Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.
Andrew Groff

Andrew Groff[1]

Male 1793 - 1877  (84 years)

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  • Name Andrew Groff 
    Born 18 Apr 1793  , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Gender Male 
    Land Bef 1831  Waterloo Township - German Company Tract Lot 007, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Occupation 1852  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    farmer 
    Occupation 1861  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Farmer 
    Religion 1861  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Mennonite 
    Residence Bef 1865  Lititz, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Occupation 1871  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Gentleman 
    Religion 1871  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Mennonite 
    Died 11 May 1877  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 7
    Hall of Fame - Waterloo Region Bef 2012  , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Name Andreas Groff 
    Eby ID Number 00044-3340 
    Buried Martin Meeting House Cemetery, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I4021  Generations
    Last Modified 16 Mar 2020 

    Father John Graff,   b. Abt 1740, Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Annie Moyer,   b. Abt 1740, Of, Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Earl Twp., Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Family ID F1289  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Annie Huber,   b. 15 Oct 1795, , , Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Sep 1865, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 1815  , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Children 
     1. Catharine Groff,   b. 23 Mar 1816, , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Isaac Groff,   b. 2 Mar 1818, , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jun 1850, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
     3. Susannah Groff,   b. 13 Jul 1820, , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Apr 1887, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     4. Nancy Groff,   b. 5 Oct 1822, , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Andrew H. Groff, Jr.,   b. 26 Jul 1825, Near, Galt, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Apr 1905  (Age 79 years)
     6. John H. Groff,   b. 29 Sep 1827, Near, Galt, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Aug 1908  (Age 80 years)
     7. Abraham Groff,   b. 13 Oct 1829, Near, Galt, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Feb 1885  (Age 55 years)
     8. Martha Groff,   b. 1832, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     9. Magdalena Groff,   b. 8 Apr 1832, Near, Galt, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jul 1856, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 24 years)
     10. Jacob Groff,   b. 3 Apr 1834, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Nov 1920  (Age 86 years)
     11. Mary Ann Groff,   b. 19 Nov 1836, North Dumfries Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Feb 1907  (Age 70 years)
     12. Leah Groff,   b. 17 Aug 1839, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Apr 1910  (Age 70 years)
     13. Elizabeth Groff,   b. 24 Apr 1843, Near, Galt, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 May 1843, Near, Galt, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     14. Anna Groff,   b. 1844, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 16 Mar 2020 
    Family ID F1292  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Children 
     1. Jacob Groff,   b. 3 Apr 1834, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Nov 1920  (Age 86 years)
    Last Modified 16 Mar 2020 
    Family ID F254912  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Andrew Groff
    Andrew Groff

  • Notes 
    • Andrew Groff, "son of John and Anna (Moyer) Graff, was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, April 18th, 1793. His boyhood days were spent in acquiring a business education which proved of great benefit to him in later years. At the age of seventeen he made choice of the milling business as the most pleasing to his taste. His first years of apprenticeship were served in Earl Township where he remained until 1822 when he was induced by others to seek his fortune either in the West or in Canada. Being persuaded by one Joseph Mosser and others who were on the point of leaving for Canada, to join in with their company, he came to Waterloo in the fall of 1822 and found everything most satisfactory. As he was a miller by trade, old Abraham Erb wanted him to take charge of his grist mills which he intended to do after moving to Canada. After being here a short time and making arrangements to move to Canada he started again for Pennsylvania. Arriving at home in safety and spending a few weeks in visiting friends, he then set out for his new home. He left Pennsylvania with his wife and family of four children and made the trip to Canada in seventeen days. On his arrival at Waterloo in November, 1822, he was engaged by Abraham Erb to work on the saw mill where he remained three weeks, after which he entered the employ of Mr. Shade of Galt where he remained for nearly two years, and acquired a considerable amount of cash. He then purchased 200 acres of land half way between Preston and Galt and in a few years he was the proprietor of a store, tavern, grist mill, saw mill, and distillery, from all of which he soon realized quite a fortune, becoming one of the wealthiest men in the county. In 1848 he sold this property and purchased the farm of the late David Erb, north of the town of Waterloo, now in possession of his son Jacob. During the close of his life he lived on the place now possessed by Mr. F. Scheifle, a little to the north of the town of Waterloo. Here he died May 11th, 1877. He was married in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in 1815, to Annie, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Reist) Huber. She was born October 15th, 1795, and died in Waterloo County, Ontario, September 19th, 1865. They had a family of twelve children."

