Hans  (Graff) Graf

Hans (Graff) Graf (1661 - bef. 1746)

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Hans "John" Graf formerly Graff aka Graff, Groff
Born in Baretswil, Rafz, Zurich, Switzerlandmap
Brother of [half]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married in Germantown PAmap
Died before in Earl, Berks, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
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Categories: Swiss-German and Mennonite Immigrants to Pennsylvania | Groffdale Mennonite Brick Church Cemetery, Leola, Pennsylvania | East Earl Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.


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Biography

Reportedly Hans Graff b. about 1661-1672 was son of a Marx GRAFF of Bäretswil, Zürich, Switzerland, and his wife Elsbath. Richard Davis suggests Hans GRAFF is the son of Hans Jägli GRAFF b. 15 Jun 1623 and Elisabeth PFENNINGER. Again, ages don’t quite match. Myrna Grove says Hans GRAFF the wagon builder and wagoner who went to Germantown in 1696 was son of Marx GRAFF of Steinsfurt, and a first cousin of Hans Jacob GRAFF. She says he went unmarried to America, with relatives paying for his voyage. He became an Indian trader. By 1704 he was doing well enough to purchase 84 acres from Jan KREY near Germantown, and married Susanna KENDIG of Germantown. However, Wrightsman says Hans GRAFF of Steinsfurt immigrated with his second wife in 1703, and his son Jacob may have been born in Steinsfurt (2 Apr 1699). The Hans GRAFF b. abt 1675 in Ittlingen, m. to Susanna KENDIG of Ittlingen, was grandfather of the Barbara GRAFF who married Christian ‘the Bridge Builder’ BINKLEY about 1769. He is the Hans GRAFF who is most famous in Lancaster Co, having been wealthy — Groffdale /Graffsthal west of New Holland PA is named after him. Note that two men named Hans GRAFF were taking land in Lancaster County around 1717, and it is hard to distinguish them. While the 1675 Hans GRAAF settled in Lancaster Co in 1717, with the second wave of Mennonites who arrived on the 3 ships on 24 Aug, the slightly younger Hans GRAF had already arrived, spent some years at Germantown, then in 1716 took out a warrant of 1,000 acres in Pequea near the 1710 immigrants. This earlier immigrant was reportedly the son of Max GRAAF of Baretswil, Switzerland. Some Web sites say Hans was born in Baretswil and emigrated first to Alsace about 1695 and then to America, where he settled near Germantown PA, just W of Philadelphia. However, Richard Davis reports him as born near Ittlingen in the Kraichgau, Germany, and immigrating to Pennsylvania about 1704 — he lived at Germantown from 1704 to 1715, moving that year to Lancaster Co. Descendants told a family story that Hans was living near the Pequea but discovered a spring (west of New Holland) while searching for lost horses, and moved there. (He must hav been at the time living on the [upper] Pequea [below Paradise PA] , not near the 1710 tracts.) He died in 1746 in Earl Tp. Brackbill says he is the Hans GRAFF shown on the warrantee map of W Lampeter Tp, having taken an oblong of 300 acres that ran E to W (slanted a bit to the NW) abutting the land of Isaac LEFFEVRE and Hance MAYLEY. This tract was warranted 31 Jan 1714, surveyed 23 Oct 1716 (both before arrival of our own man of the same name), patented to Hans GRAFF on 16 June 1718 [A-5-316]. The tract was on lower Mill Creek, about where Big Spring Run (Mylin’s land was called Big Spring) runs N into Mill Creek. Lee Arthurs, who has tracked all the 1717 tracts near Felix LANDIS, says Hans GROFF had 300 acres lying just to the W of Peter YORTEE’s land on Mill Creek, which on the