Bessie B. Groover

Bessie Bell Groover, 82, formerly of Oxford, died Friday in Pontiac after an illness of several years.

Born in Ray Center, she attended the Oxford schools and was a resident of Oxford for 67 years. She was the widow of Frank Groover.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Mary A. Milliken of Pontiac and Mrs. Marcella Hockman of Indianapolis, Ind., and one grandson.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Bossardet Funeral Home, The Rev. Fred Clark of Thomas United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Oxford.

Source: Oxford Leader, August 7, 1969.

Virginia Wedding Has Oxford Touch

The son of former Oxford residents, Mrs. Samuel Perry Groover, will be married in Hampton, Virginia June 28.

Clinton Arthur Groover of Glen Allen, Va. will take Miss Barbara Jean Milby, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hamilton Milby of Hampton, Va. as his bride.

Following the wedding the couple will honeymoon in the north, then return to Blacksburg, Va. where they will make their home while Mr. Groover finishes his studies at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.

Source: Oxford Leader, June 19, 1969.

Maurice Groover Family of Four Found Dead

Autopsy Places Cause Due to Suffocation July 18

Burial services for the Maurice Groover family, found dead Monday in a cabin near Atlanta where they were vacationing, will be held Friday afternoon at two o’clock.

The bodies of Maurice Groover, 49, his wife, Josephine, 46, and nine year old twins Carl A. and Paul E. were returned to Oxford Monday after conservation agents found the four early Monday.

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Ortonville Man Wed In Pontiac

Before a banked arrangement of mums in light fall shades at the home of Mrs. Charles Brooks of So. Paddock St., Pontiac, Josephine Johnson and Maurice Grover of Oakwood were united in marriage. Immediate families of the couple witnessed the ceremony performed by the Rev. Ralph Claggett of the First Congregational church Saturday at 8 p.m.

Given in marriage by her father, Frank S. Johnson of West Huron St., the bride was wearing a street length white wool dress with a corsage of Johanna Hill roses and bouvardia. Her only jewelry was a double strand of pearls.

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Perry Groover Wed in Virginia

Miss Gladys Lucille Patch, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clinton W. Patch of Glen Allen, Virginia, and Samuel Perry Groover, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Groover of Ortonville were married Saturday, Oct. 19. The marriage took place in the Hunton Baptist Church, Glen Allen, Virginia at 4 o’clock in the afternoon with Rev. Edwin C. Thornton Jr., pastor of the church officiating.

The bride was given in marriage by her brother, Myron A. Patch. The bride’s only attendant was her sister, Grace Patch. The best man was Lester B. Younker of Oxford. The bride’s brother, Wilson Patch and her cousin, Carlton Brooks were the ushers.

The bride wore a brown gabardine suit with matching accessories. Her only ornament was a necklace of pearls, a gift of the groom. Her shoulder corsage was of Talisman roses.

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Denied Estate as “Widow”

Judge Gillespie Dismissed Case; No Proof To Sustain Claim

Deciding that Mrs. Marcella Hockman had failed to prove a common law marriage, with the late Dr. Will L. Cole, Judge Glenn C. Gillespie on Tuesday afternoon in Circuit Court dismissed the suit brought by Mrs. Hockman and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Groove [sic], of Oxford, against Cyril L. Cole, executor of the estate of his father. Cole was given costs.

Mrs. Hockman, formerly Marcella Groover, claimed a widow’s share of the doctor’s estate and asserted that she had lived openly with the physician as his wife.

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Respected Citizen Dies Suddenly

Heart Trouble Claimed Life Long Resident of Oakwood

Ira Groover, a life long and highly respected resident of Oakwood died suddenly, Friday, August 17, 1928, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Hammond Perry. Although Mr. Groover had been in poor health from heart trouble for the past year, his death came suddenly while setting in his rocking chair out on the veranda of the home.

Mr. Groover was born in New Jersey in 1853, and moved to Oxford township with his parents at an early age. He was united in marriage to Linnie Cady in Octorber [sic], 1877, to which union one daughter, Mable was born, who with two brothers, Charles, of Oakwood and Eugene, of Lapeer, survive.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, August 20th at 2:00 o’clock, from the daughter’s home. Rev. F.R. Walker, of Orion, officiated and burial was made in Oxford cemetery.

Source: Oxford Leader, August 24, 1928.


Elias Denton Groover was born in Sussex County, New Jersey, Feb. 10th, 1849. He was one of a family of nine children, of whom the following brothers survive, George, Eugene, Ira, Sidney and Charles. He with his brother, Eugene, and nephew, Glenn, were associated in farming. He passed away at his late home near Lapeer March 5th following a three weeks’ illness of pneumonia.

Funeral services were held at the late home Saturday afternoon at 1:30, Rev. Walker, of Orion, officiating and burial was made at Oxford. The six nephews, Frank, Arthur, Levi, Fred and Glenn Groover and Hammond Perry, acted as pall bearers.

Source: Oxford Leader, March 21, 1924.

Untitled (Harriet Sutton Groover)

Mrs. Sam’l Groover died the 18th inst., at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Dick Beardsley of Springfield. The cause of her death was the grippe, although she had been a suffered from rheumatism for several years. She was well known at Metamora, her old home. The funeral and burial occurred at Oxford on the 15th. Mrs. Groover was mother of Sydney Groover and sister of C.L. Sutton, both of Orion. She was the oldest of a family of six children till now unbroken by the hand of death; her age was 68 years. The aged mother still lives.

Source: Pontiac Gazette, February 19, 1892.

Suit Filed To Re-Open Estate

Mrs. Marcella Hockman Claims to be Common Law Wife of Dr. W.L. Cole

Alleging that she was the common law wife of Dr. W.L. Cole, who died six years ago, Mrs. Marcella Groover Hockman, of Indianapolis, Indiana, has filed a suit in the Oakland county Probate Court to re-open the estate and that she be granted her interest as the surviving widow of the deceased.

Frank E. Groover and wife Bessie Groover are joined in a suit with Mrs. Hockman in Circuit Court asking that a mortgage upon their home given to Dr. Cole, and now claimed to be the property of Frank Olive and being foreclosed, be discharged upon the grounds that this mortgage had been assigned by Dr. Cole to Mrs. Hockman, but that after the death of Dr. Cole the assignment papers could not be found among the effects of the deceased and had never been recorded.

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