Levi Groseclose was born in Wythe County, Va., March 8, 1818, and is the son of Henry and Margaret (Spangler) Groseclose. The father was a native of Wythe County, Va. He was the son of Henry Groseclose, who was born in Germany, and settled in Wythe County, Va. The father of our subject was a soldier in the War of 1812, and our subject has in his possession a discharge, which reads as follows: “In obedience to an order from Claibourn W. Gooch, adjutant general, dated Richmond, February 20, 1815, you, Henry Groseclose, Jr., are discharged from the present tour of duty. Wythe C. House, March 4, 1815. Christopher Brown, Captain Thirty-fifth Virginia Militia, commanding.” The father of our subject was married in Virginia, to Margaret Spangler, of German descent. She was born in Virginia, and died when our subject was but an infant. In 1820, our subject’s father came to this county, and settled in Union Township, locating in the woods. He continued in this county until about 1849, when he went to Iowa, where he lived until called away by death. Our subject was raised in this county. He gained but a limited education, learning only to read and write, and do some “ciphering.” In the days of his youth they had but little school advantages, but Mr. Groseclose is possessed of a store of useful knowledge. He has always made his home in this county, and has followed farming as an occupation, but has had a wide experience traveling throughout most all parts of the United States. November 6, 1846, he married Rebecca Barker, daughter of William and Susanna (Burnett) Barker, natives of Kentucky. William Barker was the son of Thomas Barker, who was the first owner of the land Cincinnati was first laid out on. Mrs. Groseclose was born March 17, 1822, in Green County, Ind., where her parents settled in an early day. After the above marriage was consummated, Mr. and Mrs. Groseclose came and settled in life in this county, and have lived here ever since. He owns two farms, one of 130, and the other of 160, acres. He and wife are members of the Christian Church at Bargersville. Five children were born unto this marriage, only two of whom are living, William Henry and John B. Mr. Groseclose cast his first presidential vote for Martin Van Buren, and was a democrat up to the candidacy of Horace Greeley, when he became a greenbacker.

Note: The manuscript used the surname of “Groseclore” throughout the sketch. This has been corrected to “Groseclose”. Link to obituaries

Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker

Banta, D. D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888, page 898.