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Common Pleas Court Records – Bastardy

Bastardy and Other Crimes

This material was extracted from the Williams County Common Pleas Court records

by Pamela Pattison Lash

Susan Altofer v Charles Harris (Journal 14 p285/287/289 – 13 Mar 1888)

He said he was not guilty but he was found guilty by jury.

Mary Bauer v Moses Bradshaw (Journal 11 p96 – 17 Feb 1881)

The case was dismissed.

Caroline Baus v George Zeiters (Journal 13 p239 – 23 Nov 1885)

John Zeiters on 21 Nov 1885 made a promissory note for $210 for Caroline. The case was settled.

Sarah A. Brownawell v Allen Burns (Journal 7 p37 – 21 Mar 1867; p64 – 30 May 1867

Allen said he was not guilty but the jury found him guilty; he was to pay $700 but he refused so he was put in jail.

Tena M. Cox, guardian John Cox v Enoch Grindle (Journal 8 p48 – 5 June 1872)

Enoch was found guilty and a maintenance schedule was set up whereby he had to pay $600; if he defaults he was to pay $1200. He refused and was put in jail. He later declared insolvency.

Sevilla Belle Crum v Norman Dean (Journal 12 p178 – 28 Dec 1883)

The jury found him guilty of fathering a female child. He was ordered to pay $700 with a fee schedule set up. He originally said he was not guilty, but the plea changed.

Lois Fearnley v William J. Stevenson (Journal 11 p458 – 20 June 1882)

She charged him with breach of promise and bastardy. He was found guilty but refused to pay.

Laura Garlinger v Forest Brace (Journal 13 p401 – 8 Mar 1886)

The case was settled.

Catherine Hively v Thomas Kollar (Journal 13 p285 – 2 Dec 1885; p340-341 – 11 Dec 1885)

The jury found him guilty and ordered him to pay $500.

Clara E. Hulbert v Edwin Kelly (Journal 10 – 15 Nov 1878)

Nora Belle Iler v George F. P. Hummel (Journal 12 p413 – 22 Dec 1884)

The case was settled before the court proceeded.

Catherine Keiser v William Dudley (Journal 10 – 15 Nov 1878)

Ohio State v Charles Arnold (Journal 11 p381 – 16 Mar 1882)

Ohio State v Harvey or Henry Coleman (Journal 11 p344 – 13 Feb 1882)

The charge was incest.

Ohio State v Richmond Mills and Caroline Stirtz (Journal 14 p352 – 11 June 1888)

They were charged with cohabiting in adultery. They claimed they were innocent.

Ohio State v John Reader (Journal 11 p381 – 16 Mar 1882)

The charge was rape. Alpheus and Levi Hendricks put up a bond for $500.

Phebe A. Phelps v James C. Byers (Journal 8 p68 – 28 June 1872)

He said he was not guilty but the court found him guilty; Phebe was still pregnant when the case was brought to court. She was awarded $300 with a maintenance schedule set up.

Jennie Robinson v Frank Allison (Journal 14 p371 – 22 June 1888)

The child died and the case was settled. He paid court costs.

Maria Rolland v Israel L. Bowman (Journal 14 p461 – 23 Nov 1888)

He was told to maintain the child.

Harriet Scott v John Anspaugh (Journal 10 p360 – 21 Feb 1880)

He was found guilty and had to pay maintenance.

Matilda M. Shull v Robert McDade (Journal 13 p466 – 2 Apr 1886; p490 – 1 June 1886)

Edward McDade paid a surety for this case and later the case was dismissed.

Mary Summerfield v Jacob Klopfenstine, Jr. (Journal 8 p387 – 27 July 1875)

She charged him with rape. Jacob lived in Bryan.

Emily J. Towers v James A. Grimes (Journal 12 p 23 – 23 Feb 1883)

A jury determined that he was not guilty.

Annie Van Sickle v John Burchell, Jr. (Journal 10 p259 – 17 Nov 1879)

Ellen Van Sickle v Augustus Warren (Journal 11 p236 – 23 Nov 1881)

She wanted $55 and ability to remove child from the county. The case was dismissed.

Catherine Walz v William Allomong (Journal 13 p445 – 27 Mar 1886; p505 – 8 June 1886)

He admitted his guilt and had to pay $325.

Lilly S. Wood v Daniel S. Tharp (Journal 10 p442 – 31 May 1880; Journal 11 – Nov 1880)

The case was dismissed.

Catherine Zeigler v Isaac W. Wallace (Journal 10 p380 – 5 Mar 1880)

It was proven that Isaac was the father of her child.