07 February 2011

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

John W. Hayes v Almeda Patten Hayes (Roll 48 Box 163 case number 2186) – Jan 1890

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 16 Feb 2011)

The couple was married on 4 July 1879 in Bryan, Williams Co, OH (Marriage V4 p636).  John stated that they had three children – Warren Francis, Minnie May, and Harry Harlwell Hayes.  He claimed in July 1889 and at other times as well, Almeda committed adultery with a man unknown to John.  On 9 Jan 1890 she struck him and refused to do any housework.  The court granted a divorce.

Here is what I found on the Hayes family:

John William Hayes (Sept 1858, Pulaski Twp, Williams Co, OH – 19 Apr 1915, Toledo, Lucas Co, OH) was possibly the son of Richard and Constant Stattler Hayes. His father died and his mother remarried a David Handcock as evidenced in the 1870 census below.

A guardianship was set by the Williams County, OH Probate Court on 24 Nov 1869 case number 1328 for minors Jacob W, John W, and Jesse T Hayes.  Prior to this there is an estate settlement for Jonathan Hays on 5 May 1864 case number 84.  Whether this estate has anything to do with the principals of this case is not currently known.

1870 Pulaski, Williams, Ohio; Roll: M593_1282; Page: 172A; Image: 347; Family History Library Film: 552781.
h/h 215/215 Handcock, David 52 NY farmer
Constant 50 OH
Hayes, Jacob 16 OH laborer
John 12 OH
Jessie 10 OH

1900 Bryan, Williams, Ohio; Roll: T623_1332; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 112.
h/h 182/184 Handcock, Constant (Jan 1821) 79 widow 5/3 ch OH-NY-NY living with her son and dau-in-law; note the record says she is Jessie T Hayes’ mother-in-law

Constant Handcock died in Bryan, Williams Co, OH on 20 Aug 1905; she was born in Morrow Co, OH c1819.  David Handcock died in Bryan on 12 Aug 1892; his estate was probated on 2 Sept 1892 case number 3340.

The Bryan Press, 3 July 1879, p5
On the 4th of July 1879 at the office of and by Milton B Plummer, JP, Mr John Hayes and Miss Almeda Patton, all of Pulaski Village.

John Hayes married Almeda A Patten on 4 July 1879.  Almeda (1854-1925) was the daughter of David and Elizabeth Crum Patten, native of PA.  David was born in 1818 and died on 30 Oct 1900 in Wells Co, IN.  Elizabeth was born on 6 Aug 1820 and died on 24 Dec 1884 in Wells Co, IN.  The Patten family can be found in the 1860 Jackson, Richland, Ohio; Roll: M653_1028; Page: 109; Image: 222; Family History Library Film: 805028 and the 1880 Pulaski, Williams, Ohio; Roll: 1078; Family History Film: 1255078; Page: 617D; Enumeration District: 11; Image: 0096.

1880 Pulaski, Williams, Ohio; Roll: 1078; Family History Film: 1255078; Page: 617C; Enumeration District: 11; Image: 0095.
h/h 21/26 Hayes, John W 23 OH farm laborer
Armeda A 26 OH
Warren F 1/12 Apr OH

The couple was divorced in the January Term, 1890.

On 8 Oct 1895 in Williams Co, OH Almeda Hays married John Roskoff/Roskopf (Marriage V6 #1487). John Roskopf, the son of Philip and Amelia Donabach Roskopf, died in Bryan on 16 Feb 1928.

1900 Bryan, Williams, Ohio; Roll: T623_1332; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 112.
h/h 170/172 Roskopf, Jno (May 1852) 48 mar 5Y NY-NY-NY barber
Almedia A wife (Feb 1854) 46  1/1 ch OH-PA-PA
Hayes, Harry H step son (Aug 1885) 14 OH-OH-OH

1910 Pulaski, Williams, Ohio; Roll: T624_1241; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 0130; Image: 943; FHL Number: 1375254.
128 North Enterprise St
h/h 216/234 Roskopf, John 61 mar 1x for 15Y NY-NY-Germ barber in shop
Almeda wife 55 mar 2x 3/1 ch OH-PA-PA
Hayes, Harry H son 24 single OH-OH-OH barber in shop

1920 Pulaski, Williams, Ohio; Roll: T625_1450; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 162; Image: 304
128 North Enterprise St
h/h 78/79 Roskopf, John 70 NY-US-US owns barber shop
Almeda wife 65 OH-PA-PA

Almeda A Patten Hayes Roskopf died in 1925 and was buried in Shiffler Cemetery, Jefferson Twp, Williams Co, OH.  Her children were also buried there as Warren F Hayes (1880-c28 Jan 1892), Minnie Hayes (27 Nov 1881 – 1893), and Harry H Hayes (6 Aug 1885 - ?).  Her husband John was later buried beside her; his estate was probated on 21 Feb 1928 case number 8168.  Curiously, Almeda’s estate was not settled until 10 May 1946 case number 13106.

So what happened to John W. Hayes?

John W. Hayes married Cora Vaughn (1877 MI – aft 1920); Cora was the daughter of George and Emma J. Culver Vaughn, but by 1910 the Hayes family is divorced; Cora lived in Toledo, Lucas Co, OH with her mother Emma and daughters Viola and Myrtie Hayes plus an adopted daughter Verna May Hayes.

John W. Hayes died in Toledo, Lucas Co, OH, on 19 Apr 1915. @59Y.

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