I could really use some help from anyone living in the Kent / Ravenna area of Portage County.
I am trying to get information on Jacob C. Phillips (b.1-30-1890 / d. 7-1980).Stories have been told that he was in either jail or mental hospital for a short while somewhere between 1925 to 1927. I have a copy of the divorce papers from his first wife (Hattie Wilmoth) dated 1930 and her death certificate dated Jan. 3, 1932.
I am desperately trying to find the Portage County/ Kent, Ohio court/jail records, any newspaper stories, and where (if any) he was sent pertaining to either of the following stories. One story said he was arrested for beating his stepson, Alfred J. Summerfield. Another story is that he refused to accept one of the children as his because of the date of of birth (April 30, 1927) and his 'leave of absence'.The family lived around Chestnut street in Kent and several of the children were born there between 1910 and 1930.
I am also searching for Death records (etc.) for Jacob's father, Edwin P. Phillips, who is supposed to be buried at Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent.Does anyone know the address?I have Edwin's Obit, but I have no dates on it.It states he was 87 and a retired railroader.Does anyone connect with this family and can anyone help me locate information on Edwin's parents?
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I live in Florida and can not get up there to look through the courthouse. I am willing to share information with any family members.