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Notes on the genealogy of the Chaplyn/Chaplin and Grover families of England

 Collection — Volume: 1
Call Number: MS E115


This volume contains a compilation in several hands of items related to the genealogy and history of the Chaplyn or Chaplin and Grover families of England, covering the 15th or 16th through 19th centuries. George Edward Grover is associated with the volume but may not have been the compiler, merely instead used as a source.


  • Creation: covering the 16th-19th centuries, compiled approximately 1881-1882


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Biography of George Edward Grover (1840-1893)

George Edward Grover, the third son of Charles E. Grover of Hermel Hempstead, was born June 2, 1840. After studying at the Kensington Proprietary School and Royal Military Academy, he obtained a commission in the Corps of Royal Engineers and was attached to the office of the Inspector-General of Fortifications, where he assisted in the design and construction of defense works in the southern district of England, including the Isle of Wight and Portsmouth.

In 1866, Grover was ordered to Canada to work on defensive works, where he remained until November 1870. He returned to England for a few years to serve as Deputy Commissioner for the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, which was organizing a series of exhibitions. Grover oversaw marchinery and scientific collections for the International Exhibitions held at South Kensington. During this service he was made a captain.

Grover returned to Canada, commanding companies at Chatham and Halifax, Nova Scotia from July 1873-June 1875. After passing through the Staff College he served briefly in Turkey before being posted to the Intelligence Department. In November 1879 he was promoted to major, and in the early 1880s he served as Secretary to the Royal Engineers Committee and then in the office of the Inspector-General of Fortifications.

Grover spent a few years on loan to the Admiralty, acting as a superintending engineer at the Portsmouth Dockyard. In February 1885 he joined the Suakin Expedition, the second military expedition intent on destroying Osman Digna's power in the Sudan. Grover acted as Deputy Assistant-Adjutant and Quartermaster General and saw action several times, earning the brevet-rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.

Grover returned to England thereafter and remained there in various positions until his retirement in 1892, after being promoted in 1889 to the full rank of colonel. In 1892 he was appointed to assist the Royal Commission for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois, where he oversaw the erection of Victoria House. George Edward Grover died in Chicago on January 29, 1893.

[Information retrieved from Institution of Civil Engineers. "Obituary. Colonel George Edward Grover, 1840-1893." Available online at]


1 volume : Compiled and bound together from several different hands and sources. ; Volume measures no taller than 37 cm.

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Scope and Contents

The volume includes several family trees (many of which are oversize and folded and bound in at the back of the volume), as well as notes regarding probate and estate administration from several different courts and religious offices. These include the Archdeacon of London, the registry at Winchester, the probate courts at Rochester, the peculiar courts of [Essex], the Archbishop of Colchester, the commissary courts of Essex and Hertfordshire, Canterbury, etc.

There are also several extracts from memorials for various members of the Chaplyn family, "now represented by the descendants by first marriage of Charles [Ehret] Grover," as compiled by George Edward Grover, F.S.A., Major Royal Engineers in November-December 1881 and January 1882.

Physical Location

MS E115

Custodial History

The volume includes a bookplate stating "This book belongs to the Office of Garter." There is 1 draft of arms.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Hofmann-Freeman parcel 30 number 38, 1969.


Guide to the George Edward Grover Collection
Notes on the genealogy of the Chaplyn/Chaplin and Grover families of England
Finding aid prepared by alh, March 1, 1973. Finding aid encoded by mwh, 2021.
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Notes on the genealogy of the Chaplyn/Chaplin and Grover families of England, MS E115, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

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