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Resources for Herr and Grove Genealogy

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This is a temporary storage for resources to trace the descent from Isaac Herr, son of Hans Herr. Purpose is to store sources conveniently and share with others working on this line.

  • Herr, Theodore W. Genelogical Record of Rev. Hans Herr. Lancaster, PA: self-published 1908 (Archive.org: 2 Sep 2018).

<s1>Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Mennonite Vital Records, 1750-1940 Ancestry.com NameBenjamin GroffRelationshipChildBirth Date4 Jun 1762Household Members

Swamp John Groff and Ann Herr, Benjamin Groff Abraham Groff Joseph Groff Mary Groff Elizabeth Groff Jacob Groff Anna Groff Martin Groff John Groff Isaac Herr Name Catherine Eshleman


<S2>Will of Swamp John Swamp John was born 1715. He m.1 Anna Herr and was a large landowner in Martick/Providence township owning a portion of his father-in-law's farm as well as significant other lands. John m.2 Catherine Eshleman(a widowed sister-in-law of Martin 1737-1808?) He died in 1777 and is likely buried with one or both wives at the Groff-Eshleman cemetery.

WILL OF P SWAMP JOHN GROFF of MARTIC - 1777 Book C, Vol. I,Page 434, (1777) In the name of God Amen. I John Groff of Martic Township in the County of Lancaster and Province or State of Pennsylvania. Yeoman being weak in Body but of sound and perfect mind memory and understanding blessed be almighty God for the same, do make and publish this my last will and and testiment in manner and form following. viz. First I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Catharina, two full third parts of my personal estate and stock, and also free privalege use and possesion of my dwelling house and one half part of my Plantation in Martic Township where I now live, which said house and land shall be for her use and possesion for and during and until my youngest son Abraham Groff shall attain the age of fourteen years, if the my said wife shall live so long, and after the said term or if my said wife should die before my said son Abraham should come to the said age of fourteen years, then in such case my three eldest children Elizabeth wife of Martin Eshelman. John Groff[Swamp John II) and Anna wife of Jacob Groff shall have and take possesion of my said whole Plantation containing three hundred and thirteen acres and alowance situate in Martic Township in Lancaster County as aforesaid which said tract and plantation, ldo hereby give and devise equally unto my said three eldest children, Elizabeth, John and Anna their heirs and assigns forever. Provided nevertheless that the sum of one thousand Pounds lawful money of Pennsylbania be raised and paid out of the same land and premisses in Manner and for the use hereafter directed. Item it is my will that my son John shall have he possesion and use of that other part, half or Eastern part of my plantation aforesaid where the new build Log House stand. viz. the meadow as it is separated by a lane now made and the three fields on the south east side of the run along the line as far as is cleared besides the field where the said house stands. And the water for watering the meadows to be allowed equally for both parts of my meadow: And the Bottom or piece of wood pasture fenced in on Ulry Everlys line shall be equally for the use of both parties alike on my said Place Which said part or tenement my said son John Groff shall have and possess and occupy for and during the term and-until my said youngest son should come to the age of fourteen years or until my wifes decease if she should happen to die before that time and until possesion fully shall be had as directed. The paying out of the yearly sum of fifteen pounds lawful money of Pennsylvania to my Executors yearly and every year during the said term for the use hereinafter mentioned. The first payment to commence from one year after my decease. And I do hereby will and order that the end of the said term, that is, when my said youngest son Abraham should come to the age of fourteen years or after the decease of my said wife if she happens to die sooner. The said sum of one hundred pounds lawful money of Pennsylvania to be raised and levied yearly out of my said plantation yearly and every year until the said sum of one thousand pounds inclusive with the above said rents to be paid by my said son John shall be fully paid and discharged. Four hundred pounds part of said sum of one thousand pounds shall fe given and alloted for the use of my said wife during her natural life without interest and to be taken for her use as aforsaid of the first payment above mentioned. Item lgive and bequeath unto my six younger children Benjiman Groff, Joseph Groff, Mary Groff, Jacob Groff, Martin Groff and Abraham Groff the said sum of one thousand pounds lawful money aforesaid as it is to be levied in manner above directed to be equally divided between them share and share alike provided that the four hundred pounds part there of allotted to my said wife during her natural life shall not be given to the said younger children until after her decease. Item I will and direct that all the residue of my personal estate not bequeathed above as likewise the certain sum of fifty pounds which is yet coming to me by virture of the last will and testament of my late Father - in - law Isaac Hare deceased shall be equally divided between my said three eldest children Elizabeth Eshelman John Groff and Anna Groff every one share and share alike. And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my said beloved wife Catharina Executors of this my last will and testament revolking all and every other will by me heretofore made ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testiment. In witness whereof I have here unto interchangeably set my hand and seal the fifth day of April in the year of our Lord One thousand and seven hundred and seventy seven. Johannes Graft signed sealed published and declared by the said John Groff as his last Will and testament in the prest of us who have herunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of the testator. N. B. words. and the Bottom or piece of Wood Pasture fenced in Ulry Everlys line shall equally fort parties alike on my said place in the 34th line of the first page being first interlined before sigi also the words (and until possesion in full shall be had as above directed) in the third line of the cond page being also first interlined Everhard Gruber Ulli Ebruli (Eberly) Michael Shenk Lanca County. On the second day of May Anno Domini 1777 Before use the subcribes personaly appeared Everhard Gruber Ully Eberly and Michael Shenk the three subscribing witnesses to the above and their solemn affirmation according to law did severally declare and say that they were present and heard John Graff the testator above mentioned sign seal publish pronounce and Declare the above writing as and for his last will and testament and that at the doing thereof he was of sound and well desposing mind memory understanding to the best of their knowledge observation and belief. Petes Hoifnagle Register


