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THE EARLY YEARS...
Luke Grover was born in Fitzwilliam, Cheshire County, NH on
10/25/1797, the son of Nathaniel Grover Jr. (06/26/1776-01/06/1837)
and Susan (Suzanne) Woodbury (abt.1780-05/30/1858) who were
married on 12/15/1796 in Royalston, MA. Note: father “Seth
Grover...Born NH, migrated to VT” (per Grover Family Bible)
Fitzwilliam, Cheshire County, NH was founded by Masonian
Proprietors in 1752. The surface of the town is broken and uneven.
It’s lakelets, streams, hills and valleys blending with exquisite
harmony in a landscape whose beauty is famous.
The Grover family migrated to Sudbury, Rutland County VT (per
Grover Family bible) abt. 1806, and purchased land on 09/22/1810
(Deed 1:79), which was founded in 1763 and a distance of abt. 110
miles from Fitzwilliam, NH. Rutland County is bordered to the
West by Lake Champlain and the State of NY.
Siblings of Luke Grover were Lucy (07/09/1799-06/25/1861); and
Laura (05/19/1801-09/28/1805), born in Fitzwilliam, NH. In
addition, Luther (abt 1808- ? ); Louise ( ? -04/16/1865); Sarah ( ? - ?
); Harriet (1811-12/20/1839); Harrison (abt 1814- ? ); Hiram
(11/17/1815-08/19/1907); Laura ( ? - ? ); Sophia (abt 1820-
10/03/1845); and Mary S. (Abt 1821-03/30/1871) born in Sudbury,
Rutland County, VT.
Luke Grover married Isabel Foster (10/23/1789-1881) in Sudbury,
Rutland County, VT on 12/03/1818. Isabel Foster was born in
Oakham, Worchester, MA and her parents were Alpheus Foster
(1764-1813) and Bathsheba Reed. Luke Grover and Isabel Foster
migrated from Sudbury, Rutland County, VT to Barre, Genesee
County (Orleans County after 01/01/1826) between 1818 & 1820.This is a distance of abt. 328 miles.
1820 Census Barre, Genesee County, NY - Males (1) 30-40,
(1) 20-30, (0) 10-15, (2) 5-10, (1) 0-5.
1820 Census (Ancestry.com) - Males (1) 45+, (1) 26-45,
(1) 16-26, (1) 10-16, (1) 0-5). Females (1) 16-26, (1_ 26-45,
The Town of Barre, NY was created and named after Barre, MA
on 03/06/1818. At this time of settlement, the main road for travel
was the Oak Orchard Road, which ran along a ridge and was
always dry and suitable for travel when the streams that crossed it
could be forded. However, upon leaving the Ridge, either N or S,
the roads were muddy with long tracts of low land. The settlers had
to wallow through the mud, as best they could, until they were able
to build their roads. Land was being given by the Holland Land
Company for a “Congressional Society”, as an inducement to the
first religious society to be formed in each town. Luke Grover
arrived in Barre, Genesee/Orleans County, NY during it’s infancy,
with the first tavern (1815), first dry goods and grocery store (1817),
first physician (1819), first sawmill (1816), first gristmill (1819) and
the first Ball was held on July 4 , 1819 in the tavern. It continues to th
be an agricultural community with a population of 1,178 in 2007.
Children of Luke Grover and Isabel foster were Harvey Foster
Grover (10/28/1819-09/1846), Horace N. Grover (05/05/1824-01/
06/1896), Orin A. Grover 09/20/1827-07/27/1895), Susan M.
Grover (abt 1828- ? ) and Edwin L Grover (1828-1904). All of the
children were born in Barre, Genesee/Orleans County, NY.
Note:Frank E. Grover (1853-1898) was the son of Edwin L. Grover
and Grandson of Luke Grover. “The Diary of Frank E. Grover”,
was written at age 12 in 1866, while in Shumla, Town of Pomfret,
Chautauqua County, NY. Transcribed copies are available at the Barker Museum, Fredonia, Chautauqua County, NY.
Luke Grover migrated his family from Barre, Orleans County,
NY to Mina, Chautauqua County, NY abt. 1830 (per Grover Family
bible), a distance of abt. 136 miles.
The Mina, NY Years...
