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 Samuel A. Groff

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Samuel A. Groff

Birth
Manheim, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 7 Jan 1907 (aged 59)
District of Columbia, USA
Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Plot Section K, Lot 124
Memorial ID 138947125 View Source
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Samuel A. Groff was a member of the Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, DC being appointed on February 13, 1885, and serving until February 7, 1905.

Saml A Groff
United States Census, 1900

Name: Saml A Groff
Event Type: Census
Event Year: 1900
Event Place: Washington city, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 53
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Race (Original): W
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Head
Years Married: 25
Birth Date: Apr 1847
Birthplace: Penna
Marriage Year (Estimated): 1875
Father's Birthplace: Penna
Mother's Birthplace: Penna
Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
Saml A Groff Head M 53
Louisa C Groff Wife F 46
John M Groff Son M 24
District: 116 , Sheet Number and Letter: 19A , Household ID: 284 , Line Number: 1 , Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) , Affiliate Publication Number: T623 , GS Film Number: 1240163 , Digital Folder Number: 004119678 , Image Number: 00307

Citing this Record

"United States Census, 1900," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MMFW-KHJ : accessed 19 Nov 2014), Saml A Groff, Washington city, Washington, District of Columbia, United States; citing sheet 19A, family 284, NARA microfilm publication T623, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.; FHL microfilm 1240163.

Samuel A. Groff
District of Columbia Deaths
Name: Samuel A. Groff
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 07 Jan 1907
Event Place: District of Columbia, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 59
Marital Status: Married
Occupation: Retired
Birth Year (Estimated): 1848
Birthplace: Lancaster Co. Penna
Burial Date: 10 Jan 1907
Cemetery: Rock Creek
Father's Birthplace: Penna
Mother's Birthplace: Penna
Reference ID: 171296 , GS Film Number: 2115236 , Digital Folder Number: 004025437 , Image Number: 2367

Citing this Record

"District of Columbia Deaths, 1874-1959", index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F7RP-392 : accessed 19 Nov 2014), Samuel A. Groff, 1907.

At the time of his death, he resided at 605 North Carolina Avenue SE.

Samuel A Groff
United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards

Name: Samuel A Groff
Beneficiary's Name: Louisa C Groff
Event Type: Pension
Event Date: 1907-1933
Event Place: United States
Form Type: Army Widow
Affiliate Publication Title: Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933 , Affiliate Publication Number: M850 , GS Film number: 1634938 , Digital Folder Number: 004693070 , Image Number: 00232

Citing this Record

"United States Veterans Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K642-9X5 : accessed 19 Nov 2014), Samuel A Groff, 1907-1933; citing NARA microfilm publication M850, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.; FHL microfilm 1634938.

The son of Samuel W. & Caroline Groff, in 1860 he family lived in Manheim
Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, but he does not appear in that census.
By 1864, he was working as a machinist in a woolen mill in Reading, Berks
County, and stood 5' 10" tall with light hair and gray eyes.

A Civil War veteran, he enlisted in Reading July 16, 1864, and mustered into
federal service that day at Harrisburg as a private with Co. A, 195th
Pennsylvania Infantry, a hundred-day unit. He re-enlisted in the field at
Monocacy Junction, Frederick County, Maryland, September 4, 1864, as sergeant of
Co. A of the one-year organization of the 195th Pennsylvania Infantry, promoted
to 1st sergeant March 16, 1865, and honorably discharged with his company June
21, 1865.

He married Louisa C. lnu. and fathered John M. (b. @1877). He moved to
Washington DC and joined the police force but also was an inventor who held
several patents. Described as a man who hated profanity and gave money to
charitable causes, that saintly reputation did not help when his oldest brother
Diller became involved in a mail fraud scheme and dragged Samuel into it.
Despite the fact that the federal prosecutor told the jury that there was
insufficient evidence, Samuel was convicted with his brother. (One wonders why
the prosecutor didn't simply dismiss the charges against Samuel.) He and Diller
entered West Virginia's Moundsville Prison to serve a two-year sentence.
Friends took Samuel's case to court and sought a pardon via the Supreme Court
route but failed in the effort. While in prison, Samuel refused to associate
with his brother. When the two were released together, they would not speak or
look at each other and never saw each other again. Samuel's resentment of his
brother was deep for not speaking up during court proceedings and exonerating
him. He maintained his innocence until his death, the cause of which, said the
attending physician, was from "melancholia," i.e., depression.

Biography courtesy of Dennis Brandt, 47232334


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  • Added: 18 Nov 2014
  • Find a Grave Memorial 138947125
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/138947125/samuel-a-groff : accessed ), memorial page for Samuel A. Groff (3 Apr 1847–7 Jan 1907), Find a Grave Memorial ID 138947125, citing Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by John Rentz (contributor 46781289) .