By Pamela Pattison Lash
In researching the early divorces of Williams County, Ohio, I recently found a divorce detailing that I had missed. I have not found any documentation in the Civil and Criminal Records but I did find an article in an old newspaper for the county. If anyone can shed some light on the mysterious first wife of GW Covell, I would love to hear from you.
George Washington Covell (19 Feb 1828 NY – 26 May 1893, Osawatomie, Miami Co, KS; buried in Spring Grove Quaker Cem, Lane, Miami Co, KS)
M1 - Mary (unknown surname)
M2 - 12 July 1863, Scipio Twp, Hillsdale Co, MI, Laura Silsby
Note there is a tombstone with both George W and Lucina Covell (his mother) but none for his second wife, Laura.
Hiram Covell (1800 NY – 8 Sept 1865; buried in Heritage Cem, Bridgewater Twp, Williams Co, OH)
Lucina C. Neff (24 June 1809 NY – 29 Oct 1888, burial in Spring Grove Quaker Cem, Lane, Miami Co, KS)
Hiram Covell was a Bridgewater Township Trustee in 1840
1840 Bridgewater, Williams, Ohio; Roll: 433; Page: 215; Image: 437; Family History Library Film: 0020179.
1850 Bridgewater, Williams, Ohio; Roll: M432_741; Page: 49B; Image: 102.
h/h 681/683 Covell, Hiram 50 NY farmer
Susannah 45 NY
George 22 NY clerk
Republican Standard, 4 Feb 1858, p3
Notice is hereby given that my wife Mary has left my bed and board. All persons are forbidden to harbor or trust her on my account, as I shall pay no debts of her contracting. GW Covell, 1 Feb 1858
Williams Co, OH Common Pleas Court. March 1858, Hiram Covell v Moses Donaldson
Williams Co, OH Common Pleas Court, May 1860, State of Ohio v Hiram Covill
1860 Bridgewater, Williams, Ohio; Roll: M653_1052; Page: 103; Image: 209; Family History Library Film: 805052.
h/h 152/147 Coville, Hiram 60 NY
Lucina 55 NY
On 12 July 1863 in Scipio, Hillsdale Co, MI George W Covell married Mrs. Laura Lorenza Silsby Lamb. Laura was the daughter of Elijah and Temperance Silsby.
Laura Lorenza Silsby (22 Aug 1828 Antwerp, Jefferson Co, NY – 5 Jan 1912 Trinidad, Las Animas Co, CO) Laura, a widow, married George Seely Lamb on 1 Nov 1845 in Lorain Co, OH. They were enumerated in the 1850 Phelpstown, Ingham, Michigan; Roll: M432_351; Page: 85B; Image: 573. George Seeley Lamb died on 19 Aug 1862 in New Ulm, Minnesota. 1860 Murray, Minnesota; Roll: M653_572; Page: 519; Image: 106; Family History Library Film: 803572. They had a son, Frances Edgar Lamb, born 1850 in Ingham, MI, and daughters, Emma Lamb and Alice Lamb, born 1856 WI and 1858 WI, respectively.
Elijah Silsby (26 Jan 1802 Windham Co, CT – 11 Feb 1860, Luttenton Cem, Pulaski, Jackson Co, MI)
Temperance La Due (15 July 1803 Scipio, Cayuga Co, NY- 4 Nov 1882 Bridgewater Twp, Williams Co, OH)
1850 Scipio, Hillsdale, Michigan; Roll: M432_351; Page: 438A; Image: 223.
On 17 Nov 1865 Hiram Covell’s estate was probated (Williams Co Probate, case #995).
Lucina was a member of Liberty Chapel Church (UB).
1870 Bridgewater, Williams, Ohio; Roll: M593_1282; Page: 36B; Image: 76; Family History Library Film: 552781.
h/h /237 Covell, George W 42 NY dry goods merchant
Laura L 41 NY
Laura E 3 OH
Lamb, Emma 13 WI
Covell, Lucina 65 NY widow, mitten knitter
Moors, Georgeanne 66 NY
1880 North West, Williams, Ohio; Roll: 1077; Family History Film: 1255077; Page: 435B; Enumeration District: 1; Image: 0510.
h/h 45/47 Covell, George W 52 farmer NY-NY-NY
Laura L 51 wife NY-VT-NY
Laura E 14 dau OH-NY-NY
Edward M 5 adopted son OH-OH-OH
Lucina 75 mother NY-NY-NY
Stone, Temperance 76 mother-i-l NY-NY-RI
1885 Middle Creek, Miami Co, Kansas State Census. Microfilm reels K-1 – K-146. Kansas State Historical Society.
h/h 2/2 Covell, GW 57 farmer
LL (f) 56
1900 Hudson, Lenawee, Michigan; Roll: T623_725; Page: 12B; Enumeration District: 48.
Laura Covell 71 widow NY living with Hiram Covell – note she’s stated as sister, but I wonder if she’s really sister-in-law, making this Hiram a brother to her late husband, George W Covell; she’s listed as born Aug 1829 NY with 2/2 children
1910 Bucyrus Ward 2, Crawford, Ohio; Roll: T624_1163; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 0006; Image: 214; FHL Number: 1375176.
Laura L Covell 81 NY mother of Francis Covell