Boos vs. John Boos
Catalogue of Physical Abuse Ignored, No
Divorce in Williams County, Ohio, 1879 – see
No divorce was granted for the wife who came to court and listed over
100 times when her husband physically abused her.
He was accused of being a habitual drunk for over six years, but that
did not sway the court. The wife
ended her days married to the retired German saloonkeeper in Edgerton, St.
Joseph Twp, Wms Co, OH.
John Boos, b. 6 July 1827, Blarmick, Hesse, Danustat on the River
Rhine, came to the US in 1849 and initially made New York City his home.
In 1852 he moved to Cleveland, OH, where he married Mary Hable on 23
Apr 1854. The couple moved to NW
Ohio before 1858 (Milford Twp, Defiance Co, OH) and John eventually set up a
saloon in Edgerton, OH. Wms Co, OH Criminal Court case #517 showed John Boos
was charged with serving liquor to minors on 1 Aug 1858.
He belonged to the St. Mary's Catholic Church while his wife Mary
followed the Lutheran religion.
Mary Hable, b. 12 Apr 1821, Gemesfebt, Germany, had entered the US
prior to 1851. She lived briefly
in Wooster, Wayne Co, OH before moving to Cleveland where she met John Boos.
The 1860 Milford Twp, Defiance Co, OH federal census p399-400, showed
the Boos family as John 33 Hesse-Darmstadt, Mary 36 Wurtemburg, Mary 8 OH,
John 5 OH, and Amy 2 OH. This
couple became the parents of seven children, but only the following four are
currently known: Mary (1854 - aft 1906, Toledo, OH; m. __ Hahn); John G. (1855
- 1920, Butler, DeKalb Co, IN, m. Rosannah Weber, 28 Jan 1882, Wms Co, OH, V5
#108); Emma (1857-May 1915, Youngstown, Mahoning Co, OH, m1 Frank H. Tyler, 18
June 1887, Wms Co V5 #1004; m2 JM Spier/Spears); Charles (Oct 1866 - aft 1906,
Edgerton, m. Geneva A. Law, 7 July 1897, Wms Co, V7 #382).
The Boos family was enumerated in the 1870 St. Joseph Twp federal
census p38, as saloonkeeper John 44 Hesse Darmstadt, Mary 46 Wurtemberg, John
15 PA, Emma 13 OH, Charles 4 OH. Note
the PA birthplace for John Jr.
Mary as stated earlier wanted a divorce in 1879 when she appeared at
the Williams County Civil and Criminal Court (Roll 34 case number 661 - 26 May
and 8 Jul 1879). She listed the
names of her four children and their ages as Mary 25, John G 24, Emma 21, and
Charles 14, who was a helpless invalid, incapable of movement.
Mary accused John of habitual drunkenness and physical abuse dating
back to 1 Sept 1866 - 25 May 1879. She
further listed over 100 times prior to 1 Dec 1866 when she was struck, kicked,
choked, and wounded by her husband. Mary
told the court that on 25 May 1879 John had driven her out of their home.
Mary was the owner of Lot 59 in Edgerton and she owned other real
estate as well.
For unknown reasons the court rejected her case and no divorce was
granted. In 1880 the couple was
enumerated in the St. Joseph Twp federal census, p4, as John Boos retired
saloonkeeper 56 Germany, Mary 58 Germany, Charles 15 OH.
Perhaps Mary's court appearance had something to do with John's status
as retired. In 1900 they were
again listed in the St. Joseph Twp federal census, p197B, with John still a
retired saloonkeeper and the youngest son, Charles, a farm clerk, married to
Geneva Law, a milliner, lived nearby. Geneva,
herself a divorcee, ended her marriage to John H. Stewart, whom she married in
Wms Co on 16 Nov 1880 (Divorce Journal 12; Roll 38).
Oldest son John G. owned a meat shop in Edgerton and his father was
also involved in the meat cutting business.
Daughter Emma Speir had married a meat cutter as well.
Mary Boos died in Edgerton on 1 Oct 1904 @83Y 5M 20D and was buried in
the Maple Grove Cemetery, Edgerton ("Butler Weekly", 7 Oct 1904).
John Boos died on 30 Aug 1906 in Butler, IN ("Butler Weekly",
7 Sept 1906) @ 79Y 1M 25D was buried beside his wife.
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