02 February 2011

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Beechler (Roll 48)

Oscar C. Beechler v Agnes Wright Beechler (Journal 15 p254; Roll 48 Box 160 case number 2219) – Mar 1890

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 14 July 2011)

The couple was married on 4 Feb 1879 in Dundee, Monroe Co, MI. (Marriage License data - She was 20 and he was 31.  Their witnesses, both from Dundee, MI were George Covell and Fred Sheer or Freer.)

Oscar charged that Agnes had been absent for more than three years and they had no children together.  He believed Alice lived in Glen Lord, Berrien Co, MI.  A legal notice appeared in The Tri-State Alliance beginning 13 Mar 1890 and running six consecutive weeks.  Oscar was granted a divorce.

Oscar, born May 1847 in Williams Co, OH, was the son of George and Susan Hawkins Beechler. The Beechlers moved to this county in 1840 and had the following children: Malona, Thomas, Mar, Elizabeth, John C, George Nicholas, Sarah, Susan, Oscar, Martha, Curtis W, and Xenophan.  His parents were Lancaster, PA natives - George Beechler (1800-1876) and mother Susan (1810-1903).  They are buried in the Fountain Grove Cemetery in Bryan, Williams Co, OH.

Agnes Wright (May 1860 Wooster, Wayne Co, OH –aft 1920) was daughter of William C and Naomi Wright.  After the divorce she married c1890 Monroe Nathan Lord (1818-aft 1900); he was married before to Jane L. Austin who died in 1887; he was the father of three children.

Note two things –
1.  There is a considerable age gap between Agnes and Monroe Lord (about 42 Years) but that was not too unusual for the time.
2.  In Oscar’s divorce deposition he said Agnes lived in Glen Lord, Berrien Co, MI.  I wonder if he meant to say she was living with a Lord in Berrien.

Here is what I’ve found as a timeline for Agnes:

1900 Benton, Berrien, Michigan; Roll: T623_702; Page: 15A; Enumeration District: 57.
h/h336/340 Lord, Monroe (Nov 1818) 81 mar 11Y NY-Can-Can farmer
Agnes wife (Oct 1850) 49 0/0 ch OH-OH-MA
By 1910 Agnes was a widow living in Benton, Berrien Co, MI
In 1920 Agnes was still living in Benton, Berrien Co, MI

Now for the Beechler family – here is a timeline of their life in Williams Co, OH.

The Beechlers were enumerated in the 1850 Center Twp, Wms Co, OH federal census p73, as Beechler, George 49 PA, Susan 40 OH, Malona 21 OH, Mary 17 OH, Elizabeth 15 OH, John 11 OH, George 9 OH, Sarah 6 OH, Susan 5 OH, Oscar 3 OH, Martha 1 OH.

1864 Williams Co, OH Atlas – George Beechler, Center Twp Sec 21

By the 1870 Bryan federal census the Beechler family was listed as Beechler, George 69 PA, Susan 60 OH, Mary Dongan 32 OH, Elizabeth Beechler 23 OH, Oscar Beechler 23 OH, Xenophie 16 OH, and Agnes Dongan 3 OH. – see Mary Beechler Dongan divorce detailing

1874 Williams Co, OH Atlas – George Beechler, Center Twp Sec 21

Williams Co, OH Probate – George Beechler, 6 Mar 1876 case number 1807 estate

Oscar married Agnes Wright on 4 Feb 1879 in Dundee, Monroe Co, MI.

1880 Bryan, Williams, Ohio; Roll: 1078; Family History Film: 1255078; Page: 653B; Enumeration District: 12; Image: 0168.
h/h 486/513 Beechler, OC 30 lawyer OH-PA-OH
Agnes 21 OH-OH-OH

Weston Goodspeed, The History of Williams Co, OH, 1882, p243 and 590, stated that Oscar was a lawyer in Bryan.

Divorce proceedings to end the Beechler marriage cMarch Term 1890.

Oscar married Anna Goller Stailey (10 May 1865 – 13 Dec 1945, Los Angeles, CA) on 22 Jan 1891 in Defiance Co, OH. She was the daughter of John and Christina Strahley Goller and the former of wife of Thomas J Staley/Stailey. (See - Anna Stailey v Thomas J. Stailey (Journal 14 p494 - 1 Dec 1888; Roll 46 case number 1962 – 1888; Journal 15 p3 – 28 Mar 1889 case number 1961)
            The case was continued in 1888.  The action shows an infant child, Albner; a visitation schedule was set but for some reason she’s not entitled to a divorce, but she must have obtained one later.)


Anna was from the Defiance Co, OH area as evidenced by the 1870 federal census:

1870  Washington, Defiance, Ohio; Roll: M593_1195; Page: 195A; Image: 393; Family History Library Film: 552694.
Goller, Anna 6 OH with her parents

There are also two other Civil and Criminal Court Rolls where Oscar C. Beechler is named – Roll 52 #3066 (1893-1894) and Roll 61 #4372 (1899-1900)

30 Apr 1882, Defiance Co, OH Marriage – Anna Goller and Thomas J Stailey
26 Oct 1886, Defiance Co, OH Births – R R Stailey, son of Anna Goller and Thomas J Stailey

1900 Bryan, Williams, Ohio; Roll: T623_1332; Page: 14B; Enumeration District: 112.
Center St
h/h 350/355 Beechler, Oscar D (May 1847) 53 mar 9Y OH-PA-OH lawyer
Anna (May 1860) 40 wife 1/1 ch OH-OH-OH
Staley, Willie (Oct 1883) 16 step-son OH-OH-OH
h/h 351 Susan mother lived next door (June 1810) 89 widow 14/5 ch OH-PA-Del

1910 Pulaski, Williams, Ohio; Roll: T624_1241; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0130; Image: 935; FHL Number: 1375254.
202 Lynn St
h/h 114/123 Beachler, Oscar C 61 OH-OH-OH lawyer in general practice divorced

1910 Los Angeles Assembly District 74, Los Angeles, California; Roll: T624_84; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 0088; Image: 247; FHL Number: 1374097.
h/h 64/65 Stailey, Anna 46 widow 2/1 ch OH-unknown-Germ dressmaker
John W son 26 single OH-OH-OH carpenter

Oscar Beechler’s obit in the Bryan Press, 9 Jan 1913, p4, stated that he died on 5 Jan 1913 and was buried in Fountain Grove Cemetery in Bryan.  He was born in Center Twp 66 years before and lived in Ney and Williams Center during his early years. He was twice married and divorced from both wives.

Williams Co, OH Probate – Oscar C. Beechler, 9 Jan 1913 case number 5715 estate


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