My concern is one more of caution rather than incorrectness. And that is we caution is needed to determine that Joseph, s/o John, married Margaret Fitter and not another Joseph. Joseph of Columbiana also had a wife named Margaret Fitter and a daughter named Clara. However the Columbiana Fitter is also called Fetzer here in VA. So it is possible that both Joseph's married someone with a similar name about the same time. Joseph of Columbiana often travled to Fairfield, Warren, Perry, Preble and Greene Counties so it seemed possible that he could have married there. I have not had time to do a physical search in Columbiana for a married for Joseph to his second wife and if there is one there then this issue would be fully resolved.
Abstracts of the Annals of Columbiana, OH & from a obituary.
Joseph Strickler, a native of Virginia, was born there 30 May 1808 and died here 19 Jan 1885 at the home of his daughter Clara Grove. He was a well known merchant in Columbiana with his brothers Reuben and Noah as well as the inventor of the Strickler boring machine. He twice married first in 1834 in VA to Hettie Fitter and about 1854 to her sister Margaret (Fitter aka Fetzer). He had 5 daughters by his first wife and two daughters by his second wife who survives.
Joseph Strickler along with his brother Reuben took up his roots and moved to Columbiana, Ohio in the late 1830's. In 1845 he built a small machine shop on Main Street a few doors from town square. The business for Joseph and Reuben was often slow and they would resort to taking their goods by wagon through the countryside to sell them. Reuben then invented a machine called the Strickler Boring Machine. The machine was so far ahead of its time that no improvements were made to it and it remained the most commonly used drill until it was replaced by the electric drill press.
Reuben and Joseph's inventive nature did not end here. For then to produce this boring machine in numbers a iron planer was needed. Well the Strickler boys could not afford one so they built one. The made it using plans Reuben had drawn up and using materials gathered on a trip from Pittsburg and Mansfield, OH. It is said the machine was quite a contraption that drew people from all over to see it at work.
By 1848 their slow business had turned into a successful one. Joseph and Reuben could no longer keep up with demand and their brother Noah then joined in the family business. That following year was one of the most prosperous in the brother's lives. Their businss saw tremendous groth in both old and in new areas of production. They began designing and selling such items as portable cider mills, portable sawing mills and sulkey hay rakes. Their business continued to grow until 1866 when they retired from the machine business after 21 years.
In 1872 Reuben opened Strickler's Grocery across Main Street from the old machine shop. Joseph and Noah soon joined in business with him.