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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Wedding Bells Merrily Ring.

Marriage Of Popular Oxford Couple A Social Event.

Its Mr. and Mrs. Groover Now.

Stylish Autumn Wedding Glenn Groover

One of the social events of the year here was the marriage, Wednesday evening, at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.W. Kessell, of their daughter, Edna, one of Oxford’s most charming young ladies, to Mr. Glenn Groover, a prosperous and popular young farmer.

Before over one hundred friends and relatives the couple were united in wedlock by the Rev. R.K. Nevins with the impressive episcopalian service.

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Was But Chalk.

Supposed Suicide Proves a Hoax.

Frank Groover Had the Neighborhood Startled.

It is alleged that because of the repeated refusals of his [wife] to return to Dearborn and live with him, Frank Groover, while seated at his mother-in-law’s supper table Wednesday night, suddenly took a bottle of powder from his pocket, emptied it in a cup of tea and gulped down the mixture with the remark that he would end it all.

Drs. Mackinnon and Bachelor, who were called, could find no evidence of poison and decided themselves a victim of a hoax.

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Wedding Bells.

Married at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Plumley in this village Wednesday afternoon, their daughter Myrtie to Mr. Levi A. Groover of Orion.

At 5 o’clock the bridal party, marching into the sitting room to the sweet strains of Mendelsohn’s wedding march played by Miss Jean Howard, took their place under an arch of smilax, where Rev. Snyder pronounced the words that made them one. The bride, unattended, was gowned in white pointe de sprit and carried a bouquet of beautiful white roses. The groom was attired in the conventional black.

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Untitled (Mary Eunice Beemer Sutton)

Mrs. Geo. Groover, of Oxford, daughter of Nelson Beemer and wife, Orion, died at her home on Saturday morning. She had been sick many years and her ambition was all that kept her up. A husband and two sons survive her. Funeral from the residence on Tuesday at 2 o’clock p.m., Rev. Karr officiating, with interment at Oxford cemetery.

Source: Pontiac Gazette, May 15, 1896.