The seven children attributed here to Christopher and Bridget all married in or near London between about 1758 and 1770, and so far there is no evidence of another Groser couple who might have been their parents. Of these seven, Mary and Christopher were definitely Christopher and Bridget's children, as stated in St Martin's parish register. William married at St Martin's. There is some circumstantial evidence in the late 19th century linking John's descendants with Christopher's - members of both families seem to have occupied the same house at different times. The other three - Samuel, Nicholas and Joseph - cannot be positively connected at present.

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Nicholas Groser's signature applying for a marriage licence, 1 January 1763

Unravelling the Grosers is something of a jigsaw puzzle, and while I am fairly confident that the several branches of Grosers included on this site are all related to each other (with the probable exception of the Indian family - see next page), identifying some of the 18th century connections is still proving difficult, and it has been a question of fitting the pieces where they seem to belong.

The first definite record we have of this family of Grosers is the marriage of Christopher Grosser and Bridget Collins in St Martin in the Fields, London, in 1735. Family legend, passed down through the American and Australian branches of the family, states that the original Christopher Groser was attached to the court of George, Elector of Hanover, who became George I of England in 1715. While this may be an elaboration (Windsor Castle have no record of Christopher in their archives), it is likely that the story of German origin is true - the name Grosser is much more common in Germany than in England - and the Christoph Grosser I have shown here, son of Samuel and Anna Maria, as husband of Bridget, is simply the only possible candidate I can find in the German IGI. The fact that his parents and both of his brothers died in Germany, while there is no record of his death, lends a little more credence to the story, but it remains a speculative link.