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Edward W. Groot - Born ca. 1841, Schenectady, NY ??
Posted by: Robert Brackett (ID *****0743) Date: December 17, 2004 at 09:19:27
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Searching for information on Edward W. Groot who I believe was the son of Simon C. Groot, a Schenectady businessman of that time. Some years ago a Brackett family researcher was shown a diary purported to be that of her grandfather (my GGgrandfather) Brackett. After carefully reading what she was shown, it is quite clear that the diary was written by someone other than my GGgrandfather, who had been a Confederate soldier.

The diary, which begins in the waning days of the Civil War, was obviously written by someone loyal to the Union. After gathering many clues from the contents, including the Schenectady address of Simon C. Groot, the address of Mrs. Edward W. Groot (Springfield, MA) and what appears to be a receipt for services, recorded in the diary, signed by Edward W. Groot, I have conluded that he is the man who wrote it.

I believe that, during the Civil War, Edward W. Groot was a 2nd Lieutenant in Co.A of the 18th NY, was wounded in the hand at First Mannassas and discharged for disability on Dec. 14, 1861. On July 28, 1862, a 1st Lt. Edward W. Groot was commisioned in the 134th NY. I believe this to be the same man. He resigned this commision on April 8, 1863. When the diary was begun (Jan., 1865), I'm fairly certain he was a civilian, though travelling in the company of soldiers.

The diary, which covers several years, after a time becomes more of a day-planner than an observation of events. There are long periods without entry. It does, however, describe his coming to North Carolina. Indeed, a North Carolina business directory of the late 1860's lists E.W. Groot as a wine merchant in Charlotte, NC. The 1870 census lists him as a distiller. In Dec. of 1866, in Charlotte, E.W. Groot was married to a Delia Joyce. She is also listed in the 1870 census. No children were listed. The Mrs. Edward W. Groot whose address was given as Springfield, MA and whose first name I believe was Nora apparently died during the summer of 1865. I am speculating, from what is said in the diary, that she was in Springfield being treated for some disease.

By the 1880 census, Edward W. Groot seems to have completely disappeared. I am wondering if anyone knows this man. I am quite curious about what happened to him and really curious as to how his diary wound-up in a rural North Carolina household being passed-off as my GGgrandfather's diary.

I have made an effort, to date unsuccessful, to locate the original but do have access to photocopies of the pages if any Groot relative out there may wish to see them. Hoping someone can tell me something about him.

Robert Brackett


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