03 May 2011

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Wolff/Croninger

Florence Pearl Wolff Croninger v Arthur C Croninger

By Pamela Pattison Lash

While looking at an old newspaper I stumbled on this article concerning a divorce action in Williams Co, OH concerning the wayward teacher and his wife.  If anyone has further info on the husband, Arthur C. Croninger, please email me.

Details from the Bryan Democrat, 2 Sept 1910, p1 c2:

The couple was married in Windsor (Essex), Ontario, Canada on 26 Oct 1908. Pearl charged that Arthur was guilty of extreme cruelty and gross neglect of duty.  She stated that her husband called her vile names and that since Dec 1909 he had “utterly failed to provide for her, and that prior to that time did not properly support her, although able to do so.”  Her petition stated that Arthur taught school at LaPorte, IN and received a good wage, but that he “squandered it in wild, riotous, scandalous and criminal living and neglected her.”  Presumably a divorce was granted. 

Pearl was 19 and Arthur was 21 when they married; both were residents of Bryan, Williams Co, OH.  Arthur was a student.

Arthur C. Croninger, the son of Henry and Serpta Alice Cramer Croninger of Center Twp, Williams Co, OH, was born in Apr 1887.

Henry Chroninger (13 Mar 1847, Henry Co, OH – 3 Nov 1926 Henry Co, OH; bur Morrison Cem, Liberty Twp, Henry Co, OH

Serpta Alice Cramer (13 May 1857 OH – 6 Jan 1921 Henry Co, OH; bur Morrison Cem, Liberty Twp, Henry Co, OH

1880 Liberty, Henry, Ohio; Roll: 1032; Family History Film: 1255032; Page: 37A; Enumeration District: 109; Image: 0076.
h/h 309/319 Croninger, Henry 33 Oh-OH-PA farmer
Alice S 23 wife OH-OH-OH
James B 2 son OH-OH-OH
Note Henry Croninger was married once before to Lydia Gintzel on 30 Aug 1868 in Henry Co, OH; they divorced; he married Serpta Cramer on 18 Nov 1877.

1900 Center, Williams, Ohio; Roll: T623_1332; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 103.
h/h 88/95 Croninger, Henry (Mar 1847) 63 OH-OH-PA farmer
Sarepta wife (May 1857) 43 3/3 ch mar 22Y OH-OH-OH
J B son (Oct 1878) 21 OH-OH-OH teacher
Arthur son (Apr 1887) 13 OH-OH-OH

Pearl F. Wolff, the daughter of William Edward and Malinda Deck Wolff, was born in Bryan, Pulaski Twp, Williams Co, OH on 4 Nov 1888.

William Edward Wolff (14 Dec 1856 Paulding Co, OH – 2 Oct 1946 Jefferson Twp, Williams Co, OH)

Malinda Deck Wolff (15 Oct 1864 Williams Co, OH – 10 July 1950, Bryan, Williams Co, OH); she was the daughter of Fred and Mary Berry Deck. 

History of Williams Co, OH, WCHS, 1981, p724 indicates that William Edward Wolff, known as Ed, lived with a cousin in Oakwood when he first moved to Ohio. "Ed" was an expert wood carver, and made and sold hand-made hickory ax and hammer handles locally, as well as canes.

1900 Jefferson, Williams, Ohio; Roll: T623_1332; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 106.
h/h 15/15 Wolff, William (Dec 1856) 43 mar 14Y PA-PA-Germ farmer
Melinda wife (Oct 1864) 35 3/3 ch OH-PA-PA
Pearl dau (Nov 1888) 11 OH-PA-PA
Ruby dau (Jan 1891) 9 OH-PA-PA
James son (Mar 1894) 6 OH-PA-PA

Pearl married John Grover Mattoon, the son of John A and Amanda Hamet Mattoon of Jefferson Twp, Williams Co, OH, on 26 Sept 1912 in Williams Co, OH (Marriage V10 p414).  John, a Bryan native, was born on 29 Mar 1891.  He was 21 and Pearl was 23; both were divorced at the time of their marriage.  Pearl died on 15 July 1953 in Bryan.  She and husband John are buried in Shiffler Cemetery, Jefferson Twp, Williams Co, OH.

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