David S. Groff, sons Henry Samuel Groff, Tobias Benjamin Groff   who married ORVIS sisters.

In 1860 Woodford County, Illinois, David S. Groff is 41, Catherine 40, Joseph 16, Jacob 10, Tobias 6, Rachael A. 4, and Henry S. 2.

In 1870 Shelby County, Iowa David and Catherine have Tobias, Ann, Henry, and have added Jon. Wm. 10.  Jacob,20 is a farm laborer .

In 1880 Custer County Nebraska, Henry is 21, a farm laborer, son-in-law of John R. Orris and Christiana Orris.  He's married to Clarinda, 19, born in Illinois, but they said Henry was born in Iowa.

Died - At Haxtun, Colorado October 11 (1887) of Typhoid and Lung Fever (pneumonia) together, Mrs. Ida Bisco, daughter of John R. Orvis of this place, aged 25 years.

She was buried on the 12th, that being her birthday. Her first husband, Benjamin Groff was buried on the 12th of October nine years ago. She leaves three children to the mercy of friends. Her parents have the heart felt sympathy of the Gazette in their bereavement.

She is buried in Haxtum, Phillips County Cemetery Block 2, Lot 87, Plot 4

Holyoke 1888  

Henry S. GRAFF cash-claimed a quarter in 11, 7N 48W in 1891.

November 1887 Holyoke "David Groff has departed for Nebraska.  It is a mistery (sic) to me why so many people get tired of Colorado after they get proved up.  We think the law should be a little more binding.  We have come here to stay and we do not wish to be left alone."

David S. Groff cash-claimed a quarter in 35, 7N 43W in 1890 - that's near Holyoke.

In 1900 he's in Natrona County, Wyoming, born March 1858 in Illinois, a farm laborer - one of twenty .  He said he'd been married 20 years, but no spouse listed.   Clara is in Custer County, farming, with Edna born July 1896, 3, and Arthur R. Biscoe, Nov 1889, nephew.

Clarinda R. Orvis was born June 22nd, 1859 at Durand, Illinois and died September 16, 1927, at Sargent Nebraska, age 68 years, 2 months and 25 days.
When she was about four years old she was taken by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Orvis to Fayette, Iowa, and there the family lived until she was nineteen years of age, when they came to Custer County, Nebraska, arriving here in August, 1878. Mr. Orvis took land, some of which later formed a portion of the townsite of West Union. And this was the home of Clarinda Orvis until November 7, 1878, when she was united in marriage to Henry F. Groff. To this union was born one son that died in infancy. She was married to L. Pope July 10, 1914.
She leaves to mourn her untimely death, her mother Mrs. Chaney Orvis of Sargent, Nebraska; a foster daughter, Mrs. Edna (George) Semler of Longmont, Colorado; two sisters, Mrs. Laura Whaley of Haxtum, Colorado; and Mrs. Lillie (J. D.) Semler of Sargent, Nebraska; and four brothers, James A. Orvis of Milburn, Nebraska, Wilbur R. Orvis of Portland, Oregon; George R. Orvis and Bert S. Orvis of Walworth, Nebraska. All of the above named were present at the funeral with the excepton of Wilbur R. Orvis of Portland, Oregon.
The funeral was held at the Methodist Episcopal Church sunday afternoon at two o'clock. The singing was by a mixed quartette composed of George Young, Mrs. (Be-- can't read it) Amos, Mrs. H. T. Olson and kenneth Crownover with Mrs. John Lovejoy at the piano. The funeral sermon was given by the pastor, the Rev. John D.Hammel and was one of comfort and hope to all. The pall bearers were John Fort, Bert Smith, Joe Young,
A. F. Phillip, Talmadge Sheldon and James W. Lundy.
The interment was made in the West Union cemetery.
The Minister said in his sermon that living as they did as a neighbor to Mrs. Pope, that he found her to be a generous hearted woman, kind to her mother whom she cared for very tenderly.


Clarinda D. (Orvis) Pope per FindAGrave was born 1859 in Illinois, and died 1927 in Custer County, and is buried there.

In 1910 Seward County, Nebraska Henry Groff, 52 is widowed, and his mother Catherine 90 and Niece Viola Groff 19, with him

 In 1920 Gentry County Missouri Henry S. GROFF is 62, born in Illinois, driver of a dray, with Laura 62 born in Missouri.

They're still there in 1930, where Henry is a teamster for a lumber yard.

In the Jennings Cemetery, Gentry County  is Laura Coffee -1858-1938 - Married to Henry S. Groff 3/29/1858-2/2/1945  Also buried with Henry Groff 

Henry Samuel Groff's death certificate says he was born at Springfield Illinois March 29, 1858 to David Groff and Katheryn Kindig and was a drayman, dying Feb 2, 1945

Laura F. Groff was born January 18, 1858, in Gentry County to Luke? Coffey fromIndiana and Elizabeth Littes.

The Kendig name is often spelled Kindig. Both spellings are used in various records. Family tradition is that Catherine is buried on the family farm in Custer Co., NE.  FindAGrave has David S Groff - 1819-1888 also buried there.

