Maria Barnhill McDonald Casebeer vs Adam Casebeer 

("Bryan Democrat", 21 May 1863; Roll 16 case number 94 - Feb 1864)

By Pamela Pattison Lash

            The couple was married on 8 May 1862, Wms Co (Marriage V3 p240).  Adam, b 4 Oct 1809, Hopewell Twp, Washington Co, PA, was the son of John W. and Nancy Best Casebeer.  Adam was first married to Susan A. Porter, 17 Apr 1836, Medina, OH.  They were listed in the 1850 Milford Twp, Defiance Co, OH federal census as Adam 41 PA, Susan 35 OH, John 14, Calvin 12, Martha A 11, Betsey 8, Peter 5, Edward 3, and Susan A 5/12.  They were the parents of Nathan, John G, Calvin, Martha A, Luther A, Elizabeth B, Samuel Peter, Edward James, Susan A, Leander, and Theodore L; the first two sons were born in Tuscarawus Co, OH, while the rest were born in NW Ohio or DeKalb Co, IN.

Maria, b1821 OH, Barnhill parentage unknown, was the widow of Robert H. MacDonald, whom she married in Wms Co on 1 Jan 1838 or 4 Mar 1840 (Marriage V1 p42).  Robert and Maria had the following children: Nancy McComb (b1841), Susan Erstine (b1842), Mary Calvert (b1844), Margaret Millicent (b1847), Robert (b1851), Maria (b1855), John (b1856), and William (b1860).  Robert owned real estate in Montpelier, Lots 4, 20, 56, and 132 plus 93 acres there.  They were enumerated in the 1840 Superior Twp federal census p231, and the 1850 Superior Twp federal census p36B.  Robert b1813, Massachusetts, died in the winter 1859-1860 in Superior Twp. In the 1860 Superior Twp federal census, p200A, the family was listed as Maria McDonald 40 OH, Mary 14, Margaret 12, Robert 9, Maria 6, John 4, William 6/12, Jesse Erskin 24, Susan 18, and John 2/12. 

Maria and Adam had a daughter, Alice b1864, OH.  She was listed in the 1870 Superior Twp federal census p10, as Maria McDaniel 55 OH, Maria 15 OH, John 14 OH, and Alice 6 OH.  The divorce record did not shed any light on the reason for the action.  Adam died near Edgerton, St. Joseph Twp on 5 Mar 1899.  Nothing further is known of Maria.


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