E side abutted Derrick JANSEN’s 500 acres, which abutted Felix LANDIS’s land on Mill Creek. Richard Davis says Hans GRAFF signed a warrant for land in Lancaster, but did not take it up. Hans GRAFF also took 1,030 acres that were the E half of a tract in modern P.O. zip code 17572, below Paradise PA [the Strasburg Railroad cuts through the bottom 1/3 of GRAFF’s land there]. Warrantee map of E Lampeter Tp shows it as a long narrow strip running NW–SE, abutting Paradise Twp [to the E], surveyed ‘in year 1710’ for Hance GRAFF 1000 As. & All[owances], ‘divided 24 Oct 1716’ from the neighboring tract surveyed at the same time for Harman RIGHMAN. http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/bah/dam/rg/di/r17-522WarranteeTwpMaps/r017Map2823LancasterEastLampeterWeb.pdf A Hans GRAFF had 1,150 acres surveyed [year not given] on ‘ye south east side of Conestogoe River’. This may be the 1,130 acres just mentioned, although they don’t lie on the Conestoga itself. A bit later, Hans GRAFF acquired tracts of land in W & E Earl Tps that were nearly as large as New Holland is today, but to the west of the city. His land reached from the Conestoga down to just west of New Holland, including the area of Groff’s Run (now Groff Creek) and the next big tributary to the south. The warrantee map for W Earl Tp shows Hans GRAEFF warranting 5000 acres & allowances on 4 Oct 1718 which were patent to John MOYER 2 May 1735. A tract of 1,419 acres & allowances that covered what became Groff’s Creek was warranted on 9th mth 22 day 1717 to ‘Martin KENDRICK et al.’ but then warranted 4 Oct 1718 to Hans GRFF, patented 18 Nov 1737 to Hans GRAFF [A-8-292]. http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/bah/dam/rg/di/r17-522WarranteeTwpMaps/r017Map2823LancasterEastLampeterWeb.pdf The same W Earl Tp warrant map shows that in 1742 Hans GRAFF’s sons Samuel, Mark, and Danial each got a farm touching his on the north. Richard Warren Davis in Jan 1994 Mennonite Family History (p. 9) confirms Hans GRAFF’s birth as about 1675 and says he came with his second wife to America, leaving his minor son Jacob in Germany. Jacob later appeared among the Palatines in London in 1709 and came on to America, where he shows on tax lists from 1717. (Hans’s first wife was supposedly Anna LICHTI. Hans first went to Germantown west of Philadelphia, where he bought property 1704 and lived to 1715. He signed a warrant for land in Lancaster in 1710 but did not take it up until 1715. He died 1746 in what is now Earl Tp. Information on his wife is also from this Davis article. I.D. RUPP’s history of the county included a “key footnote” recording the traditions of “Groff’s discovery of the fine spring at Groffdale, his big wagon used to haul Indian furs, and his achievement of learning the Indian language.” 1718 two Hans GROFFs and Jacob GROFF are listed as paying taxes in the Conestoga area, which included the whole area around Lancaster at that time. About 1724 Hans GROFF of Earl Tp became prominent in fur trading and transportation, and applied for acreage for a gristmill where the Cocalico Creek ran into the Conestoga. He is probably the 1724 tax list Hance GRAFT “Wagmr” [wagonmaker]. A Hans GRAFF of Lancaster Co. was naturalized under the law of 1728/39, another in Oct 1738 / May 1739. Source: "The Groff Book, Vol. 1: A Good Life in a New Land” by Clyde L. Groff, Walter B. Groff and Jane Evans Best (1985) - Lancaster Co. PA during its first hundred years. The Groff Book, Vol.II, 1997, by Jane Best. For a summary of Hans GRAFF settling in what became Groffdale and Weaverland in eastern Lancaster County, see John L. Ruth’s book The Earth Is the Lord’s, p. 201.

