A Network of Groves and Greens

The group of 24 settlers from Licking County, Ohio, that John Green led to La Salle County, Illinois in 1829 were primarily two family groups, Green and Groves. On the Green side were John, his wife Barbara Grove, and their seven children; and Henry Brumbach, with his wife Elizabeth Pitzer, who was John Green’s niece, and their son, David.

The Groves were David (Barbara’s brother) and his wife, Anna Houser, and their daughter Elizabeth; Rezin DeBolt and his wife, Emma Grove (Barbara’s sister), and their daughter Barbara; Joseph and Samuel Grove (Barbara’s brothers).

These two families account for 20 of the 24 settlers. The other four were young unmarried men: Jacob DeBolt, Jacob Kite, Alexander McKey, and Harvey Shaver.

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