      Eby, Ezra E. (1895). A biographical history of Waterloo township and other townships of the county: being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin: as also much other unpublished historical information chiefly of a local character. Berlin [Kitchener, Ont.]: [s.n.].

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      SAMUEL GROFF. PRESIDENT NORTH WEST BUTTON CO.

      Mr. Samuel Groff, though not a native born Berliner, still is a son of the fine old County of which Berlin is the chief town. He comes of Pennsylvania German stock. His grand father was Andrew Groff who learned the trade of Miller in his home state-Pennsylvania. In 1822 he came to Waterloo and after a few years spent there and at Galt, he acquired a large tract of land near Preston, where he carried on farming, saw-milling, a grist mill, store, hotel and distillery and became one of the wealthiest men in the county. His eldest son, Isaac, was the father of the subject of this sketch, who was born near Freeport in 1847. He early entered mercantile life in the late J. Hoffman's store and was one of the earlier merchants in Berlin. He was head of the firm Groff and Hymmen for many years, a house that was among the largest in the county. Several years ago, he went to Winnipeg and at present he is president of the North West Button Co.2a


      Berlin Today 1806-1906 official souvenir
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      From the Region of Waterloo Hall of Fame website.

      The name of Groff in Waterloo in the nineteenth century was associated with the raising of Shorthorn cattle.

      Andrew Groff of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, settled in 1822 on 170 acres at the location of the Galt Country Club. He later owned a grist mill, general store, tavern and a distillery. In the 1840s the family moved to Waterloo where his sons and grandsons, with outstanding success, bred and raised Shorthorn cattle.

      A Knight of Warlaby, imported from Scotland, proved to be an outstanding sire. A son, A Baron of Waterloo," in 1882 was Grand Champion at the leading Canadian show at Kingston. In 1886 he was champion at Guelph. He was then sold to the Hon. George Brown. This bull sired what was probably the best show herd in Canada, winning awards on the American and Canadian show circuits. The Groffs were justifiably proud of their reputation as Shorthorn breeders.

  • Sources 
    1. [S3] Book - Vol I A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 82.

    2. [S3] Book - Vol I A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 721.

    3. [S64] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo City - Martin's Mennonite CC#4521 Internet Link.

    4. [S131] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo Twp. - 1851, div 3 pg 133.

    5. [S1943] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo North - 1861, Div. 9 Page 74.

    6. [S168] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo North - 1871, Div. 3, Pg. 16.

    7. [S7] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - Berliner Journal (1859-1917), 24 May 1877.
      Died 11 May 1877 At the home of his son, Jakob Groff, Waterloo Township, Andreas Groff died at the high age of 84 years, 23 days. He was born on April 18, 1793 in Lancaster Co., Pa.; he came to Canada in 1822 and settled between Preston and Galt where he lived for about 2

    8. [S1322] Land - Founding Families of Waterloo Township 1800-1830, 28.

    9. [S32] News - Herald of Truth, November 1865 - Vol. II, No.11.
      On the 19th of Sept. in Waterloo Co. C.W., Anna, wife of Andrew Groff, sen. formerly of Litiz, Lancaster Co., Pa., aged 69 years, 10 mos., 25 days.

    10. [S220] Waterloo Region Hall of Fame Waterloo Region Hall of Fame.

    11. [S3] Book - Vol I A Biographical History of Waterloo Township and other townships of the county : being a history of the early settlers and their descendants, mostly all of Pennsylvania Dutch origin..., 720.

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 18 Apr 1793 - , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1815 - , Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLand - Bef 1831 - Waterloo Township - German Company Tract Lot 007, Waterloo County, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - farmer - 1852 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1861 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1861 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Bef 1865 - Lititz, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Gentleman - 1871 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1871 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 May 1877 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHall of Fame - Waterloo Region - Bef 2012 - , Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Martin Meeting House Cemetery, Waterloo City, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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