04 February 2012

Divorce Action in Williams County, Ohio - Henry E Olmstead v Maggie V Bancroft Olmstead

By Pamela Pattison Lash

HE Olmstead v Maggie C Olmstead
The Bryan Dem 27 Feb 1902 – case dismissed

Bryan Democrat, 12 May 1904
Maggie V Olmstead, whose last known post office address and whose residence was and is at or near Evart in the County of Osceola in the State of Michigan will take notice that on the 9th day of April 1904, HE Olmstead as plaintiff filed his petition in the Court of Common Pleas of Williams Co, OH against Maggie V Olmstead as defendant in which said petition the plaintiff charges said defendant with gross neglect of duty and extreme cruelty upon which said grounds said plaintiff prays for a divorce from said defendant.  Said petition will be for hearing in said Court on and after six weeks from the 21st of Apr 1904.  Bowersox and Starr, Attorneys for Plaintiff
April 20th, 1904    1w6

Taking these two notices from the newspaper as a base, I was able to find out the following info on this couple:

Henry E Olmstead married Maggie Viola Bancroft on 23 Dec 1898 in Williams Co, OH by James Dilts, JP; license noted “no publication” (Marriages V7 p681)

Using the 1900 census (see below) Maggie was living with her parents as a “single” woman and with Henry and his parents as married; however, in the Williams Co, OH Birth Records, V3 p153 there is a birth recorded for Lola May Olmstead, daughter of Henry Olmstead and Maggie Bancroft on 6 May 1902 in Stryker.  My guess is the first newspaper articles of case dismissed was due to the fact that Maggie was pregnant, and in those days that usually meant no divorce until after the birth of the child. In the Oakwood Cem, Stryker, Springfield Twp, Williams Co, OH there is a stone for Lola M Olmstead 1902-1903 @ 1Y 1M 5D. The Williams Co, OH Death record shows Lola’s death on 11 Oct 1903 in Stryker.

Here’s what I’ve found on the husband and wife:

Henry E Olmstead (13 Mar 1866, Stryker, Springfield Twp, Williams Co, OH – 15 Jan 1922, Stryker, Springfield Twp, Williams Co, OH) was the son of Alva and Martha Chichester Olmstead; divorced, insurance agent; burial Stryker Cem; was married to Mrs. Maggie Bancroft; informant E G Mohr, Archbold, OH

Alva Olmstead (1827 Ballston, NY – 15 July 1908, Stryker, Springfield Twp, Williams Co, OH; married; age 81Y (Williams Co, OH Deaths, V3 p101); mar 10 May 1862 to Martha Chicester in Williams Co, OH; son of Thomas and Elizabeth Olmstead/Umstead; 1850 Springfield Twp residents

Martha Marie Chichester (18 July 1840 OH – 22 July 1923 Stryker, Springfield Twp, Williams Co, OH); widow, age 83Y 4D; witness Mrs E Morr of Stryker, informant on death certificate; burial Stryker Cem

1870 Springfield, Williams, Ohio; Roll: M593_1282; Page: 210A; Image: 425; Family History Library Film: 552781.
h/h 82/82 Olmstead, Alva  43 NY farmer
Martha 30 OH
Mary 7 OH
Clark, Charles 7 NY
Henry 4 OH

1880 Springfield, Williams, Ohio; Roll: 1078; Family History Film: 1255078; Page: 684A; Enumeration District: 013; Image: 0229
h/h 389/414 Umstead, Alva 53 NY-NY-NY farmer
Martha wife 39 OH-NY-NY
Mary dau 16 school teacher OH-NY-NY
Henry son 14 works on farm OH0NY-NY

Margaret “Maggie” Viola Bancroft (5 Dec 1881 Fulton Co, OH – May 1937 Flint, Genesee Co, MI) was the daughter of Hiram Daniel and Adeline Mary Burk Bancroft.

Hiram Daniel Bancroft (15 Mar 1855 Marion Co, OH – 15 Apr 1942 Pontiac, Oakland Co, MI); living 1860 German Twp, Fulton Co, OH w/parents

Adeline Mary or Mary Adaline Burk (27 May 1861 Fulton Co, OH – 28 July 1941 Pontiac, Oakland Co, MI); mar 3 Jan 1878, Henry Co, OH

Henry E Olmstead married Maggie V Bancroft on 23 Dec 1898.

