Graf - Groff - Grove - Bowers Ancestry
A Crouch Family Heritage Association Family
Husband: Hans GRAF Sr. b. 1661 Zurich
Switz d. 1730 Lancaster PA or 1746 Groff Dale, PA. Parents unknown, possibly
Marx, but had a brother Martin GRAF, born abt. 1665
Wife 1: m. 1687, Alsace, France, Susanna ORNDORFF b. c 1661 SWITZ
(may be Susanna ORNDORFF, or maybe Susanna ORNDORFF is another name for
Susanna Kendig and the first one was someone else)
Wife 2: m. ca. 1700 Susannah Kendig,(?) b. about 1678, d. after 1746
(other version holds that wife 1 m. abt. 1683 in Alsace, died bef. 1686,
and that Wife 2 was m. 1687, Alsace, France, Susanna ORNDORFF. I prefer
to believe this version: Orndorff was Wife 2 and m. 1687.).
Child from the marriage of Hans Groff and First Wife (or maybe 2nd):
- Jacob Groff, b. 2 April 1699, d. about 1740, Cocalico Twp, Lancaster
County, Pennsylvania, m. Elizabeth Unknown, d. after 31 January 1745, 5
Children from the marriage of Hans Groff and Susanna Kendig (or Orndorff):
Other children's descendants, besides John's, can be found at http://searches1.rootsweb.com/usgenweb/archives/pa/lancaster/famhist/graf0001.txt
- Peter, b. about 1702, d. between 1761 and 1764, Earl Twp, Lancaster
County, Pennsylvania, m. Barbara Unknown, 7 known children
- Hannah or Anna, b. about 1707, d. between 1746 and 1750, m. about 1728
to Peter Good, b. about 1690, 2 known children
- Samuel, b. about 1708, d. between 1768 and 1774, m. Christina Huber,
b. about 1711, d. between 1786 and 1802, 3 known children
- Fronica, b. about 1710, d. between 1746 and 1754, m. about 1731 to
Henry Landis, b. 1700, d. about 1761, 11 known children
- Marcus, b. August 1712, d. before 2 November 1791, m. Anna Huwer, d.
after 1779, 9 known children
- Daniel, b. about 1714, d. before 10 March 1772, m. Mary Unknown, 4
- John a.k.a. Hans, son of Susanna and Hans
GRAF Sr., b. about 1715, d. before 10 June 1797, Frederick County, Maryland,
(another version says b. 1697 Germantown Phil. Co, PA d. 1780 Sharpsburg,
Washington Co, MD or Frederick Co, MD) m. (1) Elizabeth
Carpenter, at least 10 known children
- David, b. 1720/21, d. 17 November 1784, m. Barbara Moyer, b. 1722,
4 known children
- Mary, b. about 1722, d. after 30 July 1746, m. John Kry, b. 30 July
1746, 6 known children
Biographical Note (I can't personally verify any of it, mind you):
Hans Graf was born in Switzerland in 1661, and during
the persecution of the Mennonites in his native country,
he with others fled to Alsace. In Alsace he bore the
title of Baron Von Weldon. He was a brother - in - law
of Lieut. Col., and Duke of Metzer, who was Governor of
Breda, and it was from him the Grafs or Groves were
entitled to the immense wealth in the fatherland. At one
time none stood nearer in confidence to the throne than
Hans Graf, but owing to this very prominence he became the
target for false accusations from jealous parties. He
was accused of treason against the government and his
wealth confisated. The accusation were proved utterly
false and he was publicly exonerated and given
invitation to return and his wealth and property would
be fully restored to him, but Hans Graft scorned their
overtures and declined to return. He came to America
and became in the new world a man of wealth and prominence.
Hans Graf arrived in Pennsylvania about 1695 and emigrated
to Germantown where he remained several years.
Hans with other Mennonite families moved west and
took up their abode on the northern side of Pequea
Creek. It was not until 1717 however that pioneers found
their way in to Earl Township, Lancaster County. This
honor belongs to Hans Graf, for while in pursuit of his
strayed horses, he found his way into what is familiarly
known as Groff's Thal, within the limits of west Earl
Township. Pleased with the country, he had his wife,
children and chattels conveyed thither and located on the
stream now called Graf's Run, where he soon took up
land. He was the earliest settler in these townships,
so also was he the wealthiest citizen at the time of his death in 1746.
This Hans Graf was a man of more than ordinary force
of character; he was the principal person in the new
settlement that sprung up around him, even to the time
of his death his name frequently occurs in the Colonial
Records; he was one of the persons named to lay out the
King's High Road from Lancaster to Philadelphia in 1733.
Along with many others he was naturalized on Oct. 14,
1720, in the third year of the reign of George the second.
