14 November 2011

Update Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Kahl/Mercer, 1889

By Pamela Pattison Lash (updated 14 November 2011 from previous posting)

Biancy Mercer Kahl v Edward B. Kahl (Journal 14 p109 - Mar 1887; p135 - June 1887; p226 - Nov 1887; p291 - 14 Mar 1888; Journal 15 p89 – November 1889; Roll 47 Box 158 case number 2114 – 18 Sept 1889)

The couple was married on 18 Mar 1877 in Hillsdale Co, MI at the residence of John S. Drake.  On 8 Jan 1878 Biancy claimed that Edward abandoned her and gave no support.  At first this action was dismissed but later a divorce was granted in November 1889.

Some possibilities for Edward B Kahl:
There is an Edward Kahl b1859 OH laborer living in Bryan, OH c1880 residing as a boarder of John Yates.
There is a Charles (39 Prussia carpenter) and Louisa (29 Prussia) Kahl with a one-year old son, Edward, living in 1860 Bucyrus, Crawford Co, OH; other siblings are Louisa and Charley Kahl.  The mother’s maiden name was Kear/Hear; they were married on 1 June 1856 in Crawford Co, OH.. By 1870 the mother Louisa is head of house 39 Prussia with children Louisa (13) and Christian (5). Louesa Kahl, single aged 41, died in Lykens Twp, Crawford Co, OH on 29 Aug 1872.
In the 1900 Springvale, Emmet Co, MI federal census there is an Edward B Kahl 43 (Jan 1857) OH-PA-PA carpenter living as a boarder of Novaco M Kellam. In 1910 Edward is living as a boarder in Kansas City, MO as 50 OH-PA-PA carpenter. 
In the 1900 Chicago, Cook Co, IL federal census there is husband Edward Kahl (Feb 1865 OH-Germ-Germ) married 12 years to Augusta (Maroska) Kahl.

Biancia Jane Mercer (15 Oct 1851 OH – c1930’s, burial w/second husband, GW Hamilton in Riverside Cem, Montpelier, Superior Twp, Williams Co, OH)

Biancy Mercer’s family:           
Jonathan S Mercer (28 Apr 1826 Ravenna, Portage Co, OH – 15 Feb 1922 Toledo, Lucas Co, OH; burial West Jefferson Cem); Bryan Democrat, 28 Feb 1922, p8 c3

Catharine J Zuver (23 Jan 1829 Wayne Co, OH – 15 Apr 1893 Montpelier, Superior Twp, Williams Co, OH; burial West Jefferson Cem)

1860 Bryan, Williams, Ohio; Roll: M653_1052; Page: 184; Image: 373; Family History Library Film: 805052.
h/h 852/852 Musser, Johnathan 32 OH
Catharine 31 OH
Mary 11 OH
Byancy 9 OH
Orlando 6 OH
Paulina 4 OH
Ida 1 OH

1870 Superior, Williams, Ohio; Roll: M593_1282; Page: 274B; Image: 554; Family History Library Film: 552781.
h/h 293/293 Mercer, Jonathan S 44 OH
Catharine 42 OH
Bianca 18 OH
Orlando 16 OH
Polina 14 OH
Ida 11 OH
Edward 7 OH
Famma 2 OH

Biancy Mercer married Edward B Kahl in Hillsdale Co, MI on 18 Mar 1877 but so far no record of this marriage has been found other than the data in the divorce case.

1880 Superior, Williams, Ohio; Roll: 1077; Family History Film: 1255077; Page: 539A; Enumeration District: 7; Image: 0712.
h/h 118/120 BJ Kale 26 female married living next door to her parents and in household of Robert Resler; keeping house OH-OH-OH

Biancy Mercer Kahl was divorced from Edward B Kahl in November 1889.

Biancia J Mercer married George W Hamilton on 25 Nov 1889 in Williams Co, OH. He may have been previously married on 30 July 1887 to Lucy Mattice.

1900 Montpelier, Williams, Ohio; Roll: T623_1332; Page: 18B; Enumeration District: 118.
h/h 473/475 Hamilton, George W 43 (Oct 1856) OH-PA-PA machinist
Diantha J wife 48 (Oct 1851) mar 9Y 0/0 ch OH-unk-unk

George W. Hamilton died on 6 November 1901.
West Unity Obits (unsourced newspaper but probably Advance Reporter)
p16 -17 - George Hamilton
b. 3 Oct 1856, NW Twp
d. 6 Nov 1901, Jonesville St, Montpelier @45Y 1M 3D; complications from lockjaw which set in after stepping on wire nail
m. 23 Nov 1888, Bianca Mercer
survived by wife, 1 dau, 1 grand, 1 bro, 1 sis
funeral from LUB Church under Rev WW Landis and Rev GW Long; Knights of Pythias
bur Riverside Cem

Biancia Hamilton married Thomas Thompson on 20 June 1907 in Williams Co, OH.
(from the marriage license) Biancia was married twice before; she was born on 15 Oct 1851 in Williams Co, OH, stated as the daughter of Jonathan Mercer and Catharine J Zuver.  Thomas Thompson was the son of George W Thompson and Bethia Cox.

1910 Superior, Williams, Ohio; Roll: T624_1241; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0137; Image: 1107; FHL Number: 1375254.
Jonesville St, Montpelier
h/h 110/120 Thompson, Thomas 51 mar 2x mar 2Y OH-PA-PA odd job laborer
Biancia wife 59 mar 2x OH-OH-OH
Mercer, John S 83 father-in-law; widower OH-PA-PA no occup

By 1930 Thomas Thompson 71 OH widower lived alone in Montpelier, Superior Twp, Williams Co, OH.  If this is true, what happened to Biancia?  She is listed as buried in Riverside Cemetery as Biancia Hamilton.  Was she separated or divorced from Thomas Thompson?

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