01 May 2015

Stephen Senn v Abby Jane Bundy Senn, Divorce 1892

By Pamela Pattison Lash

I spotted the following newspaper article concerning a proposed divorce in Williams Co, OH and began a detailing of the participants.

Bryan Democrat, 5 May 1892 p3
Abbie J Senn who resides at Tompkins, Clare Co, MI is on notice that her husband Stephen Senn filed for divorce in Williams Co, OH charging her with willfull and continuous absence for more than three years.  There will be a hearing on 17 June 1892.

Bryan Democrat, 28 June 1892 p5 c3 - Steven Senn v Aba Senn; divorce granted

I noted difficulty in the records due to spelling alternatives and children's names changing which made the research chase challenging at times.  I began the detailing with the bride's parents as there are several people online who do not have some of the details right.  The problem also is compounded as there are two Stephen Senns living about the same time frame in the same general areas.

1 Jacob F Bundy
Death: 22 Nov 1864, Chattanooga, TN

CW Vet, died in TN - Co G 68th OVI
Lived in Henry Co, OH with PO Archbold, OH
Mustered in Oct 1862 - Nov 22, 1864

Spouse: Elizabeth Fesler
Death: 7 Jul 1886
Marriage: 6 Nov 1845, Fulton Co, OH

Children: Abby J (1856->1936)

1.1a Abby J Bundy*
Birth: 3 Jul 1856, Henry Co, OH
Death: aft 1936 - her son, John E Senn, said in his 2nd marriage application that his mother was at home (wherever that is) on 1936

A twin to Caleb Bundy - list of Bundy children with birthdates on her mother’s CW pension application, 1865

1860 Ridgeville, Henry Co, OH
Bundy, Abby 11 OH living with siblings and mother E of PA
Note father was not with them

Abby’s sister:
Lucy Druhot
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 06 Apr 1927
Event Place: Archbold, Fulton, Ohio
Gender: Female
Age: 73
Marital Status: Widowed
Race: w
Birth Date: 16 Jul 1853
Birthplace: Henry Co, Ohio
Birth Year (Estimated): 1854
Burial Date: 09 Apr 1927
Cemetery: Catholic Cem
Father's Name: Jacob Bundy
Father's Birthplace: New York........some records say born in Ohio
Mother's Name: Elizabeth Fessler
Mother's Birthplace: Penn.
Spouse's Name: Eugene Druhot

George Lagron
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birth Year: abt 1853
Birth Place: Canada
Marriage Date: 17 May 1893
Marriage Place: Cadillac, Wexford, Michigan, USA
Age: 40
Residence Place: Clare Co
Father: Oliver Lagron
Mother: Louvisa Morey
Spouse: Addie Bundy
Spouse Gender: Female
Spouse Race: White
Spouse Age: 32
Spouse Birth Place: Henry Co Ohio
Spouse Residence Place: Wexford
Spouse Father: Jacob F Bundy
Spouse Mother: Elizabeth Fesslor
Record Number: 565
Film: 50
Film Description: 1893 Newaygo - 1893 Wexford
Each married once before; this fits with newspaper saying she lived in Clare Co, MI area; note that she is known as Abby Bundy so she took back her maiden name after the divorce from Senn

Spouse: Stephen Senn
Birth: 4 May 1853, Dearborn Co, IN
Death: 14 Apr 1924, Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Co, MI1

Bryan Democrat, 5 May 1892 p3
Abbie J Senn who resides at Tompkins, Clare Co, MI is on notice that her husband Stephen Senn filed for divorce in Williams Co, OH charging her with willful and continuous absence for more than three years.  There will be a hearing on 17 June 1892.

They were married in South Wright Twp, Hillsdale Co, MI; both from Henry Co, OH; he was 21 and she was 18; the names are Stephen Saun and Abby Bandy but everything fits

Stephen Senn
Event Type: Marriage
Event Date: 27 Jun 1892
Event Place: Wood, Ohio, United States
Spouse's Name: Annie E. Oldshoe
Note the ink was probably not too dry when he remarried

1900 Henry Twp, Wood, Ohio; Roll: 1333; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0142; FHL microfilm: 1241333
h/h 104/107 Senn, Stephen 47 (May 1853) PA-FR-PA mar 8Y oil pumper
Anna E wife 40 (Aug 1859) 8/7 ch MI-Switz-MI
Conklin, Nellie L step-dau 26 (July 1873) 1/1 ch OH-Can-MI
Snyder, Gertrude M step gr-dau 5 (Feb 1895) OH-OH-OH

