Joined the Toledo Police to Escape Her, Divorce in Williams County, Ohio, 1868
Jacob Nohl/Nold, born 23 Aug
1839, Nieferheim, Germany, son of unknown father and Catherine Nohl, came to the
US c1861, settling first in Crawford Co, OH, and then moving to Florence Twp,
Wms Co, OH. He married Nancy Coy on
21 Apr 1864, Wms Co (Marriages V3 p376). Nancy was the daughter of Robert and
Margaret Lesnet Christy, early settlers in Tiffin Twp, Defiance Co (formerly Wms
Co), OH. Nancy was born in Washington Co, PA in 1838.
She first married John W. Coy, the son of Jacob B and Mary Ann Shank Coy,
also early settlers for this area. John
W. Coy was born on 14 Feb 1831 in Beavercreek Twp, Greene Co, OH.
The couple was married in Tiffin Twp on 31 May 1855.
John died on 10 Oct 1861 in Evansport, leaving Nancy a widow.
She appeared in the Williams County, Ohio Civil and Criminal Court (Roll
19 case number 124 - Nov 1868) requesting a divorce.
Nancy Nohl stated that the couple was married here on 15 Mar 1864, but
note the discrepancy of her date and that of the official marriage records.
Nancy claimed that Jacob left her in Aug 1866.
She further stated that he committed adultery with Christianna Schmitt in
his home in Toledo, Lucas Co, OH, and that on 17 Feb 1868 Jacob married
Christianna in Toledo where he had resided for the past two years.
Jacob's brother, John Nohl, informed the court that Jacob joined the
Toledo police force and had been pursuing that vocation for the past three
months; his pay was $60 per month. Nancy wanted substantial alimony; in the
record she did not seem overly concerned about her husband's bigamy. The court
granted Nancy a divorce. About a
month later on 24 Dec 1868 in Wms Co, Nancy Noles married Charles Edward
Sonnanstine (Marriages V4 p34). Nancy
died in 1887 in Evansport; her third husband Charles passed away on 3 Mar 1910.
Whether Jacob was prosecuted for bigamy is unknown.
Whether he left his second wife and divorced her or vice versa is also
unknown. Perhaps Christianna died,
but on 20 Feb 1871 in Wms Co Jacob married Catherine Keiser (Marriages V4 p156).
The couple had six children, five of whom are known as John, William F,
Jacob Henry, Elizabeth, and George. Prior
to his third marriage Jacob was enumerated in the 1870 Florence Twp federal
census, p35, with his siblings John and Mary Nold as John 33 BV carpenter, Jacob
30 BV farmer, and Mary 27 BV. Evidently
the desire to be a policeman had run its course.
Also in the
1870 Florence Twp federal census, p18, one finds George Keiser 68 WU, Barbary 69
WU, Ann 38 OH, and Catherine 30 OH. Catherine
Keiser was born on 5 Apr 1838 in Richland Co, OH, the daughter of John G. and
Eva Barbara Reiser Kaiser.
and his wife Catherine died on 8 Dec 1905, Montpelier, OH, and 27 Mar 1916,
respectively; they were buried in the Edon Cemetery.
Jacob's obituary in an Edon newspaper (loose copy undated) does not
mention any part of his life between his entry in this county c1861 and his
marriage to Catherine. Without the
divorce records the researcher would not know of his other two marriages.
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