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514 HISTORY OF TEXAS.
beepi a struggle from early manhood, and he
has seen it as only those see it who are
brought in daily contact with its rugged
forces and its blighting uncertainties. He
has experienced it through all the changes of
prosperity and adversity. He has lived
among all kinds and conditions of men; has
had to do with all degrees of intelligence and
honesty, has followed many pursuits under
varying conditions and in widely scattered
J ROBERT GROCE, another one of the
prosperous farmers of Burleson county,
Texas, residing near Tunis, was born in
northern Mississippi, November 12, 1842,
and was reared to agricultural pursuits,
receiving only a limited education. He
remained with his parents until the war came
on, and in 1862, at the age of eighteen,
entered the Confederate service as a member
of Company A, Twenty-ninth Regiment of
Mississippi Volunteer Infantry, and was
assigned to the Army of Tennessee. He was
ill some hard fought battles and many skirmishes.
At Lookout mountain, November
24, 1863, he was captured and carried to
LRock Island, Illinois, where he was held a
prisoner until March, 1865. He was then
exchanged and sent to Richmond, Virginia,
where he received a thirty-days' parole, and
before he reached home Lee surrendered.
During all his service he never received a
After the war Mr. Groce remained at
home until 1869, coming in December of that
year to Burleson county, Texas. Here for
two years he rented land. Then he 6ught
200 acres where he now lives, then all in
woods, and to his original purchase he has
since added until he now has 354 acres. He
has a good house and other substantial improvements,
and has eighty acres under
fence His chief crops are cotton, corn and
oats, and he gives considerable attention to
the raising of cattle, horses and hogs, hiring
hands to carry on his farming operations.
Mr. Groce is a son of John J. and Mary
(Nix) Groce, of Tennessee. The Groce
family originated in Germnany. John J.
Groce took a prominent part in local affairs,
and was well known and highly respected.
He was Captain of a military company at an
early day, and for many years served as a
Justice of the Peace. By trade he was a
mechanic, and he also carried on farming
operations. His wife died in 1861, and
from time to time his family of children
settled in homes of their own until in 1882,
left alone, he came to Texas to reside with
his son, the subject of this sketch, and here
he died the following year. He reared four
children, the third born being J. Robert.
Only two of the number live in Texas, Mr.
Groce having a widowed sister, Mrs. Scott, in
this State. One brother died in the army.
Mr. Groce has been twice married. In
1867 he wedded Miss Mary Ivry, a native
of Alabama and a daughter of J. J. and E.
J. Ivry. Her parents came from Alabama
to Texas in 1871, and settled in this county,
where her father died in February, 1885.
Her mother is still living. Mrs. Groce
died February 12, 1878, leaving two children,
viz.. Lela, at home; and Emma J.,
wife of T. L. Homes, a farmer and stock-raiser
of Burleson county. May 13, 1880, Mr.
Groce married Miss S. A. Alderman, who
was born in Mississippi, October 21, 1854,
and reared in that State. Of her parents,
James and Mary E. (Sanders) Alderman, we
record that the former was a native of North
-H-18TORY P EXS
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