Be it remembered that on the seventh day May Anno Domini 1777 the last will and testament of John Groff late of Martic Township in the County of Lancaster Yoeman deceased was proved in due form of law and letter testamentary thereon were granted to Jacob Bear Benjiman Groff and Catharina Groff the Executors named, they being first duly qualified well and truly to administer the estate of the deceased and to exhibit a true and perfect inventory thereof into the Registers office at Lancaster on or before Seventh day of June next and render a true and just account of their Administration on the said Estate when thereto lawfully required. Given under the seal of the said office and Recorder and examiner with the original June, 14 1777 Peter Hoofnagle

  • Grove Family History, compiled by V. LaVonne Grove, 1980

[1]*From Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society "Isaac, immigrated to America in 1719, son of Hans Herr: bought (Pat. AA3-294) 800 acres from Hans Herr, the land agent and Martin Kendig. In 1747, son-in-law John Groff of Jacob bought 300 acres of this and Henry Herr his (Isaac's) son bought 200 acres. Henry had sister Catherine, born 1727, who married John Groff. "Isaac, died 1749, last to arrive ca 1719 on Beaver Creek, 1 mile south of Refton on old quarryville. R.R. Landis Ressler owned it recently.-1976."

Cynthia Swope challenges the commonly held belief that the mother of Isaac was Kendig. "Hans Herrís Ascendancy and his wife are at odds in the sources. See the parent entry here given for him and read the narrative to support the choice as present in this tree. As to his wife, Jay D Weaver, in his beautifully sourced website writes ìHans Herr was born on 17 Sep Spouse: Barbel**(Formerly Thought Elizabeth Kendig) KUNDIG2,1 Birth: 1644/about 1643, Switzerland12,13 Death: (9 June) 17301 Father: Jorg** [Peter] KUNDIG (<1598->1650) Mother: Barbel** [Barbara Huffenberg] HUFFELLBERG (->1650) Marr: abt 167014

Children: Abraham** (~1672-<1725) Maria ¥¥ [Now suspected NOT a dtr] (~1673-) John (Hans) (1672-1756) Christian (Rev.) [to Swope Marriage] (1683-1749) Emmanuel (1689-1740) Isaac (1690-<1747)

1639 in Switzerland. (590) He died on 10 Jan 1725.(39) I have chosen to use the material from Jane Best's article in Jan., 1992 issue of PMH rather than the traditional view as put forth in Herr and Eshleman's genealogy of Martin Kendig. Perhaps the identity of Hans Herr wife deserves some more research. Parents: Kristen Her and /Unknown/ /Unknown/. He was married to Barbel Kundig about 1670.(591) Children were: Abraham Herr, Christian Herr, John Herr,Emanuel Herr, Isaac Herr.î6





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