THE GROFFS OF LOWER TURKEYFOOT TOWNSHIP

Johannes and Johanna Graf born in Wirbenz, Bavaria, Germany, came to Somerset County in 1841 via Baltimore Harbor. Johannes, John Graff, was first a tenant miller in Middlecreek Township and then Brother's Valley Township. He bought the Hays Mill in the village of the same name just months before his death in 1954. They had seven children, Frederick, Catherine, Barbara, George, Simon, Margaret and Wilhelmena. George settled in Confluence, Pa.

Descendants Outline Of George G. Groff

1 George G. Groff B: Abt. 1849 Somerset County, Pa. D: Apr 24, 1927 Confluence, Pa.

. +Ellen Lepley B: May 10, 1848 Near Wellersburg, Pa. D: Jul 15, 1917 Confluence, Pa. M: Oct 10, 1867

.... 2 Asa Frank Groff B: Abt. 1864

........ +Olive (Nee?) Groff B: Abt. 1880

.......... 3 Ned Groff B: Abt. 1812

.............. +Vera Cretchman

.......... 3 Mary E.Groff B: Abt. 1905

.......... 3 Dora C. Groff B: Abt. 1908

.......... 3 Infant

.... 2 Minnie F Groff B: Abt. 1867

........ +Rev. John T. Fox M: Feb 28, 1906 Residence Of Father, George G. Groff

.... 2 Augustus Theodore. Groff B: Abt. 1868

........ +Helen F. (Nee?) Groff

.......... 3 Allen Groff B: Abt. 1886

.......... 3 Robert G. Groff B: Abt. 1888

.......... 3 Elizabeth E. Groff B: Abt. 1903 D: Abt. 1921

.......... 3 Charles A. Groff B: Abt. 1905

.... *2nd Wife Of Augustus Theodore. Groff:

........ +A T's Second Wife

.... 2 Calvin Luther Groff B: 1870 Berkley Mills, Somerset County, Pa. D: Jun 18, 1949 Confluence, Pa

........ +Jennie Lizetta Wingenroth B: Feb 05, 1873 Wilkensburg, Allegheny Co., Pa. D: Apr 01, 1960 Lower Turkeyfoot Twp, Somerset Co, Pa. M: May 03, 1895 Washington, D.C.

.......... 3 Harry Warrren Groff B: Nov 24, 1895 D: Jul 03, 1965

.............. +Myrtle Spence

.......... 3 Lawrence Everett Groff B: Sep 19, 1897 D: Jul 02, 1978

.............. +Sue Lindsey

.......... 3 Ruth Marguerite Groff B: Jun 02, 1899 D: Jul 22, 1986

.............. +Dewey Sampson Rush B: 1898 D: 1952

.......... 3 Gladys Blanche Groff B: Mar 24, 1901 D: Jan 30, 1972

.............. +Jack Mcclain

.......... 3 Clifford Elwood Groff B: Apr 04, 1903 Confluence, Pa. D: Mar 07, 1986 Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.

.............. +Mary Lou Stairs B: Jan 07, 1905 Confluence, Pa. M: Nov 06, 1926 Maryland

.......... 3 Paul Edward Groff B: Apr 02, 1905 D: Jun 04, 1982

.............. +Elizabeth(Betty) Troy B: Mar 09, 1905 Garrett, Pa. D: Jun 15, 1992 Jefferson Mem. Hos., Pittsburgh

.......... 3 William Wingenroth Groff B: Sep 02, 1908 Confluence, Pa. D: Jun 24, 1986

.............. +Nellie Margaret Brotherton

.......... 3 George Lepley Groff B: Jul 14, 1910 D: Apr 07, 1994 Confluence, Pa.

.............. +Jane Parker Walton B: Dec 06, 1913 D: 1995 Confluence, Pa.