WILL & ESTATE Will of Hans GRAEFF, written 8 Nov 1738, probated 7 May 1746, Earl Tp, Lancaster Co PA. Wife Susanna GRAEFF. Children: Jacob, Peter, Samuel, Marreus, Daniel, John, David, Hannah, Fronica, and Mary. Executor: wife Susanna GRAEFF.


Name

Name: Hans /Graff/
Given Name: Hans
Surname: Graff[1]
Name: Hans /Graf/
Given Name: Hans
Surname: Graf
Type: aka[2]

Found multiple versions of NAME. Using Hans /Graff/.

Birth

Birth:
Date: 1661
Place: Switzerland[3][4]

Death

Death:
Date: 7 May 1746
Place: Earl, Berks, Pennsylvania, United States[5][6]

User ID

User ID: WeRelate:Person:Hans_Graff_(6)

Baptism

Baptism: Lutheran Church
Date: 1690
Place: Steinsfurt, Baden, Germany[7]

Emigration

Emigration:
Date: 1696
Place: Pennsylvania, United States[8]

Note

Note: Parent family not included in tree: http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Family:Marx_Graf_and_Unknown_(1)
Spouse family not included in tree: http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Family:Hans_Graff_and_Susanna_Kendig_(1)

Marriage

Husband: Hans Graff
Wife: @I697@
Marriage:
Date: abt 1698[9]
Note: Child not included in tree: http://www.werelate.org/wiki/Person:Jacob_Graff_(4)

Sources


Biography

Wikipedia entry on the Groff family

Last name alternately spelled "Graf" or "Groff" or "Graff". Some Descendants chose the spelling "Grove". The German "Graf" translates to "Earl" in English, and Hans Graf gave his name to Earl Township, Pennsylvania.

Hans is the son of Marx Graf.
The Graf family known in this area (Zurich) since the early 14th century were a branch of an ancient rabbinical line.Forced to convert from Judaism or die by the murderous Roman Catholic Church,they did protest and became Anabaptists,in Hans case a Mennonite.
He was named after his grandfather,Hans Jagli Graf.
Hans grew up in Barschwill Switzerland.
He was falsly accused of treason and fled to Alsace France where he bore the title,Baron Von Weldon. He was cleared of the charges at home and invited to return and reclaim his position and wealth but he refused and instead answered the call of William Penn to come to America. His wife refused to come with him to the new country and she remained there. They had one son Jacob 1684-1766, he was not mentioned in Han's will.
Some historians believed he and his wife Barbara Brackbill lived at the Ephreta Cloister(and had forsaken worldly posessions).
Hans arived in Penn's Colony in 1695 just a few years after its inception, he purchased a 175acre farm near Germantown and was a part of the community there.
In 1703 he married Susanna(the maid) and started a family of 9.
In 1715 they sold the land to Garret Rittenhouse, son of William the Mennonite preacher and paper maker.
They had been hearing for years about the good land farther west and the led a group of fellow Swiss Mennonites with them to Saurersburg and bought 1000acres on the Pequea creek.
Later as the story goes, in persuit of run away horses, discovered the area that became the Earl Township. Named to honor him, Earl is the english name for Graf.

One of the first Groffs in America, especially in the Pennsylvania area, was Hans Conrad Groff. He settled in the region later to be Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania (the area famous for the 'Pennsylvania Dutch').

From Baretswil, Switzerland and a prominent family, Han Groff was the son of Max Graf of Switzerland.

However, Hans left his homeland with his brother, Michael or Martin (1675 - 1760) to escape religious persecution. The family were of the Mennonite faith / practice. They first traveled to Alsace, Germany for a short time then arrived in Pennsylvania about 1695, an area open to religious immigrants and welcomed by William Penn.

Hans carried with him the family bible printed in 1585. First he was in Germantown, PA. He sent for his family. His wives over the years were Susan Orendorf Kendig and Anna Bare.

Hans Groff purchased vast amounts of land by the early 1700s. The land originally purchased from the William Penn family by Martin Kendig then was sold to Hans Groff.

His log home alongside a large white oak tree was built on ‘Graf’s Run’ / 'Groff’s Dale' (named for Hans Groff) in Lancaster Co. which was very much a wilderness. It was a few miles west of New Holland, PA and eventually became known as Groffdale.

Working as a farmer, Hans then became a trader of goods. Hans (also referred to as 'John') traded many items with the local Indians(even learning their language), such as vegetables, milk and blankets in exchange for furs. Over the years he became quite wealthy.

Land for the Groffdale Mennonite Church was given by Hans Groff in 1717.

His sons who carried on the family lineage were: John (born in Switzerland), Peter, David, Daniel, Marcus and Samuel. Some sons and grandsons over the years changed the spelling to ‘Grove’.

Memorial

From Find A Grave:[10]

Hans was said to have been married twice, first was to Ursula Neukomm about 1683, and believed to have had one child through the marriage. Then later re-married to Susanna Orndorf about 1700 and had what was believed to have been ten children along with her.

