GROVE, Samuel, carpenter and farmer, was born in West Hanover township, Dauphin county, Pa., December 23, 1828. He is a son of Henry and Catherine (Gaunse) Grove, residents of West Hanover township. Mrs. Grove died at about sixty-two years of age, and Mr. Grove at about seventy-four. They had eight children : Mary Ann, John, David, Jacob, Eliza, wife of George Myers, Sarah, wife of Peter Shaeffer, Catherine, wife of Benneville Pointer and Samuel.
Samuel Grove attended the public schools of his native township during the winter months until he was twenty years of age. At the age of eighteen he began to learn carpentry with Barnie Clay, of West Hanover township. According to the terms of his indenture he was permitted to attend school during the winter, and as wages was to receive six dollars per month and board. At the end of his apprenticeship he worked as a journeyman about three years, after which he and his brother-in-law, Peter Schaeffer, formed a partnership for doing carpenter work and building, which continued for one year. He then conducted business on his own account for about eighteen years. In 1867 he began farming, in which he was employed until 1884, when he built the house where he now resides. About 1856 or 1857 Mr. Grove began to exercise his gifts as a local preacher. He preached his first sermon in the Church of God at Linglestown, Pa. Since that time he has preached at numerous places. He has always generously given his services on the circuit in the absence of the minister in charge.
Mr. Grove was married, January 1, 1852, to Elizabeth Friday, by whom he had three children :Mary Jane, born December 16, 1852, died when about eight months old; Sarah Ann, born July 30, 1856, died in infancy, and Samuel F., born August 30, 1854. Mrs Grove died about July 1, 1856. He was married, the second time, in 1857, to Molly Forney. They have had nine children, three died early, one being as yet unnamed ; David and Mary Ellen both died aged about ten months. The surviving children are : John E., born June 28, 1859 ; Christian H. , October 18, 1862 ; Willis Sherman, August 23, 1864 ; Lydia K., July 28, 1889 ; Ellen L., February 7, 1871, and Anna L., July 19, 1873. The parents of Mrs. Molly (Forney) Grove are both deceased. They had six children : Mary Ann, wife of Jonathan Fox ; Molly, Mrs. Grove ; Catherine, Christine, Henry, Lydia and Jonathan. Mr. Grove has served Lower Paxton township for one term as supervisor. His politics are Republican and he is a member of the Church of God.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 16 March 2001
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