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From: "Dwayne Wrightsman" <>
Subject: [BRE] Baer/Bear & Graff/Groff Brethren
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2008 14:49:22 -0400


The record of baptisms of the Conestoga Brethren include, among many others,
the following:

Jacob Baer/Bear - 1742
Henry Baer/Bear and Wife - 1743
Anna Baer/Bear - 1747
Veronica/Fronica/Freny Graff/Groff - 1750
Hannes/John Graff/Groff - 1754
Madeline Baer - 1763

First question: Does anyone know about one or more of the above
individuals?

Second question: Were they possibly from the early Swiss Mennonite
Baer/Bear and Graff/Groff families that intermarried and lived in Earl
Township, Lancaster County?

Third question: In a footnote on p. 161 of his book, Martin Grove Brumbaugh
says his first ancestor on his mother's side was Hans Graff/Groff who came
to Pennsylvania in 1696 and ultimately settled in Earl Township. Was this
the same person as the Hans Groff who was married to Anna Bear and to
Susanna Orendorff Kendig, who wrote his will 7 Nov 1738 in Earl Township
where he died before 5 May 1746? If so, what is the line from him to Martin
Grove Brumbaugh?

Fourth question: My own Grove ancestor was a Jacob Grove who was Brethren
in Wilkes/Ashe, North Carolina, during the late 1700s, and whose children
migrated to Muhlenberg, Kentucky, in 1801. Was this Jacob Grove a
descendant of the Earl Township Graff/Groff/Groves?
Was he the Jacob Grove who was the son of Martin Graff (died before 1760) of
Earl Township?

Dwayne Wrightsman



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