West Earl Township Lancaster, Pennsylvania - He was the first settler in 1717, named in his honor 1729 "Earl being the English of Graf."

A stone was finally placed at his grave site, but his grave was unknown for quite some time. But after much searching it later was discovered in the graveyard of the Groff Meeting House. It was marked with only a simple slab of sandstone with the initials "H G".

Spouse: Susanna Orndorf Graf (1680 - 1746)*

Children:

Hans Grof (____ - 1788)*
David Groff (____ - 1784)*
Marcus Groff (1712 - 1791)*
John Groff (1722 - 1797)*

Burial

Groffdale Mennonite Brick Church Cemetery
Leola
Lancaster County
Pennsylvania, USA

Inscription: "HANS GRAF, The first Settler, Came from Switzerland A.D. 1696. Settlement was made at the head of Groff's Run. He purchased 1419 Acres of land from John Richard, S Thomas Penn, for 141L. 18 S. [equal to $686.80] along Groff's Run. He Built a log Cabin on the old Groff farm A.D. 1717. His purchase included the land on which the Groffdale Meeting House is built. Died A.D. 1746."

Link to Find A Grave Memorial# 11282437

Occupations

wagoner, miller

Birth

Date: 1661
SDATE 1 JUL 1661
Place: Baretswil, Zurich, Switzerland
Alt
Place: Zurich, Switzerland

Event

Type: Marriage
Date: 1687
Place: Alsace, France

Immigration

Date: 1695

Death

Date: 7 MAY 1746
Place: Groffdale, Pennsylvania

Sources

  • Ancestry.com
  • Mombert, Jacob Isidor, "An authentic history of Lancaster County, in the state of Pennsylvania," Lancaster, Pa.: J.E. Barr, 1869. Note: Natural history of the county: p. 500-614.
  • Harris, Alexander, "A biographical history of Lancaster County : being a history of early settlers and eminent men of the county, as also much other unpublished historical..."
  • Ellis, Franklin, "History of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania : with biographical sketches of many of its pioneers and prominent men," Philadelphia: Everts & Peck, 1883.
  • Weaver, Martin Good, "A history of New Holland, Pennsylvania : covering its growth and activities during two hundred years of existence, 1728-1928,", 1928.
  • Jane Evans Best, "Martin Kendig's Swiss Relatives," Pennsylvania Mennonite Heritage, Vol. XV, No. 1 2-18, January, 1992
  • Clyde L. Groff, Walter B. Groff, and Jane Evans Best, "The Groff Book, Volume I: A Good Life In A New Land," Groff History Associates
  • Richard Warren Davis, www.mennosearch.com, 2006
  • From Database of Brent L. Rodes at rootsweb.com 06/10
  • www.findagrave.com, Find A Grave Memorial# 11282437, Maintained by Guiding Light, Originally Created E.Renkin Jul 02, 2005
  • My Archives Author: Colin Grove Data Changed: Date: 31 DEC 2011 Time: 04:40:03
  • Crouch Family Tree Note: #N0000 Data Changed: Date: 31 DEC 2011 Time: 05:08:47 Data: Date: 31 DEC 2011

