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John Grigsby

Birth8 AUG 1624
Death11 OCT 1730
Aged: 106.2 years
Flavius Foster wrote in "Seedlings of William Foster," in "The Grigsby-Foster Connections" (found after page 48 in Book I), pg. 1 paragraph 1;

"John Grigsby, born in England, was a follower of Oliver Cromwell (a controversial Brittish politician and military leader who supported a parliamentary government over royalty). When Oliver died in 1658, John Grigsby immigrated, retreated or fled to Virginia Colony (the royalists had again taken power in England and Cromwell and his followers were considered enemies to the crown). It is not known when John married, but his wife was JANE PROSSER. "

"On Sept 26, 1665, John Grigsby received a patent of land, and another of 887 acres, Jan. 6, 1709. (DB. #3, pg. 234, Stafford Co.) Then King George County was formed, from Stafford, the line divided the lands of John Grigsby. In his Will, Bk. G, pg. 17, Stafford, John divided his land amongst his sons. His children, named in the will:--John Jr. -- Charles -- Mary Ann -- Thomas -- William -- James."

Also known as "Puritan John" or"Immigrant John". He and his brother Thomas were "soldiers underCromwell," and that they came to America in 1660 after Cromwell haddied, and the monarchy - in the person of Charles II - had beenrestored. Birth: 1623 in England Death: 11 OCT 1730 in Stafford County, Virginia Note: "Said to be 107 years old" when he died.

IMMIGRATION: 1662: John "Brigsby" among 22 persons transported by Capt. Peter Ashton


"The GRIGSBY family line descends from Thomas and Ole John Grigsby who came to America and helped settle the original Virginia Colony. I have an old family historical document that was handed down through my family.... "

From Henrietta Hamilton's book:

"Many American families, particularly Virginians, trace their descent from John Grigsby whose ancestors were unquestionably of Welch origin, and who settled in this Country at a very early day, and were a potent factor in the social and intellectual development of the Communities in which they lived. As a people, they have been noted for their refined tastes, gracious manners, broadminindedness and liberality, and entire absense of anything like narrow clannishness, in religion or political matters, and for their unswerving devotion to the interests of higher education." geocities.com

Migration: 1660, England to Virginia Property: purchased land in Stafford Co., VA


"Virginia Historical Genealogies" by Boddie John Grigsby, immigrant ancestor of this family, first appears in the records of Essex County, where, on June 9, 1671, he witnessed a deed for 600 acres conveyed by John Prosser to John Stephens..... John Grigsby removed to Stafford previous to August 18, 1686, for James Ashton of Stafford, in his will of that date, leaves Richard Elkin 100 acres adjoining upon John Grigsby of 'the 1/4 dividend'..........

