The Southwestern Historical Quarterly
JARED ELLISON GROCE
ROSA GROCE BERTLETH
Jared Ellison Groce was born in Virginia, October 12, 1782.
He had one brother, whom he lost sight of after leaving Vir-
ginia, hence we have no record of him.
His father came to America from England about the year
1772, accompanied by his elder brother. Their relationships were
very friendly until the Declaration of Independence, when the
elder sided with the mother country and the younger with the
suffering colonists. When he enlisted in the army under George
Washington, his brother's anger toward him was so great that a
quarrel ensued, in which they separated never to see each other
again. The younger, with impetuosity, changed the spelling of
his name from Gross to Groce, saying he was no longer a sub-
ject of King George, but an American through and through.
It was his love for adventure, and a roving disposition, which
caused him to leave England. This trait has been inherited by
many of his descendants. It was this roving nature which caused
his son, Jared Ellison Groce, to leave the parental home in Vir-
ginia, and settle in South Carolina when twenty years of age.
He invested in lands there, which proved valuable property, and
two years later he was married to Miss Mary Ann Waller, daugh-
ter of Leonard Waller, August 29, 1804. The Waller family was
a prominent one, both in political and social life. Shortly after
his marriage he removed to Lincoln county, Georgia, where
he invested in a large plantation. Many of the slaves on this
place had accompanied him from Virginia, but they were inade-
quate to cultivate so large an estate, so he purchased many more,
and cultivated cotton extensively. Four children were born to
them in Georgia, Leonard Waller, Edwin (drowned while still
young), Sarah Ann, and Jared Ellison, Jr.
His wife died in South Carolina while visiting her relatives,
November 7, 1813, her youngest child being only one year old.
Her sisters went to Georgia to care for the motherless little
children. After her death, despair again awakened in the breast
of Jared E. Groce the old longing for new scenes. He entered
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 20, July 1916 - April, 1917. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101070/. Accessed July 30, 2014.