1901, 1903,1905, 1907, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912  Toledo, OH City Directory, living on Case St or Front St - pumper, electrician, machinist

1910 Toledo Ward 13, Lucas, Ohio; Roll: T624_1208; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 0151; FHL microfilm: 1375221, 2367 Front St
h/h 38/38 Senn, Stephen 56 In-Fr-PA tank tender for blast furnace, mar 2x mar 18Y
Anna E wife 50 MI- Eng-MI 4/1 ch mar 2x

Birth Date: 04 May 1853
Birthplace: Dearborn Co., Indiana
Spouse's Name: Emma Jane Eckman
Spouse's Birth Date: 20 May 1859
Spouse's Birthplace: Whitley Co., Indiana
Event Date: 10 Mar 1920
Event Place: Steuben County, Indiana
Father's Name: Christopher Senn
Mother's Name: Sarah Ritter
Spouse's Father's Name: John Walker
Spouse's Mother's Name: Louisa Flower
Race: White
Marital Status: Widowed
Spouse's Race: White
Spouse's Marital Status: Widowed

Event Type: Death
Event Date: 14 Apr 1924
Event Place: Ann Arbor, Washtenaw, Michigan, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 70
Marital Status: Married
Birth Date: 04 May 1853
Birthplace: Indiana
Birth Year (Estimated): 1854
Father's Name: Christopher Senn
Mother's Name: Sarah Ritter

Children: Amanda/Arminda Delia (1874-1913)
Alonzo Sylvester (1877-1913)
John Edward (1882-1960)

Other spouses: George Lagron

1.1a.1a Amanda/Arminda Delia Senn*
Birth: 8 Jul 1874/1875, Williams Co, OH
Death: 10 Apr 1913, Lincoln Twp, Arenac Co, MI
Burial: Woodmere Cem, Standish, Arenac Co, MI

Amanda D Senn
Gender: Female
Race: White
Birth Year: abt 1875
Birth Place: Williams County, Ohio
Marriage Date: 17 Sep 1891
Marriage Place: Hillsdale, Hillsdale, Michigan, USA
Age: 16
Residence Place: West Unity, Ohio
Father: Stephen Senn
Spouse: James L Downs
Spouse Gender: Male
Spouse Race: White
Spouse Age: 20
Spouse Birth Place: Waterville, Ohio
Spouse Residence Place: West Unity, Ohio
Spouse Father: Lewis Downs
Spouse Mother: Amanda Ketchell

Della Armenda Senn
1874 8 Jul
William County, Ohio
Marriage to James L Downs
1891 17 Sep — Age: 17
Hillsdale County, Michigan, USA
LDS Record GS film # 2342490, Digital folder # 4208239 Parents listed as Lewis Downs & Amanda Ketchell, Stephen Senn & "no mother listed"
Marriage to David E Chrysler
1897 1 Sep — Age: 23
Detroit, Wayne, Michigan

Death certificate says cause of death: injured internally by falling

Spouse: James L Downs
Marriage: 17 Sep 1891, Hillsdale Co, MI

Other spouses: David E Chrysler

1.1a.1b Amanda/Arminda Delia Senn* (See above)

Spouse: David E Chrysler
Marriage: 1 Sep 1897, Detroit, Wayne Co, MI

Other spouses: James L Downs

1.1a.2 Alonzo Sylvester Senn - first went by Sylvester
Birth: 30 Jul 1877, Stryker, Springfield Twp, Williams Co, OH
Death: 21 Nov 1913, Grayling, Crawford Co, MI2
Burial: Elmwood Cem, Grayling, Crawford Co, MI

Sylvester Senn
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birth Place: Stryker, Williams, Ohio
Birth Date: 30 Jul 1877
Father's name: Stephen Senn
Mother's name: Abby Gilbundy
FHL Film Number: 914034

Alonzo Sim
Age (Expanded): 22 years
Birth Year: 1879
Birthplace: Ohio
Spouse's Name: Caroline B.C. Paul
Spouse's Age (Expanded): 16 years
Spouse's Birth Year: 1885
Spouse's Birthplace: Pinconning
Event Date: 29 Oct 1901
Event Place: Pinconning, Bay, Michigan
Father's Name: Stephen
Mother's Name: Abbie Bundy
Spouse's Father's Name: Michael
Spouse's Mother's Name: Wilhelmina Berg

Alonzo Senn
Gender: Male
Death Date: 21 Nov 1913
Death Place: Grayling, Crawford, Michigan
Age: 35
Birth Date: 1878
Birthplace: Ohio
Occupation: Brakeman
Race: White
Marital Status: Married
Father's Name: Stephen Senn
Mother's Name: Abbie Bundzi
Death certificate lists cause of death: hemorrhage and shock following accident on railroad - both legs severed and left arm severed. Worked as brakeman on railroad.

