I think this is the same family if your grandfather died May 15, 1995 and is buried in South End Cemetery in Bamberg, SC. Assumimg this is the same family, you can find out more about Lillian in the following forums that have follow up posts to my Lillian Groce messages: Knight Forum, messages# 8849 and 8852, Alabama forum, messages# 36294 and 36296, and the Ward forum, Message #15995. A lot of this is mostly the same info but each is somewhat different.
We also found some handwritten notes among a deceased relative's papers that said Lillian was the daughter of George and Mary Knight of Cedartown, GA.
Dudley Groce was the son of Bluford Groce and Dovey McWhorter (Carroll County, GA 1880 Census) Bluford was the son of Lewis Dudley Groce and Malinda J. Boyd (Carroll County, GA Census 1860). I haven't found any definite proof of Lewis Dudley Groce's parents, but he served in the Confederate Army and died of disease in Mississippi on May 1, 1862. You can find a Civil War letter to his wife Malinda on the Clan Boyd website. There is a picture of a Melinda Boyd Groce on ancestry.com. You don't need a subscription to see it, but it is a small picture and was taken not long before her death.
Based on Census records (Polk Co. 1900, 1910 and Fulton Co., 1920, 1930) I believe that Dovey Groce must have died sometime after Dudley was born, but before 1893. I don't know if Bluford had 2 wives or 3 wives but Bluford has other children (Ora-born Sept 1884, Naomi-born Jan 1888) He married Eddie Dean (Stines?, 1874-1944) in 1893. Additional children are Gladis-b.May 1897, Earnest-born 1899- died before 1910, Beatrice -b.1903, Franklie (dau)-b.1907, Iris-abt 1909. Some internet sites show all of these children as belonging to Dudley and Lillian Groce, but the Census records appear to indicate otherwise.
Bluford died in Fulton County, GA on Dec. 27, 1924. You can see his death certificate at Georgia Virtual Vault website (DC# 36112). However, his name is listed as Bluford Grace. In the Census records there are a lot of spelling variations for Groce (Gross, Grose, Grass, Grace) Also Bluford is sometimes shown as Blufford or Buford.
We are still trying to put together the pieces of the Groce-Knight family. Bertie's husband, Earl Langdale, died in 1936 leaving her with several children. Because he was a Mason, some of their children were raised in a children's home that was operated by the Mason organization. Some of Bertie's grandchildren still live in the Bamberg area. I have additional information on Bertie's children and grandchildren.
Thanks for responding to my post and we hope to hear more about your branch of the family.
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