.......... 3 Charles Dunseth Groff B: Jul 14, 1910

.............. +Josephine Synder

.......... 3 Calvin Luther Groff B: Jun 26, 1916 D: Aug 04, 1965

.............. +Cleo Helena Synder B: Aug 04, 1915

.... 2 Harvey W Groff B: Abt. 1872

........ +Maude Dean Groff

.......... 3 Eleanor Groff D: 1995

.............. +James M. Driscoll

.......... 3 Raymond Groff

.......... 3 Pauline Groff

.............. +Powers

.......... 3 Leotta Groff B: Died As Infant

.... 2 Edward E. Groff B: Abt. 1874 Confluence, Pa. D: Abt. 1904 Confluence, Pa.

 

Descendants Report for GEORGE G. GROFF

 

Generation No. 1

1. GEORGE G.1 GROFF was born Abt. 1849 in SOMERSET COUNTY, PA., and died Apr 24, 1927 in CONFLUENCE, PA.. He married ELLEN LEPLEY Oct 10, 1867.

Notes for GEORGE G. GROFF:

George built a store in Confluence in 1874 and was engaged in the mercantile business. He was a burgess of Confluence and a justice of the peace. Ned Groff remembers his grandfather as being stern and humorless. His granddad paid him 15 cents every Saturday to clean out his spitoon in the old home. It was a common sight to see tobacco spittle on his granddads goatee. In Grandad's last years when he was in the hospital, he paid his grandson Charles 10 cents to bring his morning Pittsburgh paper. The three cents left over was immediately spent at Mountain's Drug Store and Soda Fountain.

Children of GEORGE GROFF and ELLEN LEPLEY are:

2. i. ASA FRANK2 GROFF, b. Abt. 1864.

ii. MINNIE F GROFF, b. Abt. 1867; m. REV. JOHN T. FOX, Feb 28, 1906, Residence of father, George G. Groff.

Excerpt from Turkeyfoot News says she had a noon wedding in the residence of her family. Rev. W. H. Hilbisle of the Confluence Trinity Lutheran Church performed the ceremonies. After the ceremony they got on the train to Dillsburg, Pa. where Rev. Fox was the pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.

3. iii. AUGUSTUS THEODORE. GROFF, b. Abt. 1868.

4. iv. CALVIN LUTHER GROFF, b. 1870, Berkley Mills, Somerset County, Pa.; d. Jun 18, 1949, CONFLUENCE, PA.

5. v. HARVEY W GROFF, b. Abt. 1872.

vi. EDWARD E. GROFF, b. Abt. 1874, Confluence, Pa.; d. Abt. 1904, Confluence, Pa..

 

 

 

Generation No. 2

2. ASA FRANK2 GROFF (GEORGE G.1) was born Abt. 1864. He married OLIVE (NEE?) GROFF.

Was on the Confluence baseball team in 1894. Took over the store from his father, George G. He worked in the store from eight in the morning to eight at night.

Children of ASA GROFF and OLIVE GROFF are:

i. NED3 GROFF, b. Abt. 1812; m. VERA CRETCHMAN.

He first worked for Bell Telephone. He and 250 others were laid off. He got $500 in benifits, but lost the money when the Connellsville Bank went under. He hitchhiked to Washington, D.C. and eventually got a job with Western Union. He worked for them for 40 Years before retiring in Confluence.

ii. MARY E.GROFF, b. Abt. 1905.

iii. DORA C. GROFF, b. Abt. 1908.

iv. INFANT.

 

3. AUGUSTUS THEODORE.2 GROFF (GEORGE G.1) was born Abt. 18681. He married (1) HELEN F. (NEE?) GROFF. He married (2) A T'S SECOND WIFE.

Notes for AUGUSTUS THEODORE. GROFF:

Augustus Theodore Groff had two nicknames: Doaky and Dory. He was the postmaster of Confluence from 4/19/1916 to 6/5/1924. In 1890 he was a baritone horn player in the Confluence Cornet Band. He had two different stores with general merchandise. The first was in the bank building. The second was accross from the Methodist Church, now Brown's Restaurant.

Notes for HELEN F. (NEE?) GROFF:

Died after going out of her mind from grief over the early death of her daughter Elizabeth.

