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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania


WILLIAM GROOMS, retired blacksmith, was born in Carmichaels, Penn., August 14, 1828.  His parents were Benjamin and Isabella (Kerr) Grooms, natives of Maryland and Pennsylvania respectively, and of English and Scotch descent.  His grandfather, William Grooms, was one of the early settlers of Greene County.  His father was a farmer and carpenter, and had a family of six children, of whom William is the second of the three living.  He was reared in Carmichaels, attending the common schools and Greene Academy, and in early life learned the blacksmith trade, in which he engaged for a number of years.  In 1846 Mr. Grooms married Malinda, daughter of Moses and Susan (Vankirk) McIlvaine.  They had six children—Susan, wife of James Lincoln; Elizabeth, wife of George Demain; Arabella, wife of Levi Taylor; William and B. F., blacksmiths; and Eliza Jane, a teacher.  In politics Mr. Grooms is a Republican.  In 1861 he enlisted in Company I, Eight Pennsylvania Volunteers and served three years.  He re-enlisted in Company B, Fifty-seventh Volunteer Infantry and served till the close of the war.  He has been road commissioner, and was postmaster at Carmichaels for a number of years.  Mr. and Mrs. Grooms are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he is member of the G. A. R. Post.


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History of Greene County, Pennsylvania

Samuel P. Bates

Nelson, Rishforth & Co., Chicago. 1888


Transcribed by Annette Bame Peebles

The Greene County, Pennsylvania Biographies Project –

Date of Transcription: 29 June 2007

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