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Re: GRUVER in IllinoisMy maiden name is GRUVER
Posted by: Louise Gruver-Magee (ID *****9349) Date: May 23, 2004 at 22:11:32
In Reply to: GRUVER in Illinois by Micki Hildebrandt of 157

My gggGRandfather was in Macon, Illinois and am sure other of our relatives were with him. His name is ISAAC GRUVER AND HE MARRIED NANCY RARICK. here is my notes on him born in 1809:
Isaac Gruver born March 19, 1809 traveled to the California Gold Rush in 1849 and returned from there to Macon County, Illinois where he purchased a lot of Farm Land with the money he made in the Gold Rush in California. About 1869 he settled in Miami County, Kansas with his family and wife Nancy Rarick. Many of his Adult Children followed him to Hillsdale, Miami County, Kansas and settled on farms in the area, also.

Isaac Gruver, Sr. was born in Pennsylvania on March 19, 1809. He located in Illinois as one of the first settlers in that part of the country. He remained there for several years. In 1869, he came to Marysville Township. (It had to be 1870 or 1871 when he migrated to Kansas.)

Mr. Gruver died in Hillsdale, Miami County, Kansas at the home of his son, Benton Gruver, on October 16, 1885.( It was October 16, 1886 per Old Hillsdale Cemetery, Hillsdale, Miami County, Kansas records). For this, our Family Tree, I will go with the Cemetery Records until I find something more on Isaac's date of birth. This is what was said about him in the County Paper: "Isaac Gruver, Sr., was one of nature's noblemen, honest, kind , brave, good and charitable. Note: The aforesaid was taken from "Our Heritage, The History of Hillsdale, Kansas (book 1) 1961. The author is Don Everhart .


Kendall Co. Historical Society in 1995 and they sent me an
abstracted version of the 1850 & 1860 census of Isaac "Grover"s
household and a copy of The History of Kendall Co. which said the

ISAAC GROOVER (yes, it was spelled Groover), came in 1835 and claimed
the land upon which the village of Millbrook is now situated and the
Bates brothers, James H. & Stephen H. claimed south of Groover. In the
early spring of 1848, many persons made arrangements to move to the new
territory in Oregon, including the families of William Burns, Stewart
Hanna, ISAAC GRUVER, and George Malick, totaling in all 38 people. Of
the individuals above named, ISAAC GRUVER was the most successful, for
about the time of his arrival in Oregon, the news of the discovery of
gold in California was heard. He remained no time in Oregon, but
proceeded to California, and in the course of a year or two, he had
secured sufficient wealth to purchase the Henry S. Misner farm, now the
property of John H. Crimmin of Aurora, to which Mr. Gruver returned
about the year 1851, and it remained his home until purchased by Mr.
Crimmin some years later. Mr. Gruver emigrated to Iowa, where he
afterward died.(Addendum thereto: Isaac emigrated to Illinois, Kendall Co. from California and Macon County, Illinois;then in about 1869 or 1870, he emigrated to Hillsdale, Miami County, Kansas where he died in 1886.)

Of course there are a few discrepancies in this History, but for the
most part, seems to agree with my Genealogy.

January 09, 2002. This proves that Isaac Gruver and his wife Nancy Rarick were still in Kendall County. Illinois in the town of Millbrook on July 25, 1870. Therefore the moving of his family to Miami County, Kansas had to be after this census date of July 25, 1870: From Joyce Rarick a descendant of my Great Great Grandmother Nancy Rarick-Gruver...:

Isaac & Nancy Rarick Gruver in 1870
Wed, 9 Jan 2002 23:01:14 EST

1870 Federal Census for Fox Township, Kendall County, Illinois, taken July
25, 1870
(Online Image #28 of 32):

187 188 Gruver, Isaac 62 M Penn Retired
Nancy 53 F OH
John 33 M IL
Works on farm (age 32?)
Benton 20 M IL

George W 36 M OH
Harness Maker
Hannah 34 F OH
George H. 5 M IL
Nelson L. 3 M IL

188 189 Gruver, Lewis 31 M IL
Margaret 22 F IL
Wm. 7 M IL

Post Office: Millbrook, Kendall County, Illinois

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