Children of AUGUSTUS GROFF and HELEN GROFF are:

i. ALLEN3 GROFF, b. Abt. 1886.

ii. ROBERT G. GROFF, b. Abt. 1888.

iii. ELIZABETH E. GROFF, b. Abt. 1903; d. Abt. 1921.

iv. CHARLES A. GROFF, b. Abt. 1905.

 

4. CALVIN LUTHER2 GROFF (GEORGE G.1) was born 1870 in Berkley Mills, Somerset County, Pa., and died Jun 18, 1949 in CONFLUENCE, PA. He married JENNIE LIZETTA WINGENROTH May 03, 1895 in WASHINGTON, D.C..

Notes for CALVIN LUTHER GROFF:

Calvin Luther Groff was the son of George and Ellen Groff and was born in Berkley Mills, Somerset County, Pennsylvania about 1870.

Cal was as stern as his father and the children gave him no back-talk. He avoided showing any emotion. Calvin was a dedicated farmer and took pride in his farming. People would drive from as far away as Pittsburgh to buy his corn, 13 ears for 20 cents. His farm was midway between Confluence and Ursina. The connecting road (then Route 53, now route 281) divided the farm's bottom land next to the Laurel Hill Creek and the pasture land on the hill above his house.

At various times, Calvin was secretary to the Confluence Lutheran Church Council and Secretary of the Lower Turkeyfoot Township School Board. He was also a member of The Knights of Pythias. While he was School Secretary, every month he would review the attendance records of the several local schools and write out checks to pay the teachers. He used horse and wagon to distribute new school supplies to each of the schools.

Most of the grandchildren only remember Granddad Calvin Groff in his declining years when he was practically blind from cataracts and suffered from diabetes.. He finally died of a weak heart after a leg amputation made necessary by the diabetes.

 

Notes for JENNIE LIZETTA WINGENROTH:

Jennie Lisetta Wingenroth was the first child of Charles and Eliza Wingenroth, born in Wilkens Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in 1873. Calvin and Jennie met in Connellsville, Pennsylvania where they both worked for the B&O Railroad. He was a telegrapher. She lived with her family nearby in Broadford. They were married, May 3, 1895, in Washington, D.C.,

Jennie did not show much affection, but she had a pleasant personality and smiled a lot. Although a little heavy, Jennie was a good looking woman.. She was always neat, clean and well dressed, especially on Sundays. The daughter-in-laws found her to be open and easy with to talk. She often pleaded with her daughter-in-laws to stay overnight so she could have more time with her sons.

Even though Calvin was boss in the family, Jennie was strong-willed and ran the household her way. More than once, when it was known that Calvin would be away the whole day, Jennie conspired with her offspring to kill a chicken and cook it for a minor feast. But she was a great farmer's wife and worked as hard as anyone. She made her own soap for dishes and the washing machine. She had a bad habit of saving things in containers without regard to their labels.

She was a very good cook, especially famous for her yellow cake with fresh coconut icing. She would make as many as ten pies at a time when the raspberries were ripe. There were always three meals a day, Monday through Friday. On Saturday, she and Cal went to Confluence to shop and visit. Saturday night supper was usually bologna sandwiches and milk. After every meal, the dishes would be washed in the side pantry (usually by the daughter-in-laws) and the table set for the next meal.

 

Children of CALVIN GROFF and JENNIE WINGENROTH are:

i. HARRY WARRREN3 GROFF, b. Nov 24, 1895; d. Jul 03, 1965; m. MYRTLE SPENCE.

ii. LAWRENCE EVERETT GROFF, b. Sep 19, 1897; d. Jul 02, 1978; m. SUE LINDSEY.

6. iii. RUTH MARGUERITE GROFF, b. Jun 02, 1899; d. Jul 22, 1986.

iv. GLADYS BLANCHE GROFF, b. Mar 24, 1901; d. Jan 30, 1972; m. JACK MCCLAIN.

