Groft Family Obituaries

The Children of Charels R. Groft
& Elizabeth Spencer

Below you will find obituaries for the children of Charles and Elizabeth Groft, including Mary Ann, Julia, Hester, Oliver, Charles, John and Samuel. The obits are taken from Westminster newspapers.


Mary Ann Groft (1867-1884)

The American Sentinel, March 22, 1884 (Died)

In this city, March 17, 1884, after a long illness of consumption, Mary A.C., youngest daughter of Chas. And Elizabeth Groff, aged 16 years, 9 months and 13 days. The family return their thanks to friends for their kindness during her illness and death.

Daughter’s gone but not forgotten,
Gone to join the host above,
That shall sing in endless glory,
The redeemer’s dying love.

Sleep on, daughter, till the morning,
Morning of the judgement day,
When the judge shall call the righteous,
To live with him in endless day.


Julia Ann Groft (1857-1895)
Democratic Advocate, April 20, 1895

In Washington D.C. after a long and painful illness, Julia A., aged 37 years, 8 months and 16 days, wife of Thomas R. Webster, formerly of Westminster, MD and daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Groft. Interment in Westminster Cemetery.

Daughter’s gone but not forgotten,
Gone to join the host above,
That shall sing in endless glory,
The redeemer’s dying love.

Sleep on, daughter, till the morning,
Morning of the judgement day,
When the judge shall call the righteous,
To live with him in endless day.


Hester L. Groft (1855-1904)
Democratic Advocate, August, 13, 1904

Hester Groft Stitcher

Wife of John Stitcher, died at her residence, in this city on August 7th, from Cholera Morbus, after an illness of less than 24 hours, aged 50 years. Besides her husband, she leaves five children. Her funeral took place Tuesday morning, interment in Westminster Cemetery, Rev. D.G. Miller officiating. The pallbearers were Harry K. Oursler, Essie K. Knight, Wm. Oursler, George F. Morelock, Wm. E, Frizzel and John Leffert.


Oliver B. Groft (1847-1937)

Oliver B. Groft, one of Westminster’s oldest residents died Saturday, March 20, 1937, at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. And Mrs. Irwin R. Little, 23 Carroll street. He was aged 89 years, ten months and ten days. Death was due to pneumonia. He was a consistent member of the church of the Brethren and was the last of the original thirteen charter members of the Westminster church. Three daughters survive: Mrs. Jesse E. Royer and Mrs. Little, Westminster; Mrs. Harry B. Gorsuch, Waynesboro; also five grandchildren; three brothers, and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the Little residence with further services in the Westminster Church of the Brethren, and burial in the Meadow Branch cemetery. The Revs. Stauffer Curry, Geo. A. Early, Westminster, and H.M. Stover, Waynesboro, officiated. The pallbearers were: Edgar Royer, Robert Myerly, Harry Ditman, Milton A. Sullivan, Isaac Stoner, and Howard Snyder. H. Bankard & Son, funeral directors.

Dielman-Hayward obituary file, Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD


John T. Groft (1862-1939)

John Thomas Groft died at his home in Trenton, N.J., on Saturday, June 17, 1939. Years ago the late Mr. Groft made his home at Westminster. He is survived by his wife, Carrie Ditman Groft and one daughter, Mrs. Carrie Stone, Trenton, and one brother, Joseph Groft, East Green street, Westminster.

Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at the grave in Westminster cemetery, at 10 o’clock. The Rev. Allan F. Poore, pastor of the Centenary Methodist Church, officiated. H. Bankard and Sons, funeral directors.

Dielman-Hayward obituary file, Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD

Jeff’s note: I have yet to locate the grave of John Groft in the Westminster cemetery.


Joseph M. Groft (1864-1944)

Joseph Milton Groft, died Wednesday, April 19, 1944, at his home at 258 Greet street, Westminster. He was the son of the late Charles and Elizabeth Spencer Groft and was ages 80 years. He leaves his wife, the former Dora Gettier, and the following children: Walter C. Merritt, and Betty, at home, Mrs. James Tawney, Mrs. Robert Ibex, Mrs. Paul Naylor, Charles W., and Mrs. Weldon Bowers, Westminster; also 21 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at the late residence Saturday at 2 P.M. The Rev. Lowell S. Ensor, pastor of the Westminster Methodist church, will officiate. Burial will take place in the Westminster cemetery. Friends may call at the home until the hour of the funeral. The pallbearers will be: Theodore Mathias, J. Wesley Mathias, Sr., Edward Brown, John Simonson, Frank Tawney and Frank Slorp.

Dielman-Hayward obituary file, Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD


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