Spouse: Caroline Powell

There is a Joseph S Senn who b/d 1915 at Edwards, Ogemaw Co, MI with mother Clara Powell Senn??

Marriage: 29 Oct 1901, Pinconning, Bay Co, MI

1.1a.3a John Edward Senn* - first went by Frank
Birth: 23 Mar 1882, Williams Co, OH
Death: 1960
Burial: Edwards Twp Cem, West Branch, Ogemaw Co, MI

Frank Senn
Gender: Male
Birth Place: Fremont, Isabella Co, Michigan
Birth Date: 23 Mar 1882
Baptism Place: Isabella, Michigan
Father's name: Stephen Senn
Mother's name: Abigail

John E. Senn
Age (Expanded): 29 years
Birth Year: 1882
Birthplace: Ohio
Spouse's Name: Hattie Mrs. Car
Spouse's Age (Expanded): 28 years
Spouse's Birth Year: 1883
Spouse's Birthplace: Michigan
Event Date: 31 May 1911
Event Place: Grayling, Crawford, Michigan
Father's Name: Stephen Senn
Mother's Name: ...bey Bonty
Spouse's Father's Name: Simps...
Spouse's Mother's Name: ...attie Simpson

John Edward Senn
WWI Draft Registration b 23 Mar 1882, res of West Branch, Ogemaw Co, MI, farmer, married Hattie

John E Senn
Event Type: Marriage
Event Date: 08 Aug 1936
Event Place: , Steuben, Indiana
Registration Place: , Steuben, Indiana, United States
Marriage License Date: 08 Aug 1936
Residence Place: Flint, , Michigan
Gender: Male
Age (Estimated): 54
Birth Date: 23 Mar 1882
Birthplace: , Williams, Ohio
Father's Name: Stephen Senn
Mother's Name: Abbie Bundy
Spouse's Name: Belle Wilcox
Spouse's Residence Place: Flint, , Michigan
Spouse's Gender: Female
Spouse's Age (Estimated): 50
Spouse's Birth Date: 29 Apr 1886
Spouse's Birthplace: , Macomb, Michigan
Spouse's Father's Name: William Hunt
Spouse's Mother's Name: Agnes Corneil

Spouse: Hattie (Simpson) Carr
Marriage: 31 May 1911, Grayling, Crawford Co, MI
Divorce: 1928

Other spouses: Belle Rose (Hunt) Wilcox

1.1a.3b John Edward Senn* (See above)

Spouse: Belle Rose (Hunt) Wilcox
Birth: Aug 1886, La Pier Co, MI
Death: 1964

Married twice before; twice divorced with last one in 1934

Marriage: 8 Aug 1936, Steuben Co, IN

Other spouses: Hattie (Simpson) Carr

1.1b Abby J Bundy* (See above)

Spouse: George Lagron
Birth: 1853, Canada
Marriage: 17 May 1893, Cadillac, Wexton Co, MI

Other spouses: Stephen Senn

28 April 2015

Eugene Marion Priest, Lewis Priest, and Elery Priest - Tragic Family

By Pamela Pattison Lash

It started with the old newspapers - here is a detailing of a family of tragedy; two brothers and the son of one who all ended up being admitted to the Toledo State Asylum in Toledo, Lucas Co, OH and died there.

Eugene Marion Priest (1845 – 16 November 1907, Toledo, Lucas Co, OH), son of Andrew Shenline Priest and Lydia Keeler

Catherine Mary Smetzer, (Sept 1857 OH – 14 Aug 1907), Jefferson Twp, Williams Co, OH, dau of William Smetzer and Mary DeGroff

1860 Pulaski, Williams, Ohio; Roll: M653_1052; Page: 41; Image: 86; Family History Library Film: 805052
h/h Priest, Andrew 41 PA farmer
Lydia 36 PA
Frederick 14 OH
Lewis 13 OH died 1917 in Toledo State Asylum
James 9 OH
Eugene 4 OH died 1907 in Toledo State Asylum
Unnamed male 1 OH

