07 March 2011

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

Anna A. Ames Scott v Walter Scott (Journal 15 case number 2092 – 5 July 1889; p98 - 15 Nov 1889; p290-292 - 28 Mar 1890; Roll 47 Box 160 case number 2092 – Mar 1890)

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 20 November 2011)

The defendant’s deposition was taken in Wauseon, Fulton Co, OH.
This may be an example of a filing in Williams Co, OH to avoid scandal in neighboring Fulton Co, OH.

Anna had the following witness statements:

1.  James McClure, 56Y, Wauseon tailor.  He said he had dozens of conversations with Anna because she thought Walter was running around with other women. 

2.  Mary Johnson – She said Anna told her Anna followed Walter to a bad house.

3.  Ollie Parmenter – Anna told her Walter was going to a bad house and he had venereal disease.  This was in a letter that Ollie burned.

4.  Mrs. Delila Cornell, 58 Y, had known Anna for 33 Y – Anna believed Mrs. William Lambert was the other woman.

5.  Cyrus Arnold, cabinet maker in Wauseon

6.  Harlan B. Hall of Hyde, Darke Co, OH – Walter went to hotels with other women – Eddith Warren was one of them

The Bryan Democrat, 28 Mar 1889

A frame residence on South Portland Street, owned by PS Garlow and for some time past occupied by Mrs Walter Scott, caught fire about 5 Monday afternoon and was badly damaged.  The steamer was on hand promptly and saved the framework of the building.  The origin of the fire is a mystery.  Mrs. Scott was moving out of the house and within half an hour after the last load was taken out of the house the fire alarm was sounded.  Mr Garlow’s loss is fully covered by insurance.

This case has a huge number of documents with accusations and counter-accusations.  She requested a reasonable alimony.  For example on 15 Nov 1889 there was a continuance granted.
In Journal 15 p290-292 case #2092 for 28 Mar 1890 there was an answer and cross petition.  Anna again charged Walter with extreme cruelty.  He owned "The Model Mills" in Bryan.  On p292 Anna stated she owned real estate in Bryan; she wanted all wearing apparel, the house and household goods, the furniture, and a reasonable alimony; at the time of the divorce she had to pay court costs but she received a fair settlement.

Anna Ames was born c1834 in Meadville, PA; husband Walter Scott was born in Aug 1828 in Chautauqua Co, NY, possibly the son of Pandura and Eunice Whitmore Scott of Stockton, Chautauqua Co, NY.

The couple had a son, Milan H. Scott, born 31 Jan 1865 in Enterprise, PA; Milan died in Toledo, Lucas Co, OH on 6 Sept 1905.

1860 Southwest, Warren, Pennsylvania; Roll: M653_1190; Page: 1040; Image: 398; Family History Library Film: 805190.
h/h 43/44 Scott, Walter 31 constable NY
Annie 25 PA
Carrie 11/12 PA
Also in household
Dunham, William 59 lumberman NY
Susan 49 NY
Henry Z 17 PA
Knight, William 21 NY laborer
Emily 17 domestic NY

1870 Wauseon, Fulton, Ohio; Roll: M593_1202; Page: 67A; Image: 137; Family History Library Film: 552701
h/h 3113/324 Scott, Walter 42 farmer NY
Anna 36 PA
Carrie 11 PA
Milan 6 PA
Bayes, Wesley 26 farm laborer OH

1880 Wauseon, Fulton, Ohio; Roll: 1018; Family History Film: 1255018; Page: 183D; Enumeration District: 24; Image: 0007.
h/h 422/430 Scott, Walter 51 NY lumber dealer
Anna wife 46 PA
Milan son 15 PA-NY-PA

1900 Civil District 13, Coffee, Tennessee; Roll: T623_1562; Page: 18A; Enumeration District: 40.
Walter Scott (Aug 1828) 71 NY-NY-VT widower, father of Carrie O Powell  (July 1859) 40 PA

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