05 February 2011

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

Rosetta Barrus Hart v George W. Hart (Journal 15 p186 – Jan 1890; Roll 48 Box 159 case number 2176) – 1890 (see George Byron Metzler v Arvilla Sedalia Hart Metzler divorce proceedings)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 25 December 2011)

The couple was married on 18 Dec 1859 in Morenci, Lenawee Co, MI. (Online marriage record states the couple was married on 22 Dec 1859.)

Rosetta charged that on 25 Nov 1888 George committed adultery with Samantha Geeseman at their home in West Unity and has done since at diverse times and places.  She also charged George with drunkenness.  It would appear, although not stated, that the divorce action was dismissed as evidenced by the 1900 federal census below; this is verified by the Journal 15 p186, which stated the divorce action was dismissed.

Rosetta Barrus Hart, was the daughter of unknown Hammond and Ellenor Taylor; she was born on 15 Sept 1828 in Maine and died on 18 Sept 1912 in West Unity, Brady Twp, Williams Co, OH.  On her son’s death certificate she was identified as Rosetta Taylor.  Rosetta was buried in Floral Grove Cemetery, West Unity, Brady Twp, Williams Co, OH next to her husband, George W. Hart (1834 – no date); George has a Civil War marker.

1. George W. born 18 Dec 1860, OH; died on 17 July 1913 in West Unity, Williams Co, OH; buried in Floral Grove Cem
2. Sedalia Lillie A. born 1867; died as wife of GB Metzler on 3 Jan 1887 @ 19Y 7M along with her son Clarence V. Metzler, died 29 Apr 1886 @ 10M 14D; they are both buried beside her parents

1864 Williams Co, OH Atlas – George Hart, Jefferson Twp, Sec 32N

George Hart was a CW veteran with service in Co H 164th OVI.

1870 Franklin, Fulton, Ohio; Roll: M593_1202; Page: 91B; Image: 186; Family History Library Film: 552701
PO West Unity
h/h 161/173 Hart, George 36 OH engineer
Rosa 41 ME
Augusta 14 IL
George 9 OH
Lillie 3 OH

1874 Williams Co, OH Atlas – George Hart, Jefferson Twp, Sec 32

1880 Brady, Williams, Ohio; Roll: 1077; Family History Film: 1255077; Page: 514A; Enumeration District: 5; Image: 0662.
h/h141/153 Hart, George 45 OH-PA-VA engineer
Rosetta 51 wife  ME-ME-ME
George W son 19 OH-OH-ME day laborer
Sedalia dau 13 OH-OH-ME

1900 Brady, Williams, Ohio, Roll: T623_1332; Page 7A; Enumeration District: 100.
h/h  189/194 Hart, George W (July 1833) 66 mar 41Y OH-NY-VA
Rosetta wife (Sept 1828) 71 7/4 ch ME-ME-ME

1910 West Unity, Brady, Williams, Ohio; Roll: T624_1241; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 0117; Image: 616; FHL Number: 1375254.
Jackson St
h/h 215/220 Hart, Washington H 76 mar 56Y no occup OH-OH-OH
Rosetta wife 82  2/1 ch  OH-OH-OH

The lady accused of adultery with George Hart, Samantha McGance Geeseman, married Jeremiah Daniel Geeseman, 22 July 1865 in Williams Co, OH (Marriage V3 p449) and the couple was found in 1870 West Unity, Williams, Ohio; Roll: M593_1282; Page: 19A; Image: 41; Family History Library Film: 552781. Birth records for her children also show her maiden name to be McGance.

1880 Jefferson, Williams, Ohio; Roll: 1077; Family History Film: 1255077; Page: 525C; Enumeration District: 6; Image: 0684.
h/h 149/161 Giesman, Daniel 38 Oh-OH-OH carpenter
Samantha 28 wife OH-OH-OH
Hester A 13 dau OH-OH-OH
Emma W 11 dau OH-OH-OH
Elmer 8 son OH-OH-OH
George F 4 son OH-OH-OH
Cora 1 dau OH-OH-OH

1900 Brady, Williams, Ohio; Roll: T623_1332; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 100.
h/h 230/231 Geeselman, Samantha widow (June 1848) 51 OH-Ire-unk living with her son Elmer

She again appeared in the Brady Twp, Williams Co, OH federal census for 1910 p10B as a 62 year-old widow living with son Elmer and a boarder, but disappeared by 1920.  There is a Jeremiah Geeseman and wife Susan buried in Floral Grove Cemetery, West Unity, OH, but it has not been yet established if Samantha is this Susan.

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