Custody of the Brown Mare,
in Williams County, Ohio, 1881
Divorce proceedings may tell a great
deal about the living conditions of the couple, their real estate description,
the date and place of their marriage, and the birthdates of their children. Such
is this example gleaned from the divorce records.
David Havens, b 1844 IN, NY parentage unknown, married Julia Ann Stickney on 7
Jan 1864 in Reading Twp, Hillsdale Co, MI.
Julia, b 1845 OH, was the daughter of NY natives William and Harriet
Smith Stickney. The Stickneys came
to Wms Co c1844 and were enumerated in the 1850 NW Twp federal census, p51B, as
William 31 NY carpenter, Harriet 24 NY, Louis 11 OH, Julia 6 OH, and Benjamin 1
OH. They appeared in the 1860 NW
Twp federal census, p8, as William 44 NY, Harriet 33 NY, Julia 16 OH, Edward 8
OH, Elephalet (m) 6 OH, and Frances 1 OH.
family appeared in the 1870 and 1880 NW Twp federal census, p4 and p447D,
respectively, but the divorce proceedings told the specific dates for the birth
of the five children (Journal 11 p321 - Dec 1881; Roll 37 case number 923 - 25
July 1881. These children were
Norman W. (13 Nov 1864), Alpheus R (6 Aug 1867), Sherman (15 Oct 1870),
Jennie V. (13 Aug 1873), and Charles H. (1 June 1876).
above-cited divorce record one learns that Julia sued her husband, charging
gross neglect and cruelty. She said
Daniel transferred her real estate to John F. Carl without her knowledge and the
income from this property, deed to her by her mother, Harriet Stickney, in 1872
was hers. She stated that on 1 June
1878 Daniel kicked and struck her; he provided no food or clothing for the
family. This physical abuse stemmed
from an argument over a brown mare. The
court awarded her a divorce, reasonable alimony, and visitation rights so Daniel
could see the children for two hours every Saturday.
In addition to this Julia was awarded custody of the mare in question.
Prior to the divorce the county sheriff arrested Daniel, but the record
did not state the reason. (Probate #2342).
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