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James N. Grove

James N. Grove, youngest son of John and Elizabeth (Moore) Grove, of York County, Penn., was born in Shrewsbury, March 26, 1837. His parents were of German and Irish descent respectively, and had a family of six sons and five daughters Until his fifteenth year he remained on his father's farm, but at that age he began learning the trade of millwright with Robert Koller, near Shrewsbury, which trade he has followed since.

He built the Spring Grove Paper-mill and two for Hoffman & Sons, in Maryland. During his life he has built five or six paper-mills, and from fifteen to twenty sawmills.

In 1861 he enlisted at York in Company D, Eighty-seventh Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, 87th Regiment, was ranked as corporal and was discharged in 1864 as sergeant.

During his service he participated in many a hard fought battle; at Winchester, Va., he was captured and for twenty-four days was confined at Libby Prison and Belle Island. He also took part in the battles of the Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, near Winchester, and many other battles and skirmishes.

After leaving the service he returned to Shrewsbury, where he engaged at his trade.

In 1865 he was married, at New Freedom, to Annie Singer, daughter of Charles Singer, and has six children: Luella, Charles Henry, William Emery, James F., Edward and Gertrude. Mr. Grove is a member of the Reformed Church and his wife of the Evangelical Church. He is a Mason, a prominent citizen, and holds and has held various offices of the borough.

At present he is repairing a paper mill at Woodbine, Md., for Captain Tollun, who was Confederate officer of the day at Winchester on the day Mr. G. was captured.

Source: York County, Pennsylvania Biographical History, John Gibson, Chicago: F.A. Battey Publishing Co., 1886.

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