Friday, December 4, 2015

Family Friday: Grove/Graves

Although the borders of this photograph have been trimmed, the note on the back has survived so we know that the woman is my maternal third great aunt Rebecca Groves (1847-1881) together with her husband George Bedford Graves (1843-1914)* and the couple's only child William O. Graves (1867-?).**

[Courtesy of Olive Slater-Kennedy]

Rebecca was one of the six daughters of Leah (Bixler) and Frederick Grove; her older sister was my great great grandmother Delilah Grove.

Seven years after Rebecca's death, George married a young woman named Jane Baya (who was about the age of his oldest son) with whom he had seven more children.

Jacob W. Miller (1841-1907) had a photography studio in Anamosa, Iowa, for many years.***

*George's occupation is listed in the 1880 U.S. Census as "Saloon Keeper."
**I've not been able to trace William with any certainty past the 1870 U.S. Census.
***The number 253 is a reference number we used to identify the images while scanning the photographs.

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  1. Hi,

    I want to let you know that your blog is listed in today's Fab Finds post at

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Any change these are relatives of mine too? Grove is close to Groves, as is Graves .....
    But not good to be too close to graves ....


    1. Grove (or Groves) in my line comes from the German-Swiss surname Grof or Graf; they first settled in Pennsylvania in the mid-18th century. Your Groves are very definitely English.