11 February 2011

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

George W. Kurts v Malinda Catherine Esterline Kurts (Journal 9 p119 - 11 June 1877; p487 - 29 June 1878) Additional data in (Roll 48, Box 106, case number 2185) – June 1878

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 11 Feb 2011)

As I continue to research the early divorces I am bound to run into a former detailing as is the case here.  I am reposting this one as I discovered more data in Roll 48.  I do not know why George refiled in another state but he did and received the divorce in Michigan.  His second wife was a resident of Hillsdale so that could be the reason. Any new data appears in red.  Also note that the surname has been recorded as Curts, Kurz and Kurts.

The couple was married on 5 Sept 1872 in Wms Co (Marriage V4 p235).  At first the case was continued but the later entry showed the case was dismissed.

In Roll 48 the marriage was again stated as happening on 5 Sept 1872 in Williams Co, OH.  George’s deposition stated that Malinda committed adultery on 1 Aug 1873 with a Mr. Smith.  On 1 Aug 1874 she committed adultery with a William Beatty and on 5 July 1875 with an H. Shipman.  The following people were subpoened as witnesses for George:
William Fulks
Daniel Fortney
Richard Finegan
John Kurtz
Almina Esterline

There was no notation as to the result of this action but it appears that George refilled in Hillsdale Co, MI (see below) and received a divorce.

1880 Mill Creek, Williams, Ohio; Roll: 1077; Family History Film: 1255077; Page: 494C; Enumeration District: 4; Image: 0623.
Curts, George W 30 PA-PA-PA farmer living with Townsend Crow and wife
Note it has George listed as “married” but no wife is with him

George W. Kurtz was born in PA on 8 May 1850; he was the son of John and Susan Hersh Kurtz.
 According to the 1860 Madison Twp, Wms Co, OH federal census p206a, a George Kurtz family was listed as George 44 PA, Ann 38 PA, Christina 14 OH, Marian 10 OH, Anna 6 OH, Benjamin 6 OH, John 4 OH, and Henry 1 OH.  This may be a relative of George.

Malinda was the daughter of Rueben and Sarah Rupley Esterline.

1870 Mill Creek, Williams, Ohio; Roll: M593_1282; Page: 125A; Image: 253; Family History Library Film: 552781.
Esterline, Malinda 13 OH  living with Reuben and Sarah Esterline

By the 1880 federal census she is not living with her parents.

On 17 Feb 1879 George Kurtz divorced Malinda in Hillsdale Co, MI on the grounds of desertion and this was finalized on 2 Oct 1879.  Sometime after this he married Chloe Loraine Barnes, the daughter of Eber and Evaline Seeley Barnes.  They had the following children: Clyde, Glen, George, Flossie, and Lottie.  Chloe died on 14 Nov 1924 in Sylvan Twp, Osceloa Co, MI and George died on 20 Dec 1929 in Evart, MI.

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