Footnotes

  1. Source: #S19 Data: Text: Record name: Graf/Graff/Groff Family "E" CONT CONT 'Hans Graff, b. c1672. d. 1746, Earl Township. He wrote his will on 8 Nov 1738 and it was proved 7 May 1746. md 1) first wife in about 1698, name unknown. md 2) Susanna. ... He signed his name "Hans Graff" in German on the deed.'
  2. Source: #S20 Data: Text: Record name: Hans Graf CONT CONT Inscription: CONT HANS GRAF, CONT The first Settler, CONT Came from Switzerland A.D. 1696. CONT Settlement was made at the head of Groff's Run. CONT He purchased 1419 Acres of land from John CONT Richard, S Thomas Penn, for 141L. 18 S. CONT [equal to $686.80] along Groff's Run. He Built CONT a log Cabin on the old Groff farm A.D. 1717. CONT His purchase included the land on which the CONT Groffdale Meeting House is built. CONT Died A.D. 1746.
  3. Source: #S21 Data: Text: 'Hans Graff was born in Switzerland in 1661, and fled to Alsace during the persecution of the Mennonites. In Alsace he bore the title of Baron von Weldon. A number of copies of his coat-of-arms are inpossession of his descendants. He came to Pennsylvania in 1696, and after remaining for some years in the neighborhood of Philadelphia, he settled in the Pequea Valley, on what is now called Groff's Run. [...] Hans Groff lived to be a very old man, and was buried in the graveyard attached to Groff's meeting house. His grave was marked with a rough sandstone slab, on which the letters "H. G." are still decipherable. The name of his wife was Susanna. Hans and Susanna Graff had nine children: Peter; David; John; Daniel; Marcus; Samuel; Anna; Fannie, and Mary.
  4. Source: #S20 Data: Text: Record name: Hans Graf CONT CONT Inscription: CONT HANS GRAF, CONT The first Settler, CONT Came from Switzerland A.D. 1696. CONT Settlement was made at the head of Groff's Run. CONT He purchased 1419 Acres of land from John CONT Richard, S Thomas Penn, for 141L. 18 S. CONT [equal to $686.80] along Groff's Run. He Built CONT a log Cabin on the old Groff farm A.D. 1717. CONT His purchase included the land on which the CONT Groffdale Meeting House is built. CONT Died A.D. 1746.
  5. Source: #S19 Data: Text: Record name: Graf/Graff/Groff Family "E" CONT CONT 'Hans Graff, b. c1672. d. 1746, Earl Township. He wrote his will on 8 Nov 1738 and it was proved 7 May 1746. md 1) first wife in about 1698, name unknown. md 2) Susanna. ... He signed his name "Hans Graff" in German on the deed.'
  6. Source: #S20 Data: Text: Record name: Hans Graf CONT CONT Inscription: CONT HANS GRAF, CONT The first Settler, CONT Came from Switzerland A.D. 1696. CONT Settlement was made at the head of Groff's Run. CONT He purchased 1419 Acres of land from John CONT Richard, S Thomas Penn, for 141L. 18 S. CONT [equal to $686.80] along Groff's Run. He Built CONT a log Cabin on the old Groff farm A.D. 1717. CONT His purchase included the land on which the CONT Groffdale Meeting House is built. CONT Died A.D. 1746.
  7. Source: #S19 Data: Text: Record name: #341 in Graf/Graff/Groff Family "B" CONT CONT 'Hans Graff, b. c1672. d. 1746, Earl Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He was a young man when he was baptized into the Lutheran Church in 1690 at Steinsfurt and was called the son of Marx Graf. The minister gave him the new name of George Michael at his baptism in 1690. He apparently did not use his new name and continued to use the name Hans. He later was associated with the Mennonites in Pennsylvania. He emigrated to Pennsylvania in 1703.'
  8. Source: #S21 Data: Text: 'Hans Graff was born in Switzerland in 1661, and fled to Alsace during the persecution of the Mennonites. In Alsace he bore the title of Baron von Weldon. A number of copies of his coat-of-arms are inpossession of his descendants. He came to Pennsylvania in 1696, and after remaining for some years in the neighborhood of Philadelphia, he settled in the Pequea Valley, on what is now called Groff's Run. [...] Hans Groff lived to be a very old man, and was buried in the graveyard attached to Groff's meeting house. His grave was marked with a rough sandstone slab, on which the letters "H. G." are still decipherable. The name of his wife was Susanna. Hans and Susanna Graff had nine children: Peter; David; John; Daniel; Marcus; Samuel; Anna; Fannie, and Mary.
  9. Source: #S19 Data: Text: Record name: Graf/Graff/Groff Family "E" CONT CONT 'Hans Graff, b. c1672. d. 1746, Earl Township. ... md 1) first wife in about 1698, name unknown. ... Hans's first wife's name is unknown and he had one son by her named Jacob.'
  10. Find A Grave Memorial #11282437