Deed Lot #4 was made on 03/30/1827 in the name of Luke Grover
as a WNY land transaction.
1830 Census Clymer, Chautauqua County, NY - Males (2) 0-5,
(2) 5-10, (1) 10-15), (1) 20-29. Females (1) 0-4, (1) 40-49
Mina, Chautauqua County, NY was still a pioneering wilderness
at the time of Luke and Isabel’s migration...eggs were 6-8 cents a
dozen, butter 8-9 cents a pound and the two early industries were
tanning and distilling...whiskey was distilled from potatoes and corn
meal and sold for 25 cents a gallon. Deer were still prevalent in the
area and most households had salted venison hanging in the kitchen.
Wolves were troublesome and sheep and livestock had to guarded at
night. The Village became the hub of an extensive Dairy farming
1835 Census Mina, Chautauqua County, NY - Males (6),
Females (2), Male Voters (1), Females married under 45
Deed 6:47 recorded in the name of Luke Grover in 1838 for Mina,
Chautauqua County, NY.
1840 Census Mina, Chautauqua County, NY - (age 40-50)
Males (2) 10-15, (2) 15-20, (1) 40-50. Females (1) 10-15, (1)40-50.
1850 Census Mina, Chautauqua County, NY - Luke Grover
(age 53) born NH, Occupation farmer. Wife Isabel (age 60)
Born MA. Children Oran A. (Age 23) born NY,
Occupation farmer; Susan M. (Age 21) born NY. John E
(Age 19) born NY, Occupation farmer, attended school.
Luke Grover served as the Mina Town supervisor in 1850, 1856,
1857 (History of Chautauqua County. 1875 by Andrew Young Pg.
459) and again in 1877 at age 80 years (Fredonia Censor 12/30/1877)
1855 Census Mina, Chautauqua County, NY - (age 53) 20 year
Resident, frame house valued at $250, Occupation farmer.
Hugh Robertson (age 19) Servant, born Chaut., Resident
Note: Julia Elizabeth Melhuish, (age 19) born PA was
employed as a “Domestic Servant” by Luke Grover and
married son, Horace N. on 10/10/1855.
Luke Grover served as the Superintendent of the Poor,
Chautauqua County 1859-186? (History of Chautauqua County
1875 by Andrew Young Pg. 658).
1860 Census Mina, Chautauqua County, NY - (age 63) Real
Property valued $6000, Personal Property valued $1800.
1860 Census (Ancestry.com) - (age 62), born NH, Value of
Real Estate $6000, Value of Personal Property $1800,
Occupation farmer. Wife Isabel (age 68), born MA.
Children Horace N. (Age 37), born NY, Occupation farmer.
Elizabeth (age 22) born PA, (children of Horace &
Elizabeth) George (age 4) born NY; Harvey (age 2) born
NY; Peter Clinton (age 13) born NY, adopted child,
Occupation school; Julia Clinton (age 8) born NY, adopted
child, Occupation school.
Note: Horace N. Is the brother of Orin A. Grover
1865 Census Mina, Chautauqua County, NY - (age 67)
married, Occupation farmer. Isabel (age 75) 6 children.
1870 Census Mina, Chautauqua County, NY - (age 73) born
NH, Value of Personal Estate $1200, Occupation farmer.
Isabel (age 80), born MA. Children Horace (age 45) born
NY, Occupation farmer. Elizabeth (age 33), George (age
14); Harvey (age 11); Nettie (age 4); Ida (age 2).
Luke Grover was a farmer and a politician in the Republican
Party. In addition to being Mina Town Supervisor and the
Chautauqua County Superintendent of the Poor, he supervised the
“Old Settlers Festival” in Fredonia, NY (History of chautauqua
County 1875 by Andrew Young Pg. 200)
It is apparent, that while Luke Grover’s son, Orin A. Grover was
at War and then Homesteaded to MO, Luke Grover’s son, Horace N.
had stayed at the family farm to raise his family and assist his
Luke Grover died on 02/05/1877 in Mina, Chautauqua County,
NY (age 80). His wife of 61 years, Isabel Foster, died 4 years later
in 1881 in Mina, Chautauqua County, NY (age 92). Isabel was 8 years older than Luke and outlived him.