DeGroff Family Reunion Photos

Submitted By PHGS Member Ron DeGroff

These two photos that were taken at the DeGroff family reunion on August 24, 1907 at the home of my great grandparents, Andrew Harrison and Mary Strang DeGroff who lived on the north side of the highway just beyond the Coliseum (formerly the Power House) east of Ceres, NY. 
 

from the BOLIVAR BREEZE, August 29, 1907, Page 7, Column 1;

     "The first annual reunion of the DeGroff family was held on Saturday,  August 24, 1907 at the farm home of Harrison DeGroff on the Ceres road. Fifty five people were in attendance and a most enjoyable time was had. A fine dinner was served at 12 o'clock.  In the afternoon, there was speaking by the Misses Alice and Eliza Reed of Bliss, James Reed and Mr. Metcalf of Wethersfield, and Harrison DeGroff.  Following this, a group picture was taken of those present, and also a separate one of Mr. and Mrs. DeGroff and their children."
 
 

Photo #1
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Front row, L to R: Frank DeGroff, Ione Perkins, Miriam Holmes, Kathryn Willson, Ethel DeGroff, 
Bernice Holmes,  ____Nichols, Ella DeGroff, Clarence DeGroff *, Sarah DeGroff.

2nd Row, L to R: LeRoy Willson, Mary Strang DeGroff & Andrew Harrison DeGroff ***, Clestia DeGroff, Aaron DeGroff, Mary Eliza Reid, Abram DeGroff, Lillie Nichols, N. Henry Holmes, Beatrice Holmes (at knee), Millard Medcalf, Effie Medcalf, Alice Reid (daughter of Isaac Reid)

3rd Row, L to R: Alice Willson, Lawrence DeGroff--holding baby (J. Howard DeGroff), Gertrude Eliza Reid DeGroff, Gertrude May Millard DeGroff, Elinor DeGroff ** -holding baby (Karl DeGroff), Edith Reed, Myrtle Holmes, Anna Green, Clara Patterson, Henry Harris, Rello Harris, Mary Harris, Ida Brown, Zania DeGroff, John DeGroff. 

4th Row, L to R: Volney Willson, Ray DeGroff, Andrew H. DeGroff II, Aaron DeGroff**, Clifford Reed, Hattie Perkins, Emma Holmes, Lucy Green, Benjamin Green, Grace Wetmore, Allen Patterson, Sara Slayton,Ethel Colburn, Ina Reid, James Reid. 

* my father (age 5)
** my grandparents
***my great-grandparents 

from the BOLIVAR BREEZE, August 29, 1907, Page 7, Column 1;

 "The first annual reunion of the DeGroff family was held on Saturday, August 24, 1907 at the farm home of Harrison DeGroff on the Ceres road.  Fifty five people were in attendance and a most enjoyable time was had. A fine dinner was served at 12 o'clock.  In the afternoon, there was speaking by the Misses Alice and Eliza Reed of Bliss, James Reed and Mr. Metcalf of Wethersfield, and Harrison DeGroff.  Following this, a  group picture was taken of those present, and also a separate one of Mr. and Mrs. DeGroff and their children."
 
 

Photo #2
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Seated, L to R: Andrew Harrison DeGroff, Mary Strang DeGroff
Standing,  L to R: Their children, Alice (Willson), Lucy (Green), Aaron, Emma (Holmes), Harriet/Hattie (Perkins), Lawrence, Edith (Reed), Andrew Harrison II. Andrew Harrison DeGroff, the 5th son and 8th child of John Walker and Sarah Ann (Groat) DeGroff, was born in Wethersfield, Wyoming County, NY, on February 8, 1841. On February 9, 1963, at the age of 21, in Jamestown, Chuatauqua County, NY, he married Mary Strang, daughter of David and Priscilla (Stanley) Strang. Sometime between the birth of their second and third child, the couple went to Iowa by covered wagon. The reason for their going there is not clear, except that it is known that Mary owned some property there. Their third child, Aaron, was born in Ohio on the return trip. After a stay in Eldred, PA, they made their home in Genesee Township, NY where they were lived for the rest of their lives, Andrew passing away on April 22, 1917, and Mary on February 2,1928. Both are buried in the Ceres cemetery.
 
 


  This is a photo of my great-great grandparents, John Walker and Sarah Ann (Groat) DeGroff, who built the frame house that appears in the family reunion photos. This photo is a copy of a tin-type taken about1860. John Walker DeGroff, son of Abraham J. (1759-1852) and Asenath (____) DeGroff, was born in Clifton Park, Saratoga County, NY, on June 28, 1802. Sarah Ann, born on August 25, 1807 in Fishkill, NY, was a daughter of Isaac and Mary (Chase) Groat. They were married in Clifton Park, NY on  September 13, 1823. Within a few years, the couple moved to Wyoming County, NY, settling in China (now Arcade) and then Wethersfield. In 1874, they moved to Genesee Township, NY where they built the farm house that became the family homestead. (The house still exists although somewhat altered.) 
John Walker DeGroff died on December 12, 1884, and Sara Ann passed away on January 2, 1902. Both are buried in the Ceres Cemetery.

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