Tuesday, September 9, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks = Week #36; Isabell Fisher; Two Different Death Records

This prompt comes from Amy Johnson Crow at her blog, No Story Too Small. She suggests we write once a week about a specific ancestor. I began with my grandparents and am working my way back in time.


Isabell Fisher Ritter
5 April 1828 OH – 8 March 1870 OH
My 3x Great Grandmother


Isabell Fisher was the daughter of John & Catherine Fisher. She married Isaac Ritter on 16 November 1848 in Plain Twp, Wayne, OH. They lived in Wayne Co., OH where they had 12 children: Lovina, John William, Mary Catherine, Elidia Rebecca, Barbary Ann, Amos, Elizabeth, Eslie D., Anthony Casper, Matilda, Philip & an infant.

In 1860 they were in Wayne, OH where Isaac was a carpenter and Isabell was the mother of five children.[1] For the next ten years Isabell took care of her growing family.

Sadly, Isabell died in childbirth. When did she die? Several years ago I visited the Wayne County Probate Court House and found two records for her death: 8 March 1869[2] and 7 March 1870[3]. How do I resolve this? I don't have an obituary to help. She is buried with her husband in the Salem Lutheran Cemetery.[4] I visited the cemetery. She shares a tombstone with her husband. The stone tells us she died 8 March 1870 which is a combination of the two courthouse records. I have decided to use that date as her official death date.



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[1] 1860  US Census, Wayne, Wayne Co., Ohio; Isaac Ritter family.
[2] Death Record for Isabella Ritter, 8 March 1869, Volume 1, page 15, Wayne County Probate Court, Court House, 107 W Liberty St., Wooster, Ohio.
[3] Death Record for Isabella Ritter, 7 March 1870, Volume, page 14, Wayne County Probate Court, Court House, 107 W Liberty St., Wooster, Ohio.
[4] Genealogical Section of the Wayne County Historical Society. Wayne County, Ohio Burial Records. Ohio: Privately printed, page 633.

1 comment:

  1. Don't you wonder how whoever ordered the tombstone often seems not to be sure of the date?

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