Acknowledgments

  • WikiTree profile Groff-322 created through the import of Reichard Martin Family Tree.ged on Apr 2, 2012 by Ryan Myers. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Ryan and others.
  • WikiTree profile Groff-320 created through the import of Reichard Martin Family Tree.ged on Apr 2, 2012 by Ryan Myers. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Ryan and others.
  • Ancestry.com, Provo, UT
  • WikiTree profile Groff-324 created through the import of Reichard Martin Family Tree.ged on Apr 2, 2012 by Ryan Myers. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Ryan and others.
  • WikiTree profile Groff-333 created through the import of JOSEPH~1.GED on Jul 14, 2012 by Joseph Stalnaker. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Joseph and others.
  • WikiTree profile Groff-213 created through the import of Welder Family Tree.ged on Sep 10, 2011 by Deborah Anne Welder. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Deborah Anne and others.
  • WikiTree profile Graf-229 created through the import of colin_grove.ged on Jan 1, 2012 by Colin Grove. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Colin and others.
  • WikiTree profile Groff-182 created through the import of Hans-Groff.ged on Aug 18, 2011 by Cody Coggins. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Cody and others.
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  • WikiTree profile Groff-194 created through the import of Susanna Kendig.ged on Aug 18, 2011 by Cody Coggins. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Cody and others.
  • This person was created through the import of carl&elaine_(grove)_rhodes-10-2-2010.ged on 09 March 2011. The following data was included in the gedcom. You may wish to edit it for readability.

Biography

This biography was auto-generated by a GEDCOM import.[11] It's a rough draft and needs to be edited.

Birth

Birth:
User ID: 8D5D456E-23F5-4709-A5C4-22E9B3F5B505
Record ID Number: MH:IF7844
Date: 1675
Place: Baretswil, Switzerland

Death

Death:
User ID: C8ED2928-81E4-4FDF-81CE-BC9E601F9A7C
Record ID Number: MH:IF7845
Date: 1746
Place: New Holland, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA

