I recently ran across the following story:A widow named Ann Hoots (maiden name Groce) came to live in a small house on the property of the Billings family in Wilkes County, North Carolina."Ann and I guess my great-grandmother and the girls were washing clothes at the river and Ann took her battling or baffling stick and killed a deer by knocking it in the head.Apparently the ladies were the talk because they got clean laundry and venison in one trip.She would have died about the late 1850's or in the 1860's; Aunt Ellen remembered her and the fact that they took her back to her old home place to bury her.I am sure they belonged to the same family as there was not a wide spread population of any one name in those days in that area and the fact that her children had moved to Tennessee makes sense so did a lot of our relatives.That is probably why she was with the family."
One of my ancestors, Henry Hoots (1778-1865) married Anna Groce (1785- ? ).We know that he later went to Tennessee and assume that she accompanied him.
Does anyone know who the Ann Groce in the story might be?