Marcella Groover Hockman Lawsuit

CLAIMS ESTATE AS COMMON LAW WIDOW:  Claiming to be the common law widow of Dr. W.L. Cole, Oxford physician, who died in 1928, Mrs. Marcella Groover Hockman, of Indianapolis, has filed a claim in probate court for a widow’s interest in the estate, totaling about $30,000.  The estate has been settled for five years, the bulk of it going to a son, Cyril L. Cole, of Denver. Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Groover, of Oxford, parents of Mrs. Hockman, join her in the suit, asking that a mortgage on their home foreclosed by Frank Olive, of Oxford, be voided.  They assert that Dr. Cole, who originally held the mortgage, assigned it to them, although they lack documentary proof.  (Lake Orion Review, March 16, 1934)

WOMAN IS DENIED ESTATE AS ‘WIDOW”: Deciding that Mrs. Marcella Hockman had failed to prove a common law marriage, Judge Glenn C. Gillespie dismissed a bill of complaint which she sought to have herself declared the common law widow of Dr. Will L. Cole, of Oxford, who died in 1928.  Mrs. Hockman, formerly Marcella Groover, claimed a widow’s share of the estate and asserted that she had lived openly with the physician as his wife. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Groover, of Oxford, parents of Mrs. Hockman, also asked that a $1,900 mortgage on their home, formerly held by the physician, be set aside because of the doctor’s agreement that upon his death the mortgage was to be canceled. Cyril L. Cole, of Denver, sole heir of his father’s estate, declared that he knew nothing of the purported marriage.  (Lake Orion Review, October 5, 1934)

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