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Grace Coffey Alger Groat
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Birth: Jan. 3, 1867
Manhattan
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: Jan., 1942
Upper Montclair
Essex County
New Jersey, USA

She had twin sons (named after their grandfathers) who died as infants. Charles Alger Groat died at the age of one day and Edwin Condi Groat died when he was a few months old. There would only be one more child of this marriage - a son, Laurence Kinsella Groat, who married and left one daughter. Grace was known for being very bossy. Her mother died in 1879 when she was only 12 years old and Grace had three younger siblings. Her father never remarried and he died in 1897.

Part of Grace's formative years was spent at the fine family house (first numbered 150, then 332, and finally 330) on Allen Street in Hudson, New York. She had been born Jan. 3, 1867 at a townhouse (16 East 29 Street) in Manhattan which was owned by her grandfather Charles Coffey Alger. She was baptized at St. Mary's in the Highlands (Episcopal Church in Cold Spring, Dutchess County, New York) because her father, Charles Alger, was working in the iron business at that time at the West Point Iron Company which was in Cold Spring. She later lived in Frostburg, Maryland when her father Charles Alger managed an iron furnace. After that it was Albany, New York for awhile and then Hudson, Columbia County, New York. The Hudson house came into the family when it was purchased in 1876 by Mrs. Sarah Palmer Alger, Charles Coffey Alger's first - and divorced wife. The divorce was in 1868 after 37 years of marriage.

Grace Coffey Alger was confirmed at Christ Episcopal Church at Hudson, New York on March 11, 1883. She married Louis William Groat there on Wednesday, June 17, 1891. The bride is listed as being 25 and the groom 28. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Mr. Sheldon M. Griswold. Grace and Louis later became estranged sometime after the birth of their three sons. They divorced about 1897 but remarried in October of 1902 at the Little Church Around the Corner on East 29th Street in Manhattan, New York. This church (also referred to as the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration) was across the street from the townhouse where Grace was born in Jan. of 1867. After the remarriage, Grace left Hudson with surviving son Laurence Kinsella Groat and went back to live with Louis William Groat. The U. S. Census of 1910 finds her living in Manhattan with her husband, son, unmarried sister Sarah Palmer Alger (age listed as 25 but really 35)and someone else who was probably a servant. Louis who died in 1914 in Morristown, New Jersey, was waked at the home of my grandparents Frank Farrand and Helena Willett Alger in Essex Fells, and buried in upstate New York at, or near, Amsterdam, New York, probably in a Groat family plot.

Grace can be found in the U. S. Census for 1920 at Montclair, Essex County, New Jersey and in 1930 also at Montclair. Hopefully when the U. S. Census of 1940 is released, I will also be able to find a record of her although I really don't need that information.

She died at Upper Montclair, New Jersey a few weeks after the death of her son Laurence Kinsella Groat who died December 26, 1941 after a botched medical procedure at a local hospital. 
 
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 Parents:
  Charles Alger (1836 - 1897)
  Helena Willett Freeland Alger (1846 - 1879)
 
 Spouse:
  Louis William Groat (1865 - 1914)*
 
 Children:
  Charles Alger Groat (1892 - 1892)*
  Edwin Conde Groat (1892 - 1893)*
  Laurence Kinsella Groat (1893 - 1941)*
 
 Siblings:
  Grace Coffey Alger Groat (1867 - 1942)
  Helena Willett Alger Farrand (1870 - 1929)*
  Sarah Palmer Alger (1875 - 1949)*
  Charles Francis Alger (1877 - 1930)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Hudson City Cemetery
Hudson
Columbia County
New York, USA
Plot: F 11
 
Created by: Barbara Doxey
Record added: Nov 02, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6901859
Grace Coffey <i>Alger</i> Groat
Added by: Jim Morris
 
Grace Coffey <i>Alger</i> Groat
Added by: Jim Morris
 
Grace Coffey <i>Alger</i> Groat
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Imagine my surprise when I recently discovered that you remarried Louis William Groat in October of 1902 in Manhattan after having your divorce set aside. I have updated your obituary today - October 12, 2009. A couple of newspaper articles speculated tha...(Read more)
- Barbara Doxey
 Added: Oct. 12, 2009
Your marriage to Louis William Groat was at Hudson, Columbia County, New York on Wednesday, June 17, 1891. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Mr. Sheldon M. Griswold. Your husband and your brother (Charles Francis Alger) both fought in the Spanish Ame...(Read more)
- Barbara Doxey
 Added: Dec. 18, 2002
Your marriage to Louis William Groat was at Hudson, Columbia County, New York on Wednesday, June 17, 1891. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Mr. Sheldon M. Griswold. Your husband and your brother (Charles Francis Alger) both fought in the Spanish Ame...(Read more)
- Barbara Doxey
 Added: Dec. 18, 2002
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