03 March 2011

Divorce Action in Williams Co, OH - Mills (Roll 47)


Richmond M. Mills v Rosa H. Bridinger Mills (Journal 12 p430 - 22 Dec 1884; Journal 14 p352 - 11 June 1888; Journal 15 p69 – July 1889; Roll 47 case number 2085 - 4 June 1889) – see previous posting for Mills divorce action; see Worthington when posted

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 17 July 2011)

The couple was married on 11 Jan 1877 in Williams Co, OH (Marriage V4 p45). This was a lengthy case, which started in Dec 1884 and became final c6 June 1889.  Reviewing Roll 47 for this posting I found the following information:

Richmond Mills stated for the court that Rosa was willfully absent for over five years.  She lived in Lansing, MI.  They had a mutual agreement five years ago to the division of their property.  He listed their children as – William 12 on 19 Mar 1889, Martha H 10 on 15 Feb 1889, and Mary A 8 in Dec 1889.  He wanted custody of the children.  A newspaper notice appeared on 6 June 1889 (no clipping to show which one).  A divorce was granted whereby he has custody of the children, a visitation schedule was set, and Richmond paid court costs.

Information in red is from a former post.

Richmond, born 27 Mar 1834 NY, was the son of Minor and Hannah/Martha Wood Mills. According to the 1860 St. Joseph federal census p110a, the Mills family was listed as LN 28 NY, Hannah 62 NY, Richmond 26 NY, Lois 28 NY, and William J 22 NY. By the 1870 St. Joseph Twp federal census p12, the family appeared as Richmond 35 NY, Hannah 72 NY, Lois 27 NY, and Nathaniel Hutchins 13 OH.  In the 1880 St. Joseph Twp federal census p590D, the family was listed as Richmond 40 NY, Rosa 19 OH with German parentage, William 3 OH, and Martha 1 OH.  Richmond and Rosa Mills had the following children: William G (19 Mar 1876 – 5 July 1913), John Keenan (b 19 Mar 1877), Martha H. (b 7 Feb 1879), and Mary Ann (b 14 Dec 1880).  Note that on William Mills' tombstone inscription in Maple Grove Cemetery, Edgerton, his birth date was 1876, making him issue before the marriage or the son of another. 

From the 1870 Richland Twp, Defiance Co, OH federal census p164A the Bridinger family was enumerated as George Bridinger 41 Wurtemberg, Hannah 37 Saxony, Rosa 9 OH, Matilda 7 OH, Henry 4 OH, and David 1 OH.  Rosa’s parents were George and Hanna Richard Bridinger.  According to the 1880 Ferris, Montcalm Co, MI federal census, Rosa was living with her mother and siblings; her father had died sometime between 1870-1880. Note that Rosa was listed twice in the 1880 federal census – once with her husband in Ohio and once with her mother in Michigan.

The court initially continued the case but Richmond charged Rosa with being willfully absent for five years plus he wished custody of the children.  A legal notice appeared in the Bryan Press.  A divorce was granted, but on 11 June 1888 a criminal action was brought against Richmond and Caroline Stirtz for cohabiting in adultery. The defendants claimed that they were not guilty. The Edgerton Earth, 5 Nov 1915, p5, reported Richmond's demise on 2 Nov 1915. The Maple Grove Cemetery showed burials for Richmond M. Mills (1834-1915), his son William, and his sister Lois N Mills, who was incorrectly identified in the cemetery records as Richmond's wife. 

1900 St Joseph, Williams, Ohio; Roll: T623_1332; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 114.
h/h 93/95 Mills, Richmond (Mar 1834) 68 divorced NY-CT-NY farmer, renting
William G (Mar 1877) son 23 single OH-NY-OH day laborer
Lois (June 1828) 71 sister, divorced NY-CT-NY housekeeper – see Worthington when posted

1910 St Joseph, Williams, Ohio; Roll: T624_1241; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 0131; Image: 966; FHL Number: 1375254.
h/h 130/131 Mills, Richard 76 widower NY-CT-NY farmer/gardener
William son 32 single OH-NY-US day laborer
Rose Bridinger Mills married George O. Spaulding in Charlotte, Eaton Co, MI on 15 June 1889.  According to their marriage license she was born in 1862 NY; George was born in NY c1854; his parents were John and Maria Jackson Spaulding. 

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