 15 July 1874 he violently struck her face and head. On 10 Aug 1874 he pushed her and when she fell down he kicked her with his heavy boots and grabbed her hair. Their son, George Burton Wilson, was five months old. She wanted property such as bushels of oats and wheat, other agricultural items, and property in Defiance Co, OH. She also sued Isaac Schaull for the $800 he paid to Charles for a land transaction. This case was settled with no record of outcome. This writer infers that there was no divorce by listings in the 1880 federal census.
According to the 1880 Superior Twp, Williams Co, OH federal census p538C the Wilson family was enumerated as Charles 25 OH, Malissa 22 OH, George B 5 OH son, Daisy 3 OH dau, and son Earnest 5/12 born Jan 1880 OH. Charles died on 1 Nov 1924 in NW Twp, Williams Co, OH. Melissa Wilson died on 30 Oct 1932 and was buried in the Nettle Lake Cem, NW Twp, Williams Co, OH.