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THE ANNA P. GROVER

Anna Powers (Welch) Grover was born in Ogdensburg, New York on 18 Janurary 1818. Mr. Welch, her father owned a mercantile store there, in which Anna worked until 1846, when the store was sold and the family moved to Ashtabula, Ohio.  There her father opened a forwarding agency for the lumber business and Anna then worked as a secretary.

Anna met Samuel Grover, a ship carpenter, in 1850, and they married in 1852. They moved to Vermilion, Ohio in 1852 where Samuel built ships on his own and also farmed.

By 1868 Samuel had built an oak-hulled schooner-barge and christened it the "Anna P. Grover" honoring his wife and the mother of his two children. Mrs. Samuel Grover died 17 September 1894 while on vacation in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Below are some of the stats or facts about her namesake:

The Schooner Barge ANNA P. GROVER 
Builder: Registered: Shephard B. Grover (above Samuel Grover) 
Place Built: Vermillion, Ohio Year: 1868 
Rig: Wood Dimensions: 137' x 26' x 9'7" 
Tonnage: 246.94 gross - 234.60 net 
Official No.: 1386 
Date Launched: April 23, 1868
Name Changes: None 
Owners: 1901 L. L. Slyfield; Port Huron, MI 1905 Kelly Lumber & Shingle; Traverse City, MI 1908, 1910-1914 Charles W. Kotcher; Detroit, MI 1916 Final Enrollment at Detroit, MI 15 March 1916 - Abandoned

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