Will of John Grigsby Senr. In Name of God Amen I JOHN GRIGSBY SENR. of Parish of St. Paul in County of Stafford being in good health, being sensible of uncertainty of this Mortal life doe make this my last will and Testament..first recommend Soul into ye hands of almighty God..and my Body I commit to the earth. Item I give unto my Son JOHN GRIGSBY..his..part of ye tract of Land I bought of Nicholas Battain from his Spring Branch to ye uper corner tree by WM. Smiths old fields and Likewise I give him three Negroes names Sambo, Thom and Dick. Item I give unto my Son CHARLES GRIGSBY all that land from the Swamp to Mr. Chandler Fowkes line whereon now he lives it being in the Pattain I bought of Nick Battain and Likewise I give him two Negroes Robin and James to him and heirs. Item I give unto my Daughter MARY AMEX four Negroes Jemmy, Will, Toney & Bess to her and heirs. Item I give unto my Son JAMES GRIGSBY all that land whereon he now lives from Jones Branch up his own Spring Branch and to across to his Brother John's Spring Branch and likewise I give him three Negroes Jack, Ben, Ball to him and heirs. Item I give unto my Son WM. GRIGSBY and heirs all that Land whereon he now lives it being part of that Patten I bought of Nicholas Battain from James Spring Branch up Jones Branch to my head line and soe along the line to his brother John's land and likewise I give him three Negroes, Allow, Jane and Grace. Item I give my son THOMAS GRIGSBY all the remainder part of that Pattain yt I bought of Battain from the end of Wolf Pit Point up Jones Branch to my Head Line on the East side of ye Branch also I give him the Track of Land whereon now I live to him and heirs, and likewise I give him three Negroes, Nan, Genny and Mary and their increase. Likewise I give unto my son Thomas all my Hoggs belonging to me and likewise half my Cattle and the other half of cattle to be Devided between my other four sons and Daughter and likewise all my other part of my moveable Estate to be equally Divided between my six children, and further I doe Desire that my Estate may not be brought to an Appraisement and further I Doe apoint my two sons John and Thomas Grigsby to be my Executors.. to see that Every thing Equally divided between themselves..this 17th March 1728/9. Jno. Grigsby Presence: Henry Lopdell, Eliz Eaton At Court held for Stafford County 11th day of Novr. 1730 Will presented..further proved..admitted to record..on Motion of Executors Certificate granted for obtaining ProbateMost reports do not include this generation, without which a sixty year old lady was having babies. It is possible that John was 107 years old when he died, and was not young when he married Jane Rosser.

Colonial Families of the United States" page 471 John Grigsby, of England: came to Virginia about 1660, with brother James: both soldiers under Cromwell; m. Jane Rosser, who came over on the same vessell. ----page 479--George Hales King, of Prince William County, Virginia, Revolutionary soldier and supposed to have been in Colonial service; son of John King and Mary Hales, dau. of John hales, who d. 1728, Westmoreland County, Virginia, William Grigsby, b. 1760, son of Nathaniel Grigsby, Loudoun County, Virginia, d. 1801, Kentucky, and Elizabeth Butler, dau. of William Butler and Anne (?) Mason. Nathaniel Grigsby, son of James Redmond Grigsby, will 1752, and Susannah of Stafford county, son of John Grigsby, I, of Stafford, d. 1729, son of John Grigsby and Jane Rosser of England and Virginia.

Records of Thirteen Families, pg 257-258 I, John Grigsby, of Parish of St. Paul, in Stafford County: 1. Son, John, part of tract I bought of Nicholas Battam {bounded by Wm. Smith's}; slaves. 2. Son, Charles, land bounded by Mr. Chandler Fowkes; slaves. 3. Son, James, land on which he now lives from Jones Branch, up his own spring branch and across to his brother John's spring branch; slaves. 4. William, land on which he now lives, bought of Nicholas Battam, to his brother John's land. 5. Son, Thomas, remaining part of that pattern I bought of Battain from the end of Wolf Point up Hone's Branch to my line on the east side of branch; slaves 6. Daughter, Mary Ann; slaves Cattle to be divided between my four {4} sons and my daughter. Movable estate to be divided between my six {6} children. Sons, John and Thomas Grigsby, executors; Henry Losell?, Elizabeth X Carter, witnesses. John Grigsby {Seal}. Recorded November 11, 1730. }Will Book G, pg 17 Stafford County, Virginia.

DEEDS/LEGAL: Land purchased APR 1699 - 880 acres bought from Nicholas Batting, on the branches of Passapatanzy Creek, Stafford County, VA Land purchased 26 SEP 1685 100 acres in Stafford County, VA bought from James Ashton

WILL: Will dated March 17, 1728/29, Recorded November 11 1730, Will Book M, page 17
ChildrenFirst NameBirth DtDeath DtBirth PlaceSpouses


16801750  VA, Stafford Co  


168211 NOV 1740  VA, King George Co, St Pauls Parish  

Mary Ann 

16841747  VA, King George Co, St Pauls Parish  


168611 APR 1752  VA, Stafford Co Susannah Redmond 

William W 

168830 MAY 1782  VA, Stafford Co  


16907 MAY 1745  VA, King George Co, St Pauls Parish  

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