Notes for GLADYS BLANCHE GROFF:

Gladys was born 24 March 1901. After graduating from high school, she went to normal school for her teaching certificate. She taught school in the Brushtown Hollow Schoolhouse and in the Confluence grade-school. She went to teach in Dunbar Boro where she met and married John (Jack) McClain.

They lived in Connellsville where Jack was a business manager for the Eureka Brick Works in Mount Braddock, Pa

7. v. CLIFFORD ELWOOD GROFF, b. Apr 04, 1903, CONFLUENCE, PA.; d. Mar 07, 1986, FT. LAUDERDALE, FL..

8. vi. PAUL EDWARD GROFF, b. Apr 02, 1905; d. Jun 04, 1982.

9. vii. WILLIAM WINGENROTH GROFF, b. Sep 02, 1908, Confluence, Pa.; d. Jun 24, 1986.

10. viii. GEORGE LEPLEY GROFF, b. Jul 14, 1910; d. Apr 07, 1994, Confluence, Pa..

ix. CHARLES DUNSETH GROFF, b. Jul 14, 1910; m. JOSEPHINE SYNDER.

Notes for CHARLES DUNSETH GROFF:

Charles was born 14 July 1910. He grew up in the Confluence School System and, along with his brothers, was active playing football and baseball. He was a great center fielder and a fast runner on the baseball team. These sports were the only relief from the many chores on his father's farm. He stayed on the farm until he was married at the age of 31.

He was encouraged by his high school teacher to continue his education. He went to State Teacher's College at California, Pa. And received certification to teach in the elementary schools of Pennsylvania in 1932.

He taught fourteen years in Elementary Education in Addison and the Somerset Borough Schools

In 1941, he married Josephine Synder, also a teacher in the Pennsylvania Public School System.

He spent one year in the Army and was selected for Officer's Candidate School. While taking the Physical, it was revealed he had had rheumatic fever during childhood. This was cause for medical discharge, and Charles' Army career was over.

By continuing his education summers and weekends at The State Teacher's College, he achieved a Bachelor of Science Degree with majors in both elementary and secondary education in 1945.

In 1948 he received a Master's Degree in Education at The University of Pittsburgh with a major in school administration. This was the impetus for a new direction in education. In 1949, he gave up classroom teaching and began his career in School Administration.

He had a long and distinguished record in that career:

First Supervising Principal of the new Turkeyfoot Valley joint school

In 1951, Supervisor of Elementary Schools in Connellsville, Pa.

In 1957, first Supervising Principal of Highland Suburban Joint School in Chippewa Township, Beaver County, Pennsylvania.

In 1959, received a Doctor's Degree in Education from the University of Pittsburgh.

In 1966, Assistant Superintendent of the Beaver County Public Schools.

In 1970, Assistant Executive Director of the Beaver County Intermediate Unit, formed after an extensive reorganization and consolidation of the Pennsylvania Public Schools.

Charles and Jo retired in 1974. They traveled extensively, playing golf in just about every state in the Union. They are avid sports buffs, following all the home teams, and are boosters of the University of Pittsburgh Panthers.

11. x. CALVIN LUTHER GROFF, b. Jun 26, 1916; d. Aug 04, 1965.

5. HARVEY W2 GROFF (GEORGE G.1) was born Abt. 1872. He married MAUDE DEAN GROFF.

Children of HARVEY GROFF and MAUDE GROFF are:

i. ELEANOR3 GROFF, d. 1995; m. JAMES M. DRISCOLL.

ii. RAYMOND GROFF.

iii. PAULINE GROFF, m. POWERS.

iv. LEOTTA GROFF, b. DIED AS INFANT.

 

 

Generation No. 3

6. RUTH MARGUERITE3 GROFF (CALVIN LUTHER2, GEORGE G.1) was born Jun 02, 1899, and died Jul 22, 1986. She married DEWEY SAMPSON RUSH.

