Marriage Witnesses and Minister Appeared in Court

by Pamela Pattison Lash


John A. Meach v Rhoda Sprague Meach (Journal 6 p29 - 25 May 1860; p148 - 26 Nov 1861; Roll 15 case number 46 - Nov 1861)

            The couple was married in Swancreek Twp, Fulton Co, OH on 15 July 1856.  John, parentage unknown, was born c1815 in NY. In the 1850 Fulton Co, OH federal census index John Meach was listed as 34 NY along with Lydia 27 OH, and children William 4 OH and Martha 1 OH.

He brought to court the witnesses of his marriage to Rhoda, Charity and Jacob Fashbaugh, and the officiating minister, William McKee.  John said Rhoda was willfully absent for three years and on 10 Jan 1860 she committed adultery with Alexander or Philander Allen in Fulton Twp, Fulton Co, OH, and Allen passed her off as his wife.  A divorce was awarded.  Sometime after this he married Sarah Sigler and in the 1870 Pulaski Twp federal census, p4, John Meech 55 NY appeared with his family Sarah (Sigler), 35 OH, Emmett 5 OH, Ellen 4 OH, William 2 OH, and Clark 5/12 OH. John died on 28 Aug 1896, Wms Co (Death V3 p83).

Errant wife Rhoda possibly married Henry Spaulding on 3 May 1875, Fulton Co, OH (Marriage V3 p456).  Nothing more is currently known of her.


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