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Extremely Cruel But No Divorce, 

Williams County, Ohio, 1859

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Pamela Pattison Lash

 

Betsey Ann Johnson, b 1835 OH (possibly North Jackson, Mahoning Co, OH), married William A. Forrester, b 1827 NY, at Center Twp, Wms Co, OH on 20 Nov 1851 (Marriages V2 p118).  In the 1850 Center Twp federal census, p69B, there was a William Forrester 23 NY farmer along side his brother Amasa 25 NY.  Brother Amasa established a family in the 1860 West Jefferson, Jefferson Twp federal census, p175 A/B, and had a female, Jeridah Forrester 77 MA, living with him.  This could be the mother of Amasa and William, but this needs to be verified.

Betsey appeared in the Williams County, Ohio Civil and Criminal Court (Journal 5 p556 - 29 Nov 1859; Roll 13 case number 69) stating that the couple had three children, William Henry (6), Charity Jane (3), and Nancy Maria (1).  Betsey said that on 11 Nov 1859 William was extremely cruel.  The court dismissed the case and on the 1860 Bryan, Pulaski Twp federal census, p45A, the family appeared as William 33 NY day laborer, Betsey 25 OH, William H 7 OH, Charity 4 OH, and Nancy 1 OH.  An Internet source states that Betsey was Elizabeth Johnson, the daughter of John L. Johnson and Anna Orr.  The Forrester son, William Henry (1853 1924, Nevada Mills, IN) married Catherine M. Hoover. There also appeared in the 1860 Bryan, Pulaski Twp federal census, p47B, Bennett B. Johnson 55 VT, Nancy 50 CT, William 21 OH, Almina 14 OH, and Maria 9 OH.  This could be Betsy's family but that also needs to be researched. 

 

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