Hi, I'm doing some research on my family.My Gr. Gr. Granfather was Peter Groom b. 9/26/1823....his Daughter Emma Worthington Groom b. 9-18-1860 was mother of my grandmother Gertrude M. Stryker b. 11/28/1890 of Hesston, Kansas.She Married John Bartlett Topham...they had 10 children in....John Delbert Topham, (80 and living in Peabody, KS) is the third youngest and is my father. I didn't see much information on the children of this Peter Groom/Sarah ( Wilson ) Groom.Hope someone can use this.It is from a henderson county website.
Bedford Township. Page. 265 Peter Groom was born in Mercer county, New York, in 1826. On coming to Illinois Mr Groom first settled in Fulton county. Here he remained until the spring of 1857, when he removed to this county. He settled on the S. E. 1/4 of Sec. 5, where he now resides. The only houses near him when he settled in the neighborhood were those of Dennis Foot and Josiah Brokaw. When Mr. Groom arrived he had but $175, and for the first year lived in a small stable, surrounded by a patch of hazel brush. He now owns 265 acres of choice land, upon which are good buildings, besides 160 acres of land in Kansas. He was married in Henderson county in 1850, to Miss Sarah Wilson, a native of New York, who came with her parents to this state in company with Mr. Groom. By this union they had ten children: Crissie C., William H., John W., Nancy C., Emma W., Nathaniel G., Anna L., Ella E. and Peter, besides one not named who died while young. Mr Groom's father moved to Illinois in 1855, where he died about 1871. His mother remained in New Jersey, where she died. His grandfather was English descent, and his grandmother German. They were both born in New Jersey. hendco.htm