Dr. Abraham Groves was well known as a medical innovator and surgeon. He was known for his pioneered work in the uses of sterilization and antiseptics.
Groves was born in 1847 in an Irish family at Peterborough. When Groves was 5 years old, the family moved to a farm in Garafraxa Township.
In 1871, after graduating from the Toronto School of Medicine, Groves practised in Fergus for 60 years.