JACOB GROESBECK was born in Renssellaer County, New York, November 28, 1821. His ancesters were of German descent. His father was Herman Groesbeck, and his mother's maiden name was Mary Bovee. Young Groesbeck lived in his native county till 1835, when with his mother he moved to Chautauqua County of the same State, his father at that time being deceased.
In the Spring of 1840 he went to Springfield, Illinois, where he worked about four years, and afterwards moved to Galena, Illinois. There he began work in the lead mines. Till the year 1851 he made his home in Galena and Springfield, and about 1851 he located permanently in Peoria County, Illinois, where he engaged in farming. In May, 1851, Mr. Groesbeck was married to Mary J., a daughter of Jesse and Lizzie Darby. The former was a native of Ohio, and died in Atchison County, Missouri.
Mrs. Groesbeck was born in Wayne County, Kentucky, December 21, 1834. In the year 1857 he removed from Illinois to Nebraska, and located near Peru, where he was occupied in farming, owning nearly 500 acres of land. In 1862 he moved to Atchison County, Missouri, and in 1870 came to Holt County, where he has since continued to live. He now owns a large tract of land adjoining Mound City, it being one of the oldest farms in that part of the county, having been settled in 1840 or 1841.
A post office was formerly kept there by Andrew Jackson and was called Jackson's Point. It was afterwards known as North Point. Mr. Groesbeck's family consists of: Elizabeth, born March 12, 1857; Jacob A., born November 17, 1858; Francis A., born March 29, 1864; Melissa, born November 8, 1861; Hattie, born August 14, 1866; William A., born March 31, 1871; Charles H., born October 6, 1873; Luella, born December 2, 1876.
Source:"History of Holt and Atchison Counties, 1882" transcribed by Karyn.
Jacob GROESBECK, whose farm adjoins Mound City, was born in Rensellaer Co., N. Y. on November 28, 1821. His ancestors were among the earliest Dutch settlers of New York. His father was Herman Groesbeck and his mother's maiden name was Mary BOVEE. In 1835, he and his mother moved to Chautauqua County, N. Y., his father having died in 1828. He moved to Springfield, Illinois, in 1840 and worked in the town four years. He then went to Galena, Illinois. and worked in the lead mines during the summers and stayed with his mother and brothers in Springfield during the winters. About 1851, he located in Peoria Co., Ill., purchased 40 acres of land, and engaged in farming. He was married in May, 1851 to Mary Jane Darby of Peoria County.
In 1857, he moved to Nebraska, settling about 3 miles from the town of Peru. He farmed there and owned upwards of 500 acres of land. In 1862, he became a resident of Atchison County, Missouri and lived there until 1870 when he came to Holt County and settled on his present 343 acre farm. He is engaged in general farming. Prior to the Civil War, he was a Democrat, strongly supported the Union during the war, and has since been a Republican. He has seven children: Lizzie, wife of James INKS of Mound City; Jacob Alonzo; Melissa; Harriet; William; Charles; and Luella. The farm on which he resides is one of the oldest settled in that part of the county. It was settled in 1840 or 1841. A postoffice was formerly kept there by Andrew P. JACKSON, and called Jackson's Point. It was afterwards known as North Point.
Source: "An Illustrated Historical Atlas Map, Holt County, MO," published by Brink, McDonough & Co., Philadelphia, 1877
Provided by Dave Roberts of Lyon County, Kentucky, a former Holt County resident.