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Re: John Groover's Revolutionary War service?
Posted by: Brenda Sellers (ID *****1133) Date: March 21, 2009 at 13:47:22
In Reply to: John Groover's Revolutionary War service? by Jean Gaertner of 421

This may be of interest:

On a very detailed map of the Savannah River area made sometime around 1780, there is a place at a crossroads north of the confluence of the Savannah River and Briar Creek labeled as being the "Widow Groover" property. Here's John's earliest land grant:

Colonial records of the State of Georgia:

Counsel held at the Counsel Chamber in Savannah on Tuesday the 4th day of September 1764:

Read a Petition of John Gruber setting forth that he was the Son of one of the oldest Inhabitants in Ebenezer had had no Land granted and was desirous to obtain Land being Twenty five Years of Age {exact age our John would be} Therefore praying for One hundred Acres of Pine Land in the Mill District S' Matthew's Parish bounding upon Land of Robert Zim- merebner and Simon Rietter—
Resolved That on Condition &° the Praver of the said Petition is granted—

Counsel held at the Counsel Chamber in Savannah on Tuesday the 2nd day of July 1765

His Excellency the Governor signed the following Grants viz'
Grants signed:
John Gruber 100 Acres— St Mattew's Parish.

After that there are several mentions of transfers/grants in 1765, etc.

Cowpens branch (N 32.49427 W 81.32956) is off of the Runs (creek) which is south of the Widow Groover property and North of Old Ebenezer. If you compare the location of the widow Groover's property on the old map with the location of Cowpen's Branch on current maps, you will see they are not far from each other. DAR references say he was shot by Tories near his home at Cowpens Branch.

I have not found an actual list of him on militia rolls, but that is not surprising for this area of the country.

Further, in (then Effingham Co) 1790 John Groover (Jr) is granted land adjacent to Mary Groover which is north of Black Creek. Solomon Groover (his son) is a witness. Black Creek is also at the same crossroads where the "Widow Groover" property is. This is along the Savannah River. This Black Creek is N 32.68378 W 81.55581. Black Creek Church is in the area as are several old cemeteries - wonder who they contain!

Also interesting, if this is in fact our Groover's property, in 1779 it was right in the thick of the Battle of Briar Creek. I'm sure our family was fed up with the British!

Let me know if anyone wants the links for the original sources. I'm still tracking all of the land stuff, but have so far found no conflicts with the above info. Still, don't take the above as set in stone

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