Gentry Co. Library, Stanberry, MO. October 15, 2001
The Herald, Stanberry, Mo. July 30, 1914
Obituary---Henry Groff received word that his mother was dead. She died in Illinois at the home of her daughter, where she went a year ago. She only lacked two days of being 95 years old. She was buried on her birthday. She was born in Lengester county, PA., in 1819 and went from there to Illinois; from there to Iowa; from there to Nebraska, Custer county; there her husband died, then she lived with her children, and during her last year she made her home with Henry Groff, and came with him to Stanberry; a little over a year ago went to live with her daughter, Mrs. Wilson, at Lewistown, Ill.
She was the mother of 12 children and raised 3 grandchildren. She has 44 grandchildren, 74 great grandchildren and 9 great, great grandchildren.
In the early days she united with what was known as the Free Will Baptist church. She would tell how she and her husband would walk to church and carry their children. When she lived with her children in Nebraska she united with the Lutheran church and after coming to live in Missouri she united with the Christian church at Stanberry. She had been blind for about 5 years, but seemed to be happy. She was kind and affectionate. She would sing and then with a sigh, if I were in heaven I would not be here and it won't be long.
Remember the first commandment with the promise, "Honor thy father and mother that thy days shall be long on earth." 
Haxtun Harvest, Haxtun, Colorado, April 17, 1919

On Monday, April 14, the entire community was deeply shocked by the news of the death of Mrs. R.H. Groff. Although she had been ill for more than two weeks with bronchial pneumonia following at attack of Spanish influenza, hope had been held out for her recovery, and the news of her death came as a distinct shock to her many friends.

Nellie Ruth Skoll was born at Pacific Junction, Iowa, on March 14, 1892 and at the time of her death was 27 years and 29 days of age. Her mother, Mrs. Amelia M. Skoll, has made her home with Mr. and Mrs. Groff for several years. They have been residents of Haxtun for four years, during which time Mr. Groff held the position of assistant cashier of the Farmersí State Bank. Both Mr. and Mrs. Groff have been earnest hard workers and Mrs. Groff was one of the most active members of the Ladiesí Aid Society of the Methodist church and was beloved by all who knew her. Since the death of their baby last winter she had been especially devoted to her church work.

The funeral services were held at the Groff home, and in the absence of the pastor of the Haxtun Methodist church Rev. Rollin H. Ayres of Sterling delivered the funeral address. The remains were prepared by Mortician Radford and were taken to Sterling Tuesday for burial.

The Harvest unites with the friends of the bereaved husband and mother in extending the sincerest sympathy in their loss of a true daughter and wife, and a noble Christian woman.
John Ransom Orvis, born November 27, 1835 in Cattaraugus County, NY; died March 23, 1910 in Sargent, Custer County, NE. He was the son of Victor Marcy Orvis and Lucretia Tyler . He married Chaney Maranda Sweet April 24, 1859 in Monroe County, Wisconsin. Chaney Maranda Sweet, born November 25, 1842 in New York; died April 22, 1929 in Sargent, Custer County, NE. She was the daughter of George W. Sweet and Malvina Camp.
  Children of John Orvis and Chaney Sweet are:
Clarinda R. Orvis, born January 22, 1859 in Durand, IL; died September 16, 1927 in Sargent, Custer County, NE; married (1) L. Pope; married (2) Henry Samuel Groff November 07, 1878 in Nebraska.

Laura Ellen Orvis, born December 07, 1861 in Durand, Winnebago County, IL; died June 01, 1931 in Berryville, AR; married Elias E. Whaley May 12, 1878.

1901 Boulder -Hygiene area " E.E. Whaley has bought the Lavridson farm near Chapman Switch."

In 1910 Boulder County Elias and Laura have Jesse 25 and his wife Addie 25, married three years, Lula 15, Bert . 13, Ella 10, and Ruby 8.

 In 1920 Yuma County -Magee precinct - Elias E. Whaley  63- father-in-law and Laura E.  57 mother-in -law and Ruby V. 17 sister-in-law and Orvill O. 14 -brother-in-law are with Albert W. Turner 23 and his wife Lula B. 22 and their daughter Florence V. 2. 

Ida May Orvis, born October 12, 1863 in Fayette County, Iowa; died October 11, 1887 in Haxton, CO; married (1) Tobias Benjamin Groff December 23, 1878 in Ord City, NE; married (2) Leonard Arthur Bisco July 10, 1880 in Loup City, Sherman County, Nebraska.

Harris W. Orvis, born May 30, 1866; died January 01, 1867. Lillis Belle Orvis, born September 13, 1868 in Fayette County, IA; died March 24, 1936 in West Union, Custer County, NE; married Job Daniel Joseph Semler October 30, 1883 in Broken Bow, NE; born September 11, 1857 in Chicago, Cook County, IL; died May 1939.

Cinda E. Orvis, born January 30, 1871 in Fayette County, IA; died 1915 in West Union, Custer County, NE; married John Godlop Zeller Abt. 1890.

James A. Orvis, born March 07, 1873 in Fayette County, IA; died Abt. April 18, 1940 in Sargent, Custer County, NE; married Anna Sturdevant.

Willis J. Orvis, born February 20, 1875; died August 25, 1875. Wilbur R. Orvis, born February 20, 1875. George V. Orvis, born September 15, 1880.

Burt L. Orvis, born April 18, 1882; died December 03, 1942 in Sargent, Custer County, NE.