He had already built a mill prior to 1729 and when in that
year the township was organized the citizens honored both
themselves and him in giving his name 'Graf', in its
English equivalent, Earl, to the new district.
The foundation stones of the cabin he built in 1718
are yet to be seen in the barn yard of his lineal
descendant, Levi W. Groff, who owns the residence on the old homestead.
The survey of his land was made on October 4, 1718 and
calls for 1150 acres; on the 28th of February 1724, he
bought 250 acres from Martin Kendrick and Hans Herr, who
had purchased 5,000 acres from Penn on 22nd of November, 1717.
Under these two warrants there were surveyed to him, in a
single tract on a branch of the Conestoga, 1419 acres on
October 10, 1727, for which a deed was made to him by
Thomas Penn on Nov. 18,1737. This deed after citing the
circumstances of the survey, goes on and makes transfer "of
all mines, minerals, quarries, meadows, marshes, etc.
The price paid for this goodly tract of land was L 141,
180 and One English shilling quit rent for every one
hundred acres, to be paid annually on every first of
March in the city of Lancaster, Penn. Ascertaining in
some way that his tract did not contain the full number
of acres called for by his deed he asked for a re-survey,
which was granted October 16, 1742, when 91 additional
acres were given him as shortage.
West Earl also boasts of having had within her bounds
one of the first, perhaps the first Mill in Lancaster
County, Penn. This stood on the south side of the
Conestoga, right at the point where the Concalico unites with the
stream. It was made a corner of Warwick Township when
that district was organized in 1729, and only through
that fact has its existence been preserved from utter
oblivion. How long it was there prior to that date is
unknown. An ancient deed covering this spot was also
found and mentions it as a mill site and speaks of the
mill race, but the mill had even then disappeared. Hans
Graf the first settler in these townships was the builder
and owner of this early mill.
Other evidence of Hans Graf: Rupp's Collection of
Thirty Thousand Immigrants to Pennsylvania page 433 -
"Hans Graf came to Germantown in 1696. Also Hans Graf
was Naturalized October 14, 1729. His brother Martin
Graf, was first constable.
Husband: Hans GROFF Jr. a.k.a. John GROFF,
b. 1697 Germantown Phil. Co, PA d. 1780 Sharpsburg, Washington Co, MD or
Frederick Co, MD, son of Susanna ORNDORFF and Hans
GRAF Sr. (or according to another version, b. about 1715, d. before
10 June 1797, Frederick County, Maryland, son of Susanna
Kendig [?] and Hans GRAF Sr.)
m. 1733 Lancaster Co, PA (another version says m. 1716 but I believe
it's inaccurate as it doesn't match Carpenter family information)
Wife: Elizabeth CARPENTER b. ca 1711 (another version says ca. 1716)
Lancaster Co, PA or Phil. Co, PA d. Sharpsburg MD or Frederick Co, MD, daughter
of Henrich Zimmerman and Maria/Salome Rufener
Three children whose dates are only possible if Hans and Elizabeth
were b. ca. 1700:
Biographical Notes on Hans Graff Jr.:
- David Grove, b. 1720/21, d. 17 November 1784, Groffdale, Earl Township,
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, m. Barbara Moyer, 4 known children
- Mary Grove, b: 1722 m. Peter Shriner [Both genealogies I consulted
list two different surviving children named Mary in this family]
- Mary Grove, d. after 30 July 1746, m. John Kry, d. after 30 July 1746[From
the dates and locations, this one is from an earlier marriage or something]
Five children's names that all versions agree on, though dates and spouses
- Jacob Grove, b. 4 June 1737, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, d. 14 August
1819, Sharpsburg, Maryland, m. 1758 to Catherine
Stalie b. 5 March 1742, d. 25 September 1823, Sharpsburg, Maryland,
9 known children
- John Grove, b. about 1740, at least 1 child
- Christina Grove, d. after 1787, m. Peter Flack
- Elizabeth Grove, b. 1750, d. 25 May 1825, Emmitsburg, Maryland, m.
John Troxel, b. 17 September 1747, d. 21 April 1830, Emmitsburg, Maryland,
9 known children [Another version says Elizabeth GRAF born 1738 in Earl
Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvania married Baltzer HENKEL]
- Henry Grove, b. 7 December 1758, d. 31 January 1827, Germantown, Pennsylvania,
m. (1) Louisa/Lovice Kuhn, d. before 1795, m. (2) Juda Elizabeth Kephart,
b. 12 August 1770, d. 2 August 1855, Frederick County, Maryland, 12 known
children [Another version says Henry GRAF born abt. 1741 in York, Pennsylvania.
He married Anna Mary____]
Three more children shown only in one version:
- George GRAFT born 6 Apr 1739 in Lancaster, Lancaster, Pa.. He married
- Henry GRAF born abt. 1741 in York, Pennsylvania. He married Anna Mary____.
