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William Grove was born Aug. 9, 1810, in Pickaway Co., Ohio, where his parents settled about the year 1800. His father was a soldier of 1812. He was reared on a farm amid pioneer surroundings and educated in the "Squatter's Academy," built of logs and furnished with slab benches, fire place, and windows fitted up with panes of greased paper. He was married in September, 1836, to Sarah Wonders. They have five children - Napoleon B., Josephine (Mrs. Wm. Findlay), John W., Adaline (wife of O. C. Quick) and Charles F. The oldest son enlisted in Co. B, 40th Ind. Vol., and served from August, 1861, to January, 1865. In 1842 Mr. Grove removed to a farm near Peru, Ind., and in 1883 came to Ada. He operated a ferry across the Grand river 17 years. He has accomplished much in the way of hard labor, having cleared 80 acres of land in Ohio and a good sized farm in Indiana, and that on which he resides in this tp. Mrs. Grove died Nov. 12, 1879.

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