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Hans Groff (Graf), the pioneer of 1696, settled first at Paradise and later in Groffdale, West Earl Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, on 1,500 acres. His first son, Jacob, remained in Strasburg and the rest on the paternal Groffdale acres. The Groffdale church was built on this farm in 1755, the center of a thriving congregation. Hans's sons Peter and David, his son-in-law Henry Landis, together with Hans's brother Martin (d. 1760) as minister, formed the nucleus of this Mennonite community. The first-known bishop of this congregation, Christian Burkholder, married a granddaughter of Hans Groff. Hans and his son David furnished the meeting place for the congregation in the early days in their homes. Many of his descendants with various names have served the church. Abraham Grove of Markham, Ontario (1770-1836), minister here and a molder, was a descendant.

Author(s) Ira D Landis
Date Published 1956

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Landis, Ira D. "Groff, Hans (1661-1746)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1956. Web. 28 Mar 2015.,_Hans_(1661-1746)&oldid=81464.

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Landis, Ira D. (1956). Groff, Hans (1661-1746). Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 28 March 2015, from,_Hans_(1661-1746)&oldid=81464.

Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 2, p. 587. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.

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