15 February 2011

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

Margaret E. Selders v John N. Selders (Roll 48 Box 163 case number 2130) – 29 Oct 1889

By Pamela Pattison Lash

According to Margaret the couple was married on 14 Sept 1882 in Williams Co, OH but no marriage record has been found.  She said they did not have children.

Margaret charged John with extreme gross neglect for more than four years.  She had to live off the charity of her friends.  When they were at a residence in Defiance Co, OH in Mar 1889 he struck her and caused her mouth to bleed.  At their residence in Montpelier, Williams Co, OH in Oct 1889 he threatened her; specifically on 26 Oct 1889 he threw her out charging at her with a butcher knife and has refused to cohabit with her for the last year.

There was no decision in the court documents so it is unclear whether she received a divorce. 

If John N is really John W. Selders, he may be the son of Philip and Hannah Selders.  More information is listed below on this family, but it is not currently known if this is his family.  Without anything else to discover, I can not provide any more data on Margaret.  Anyone recognize this couple?

1850 Farmer, Defiance, Ohio; Roll: M432_674; Page: 68B; Image: 650.
h/h 915/915 Selders, Philip and wife Hannah plus children

1860 Farmer, Defiance, Ohio; Roll: M653_947; Page: 370; Image: 191; Family History Library Film: 803947.
h/h 337/335 Selder, Philip and wife Hannah plus children, one of whom was John 5 OH

1870 Farmer, Defiance, Ohio; Roll: M593_1195; Page: 86B; Image: 176; Family History Library Film: 552694.
h/h 150/140 Selders, Philip 54 OH farmer
Hannah 56 PA
S. Parker (m) 24 OH teacher
George L 17 OH
John W14 OH
Bash, Ellen 6 OH – see Joseph Long divorce

1880 Farmer, Defiance, Ohio; Roll: 1011; Family History Film: 1255011; Page: 220B; Enumeration District: 240; Image: 0666.
h/h 92/97 Selders, Pilip 62 farmer OH-PA-PA
Hannah 66 wife PA-PA-PA
John W 21 son works on farm OH-OH-PA single

Bryan Press, 31 Mar 1887 – Hannah Selder’s obit

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