By Pamela Pattison Lash
Sometimes, for unknown reasons, a person may be recorded as deceased in two geographically different locales - this is one example of such a citing:
Here’s the odd thing about this couple – FamilySearch has a death record for Barbara Gruber with the particulars I noted below for death in Pickaway Co, OH BUT the Williams Co, OH Death Records also show the following:
(Death, V2 p5) Barbara Grover, at 66 years of age died on 14 Apr 1879 in Picqua Co, OH; also her place of birth; her residence was Picqua and she died of cancer
(Death, V2 p20) Phillip Grover, at 76Y 6M 4D died on 9 Jan 1883 in Springfield Twp, Williams Co, OH of dropsy; he was a native of Pickaway Co, OH
(5 July 1806 Pickaway Co, OH – 9 Jan 1883 Springfield Twp, Williams Co, OH- Deaths V2 p20); widower, farmer; s/o Christian and Catherine Metzgar Gruber – note that mother Catherine was buried in Zion Cemetery, Pickaway Co, OH and evidently she was one of Christian’s three wives
m12 Oct 1830 Pickaway Co, OH – Barbara Hains (2 Mar 1812 or 1818 OH – 14/15/16 Apr 1879 Pickaway Co, OH – her death record as Barbara Gruber notes she was born in 1818 and died on 16 Apr 1879 – Deaths, Pickaway Co, OH, Bk2 p177)
1850 Washington, Pickaway, Ohio; Roll: M432_720; Page: 207A; Image: 419.
h/h Groover, Philip 44 OH
Barbara 48 OH (all children b OH)
Eliza A 12
1860 Washington, Pickaway, Ohio; Roll: M653_1023; Page: 84; Image: 173; Family History Library Film: 805023.
h/h Groover, Philip 55 OH
Barbara 50 OH (all children b OH)
Eliza A 23
John W 16
1870 Washington, Pickaway, Ohio; Roll: M593_1256; Page: 550A; Image: 619; Family History Library Film: 552755.
Gruber, Phillip 64 OH
Barbara 58 OH
1880 Springfield, Williams, Ohio; Roll: 1078; Family History Film: 1255078; Page: 675D; Enumeration District: 013; Image: 0212.
Philip Grewer 75 OH living with daughter Eliza M Sells and husband Israel Sells*There is no obit or probate for Phillip in Williams Co, OH but quite a few online postings have him dying in Fulton Co, OH with a different death date
*Both Liza and Israel Sells are buried in Boynton Cemetery, Springfield Twp, Williams Co, OH.
*Although Phillip is not found in the cemetery listings, I wonder if he is also buried in Boynton Cemetery; his wife died in Pickaway and shortly after this he's living with his daughter via 1880 federal census..........food for thought