By Garry Grover

            The first known ancestor of this Grover family was Thomas Grover, born about 1514 in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England. St. Mary's church in Chesham was one of the earliest Parishes to record vital records of the common people.

            Thomas Lived in a house called Codmore Farms, built of ships timbers in the 16th century. It is still in excellent condition and in use today.

            Thomas's great grandson, Thomas, baptized 26 November 1615 in Chesham, was the first emigrant to America, arriving in Boston or Charleston, Massachusetts about 1639 on the ship Truelove from London. Several generations of the family lived in Massachusetts until Mathew Grover born in Malden, Ma. removed to York, Maine. His son Ebenezer, born 1724 in York, removed to Georgetown, then Balltown and finally founded Windsor, Me.. His son Ebenezer had a son Stephen who was born in Balltown in 1796. He was in Canada as early as 1810, apparently in Quebec in or near Restigouche. He married Agnes Borland, who was born near Dalhousie, N.B.. They raised a family, including my great grandfather Freeman, and lived in Restigouche, N.B. until 1857, when they removed to Menomonie, Wisconsin.

            My grandfather, John Freeman was born in Menomonie, but moved to, Northfield, Minnesota, where my parents were born. I was born there in 1914, but have lived in California since 1941 when I went into the army, prior to the start of WW II. My son and his two sons were also born here. They are the fifteenth generation of this Grover family.

            This page was put together by Irene Doyle September 2005

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