Note: There's a nice portrait of Catherine in the book.
3. Catherine Elizabeth Diffenderffer was born at the old
homestead in New Holland on June 26, 1826. She was educated in the village
schools and resided with her parents until her marriage with E. G. Groff, Esq.,
in 1858. Later she removed with her husband and family to Inland, Nebraska,
where she purchased a farm, and on which she resided until her death in 1887.
Mrs. Groff was an unusually well read, intelligent, an unostentatious woman. At
an early age she became a member of the church of her ancestors, the Reformed,
and during all of her life her loyalty to that spiritual home was strong and
unswerving and no one was more ready or liberal than she, in proportion to her
means, to aid the church of her youth. She won the esteem and affections of the
community in her western home. In the church the Sunday-school and on all who
came within her influence she exercised an influence for good which even
brotherly affection cannot well exaggerate. Although long since (October 7,
1887) called to her reward, her memory is still warmly preserved in the hearts
of her early and later friends.
Transcribed by Darla Stimbert January 2004
Author; Frank Ried Diffenderffer: Some of the descendants
of John Michael Dübendorf, 1695-1778 : more especially those directly descended
through his grandson David Diffenderffer, 1752-1846