Was born in Woodford County, Illinois, April 6, 1842, and there received a good common school education. In the fall of 1857 he came to this State and County, and has been a farmer in Daviess County ever since. He has a farm of 120 acres in Liberty township, which he has well fenced and improved. During the Civil War Mr. Grove was Union in principle, and February 27, 1864, enlisted in Company L, of the Twelfth Missouri Cavalry, and served till the close, participating in the battles of Nashville, Franklin, Spring Hill, Harpeth River, Selnma, Columbus, Ebenezer Church, Thomas, Campbellville, and other fights and skirmishes. Immediately after his discharge he returned to Daviess County, and was there married, on the 20th of December, 186:6,. to Miss Sarah Reid, daughter of H. T. and May A. Reid.
Mr. and Mrs. Grove have three children, whose names and dates of birth are as follows: Dessie May, born November 6, 1867; Simon, born August 30, 1876; and Charles S., born December 9, 1879.
In September, 1871, Mr. Grove met with a very unfortunate accident, which necessitated the amputation of his arm. While assisting his father-in-law to thresh, his left arm was caught in the machinery of the thresher and so mangled that he had to lose it, the surgeons amputating it near the elbow.