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Leonard Waller Groce

SOURCE: Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-1845, Austin, TX: Book Exchange, 1941. Sesquicentennial Re-print Edition, San Augustine, TX: S. Malone Printer, Sons of the Republic of Texas, 1986, p. 93-94

Leonard Waller Groce, son of Jared E. Groce, was born in September 1806 in Georgia. He came to Texas with his family in 1821 and settled on the Brazos in the present Waller County. A sub-lieutenant in the first company of the first militia organized in San Felipe de Austin in 1829, he appears next as a delegate from Viesca (later Milam County), to the 1833 Convention. As a private in Captain Wade’s Company, he fought in the Revolution from June 4 to September 4, 1836. In 1844, Groce was appointed a commissioner to select a site for the new county seat of Austin County; and in 1853, he was a member of the Board of Trustees for Chappell Hill College. This is the last reference made to Leonard Groce’s public life. His death occurred in 1873 in Waller County. - See Blair, Early History of Grimes County, 87; Groce Family Papers, Texas University Archives; Telegraph and Texas Register, March 6, 1844; Constitution or Form of Government of the State of Texas, 1833; Comptroller’s Military Services Records.

We must say a special thank you to Vanessa Deshazer of Menifee, CA, for typing the above biographical sketch for use on the Milam County TXGenWeb site.

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