Friday, March 8, 2013

Children of James H. and Elizabeth Magruder

Two sleeping lambs adorn the tombstone of these two young children of James H. and Elizabeth Magruder, who are buried at Shook Cemetery in Ottawa County, Ohio. Lydia Magruder died on August 8, 1853 at the age of 1 year and 7 months. Her brother James H. Magruder died on September 29, 1865 at the age of 9 months and days.

The 1870 U.S. Census for Ottawa County lists the parents of these two little ones who died so young as James H. Magruder, an attorney, age 52, who was born in Maryland. Elizabeth is 45 years old in this census; she was born in Ohio. The children, all born in Ohio, were:

Martha, age 16
Howard, age 14
James, age 12
Angella, age 10
Clara, age 5

According to information accessed via Google Books, Howard Magruder, who became an attorney like his father, left $200,000 in his will for the purpose of building a hospital in Port Clinton, Ohio. The hospital, Magruder Hospital, was named after its benefactor.

If Lydia and the first James H. Magruder had lived, they would have grown up in a prominent family, and they would have had all the advantages given them that life has to offer. It is so sad that their lives ended so soon.

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