Notes for RUTH MARGUERITE GROFF:

Ruth was born June 2, 1899. She attended normal school for a teacher's certificate and first taught in the King School near the covered bridge of the same name between Humbert and Ursina. Later she taught in the two-room school house in Ursina. Here she married Dewey Rush from Ursina. They moved to Clairton where Dewey worked for United States Steel. They lived there successively on New York Ave., Sixth Street and Vankirk.

Notes for DEWEY SAMPSON RUSH:

Dewey was a good baseball player. He was the No. 1 pitcher on the semi-pro team sponsored by Carnegie Illinois Steel, Clairton Works. While playing at Clairton he was offered a try-out with the Baltimore Orioles, but he turned it down being just recently married. Dewey progressed in the mill to General Battery Foreman working in the Coke Ovens. Over the years, he was instrumental in getting many of the Groff Relatives jobs in the mill. He was an avid fisherman, and never failed to open trout season each year.

Children of RUTH GROFF and DEWEY RUSH are:

i. JACK HOMER4 RUSH, b. Sep 21, 1922; m. RUBY JAQUELINE HOOKS.

ii. GLADYS FAY RUSH, b. Jun 27, 1924; d. Mar 03, 1927.

iii. RUTH EILEEN RUSH, b. Nov 21, 1926; d. 1992; m. JAMES WILLIAM CAPE.

iv. JAMES WILLIAM RUSH, b. Mar 08, 1928; m. CHARLOTTE LOUISE ANSELL.

v. NANCY LEE RUSH, b. Feb 22, 1930; d. Nov 05, 1935.

 

7. CLIFFORD ELWOOD3 GROFF (CALVIN LUTHER2, GEORGE G.1) was born Apr 04, 1903 in CONFLUENCE, PA., and died Mar 07, 1986 in FT. LAUDERDALE, FL.. He married MARY LOU STAIRS Nov 06, 1926 in MARYLAND, daughter of WILLIAM STAIRS and ELIZABETH COLBORN.

Child of CLIFFORD GROFF and MARY STAIRS is:

i. CLIFFORD ELWOOD4 GROFF, b. Mar 31, 1928, CONFLUENCE, PA.; m. MAYA VERENA SENFTLEBEN, May 09, 1953, CLAIRTON, PA..

 

8. PAUL EDWARD3 GROFF (CALVIN LUTHER2, GEORGE G.1) was born Apr 02, 1905, and died Jun 04, 1982. He married ELIZABETH(BETTY) TROY.

Children of PAUL GROFF and ELIZABETH(BETTY) TROY are:

i. RUSSELL ELLSWORTH4 GROFF, b. Oct 14, 1924; m. ROBIN.

ii. PAUL EVERETT GROFF, b. Feb 06, 1931; d. Unknown; m. MURIEL EVA SMITH.

 

9. WILLIAM WINGENROTH3 GROFF (CALVIN LUTHER2, GEORGE G.1) was born Sep 02, 1908 in Confluence, Pa., and died Jun 24, 1986. He married NELLIE MARGARET BROTHERTON.

Notes for WILLIAM WINGENROTH GROFF:

Bill Groff, nick-named Bid, was born September 2, 1908. He was the first of the sons to graduate from high school. In those early years, he loved baseball and had a reputation as a great first-baseman. He also loved to hunt and fish and had a 16 gauge double barreled shotgun with which he hunted squirrel.

Bill met and married Margaret (Marg) Brotherton. After they were married, he worked in the Coke Works at Clairton, Pa. In 1936, he was laid off and the family returned to the farm where he worked for his Dad. Bill was then drafted into the Army where he served in the Army Medical Corps, stationed at Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, N.Y., He made four Atlantic crossings from there, transporting the wounded..

After the war, Bill got a job with Ringer Oil Company and the family moved to a home on Oden Street in Confluence.

Bill's home was always open and friendly. Through the Winter months, there was a weekly continuing Ping-Pong game on the dining room table. The warm months found everyone on the front porch. The favorite food of the crowd was grilled, cheese sandwiches.

