01 December 2010

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Williman

Caroline M. Williman v Zopher Williman (Journal 7 p130, 168, 203 - Jan 1868; Roll 19 case number 102)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 2010)

The couple was married in Auburn, DeKalb Co, IN on 30 Aug 1855.  By the 1860 Milford Twp, Defiance Co, OH federal census p396, Zopher and family were enumerated as Z 56 FR, Caroline 42 Prussia, Henry 21 OH, John 20 OH, Joseph 17 OH, Mary 15 OH, Caroline 13 OH, Frank 9 OH, and Josephine 3 OH.  Josephine was Caroline's daughter but the rest of the children had a mother born in Belgium according to later census data.

Caroline charged Zopher with neglect of duty, bad temper and disposition, and extreme cruelty.  She stated that he had her performing manual labor and household duties.  He did not give her necessary clothing.  He owned real estate in Milford Twp plus livestock.  Zopher denied all the charges and claimed Caroline violated her duties and was of bad temper. Many witnesses appeared for both sides. A public notice appeared in the Bryan Democrat, 11 Sept 1864. She received alimony of $50.

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