Record ID Number

Record ID Number: MH:I911

User ID

User ID: FF01E7B3-AC8C-4104-8B33-41BB1CB28137

UPD

UPD 02 JUL 2012 17:11:28 GMT-5

Sources

  1. Source: #S19 Data: Text: Record name: Graf/Graff/Groff Family "E" CONT CONT 'Hans Graff, b. c1672. d. 1746, Earl Township. He wrote his will on 8 Nov 1738 and it was proved 7 May 1746. md 1) first wife in about 1698, name unknown. md 2) Susanna. ... He signed his name "Hans Graff" in German on the deed.'
  2. Source: #S20 Data: Text: Record name: Hans Graf CONT CONT Inscription: CONT HANS GRAF, CONT The first Settler, CONT Came from Switzerland A.D. 1696. CONT Settlement was made at the head of Groff's Run. CONT He purchased 1419 Acres of land from John CONT Richard, S Thomas Penn, for 141L. 18 S. CONT [equal to $686.80] along Groff's Run. He Built CONT a log Cabin on the old Groff farm A.D. 1717. CONT His purchase included the land on which the CONT Groffdale Meeting House is built. CONT Died A.D. 1746.
  3. Source: #S21 Data: Text: 'Hans Graff was born in Switzerland in 1661, and fled to Alsace during the persecution of the Mennonites. In Alsace he bore the title of Baron von Weldon. A number of copies of his coat-of-arms are inpossession of his descendants. He came to Pennsylvania in 1696, and after remaining for some years in the neighborhood of Philadelphia, he settled in the Pequea Valley, on what is now called Groff's Run. [...] Hans Groff lived to be a very old man, and was buried in the graveyard attached to Groff's meeting house. His grave was marked with a rough sandstone slab, on which the letters "H. G." are still decipherable. The name of his wife was Susanna. Hans and Susanna Graff had nine children: Peter; David; John; Daniel; Marcus; Samuel; Anna; Fannie, and Mary.
  4. Source: #S20 Data: Text: Record name: Hans Graf CONT CONT Inscription: CONT HANS GRAF, CONT The first Settler, CONT Came from Switzerland A.D. 1696. CONT Settlement was made at the head of Groff's Run. CONT He purchased 1419 Acres of land from John CONT Richard, S Thomas Penn, for 141L. 18 S. CONT [equal to $686.80] along Groff's Run. He Built CONT a log Cabin on the old Groff farm A.D. 1717. CONT His purchase included the land on which the CONT Groffdale Meeting House is built. CONT Died A.D. 1746.
  5. Source: #S19 Data: Text: Record name: Graf/Graff/Groff Family "E" CONT CONT 'Hans Graff, b. c1672. d. 1746, Earl Township. He wrote his will on 8 Nov 1738 and it was proved 7 May 1746. md 1) first wife in about 1698, name unknown. md 2) Susanna. ... He signed his name "Hans Graff" in German on the deed.'
  6. Source: #S20 Data: Text: Record name: Hans Graf CONT CONT Inscription: CONT HANS GRAF, CONT The first Settler, CONT Came from Switzerland A.D. 1696. CONT Settlement was made at the head of Groff's Run. CONT He purchased 1419 Acres of land from John CONT Richard, S Thomas Penn, for 141L. 18 S. CONT [equal to $686.80] along Groff's Run. He Built CONT a log Cabin on the old Groff farm A.D. 1717. CONT His purchase included the land on which the CONT Groffdale Meeting House is built. CONT Died A.D. 1746.
  7. Source: #S19 Data: Text: Record name: #341 in Graf/Graff/Groff Family "B" CONT CONT 'Hans Graff, b. c1672. d. 1746, Earl Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He was a young man when he was baptized into the Lutheran Church in 1690 at Steinsfurt and was called the son of Marx Graf. The minister gave him the new name of George Michael at his baptism in 1690. He apparently did not use his new name and continued to use the name Hans. He later was associated with the Mennonites in Pennsylvania. He emigrated to Pennsylvania in 1703.'
  8. Source: #S21 Data: Text: 'Hans Graff was born in Switzerland in 1661, and fled to Alsace during the persecution of the Mennonites. In Alsace he bore the title of Baron von Weldon. A number of copies of his coat-of-arms are inpossession of his descendants. He came to Pennsylvania in 1696, and after remaining for some years in the neighborhood of Philadelphia, he settled in the Pequea Valley, on what is now called Groff's Run. [...] Hans Groff lived to be a very old man, and was buried in the graveyard attached to Groff's meeting house. His grave was marked with a rough sandstone slab, on which the letters "H. G." are still decipherable. The name of his wife was Susanna. Hans and Susanna Graff had nine children: Peter; David; John; Daniel; Marcus; Samuel; Anna; Fannie, and Mary.
  9. Source: #S19 Data: Text: Record name: Graf/Graff/Groff Family "E" CONT CONT 'Hans Graff, b. c1672. d. 1746, Earl Township. ... md 1) first wife in about 1698, name unknown. ... Hans's first wife's name is unknown and he had one son by her named Jacob.'
  10. Find A Grave Memorial #11282437
  11. Groff-469 was created by Edward Rowlance through the import of emma jane ancestors.GED on Nov 26, 2014. This comment and citation can be deleted after the biography has been edited and primary sources are included.


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On 20 Jan 2016 at 14:42 GMT Anne Wolf wrote:

I note references to Richard Davis' Mennosearch site, the only place to suggest that Hans Graff was born later than 1661, and the only place to suggest that he was baptized in the Lutheran Church. I am unable to access that web site without a paid membership. Has anyone who may be able to see the information on Mennosearch report and/or verify the sources for such claims? I'm also wondering about sources for marriages and births of children. It looks, at times, as though anecdotal reporting is serving as the means to set time frames for events in the life of Hans and his family. I believe I am a descendant of Hans Graf, and would like to verify as much information about his family as possible. The stories are fun, and some consistencies run through a few of them, but facts would be great!

On 27 Apr 2015 at 02:24 GMT Kent Bream wrote:

Groff-469 and Graf-26 appear to represent the same person because: Same person. There are two pending mergers and all should go into the Graf-26 id.

On 22 Aug 2011 at 15:48 GMT Cody Coggins wrote:

Wikipedia says: Hans Groff (1661–1746) founder of Earl Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania was the uncle of the father of Jacob Groff. He is believed to be the oldest known member of the Groff family in North America and the holder of the title Baron von Welden of Grafenwald Castle near Bäretswil, Switzerland.

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On 20 Aug 2011 at 21:17 GMT Cody Coggins wrote:



Hans is 21 degrees from Kevin Bacon, 14 degrees from Abraham Lincoln, 22 degrees from Ayn Rand, 21 degrees from Peter Roberts and 20 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II of the Commonwealth Realms on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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