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Colegrove is a surname, or family name, that developed in England between the 12th and 15th centuries. The name may have originated from a grove along the River Cole, Wiltshire, a Tributary of the River Thames in England. Another explanation as to the origin of the name is from the Middle English cole ‘coal’ + grave ‘pit’, ‘grave’ (Old English col + græf). Other forms of spelling in the past include ‘Colgrove’, ‘Colegrave”, ‘Colgrave’, ‘Coulgrove’. The first records of the Colegrove name were in 15th Century England and in the American colonies, in the 1680s. There was a town founded in the 19th century as a Rail Road Depot, Colegrove, PA, in McKean County named after Colegrove founders. The family name is found throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland, and other nations around the world.

List of persons with the surnameEdit

  • Francis Colegrove (c. 1667 – c. 1759), colonial immigrant first known Colegrove in the United States
  • Jeremiah Colegrove (1758–1836): Prominent farmer and manufacturer in New England, born to William Colegrove in Scituate, Rhode Island and grandson of Stephen Colegrove. Jeremiah was a captain in the American Revolution and helped to found the city of North Adams, Massachusetts. He married Lydia Waterman and had at least one recorded son, Jeremiah Colegrove, Jr. The Daily News of Troy, NY said of North Adams in 1890. “The real prosperity of the Town had its birth in the introduction of the first machinery for carding wool, in 1801, when one carding-machine was put into Jeremiah Colegrove’s Grist-mill… Captain Colegrove erected a two-story mill on the east bank of the south branch, where the Phoenix mill now stands, for wool carding, cloth fulling, and cloth dressing; and he successfully carried on the business for fifteen years, despite the energetic competition of David Estes, who succeeded Roger Wing in the River Street mill…" Along with Benjamin Sibley and others, he formed "The Adams North Village Cotton & Woollen Manufacturing Company".
  • Michael Bruce Colegrove, fifth President of Hargrave Military Academy
  • Stephen Colegrove (c. 1694 – 1787), first Town Councilman of Foster, Rhode Island

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