Name: John GRIGSBY
Birth: 8 AUG 1624 in Maidstone, Kent, England
Birth: 8 AUG 1624
Death: 11 OCT 1730 in Stafford Co., VA
Reference Number: 3794
In England in the year 1658, brothers John and James Grigsby, probably nat ives of Kent, had been faithful supporters of Oliver Cromwell all during t he turbulent years following the beheading of Charles I. Cromwell di ed at this time, and his son was a weak and ineffectual man. All the whi le the sentiment in Parliament was leaning ever closer to the restorati on of the monarchy under Charles II. John and James Grigsby probably fe lt their future no longer tenable in England, and decided to immigra te to the colonies...no record has been found for the date John and Jam es embarked, nor upon which ship.
John and James Grisby are next known to be in Tidewater, Virginia, where J ohn Grigsby is recorded as owning land on the Rappahannock river as ear ly as 1660, and later in the Batain Tract at the mouth of the Occoquan Riv er, where he owned a large plantation of 887 acres.
The Fry-Jefferson map of 1755 shows a port of 'Grigsby' at this site.
John Grigsby had married Jane Prosser - possibly Rosser - earlier, and th ey raised a family of five sons and one daughter. They were John, Charle s, Mary Ann, James, William, and Thomas.
From Henrietta Hamilton's book:
"Many American families, particularly Virginians trace their descent fr om John Grigsby, whose ancestors were unquestionably of Welch origin, a nd who settled in this Country at a very early day, and were a potent fact or in the social and intellectual development of the Communities in whi ch they lived. As a people, they have been noted for their refined taste s, gracious manners, broadmindedness and liberality, and entire absen ce of anything like narrow clannishness, in religion or political matter s, and for unswerving devotion to the interests of higher education."
On Sept. 9, 1690, John Grigsby was one of the appraisers of the esta te of Ralph Elkin of Stafford County, father of Richard Elkin. "He may ha ve been related to the Ashtons' and Elkin', for in Richard Bryant's will d ated 1703, April 5, bequeathed to his son Nathaniel Bryant, "all my land w hich I now enjoy in Virginia, his mother to live wholly upon the plantati on where I now live, to daughter ELIZABETH ELKIN, 400 # tobacco and RICHA RD ELKIN to give to my grandson RICHARD ELKIN, a mare
(Ref. Virginia Historic Genealogies, "by John Bennett Boddie", Gen. Pub. C o., Inc. Baltimore, 1965, Page 69.)
17th March, 1728/9.
WILL OF JOHN GRIGSBY
John Grigsby's Will, 1730, Book M, pages 17-18
In the name of God Amen, I John Grigsby of the Parish of St. Paul in the c ounty of Stafford being in good health of body, sound, perfect and disposi ng mind and memory, thanks be returned to God for same, yet being sensib le of the uncertainty of this mortal life, do make, publish, and ordain th is my last will and Testament in manner & form following (that is to sa y) first and principally I recommend my soul into hands of Almighty God, h oping through the meritorius death & passion of my Blessed Saviour and Red eemer Jesus Christ to receive full & free pardon and remition of my sins a nd to inherit everlasting salvation, and my body I commit to the ear th to be decently interred at the discretion of my executors hereafter men tioned as touching the disposition of such temporall estate as it hath ple ased Almighty God to bestow upon me, I give and dispose thereof as followe th (viz)
Item I give unto my son John Grigsby & his heirs part of tract of land I b ought of Nicholas Battain from his spring branch to uper corner tree by W m. Smith's old field and likewise I give him three Negros, Sambo, ___ _, & Dick.
Item I give unto my son Charles Grigsby all that parcell of land from t he swamp to Mr. Chandler Fowke's line whereon he now lives, it being in t he pattain I bought of Nick Battain and likewise I give unto him two Negro s, Bobin & James, and to him and & his heirs the land & Negros.
Item I give unto my daughter Mary Ann four Negros, Jenny, Will, Joney & a nd Bess, to her and her heirs.
Item I gave unto my son James Grigsby and his heirs all that parsall of la nd whereon he now lives from Jones Branch up his own spring branch a nd to across to his brother John' spring branch, and likewise I give him t hree Negros, Jack, Ben, Dall and her increase forever to him & and his hei rs.
Item I give unto my son Wm. Grigsby, and his heirs all that parcell of la nd whereon he now lives, it being part of that patten I bought of Nichol as Battain from James' spring branch up Jones Branch to my head line a nd so along the line to his brother John's land, and likewise I give him t hree Negros, Allow, Jane & Grace, their increase to him and his heirs fore ver.
Item I give unto my son Thomas Grigsby all the remainer part of that patta in. I bought of Battain from the end of Wolf Pit Point up Jones Bran ch to my head line on the east side of branch;
also I give him the said tract of land whereon now I live to him and his h eirs and likewise I give him three Negros, Nan, Genny, Mary, and their inc rease to him & his heirs forever and likewise I give unto my son Thomas Gr igsby all my hoggs belonging to me and likewise I give him half my catt le and the other half of Cattle to be divided between my other four sons a nd daughter and like- wise all my other part of my moveable estate to be e qually divided between my six children and
further I doe desire that my estate may not be brought to an appraisemen t, and further I doe appoint my two sons John and Thomas Grigs by to be my executors of this my last will & testament to see that everyth ing equally divided between themselves revoking all former wills as witne ss my hand and seals this 17th March, 1728/9.
Signed & Sealed in the Present of us & Delivered:
Jn. Grigsby (seal)
Eliz. Q. Eaton
At a Court held for Stafford County the 11th day of November 1730 this Wi ll was presented into Court by John Grigsby and Thomas Grigsby, executo rs therein named, who made oath thereto and the same being further prov ed by the oath of Elizabeth Eaton, one of the witnesses thereto, who al so made oath that she saw Henry Lopdell, another witness, subscribed, si gn the same it is admitted to record and on the motion of the said executo rs, certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate thereof in due for m.
Test: Catesby Cook, Clerk
A Copy Teste: S. L. Alexander, Clerk
Recorded in Will Book M, pages 17 & 18.
Jane PROSSER b: ABT 1645 in Essex Co., VA
in Stafford Co., VA
- Mary Ann GRIGSBY b: ABT 1675 in Stafford Co., VA
- Lucy GRIGSBY b: BEF 1680 in Stafford Co., VA
- John GRIGSBY , Jr. b: ABT 1680 in Stafford Co., VA
- James GRIGSBY b: ABT 1682 in Stafford Co., VA
- Thomas GRIGSBY , Sr. b: ABT 1684 in Stafford Co., VA
- Charles GRIGSBY b: ABT 1686 in Stafford Co., VA
- William GRIGSBY , Sr. b: ABT 1688 in Stafford Co., VA