Mary Jane Eggleston Carle vs Francis T. Carle 

(Journal 6 p410 - Nov 1864; Roll 17 case number 12)

by Pamela Pattison Lash

            The couple was married on 6 Sept 1845 in Geauga Co (now Lake Co), OH.  "Frank" was born in Dutchess Co, NY on 29 July 1824, the son of Isaac and Hannah Hamblin Carle, both natives of NY. He moved with his parents to OH and they were found in the 1830 federal census for Painsville, Geauga Co, OH.  Mary Jane Eggleston, the daughter of Erastus and Mary Goodwin Eggleston was also from NY, b1826.  She may have been a mother to a daughter Mary C who was age 7 in 1850. By the 1860 federal census for Millcreek Twp, Wms Co, OH the family, under T. Carroll, lived east of Pioneer. In 1861 Frank moved to Coldwater, Michigan and on 13 Aug 1862 enlisted in Co H 19th MI Infantry.  He would later receive a medical discharge at Danville, KY on 1 Feb 1863 and collect a pension for his service amounting to $4 per month.  He briefly returned to Coldwater after his discharge.

Mary informed the court in a notarized statement on 22 Nov 1861 that she was advised her husband no longer resided in the State of Ohio. She further stated that the couple had the following children: Benjamin F (15), Augusta M (13), Elva E (8), Lucy L (5), and Edwin Orville (1).  She said that Francis committed adultery on 15 Jan 1861 in Madison Twp with Cornelia Carl/Carle and in Mar 1861 he sneaked away in the night with Cornelia; he had been gone for almost four years by the time Mary received the court’s attention. It appears that Mary was granted the action she sought.

In the period between 1864-1870 Mary Jane, taking some of the children to Wisconsin, married Samuel Pearsall, a CW vet and native of NY; they resided in Columbia Co, WI. On 14 Sept 1894 Mary died at her home in Dekorra, WI at the age of 68Y.  Samuel remarried and died in Poynette, WI in 1910.  They did not have any children together.

            The traveling man, Frank, married Nancy E. Bowersox, daughter of David K. Bowersox, an early Wms Co, OH pioneer, in Brimfield, Noble Co, IN on 13 Feb 1865. The couple had six children and moved at least nine times in 20 years, living in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and Kansas. He died on 2 Oct 1918 in Sandusky, OH at the Old Soldiers and Sailors Home and was buried on the grounds of the place for “old forgotten soldiers.”  Before this his second wife Nancy died in Fayette, Fulton Co, OH on 17 Jan 1912. 


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