- Catharine GRAF born abt. 1745 in Earl Township, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
In 1783 Hans sells to his brother David a tract of 197 acres, being part
tract of 1419 acres granted to his father. (Recorded Book N. Page 17 of
County Penn. Deeds) Indenture, Apr. 15, 1763 between Hans Graf of
Earl Township, yeoman, and Elizabeth his wife of the one part and David
Graf of the
same, yeoman of the other part; To David Graf of Earl Township 197 acres,
part of a
larger tract granted by a proprietary patent to Hans Graf the father of
said Hans Graf,
dated 8 November 1737 and recorded in Philadelphia in Patent Book A, Vol.
8, page 292.
Hans Graf went with his sons into Maryland about 1763, and settled in Frederick
County. A note appended to his will states that his heirs write the name
Hans and his wife Elizabeth are buried at Keedysville, Washington County,
Their graves are simply marked with a slab on which is cut their initials.
These were legible in 1912.
Fharf's History of Western Maryland mentions a resurvey made of Groff's
which had been granted to John Groff; also mentions a survey made of Groff's
1788 to Jacob Groff.
John Grove and his son Jacob sign the Oath of Fidelity and Support to the
State of Maryland at the March Court 1778, Sharpsburg Hundred, Washington
County. (Washington from Frederick in 1776) see Revolutionary Records of
Maryland (Rumbough) page 14.
Husband: Dr. Jacob GROFF b. 6/4/1737
Lancaster Co, PA d. 8/13(15)/1819 Sharpsburg, Washington Co, MD, son of
Elizabeth CARPENTER and Hans GROFF Jr.
m. 7/15/1758 Lancaster Co, PA
Wife: Catherine STALEY a.k.a. Stalie (a.k.a. Stehli ?) b. 3/3(5)/1742
(1740/41) Lancaster Co, PA d. 9/25(26)/1823(1833) Sharpsburg MD ((poss.
dau. of George STEHLI/STALEY?)
- Elizabeth Grove, b. 29 November 1759, Sharpsburg, Maryland, d. before
1850, Millerstown, Perry County, Pennsylvania, m. 9 July 1780, York, Pennsylvania
to Peter Wolf, b. 14 May 1757, York, Pennsylvania, d. September 1838, Millerstown,
Perry County, Pennsylvania, 9 known children
- John Grove, b. 2 May 1761, Sharpsburg, Maryland, (or born Dec 1760
in York, Pennsylvania) d. 8 July 1811, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, m.
6 February 1786 to Mary Brown, b. 15 September 1768, d. 15 January 1842,
10 known children
- Jacob Grove, b. 25 June 1763, Sharpsburg, Maryland, m. 16 March 1788
to Anna Maria Cookerly, b. 1769, 8 known children
- Henry Grove, b. in Sharpsburg, Maryland 1765. He married Sabrina BOYER.
- Peter Grove, b. 12 January 1767, d. November 1823,
m. Catharine Aucker, b. 13 January 1776, d. 1857, 8
- Philip Grove, b. 16 April 1775, d. 13 June 1841, Maryland, m. (1) 8
March 1800 to Cathrine Hess, b. 28 March 1792, d. 6 April 1815, m. (2) to
Susan Locher, d. 10 Septgember 1827, 10 known children
- Catherine Grove, b. 23 December 1780, Sharpsburg, Maryland (or born
1773; died 1825)
- Stephen Grove, b. 1770 Sharpsburg, Maryland, m. to unknown wife, 4
- Paul Grove, born 1777 Sharpsburg, Maryland
Biographical Notes on Dr. Jacob Grove.:
Jacob Graf the oldest son of Hans Jraf Jr and Elizabeth Carpenter was a
Physician and a man of prominence in the locality in which he lived. He
to Maryland in 1765 and signed the Oath of Fidelity and support to the State
Maryland in 1778. (See Brumbaugh's Revolutionary Records of Maryland, Vol.
page 14) He also in 1780 lent the sum of five hundred dollars for the use
the State of Maryland (See Md. Ar,, Vol. XLLLL, page 520). He names his
children in his will.
Husband: Peter GROVE b. 1/12/1767
Sharpsburg, Wa. Co, MD d. 12/13/1823 Martinsburg, Berkeley Co, WV son of
Dr. Jacob GROFF and Catherine STALEY
Wife 1: CATHARINA ANGELBERGERIN
Wife 2: m. 1793 Martinsburg, Bergekley Co, WV, Catherine Aucker/Auchey/Aucher/Acher/Ache/Ocher
(spelling variation among many sources) b. 1/113/1776 Dauphin Co, PA d.
12/15/1851 Berkeley Co, WV
Children (presumably all by Wife 2):
Catherine Grove, b. 1797; d. Sept. 12, 1873, m.
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