Well, you just never know when or where a grand clue might appear! While doing some fine-tuned searching for Civil War records of the seven great uncles who fought for the Union, I discovered this totally unrelated newspaper article from the Coshocton Tribune.[i] Printed December 16, 23, and 30, 1863, [ii] the article reads (with impact to the Croy line highlighted by me):
Sale of Real Estate by Order of Court On the 16th day of January A.D. 1864 at 9 o’clock in the afternoon, will be sold on the premises in White Eyes township, Coshocton County, Ohio, to the highest bidder, the following real estate as the property of David Reed, deceased, to wit: two small tracts of land containing together seven acres and twenty three hundredths; part of lot 9 in the first quarter, of the sixth Township and fifth Range U.S. Military lands, in White Eyes Township, Coshocton County, Ohio, being the same tracts of land purchased by said David Reed in his life time of Andrew Croy, with the grist and saw mill thereon, and conveyed by said Andrew Croy and his wife to said David Reed, by deed dated March 25th, A.D. 1856, reference to which deed now recorded in the Recorder’s office of Coshocton County, Ohio, is hereby made for a more perfect and complete description of said premises. Terms of sale, one third of purchase money to be paid in hand on the day of sale, one third in one year and the residue in two years from the day of sale, the deferred payments to bear interest from the day of sale and be secured by bond and mortgage. Sold unencumbered of dower. John Mackey, Adm’r of David Reed, deceased. December 14, 1863
From it we know exactly where great, great, great grandfather Andrew Croy lived and when he “retired” from millwork and ownership. He died December 20, 1859, three and a half years after the sale, and was buried at St. Luke’s Cemetery in Monroe Township, Carroll County, Ohio, the same cemetery of his two daughters, Mary and Margaret, both who married Russell men. Did they care for him in his final years? Likely, but his wife Susannah (Susan) Oswalt Croy died October 26, 1864 (buried in the same cemetery) and I found no census data indicating her residence after the sale of the land so we do not know for sure.