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GROVER, Peregrine Maitland

Male 1817 - 1885  (67 years)


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  • Name GROVER, Peregrine Maitland  
    Born 17 Oct 1817  Grafton - Haldimand Twp, Northumberland Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Ontario was formerly known as Upper Canada, It existed from December 26, 1791 to February 10, 1841
    Gender Male 
    Died 28 May 1885  Norwood, Peterborough Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Grafton - Haldimand Twp, Northumberland Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • St Andrew's United Church Cemetery
    Notes 
    • "PERREGRINE MAITLAND GROVER - Notes compiled by: Kit Cutting

      Perregrine Maitland Grover - generally known to his many friends and associates simply as "P.M." - was born in Grafton, Ontario, CANADA, a small community in the southern part of Northumberland County, in 1817. He was a son of John Grover, a Major in the Militia, and Marry Merriam, both of whom were of staunch U.E. Loyalist families and had come to Canada from the town of Grafton in the state of Massachussetts, U.S.A., and settled in the newly formed township.

      During his early manhood, P.M. moved about a great deal in the new country, gaining a knowledge of the people and conditions that was to become of vast importance to him in later years. About 1842, he settled in the young town of Peterborough where he entered into partnership with James Foley, who, a short time later, became his brother-in-law. The firm of Grover & Foley, originally a real "general" store, included a lumber yard, a similar branch of the business in the hamlet of Keene, as well as the small store of James Foley, located in Norwood, which had been opened in 1837.

      In 1846, Mr. Grover married Harriet Maria Keeler, a daughter of the original founder of our fair village. Shortly thereafter, the Keeler and Grover interests were united and the firm of Grover & Foley was dissolved, both men finding it necessary to return to Norwood where a rapidly expanding community demanded their full attention. Soon after merging of the Keeler - Grover interests, systematic planning and surveying was undertaken for the establishment of the village, which did not fully materialize for many years thereafter.

      Mr. Grover was a man of many talents and widely diversified interests, all of them pertaining to the advancement and welfare of his chosen community. About 1850, he built "Balsam Farm Home" amid the rolling acres which were under his control and management. The home is still standing and, although showing the ravages of time and the relentless elements, is today a beautiful spot on the northeasterly side of Mill Street. It was here too, that the family were born and reared.

      In 1860, P.M. was elected as Reeve of the Township of Asphodel and served in that capacity until the end of 1866, and in the election of Warden of the County early in 1867, he was elected to that position, which he also held for the succeeding year. In 1867, Mr. Grover entered into the political field as a Conservative candidate for Federal honours and defeated his opponent, James Anderson, by a vote of 956 to 644, thus becoming the representative of this area in the First Parliament of Canada after Confederation. He was re-elected to the second Parliament in 1872, defeating his opponent, Evans Ingraham of Otonabee, by a majority of 48 votes. Those two victories are a plain indication of the esteem in which he was held, together with his personal interest in local affairs. His manifesto to the electors prior to the second election is concrete evidence that he was a statesman rather than an ordinary politician, catering to his constituents alone.

      Notes for Perregrine Maitland GROVER: The biographical sketch is taken from "The Friendly Town 1821 - 1963" by R.A. Dean, a Centennial Project (1967) of the Village of Norwood, p. 172-175:
    Person ID I3128  SEQUOIA
    Last Modified 27 Nov 2012 

    Father GROVER, John,   b. 17 Feb 1771, Grafton, Worcester Co, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1847, Grafton - Haldimand Twp, Northumberland Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother MERRIAM, Mary,   b. 28 Apr 1781, Wallingford, New Haven Co, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jul 1870, Norwood, Peterborough Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 5 Sep 1800  Percy Twp, Northumberland Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F4443  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family KEELER, Harriet Maria,   b. 28 Feb 1822, Colborne, Northumberland Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Dec 1901, Norwood (Asphodel Twp), Peterborough Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 4 Apr 1846  Rochester, Monroe Co, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. GROVER, Thomas J Maitland,   b. 9 May 1847, Norwood (Asphodel Twp), Peterborough Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 May 1909, Norwood (Asphodel Twp), Peterborough Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    +2. GROVER, George Alexander,   b. 1849, Cramahe Twp, Northumberland Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1897, London, , , England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)
     3. GROVER, Mary Ann Keeler,   b. 8 Jul 1853, Norwood, Peterborough Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Aug 1920, Toronto, York Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2012 
    Family ID F1167  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 17 Oct 1817 - Grafton - Haldimand Twp, Northumberland Co, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 4 Apr 1846 - Rochester, Monroe Co, New York, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 May 1885 - Norwood, Peterborough Co, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Grafton - Haldimand Twp, Northumberland Co, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S489] Personal Knowledge of: ROACH, Carol, (http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/r/o/a/Carol-E-Roach/index.html?Welcome=1075778923).

    2. [S71] CEMETERY: ONTARIO, Grafton - St Andrew's Cemetery, gravemarkers.ca, (Grafton - Haldimand Twp, Northumberland Co, Ontario, Canada.).