20 February 2011

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Christman (Roll 47)

Eva J. Sparling Christman v George Christman (Roll 47 Box 166 case number 2089) – 5 July 1889 – see Hudkins divorce

By Pamela Pattison Lash

The couple was married on 3 June 1889 in Williams Co, OH (Marriage V5 #1515). 

Eva claimed that George was guilty of gross neglect, not performing marital duties, and providing no support for her.  She was living off the charity of friends.  B. Schmachtenberger owed George money but she didn’t know how much.  Fred Christman also owed her husband some money.  George has already disposed of some of his property in order to defraud her.  Eva asked for reasonable alimony and the divorce, which were both granted to her.

She did not mention that she and George were the parents of a son, George Christman, born in Pulaski Twp, Williams Co, OH on 5 July 1889 (Birth V2 p120); however in the 1900 Pulaski, Williams, Ohio; Roll: T623_1332; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 110, under household of George Hodkins, Eva’s daughter, Anna, was born in July 1889.  This could mean that the birth record was misread or misreported.  Eva was the mother of 4 children/3 living children.

Eva J Sparling, born on 3 Oct 1870 in Germany, was the daughter of John and Julia Brendt Sparling.  The Sparlings immigrated to USA c1874.

1880 Pulaski, Williams, Ohio; Roll: 1078; Family History Film: 1255078; Page: 629C; Enumeration District: 11; Image: 0119.
h/h 269/279 Sparling, John 60 Pruss-Pruss-Pruss farmer
Julia wife 50 Pruss-Pruss-Pruss
Anna 14 dau Pruss-Pruss-Pruss
Gusta M E 13 dau Pruss-Pruss-Pruss
Mary G E 11 dau Pruss-Pruss-Pruss
Eva J 9 dau Pruss-Pruss-Pruss
John F 5 son OH-Pruss-Pruss
Agusutus 18 son Pruss-Pruss-Pruss
Otto 16 son Pruss-Pruss-Pruss

After the divorce Eva married George W Hudkins in Williams Co, OH on 5 Aug 1897 (Marriage V7 #390).

Sometime after the 1930 federal census, Eva married Newton Perkins.

The Hudkins couple was buried in Fountain Grove Cemetery, Bryan, Williams Co, OH as

Hudkins, George W (1861 – 1921) – probate 23 July 1921 case number 6926; obit Bryan Press, 21 and 28 July 1921
Eva J (1870 – 1932) – probate 16 Apr 1932 case number 9040

Note that in the 1900 federal census (mentioned above) Eva Hodkins was listed with birth date of Oct 1869, but her death record stated she was born on 3 Oct 1870; she died on 7 Apr 1932 in Bryan, OH.

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