The Groft Family Website

The Line of Charles R. Groft

Westminster, Carroll County, MD

copright 2010 by Jeffrey L. Thomas

This genealogy of the Groft family lists the known descendants of Charles R. Groft, (1833-1911), and his wife Elizabeth Spencer. The pages that follow tell the story of the Groft family in America, and are based on my own research conducted over the past fifteen years (give or take). That research is presented here using a combination of essays, photographs, documents and vital records. The title page you are currently viewing is divided into several sections found below. The first section contains two family genealogy files, a standard register-style genealogy in PFD format, and an HTML version of the same file that hyperlinks individuals and their descendents. The next two sections provide specific information on the first two generations of Groft family members, followed by a section featuring family census returns from 1850 to 1930. Here you'll find my commentary on the family for each census year, as well as links to images of the actual returns. The next section offers a glimpse at Groft Family source records and research notes I have collected over the years. Here you'll find copies of vital family documents, newspaper clippings, maps, and photographs of family cemeteries.

As with virtually every family genealogy, it is likely errors have been made in compiling this particular family history. I therefore encourage anyone who finds an error or omission, or who would like to contribute additional information to this record, to contact me at the e-mail address below. This is by no means a final account of the descendants of Charles R. Groft, as it is my intention to update this record from time to time.

As the Groft family enters the 21st century, I hope that the information contained on this web site will cause family members to pause and reflect on the lives and accomplishments of their ancestors.

Jeffrey L. Thomas

Section I

Genealogy of the Groft Family (PDF file)

Section II

Part I: Pennsylvania to Westminster 1830-1870

Section III

Part II: Westminster, Maryland, 1864-1911

The Children of Charles R. Groft & Elizabeth Spencer

Oliver B. Groft (1847-1837)
Samuel Groft (1853-?)
Hester L. Groft (1855-1904)
Julia A. Groft (1857-1895)
Charles L. Groft (1859-1938)
John T. Groft (1862-1939)
Joseph M. Groft (1864-1944)
Mary Ann Groft (1868-1884)
James H. Groft (1871-?)

Section IV

Groft Family Census Returns, 1850-1930

Section V

Groft Family Source Records and Other Research Notes

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