with a Deadly Table, No Divorce in Williams County, Ohio, 1883
Catherine Dull, daughter of
Abraham and Elizabeth Dull of Rudsburgh, Plain Twp, Wayne Co, OH, married
Benjamin A. Smith on 9 Dec 1866, Wayne Co, OH (Marriages V6 p498); the Reverend
Penn officiated at the ceremony. The
1860 federal census for Rudsburgh p260-261 shows Abraham Dull 46 PA, Elizabeth
44 PA, Daniel 19 PA, Catharine 15 PA, Nathaniel 11 PA, Albert 6 OH, Irvin 1 OH,
and Catharine Smith 69 PA widow. Perhaps
the Dulls and the Smiths were related before this marriage.
couple had a son, Harvey, born 16 Jan 1868.
The time frame of the Smiths arrival here is not known, but Catherine
appeared before the Williams County, Ohio Civil and Criminal Court (Journal 12
p164 - 18 Dec 1883; p274 - 12 Apr 1884; Roll 39 Box 135 case number 1186 - 8 Aug
1883) stating she had been a resident of this county for more than six years.
On 6 July 1883 husband Benjamin had been extremely cold and distant
towards her; on 27 July 1883 he assaulted her with a table while she was eating.
He yelled, "D**** you, if you don't get out of this room, I will
smash you." Catherine left.
This desperate housewife requested a restraining order to keep Benjamin
from disposing of his real estate, Lots 24 and 25 in Edgerton's 2nd
Addition, Bryan, which had several mortgages attached.
She also presented a list of goods owned by Benjamin, valued at $455 such
as horses, wagons, a cook stove, and dishes.
By April 1884 the case was continued and apparently neither party took
any further action until Nov 1886 (Journal 14 p79, 143, 263 - 16 Dec 1887) when
Catherine appeared again requesting a temporary restraining order to keep Ben
from selling the real estate. The
court awarded her $200 in June 1887 as alimony and on 16 Dec 1887 she was
granted a divorce.
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