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The photograph, above, was taken April 2020 in Medina, Ohio. I was visiting the area to visit family and research my roots.

Fisher. My 3x great grandmother is Isabell Fisher Ritter, 5 April 1828 OH – 8 March 1870 OH. She was the daughter of John & Catherine Fisher.

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.


  • 1860 US CENSUS; Wayne, Wayne Co., Ohio; Isaac & Isabell Ritter family.
  • Death Record for Isabella Ritter, 7 March 1870, Volume, page 14, Wayne County Probate Court, Court House, 107 W Liberty St., Wooster, Ohio.
  • Wayne County, Ohio Burial Records, The Lehman (Salem Lutheran) Cemetery; Genealogical Section of the Wayne County Historical Society.. Ohio: Privately printed.