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

Levi Groff[1]

Male 1854 - 1923  (68 years)

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  • Name Levi Groff 
    Born 24 Dec 1854  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Gender Male 
    Religion 1861  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Mennonite 
    Religion 1871  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Mennonite 
    Occupation 1881  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Farmer 
    Religion 1881  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Mennonite 
    Occupation 1891  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Farmer 
    Religion 1891  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Mennonite 
    Retired 1901  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Religion 1911  Bloomingdale, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Mennonite 
    Retired 1911  Bloomingdale, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Eby ID Number 00044-3375 
    Died 19 Dec 1923  [5
    Buried First Mennonite Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Person ID I4147  Generations
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2020 

    Father 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) 
    Mother Mary Eby,   b. 13 Jan 1835, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Apr 1890, near Waterloo City, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years) 
    Married 23 Nov 1852  Greenbush (Kitchener), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [12, 13, 14, 15
    Family ID F1322  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anna "Nancy" Brubacher,   b. 7 Jan 1852, Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 1922  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 10 Oct 1876  Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 10
    Children 
     1. Magdalena Groff,   b. 7 Apr 1880, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Anna Brubacher,   b. Dec 1890, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 17 Feb 2020 
    Family ID F201  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Levi Eby Groff
    Levi Eby Groff
    https://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~clemens/K-WFam/pages/13_Levi%20Eby%20Groff_jpg.htm
    Groff,Levi-NancyBrubacher-1876.jpg
    Groff,Levi-NancyBrubacher-1876.jpg
    Levi Eby Groff and Nancy Musselman Brubacher taken October 10, 1876.

  • Notes 
    • Levi Groff, "was born December 24th, 1854. He is married to Nancy Brubacher. They reside about two miles north of Waterloo where he is engaged in farming. Their family consists of one daughter named Magdalena."


      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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      Erb Street (David Eby) Mennonite Church

      Early services which began around 1837 were held in private homes. Land at the corner of Erb Street and Hallman Road, where the present-day cemetery is located, was donated by David Eby Sr. on July 14, 1851; a red brick church known as David Eby's Church was built in the same year. The first minister in the new church was Jacob M. Oberholtzer who served from 1852 to 1874. He was followed by Elias Schneider (1874-1889), Jonas Snider (1892-1900), Newton Weber (1921-1923), and Noah Hunsberger (1923-1929).

      Due to a difference of opinion in the David Eby congregation, Sunday School classes were held at first in a private home, that of Levi Groff, beginning in 1887. The dissension which resulted culminated in a division in the church in 1889; the minister, Elias Schneider, and the deacon, Menno S. Shantz, left the church and joined with the Old Order Mennonites of Woolwich Township. The following year, 1890, saw the commencement of "Edification Meetings", which were held in the homes of members of the David Eby congregation. These meetings later became the Young People's Bible Meetings.

      By the beginning of the twentieth century, it was recognized that the church building was either in need of repair or in need of complete replacement. Consideration was given to building a new church on the same site or on a site on King Street North. A decision was made to accept from Samuel S. Snider the donation of a parcel of land which was also on Erb Street, but nearer town. Excavation of the foundation for the new church began in the Spring of 1902. A dedication service was held on August 17, 1902. A parsonage was built in 1929 on land donated by Herbert Snider, the son of Samuel Snider. The church building was renovated and enlarged in 1949-1950; a dedication service was held on April 9, 1950. Further renovations were made in 1974.


      Waterloo County Churches A Research Guide To Churches Established Before 1900
      By Rosemary Ambrose

  • 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..., 348.

    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..., 727.

    3. [S132] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo North - 1901, Waterloo C-3 Page 16.

    4. [S4] Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, 010971-76.
      Levi GROFF, 21, farmer, Waterloo Twp, Waterloo Twp, s/o Abraham & Mary married Nancy BRUBACHER, 24, Waterloo Twp, Waterloo Twp, d/o John (blurry) & Magdalena, witn John BRUBACHER & Abraham GROFF of Waterloo Twp, 10 October 1876 in Waterloo Twp.

    5. [S47] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - First Mennonite CC#4507 Internet link First Mennonite Cemetery online.
      Levi Groff / died Dec.19, 1923 / aged 68 yrs. / his wife Nancy Brubacher / died Mar.16, 1922, aged 70 yrs. / Groff

    6. [S224] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo North - 1881, Div 3 Page 27.

    7. [S214] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo North - 1911, Division 2 (Bloomingdale) Page 3.

    8. [S1943] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo North - 1861, Div. 10 Page 80.

    9. [S168] Census - ON, Waterloo, Waterloo North - 1871, Div. 3, Pg. 32.

    10. [S2042] Census - ON, Waterloo, North Dumfries - 1891, Section 3 Page 27.

    11. [S47] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - First Mennonite CC#4507 Internet link First Mennonite Cemetery online.

    12. [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..., 726.

    13. [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..., 555.

    14. [S6] Church Records - ON, Waterloo - Bindeman, F. W. - Card Index Kitchener Public Library.
      Abraham Groff, yeoman of Waterloo married 23 Nov 1852 in Greenbush by license to Mary Eby of Waterloo, wit: Jacob Groff of Waterloo & Menno Eby of Waterloo

    15. [S13] Vit - - ON, Waterloo - Wellington District Marriage Register Part 1 1840-1852, Rev'd Frederick W. Bindemann, Minister of The United Lutheran and German Reformed Protestant Church, Greenbush, Waterloo Twp., 1 Jan. 1852 - 1 Jan. 1853 #226.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 24 Dec 1854 - 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 MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1871 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 10 Oct 1876 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1881 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1881 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Farmer - 1891 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1891 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsRetired - 1901 - Waterloo Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Mennonite - 1911 - Bloomingdale, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsRetired - 1911 - Bloomingdale, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - First Mennonite Cemetery, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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