1900 Mill Creek, Williams, Ohio; Roll: T623_1332; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 108.
h/h 84/86 Bancroft, Hiram D 45 (Mar 1855) OH-NY-NY night watchman at sawmill mar 22Y
Mary A wife 31 (May 1861) 8/7 ch OH-VT-PA – note age should be 39
Maggie V dau 19 (Dec 1881) OH-OH-OH single, housekeeper
William C son 17 (Apr 1883) OH-OH-OH
Bertie O son 14 (Dec 1885) OH-OH-OH
Harrison M son 11 (Sept 1888) MI-OH-OH
Henry H son 10 (July 1889) MI-OH-OH
Jennie C dau 5 (Dec 1894) MI-OH-OH
George A son 2 (Jan 1898) OH-OH-OH

1900 Stryker, Williams, Ohio; Roll: T623_1332; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 116.
h/h 11/11 Omstead, Alva 73 (Mar 1827) Ny-NY-NY no occup
Martha M wife  59 (July 1840) mar 38Y 2/1 ch OH-NY-NY
Henry E son 33 (Mar 1867) OH-NY-OH school teacher
Maggie dau-in law 21 (Nov 1878) mar 1Y 0/0 ch OH-OH-OH – note wrong age/birth date but everything else fits

Henry filed for divorce sometime c1902 with case dismissed in Feb 1902.
Henry and Maggie have a daughter on 6 May 1902.
Their daughter Lola died on 11 Oct 1903.
Henry filed and received a divorce from Maggie cMay 1904.

Maggie V Bancroft married Manley Albert Burss on 3 Dec 1904 in Evart, Osceola Co, MI by Irvin Chase, JP; Manley, the son of Albert Burss and Sarah Manley, was 27 (b1877 MI); he was a teacher, living in Remus, MI; he was never married; Maggie was the daughter of HD Bancroft and unknown mother; she was 23 (b1881 MI), a resident of Evart, MI, and married once before; HD Bancroft and Edna Tripp were the witnesses
Manley A Burrs was born on 28 Aug 1877 in Wheatland, Mecosta Co, MI

1910 Wheatland, Mecosta, Michigan; Roll: T624_663; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 0131; Image: 1109; FHL Number: 1374676.
h/h 103/112 Burss, Manley 33 mar 1x 5Y MI-Can-OH farmer
Margrett V 29 mar 2x 4/2 ch OH-OH-OH
Viola S dau 3 MI
Shirley M dau 8M MI

1910 Springfield, Williams, Ohio; Roll: T624_1241; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 0134; Image: 1031; FHL Number: 1375254.
h/h 82/83 Olmstead, Henry 42 OH-NY-OH widower, teacher in public school
Martha mother 69 OH-NY-NY
Note – they lived next door to the James Diltz who married Henry and Maggie in 1898

1916 Henry E Olmstead of Aliison St, Stryker, Springfield Twp, Williams Co, OH sold insurance (Farmer Illustrated Directory of Williams Co, OH)

1917 WWI Draft Card info – Manley and Margaret Viola Burss are living in Detroit, MI; he works as a machine helper at Ford Motor Co; 850 Connors Ave; note his date of birth here is 13 Feb 1877

1920 Detroit Ward 9, Wayne, Michigan; Roll: T625_807; Page: 116B; Enumeration District: 292; Image: 1119.
3514 Russell St
h/h 10/12 Burss, Manley 43 MI-MI-MI auto factory worker
Margreto wife 39 OH-OH-OH
With 5 children – Viola, Shirley, Mary, Albert, Martha

1920 Springfield, Williams, Ohio; Roll: T625_1450; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 168; Image: 429.
Allison St
h/h 31/31 Olmstead, Martha M 79 OH-NY-NY widow
Henry E Olmstead 53 son OH-OH-OH single, notary for deeds and abstracts

Maggie V Bancroft Burrs married Charles E Parker on 15 Feb 1924 in Evart, Osceola Co, MI
Maggie was the daughter of Hiram D and Addie M Burk Bancroft; she was 43 (b1881 OH); she had been married twice before; Charles was the son of William and Lillie Filkine Parker; he was 44 (b1880 MI); he had not been married before; Hiram D Bancroft and Lottie Boyd were the witnesses; both bride and groom were residents of Evart, Osceola Co, MI

1930 Osceola, Osceola, Michigan; Roll: 4609260; Page: 5A; Image: 906.0; Family History Library Film: 2340755.
h/h 104/104 Bancroft, Hiram D 75 mar@23Y Oh-OH-PA odd job laborer
Mary A wife 68 mar@17Y OH-VT-PA

105/105 Parker, Charles 50 mar@44Y Mi-US-US farmer
Maggie V wife 48 mar@17Y OH-OH-OH
Buras, Marjorie step dau 12 MI-OH-OH

Manley A Burss died on 7 Nov 1941 in Detroit, Wayne Co, MI – note that if this the second husband of Maggie, the couple must have been divorced sometime between 1920 and her marriage to Charles Parker in 1924.