Sunday activity was always church first -- no exceptions, then to a baseball game. Bill was coach of the local team.

Margaret died suddenly in March 1977 while volunteering at church. Bill moved into the Senior Housing on Sterner Street where he was close to fishing in the Yough.. He died June 24, 1986.

 

Notes for NELLIE MARGARET BROTHERTON:

Her guardians owned the Dodd's Hotel in Confluence where Bill delivered milk. Marg's mother died when she was 12 years old and she was raised by an aunt in Rochester, Pa. She came to Confluence after graduating from Rochester High School and worked for The Ringer Oil Company..

Children of WILLIAM GROFF and NELLIE BROTHERTON are:

i. SHIRLEY LIZETTA4 GROFF, b. Jan 17, 1934, McKeesport, Pa.; m. GLENN DAVID WASS.

ii. GLADYS MARILYN GROFF, b. Jun 28, 1938, Confluence, Pa.; m. HAROLD P. TURNEY, Apr 29, 1961.

Notes for GLADYS MARILYN GROFF:

Born in Frantz Hospital.

iii. KATHRYN JANE GROFF, b. Feb 04, 1944; m. TODD AUGUSTINE.

iv. WILLIAM WINGENROTH GROFF, b. Aug 01, 1945; m. MARTHA ANN VAN SLYKE.

 

10. GEORGE LEPLEY3 GROFF (CALVIN LUTHER2, GEORGE G.1) was born Jul 14, 1910, and died Apr 07, 1994 in Confluence, Pa.. He married JANE PARKER WALTON.

Notes for GEORGE LEPLEY GROFF:

George Groff and his twin brother Charles was born July 14, 1910. George grew up loving hunting and fishing. But, for both George and Charles, growing up on the farm was long hard hours with little recreation. Recreation to them was baseball practice a couple of evenings a week, an hour visit with friends in front of Fick's Grocery Store, a little ice cream and home. George played right field for the team and was the clean-up hitter.

He went on to Teachers College at California, Pa. To, first, get his two-year elementary education teaching certificate. He eventually finished four years and received a Bachelors Degree in education.

He was drafted during the war and was a Corporal in the Army Quartermaster's Corp.

He married Jane Walton. They had known each other for some time. Jane had been asked to come help at the farm some years back by George's sister Ruth.

Although George and Jane took over the home farm, George's main vocation was teaching in the Turkeyfoot Valley Schools where he taught geography and social studies. He was a well-liked and respected teacher and most of the now boomer generation in that locale had him as a teacher. He was also very active leading the local Boy Scout Troop for a number of years. The farm was no longer a main source of income. But George did enjoy growing strawberries and his favorite sweet corn, Iowa Chief.

George later developed diabetes and the farm became too much work. George and Jane took up residence in the Senior Citizen Apartments on Sterner Street in Confluence. George passed away there April 7, 1994 and Jane a year later.

 

Children of GEORGE GROFF and JANE WALTON are:

i. GEORGE LEPLEY (JR)4 GROFF, m. (1) TERRY LYNN HIXON; m. (2) SYLVIA ROJAS.

ii. CHARLES EDWARD GROFF, b. Feb 22, 1953; m. VIRGINIA MITCHELL.

 

11. CALVIN LUTHER3 GROFF (CALVIN LUTHER2, GEORGE G.1) was born Jun 26, 1916, and died Aug 04, 1965. He married CLEO HELENA SYNDER.

Children of CALVIN GROFF and CLEO SYNDER are:

i. JUDITH LANE4 GROFF, m. WILLIAM THOMAS HARTILL.

ii. NANCY LEE GROFF, b. May 01, 1937; m. C. BARRY SALSI.

iii. THOMAS LUTHER GROFF, b. Jul 30, 1938; m. CAROL CATHERINE KELLY.

iv. JAMES CALVIN GROFF, b. Aug 18, 1947; m. JUANITA JANE NEMEL.

v. JOHN WAYNE GROFF, b. Sep 11, 1948; m. PATRICIA COSMUT.