1870 Pulaski, Williams, Ohio; Roll: M593_1282; Page: 171B; Image: 346; Family History Library Film: 552781
h/h 206/206 Priest, Andrew 53 PA farmer
Lydia 50 PA
Francis 24 OH
Lewis 23 OH
James M 19 OH
Eugene M 14 OH
Irving 11 OH

1880 Pulaski, Williams, Ohio; Roll: 1078; Family History Film: 1255078; Page: 621D; Enumeration District: 011; Image: 0104
h/h 121/128 Priest, Andrew S 63 PA-PA-PA farmer, widower
Eugene M 24 son OH-PA-PA teacher
Washington J 21 son OH-PA-PA teacher
Kaily, Susan 25 niece OH-PA-PA housekeeper

15 Mar 1894, Lucas Co, OH – Eugene M Priest and Mary C Smetzer marriage

Birth of William Priest 26 Dec 1896, parents EM Priest/Catherine Smetzer
Ellery Priest – WWI Draft 1917 – patient at State of Ohio in Toledo Asylum – insane – has the same birth date as William Priest

1900 Pulaski Twp, Williams Co, OH
Priest, Catherine 42 (Sept 1857)  mar 7Y 2/2 ch OH-PA-PA
Edna dau, all lodgers of Samuel Zigler 5 (Mar 1895) OH-OH-OH
Elery son 3 (Dec 1896) OH-OH-OH
Note – Eugene is not with the household nor have I found him in 1900 census

Bryan Press (Bryan, OH), 22 August 1907 p9 c6 – obit of Mary C Smetzer Priest; her death certificate says Katherine Priest, d/o William Smetzer and Mary Dgroff, born Jefferson, OH

Bryan Democrat (Bryan, OH), 1 October 1907 p1 c2
Eugene Priest Insane
Eugene Priest of Jefferson Township was adjudged insane by Probate Judge Fraser yesterday morning.  Priest has been making his home with John Hallock, north of Bryan, and his condition was thought to be dangerous.  The demented man claims someone will murder him and to escape this has threatened to commit suicide.  When placed under arrest Saturday a razor and bottle were found on Priest.  His wife is dead but he has two children, Elery aged 9 who lives at Pulaski and Edna aged 12 who lives in Toledo, Eugene Priest is a brother of Lewis Priest of Bryan.  He was taken to the Toledo State Hospital by Sheriff Ames yesterday afternoon.

16 November 1907, Toledo State Asylum, Lucas Co, OH -Eugene Priest died, age 62, residence Williams Co, OH; born in Toledo

Bryan Democrat (Bryan, OH), 19 November 1907 p1
Eugene Priest who had been a resident of Williams County a great part of his life died in the state hospital at Toledo Friday.  He was about fifty years old.  Following the death of his wife several months ago Mr Priest’s mind became unbalanced and it was necessary to take him to the hospital at Toledo. His condition did not improve and he steadily grew weaker, until the end came Friday.

Eugene Priest was born on a farm a few miles north of Bryan, where he lived until a few years after the death of his father, which occurred about ten years ago.  In 1893 he united with Katherine Smetzer, to which union two children were born who survive the parents. Mr Priest also leaves four brothers, Lewis of Bryan, and three living in the west, Marion, Irving, and Monroe.
Note – his age is wrong, his marriage date is wrong

4 June 1913, Lucas Co, OH, Edna Priest, d/o Eugene and Catherine Priest, married John L Lee, son of Samuel and Rebecca Johnson Lee

Bryan Press (Bryan, OH), 27 September 1917
Lewis Priest died in the State Hospital in Toledo last Friday. He was taken there about a year ago when his health both physical and mental showed signs of giving way and he needed the care of the institution.  He was 63 years old and married 1 January 1880 to Emma McFadder, by whom he had two children.  Mr Priest was well-known about Bryan for a long time and had many admirable qualities.  Funeral services were handled from the Deck Undertaking Rooms on Sunday with burial in Brown Cemetery.

His death certificate says he was a resident of the asylum for over a year and was diagnosed with senile dementia

Ellery Priest – WWI Draft 1917 – patient at State of Ohio in Toledo Asylum – insane

3 November 1918, Toledo State Asylum, Lucas Co, OH – Ellery Priest, born 29 December 1897, son of Eugene Priest and Catherine Schmetzer, died; single, farmer, burial Bryan, OH – dementia praecox and chronic dilation of heart; there from 18 Oct 1917-3 November 1918

Bryan Democrat (Bryan, OH), 12 November 1918 p5 – obit of Elery Priest