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Jeremiah Gridley

Also Known As: "Jeremy"
Birthdate: (66)
Birthplace: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
Death: 1767 (65)
Place of Burial: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Gridley and Rebecca Gridley
Husband of Abigail Gridley
Father of Abigail Dudley Gray; Sarah Scott and Rebecca Bridge

Managed by: Jessica Marie German
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About Jeremiah Gridley

Jeremiah Gridley From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jeremiah Gridley or Jeremy Gridley (1702–1767) was a lawyer, editor, colonial legislator, and attorney general in Boston, Massachusetts, in the 18th century. He served as "Grand Master of the Masons in North America" around the 1760s,[1][2] and was associated with the founding of the Boston Bar Association.[3]

Born in 1702 in Boston[4] to Richard Gridley (b.1684) and Rebecca Gridley, Jeremiah attended Harvard College (class of 1725); classmates included Mather Byles.[5] Gridley married Abigail Lewis around 1730. In the 1730s he edited The Weekly Rehearsal, a literary magazine.[6][7][8]

He practiced law in Boston. As a lawyer he trained John Adams, William Cushing, James Otis, Benjamin Pratt, and Oxenbridge Thacher.[10] In 1761 "he defended the 'writs of assistance,' for which the custom house officers had applied to the superior court, and which authorized them to enter houses under suspicion of obtaining smuggled goods, at their own discretion. Gridley had for an antagonist in this case the celebrated patriot, James Otis."[11]

"He was moderator of the town of Brookline 1759, 1760, and 1761, ... representative to the General Court for 1755, 1756, and 1757, and Attorney General in 1767."[12][13][14] He also belonged to the Boston Marine Society.[15]

Gridley died in 1767, and was buried in the Granary Burying Ground.[16]

Jeremiah Gridley. (2013, September 2). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 18:29, December 23, 2013, from

Jeremy Gridley; paper read befor the society, October, 22. 1902 (1903)

Author: Candage, R. G. F. (Rufus George Frederick), 1826-1912 Volume: 2 Subject: Gridley, Jeremiah, 1701-1767. [from old catalog] Publisher: Brookline, Mass, The Society Possible copyright status: NOT_IN_COPYRIGHT Language: English Call number: 8680431 Digitizing sponsor: Sloan Foundation Book contributor: The Library of Congress Collection: library_of_congress; americana Scanfactors: 11

Jeremiah Gridley was descended from Richard the immigrant and Grace his wife, Joseph and Lydia Blood, Captain Richard and Rebecca. Jeremiah married — no date — Abigail Lewis, daughter of Hon. Ezekiel Lewis, born June 10, 1706, and to them were born

Abigail, August 8, 1731 ; 

Sarah, April 4, 1736;

and Rebecca, April 25, 1741, died in 1816.

Abigail married first, Joseph Dudley ; second, John Gray on August 16, 1768;

Sarah married Moses Scott, and removed to Yarmouth, N.S. ;

and Rebecca married Edward Bridge, of Roxbury, and her descendants are now living in Boston and Brookline.

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Jeremiah Gridley's Timeline

March 10, 1701
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts
August 8, 1734
Age 33
Boston, Suffolk, MA, United States
April 4, 1736
Age 35
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States
April 25, 1741
Age 40
Age 65
Age 65
Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States