Launcelot Granger, of Newbury & Suffield

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Launcelot Granger

Also Known As: "Grainger"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Shillington, Bedfordshire, England
Death: Died in Suffield, Colony of Connecticut
Place of Burial: Old Center Cemetery Suffield Hartford County Connecticut
Immediate Family:

Son of Launcelot Granger, of Shellington and Elenor Granger
Husband of Joanna Granger
Father of John Granger; Thomas Granger; George Granger; Robert Granger; Elizabeth Sikes and 6 others
Brother of John Granger

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About Launcelot Granger, of Newbury & Suffield

Parents unknown. Married Joanna Elinor Adams, daughter of Robert Adams.

Lancelet and Joanna lived in Newbury Mass & Suffield CT Their children were:

  • 1. John married Martha Poor
  • 2. Thomas married Mindwell Taylor
  • 3. George married Lydia Younglove
  • 4. Robert did not marry
  • 5. Mary married John Burbank Jr
  • 6. Elizabeth married Vicary Sikes
  • 7. Dorothy married Dr. Robert Old
  • 8. Rebecca married Joseph Woolcot
  • 9. Samuel married Esther Hanchett
  • 10. Hannah married Thomas Taylor
  • 11. Abraham married 1) Hannah Hanchett 2) Hannah ___

notes

This is a short version of the story which was passed down through the generations. He was born in England, but may have been of Scottish descent. After his father died, he was kidnapped and taken on a ship bound for Plymouth, MA. where he was made cabin boy. When he arrived in the USA he was sold (apprenticed) for 2 years to pay for his passage. He was about 12 - 14 years old when he was taken.

Once he was released from his service, he made a trip back to England to try to reclaim his inheriatance as he was firstborn. Walking on his way from the ship to his home, he met with theives who attempted to steal what little he had with him. They both had swords. He told them if they intended to rob him they would have to kill him first. He fought them off with his quarter-staff. He killed one and the other ran away. In the next town he confessed to the magistrate, and they released him.

When he arrived at his home he found his younger brother had already claimed his inheritance for himself, and he was not pleased to see Launcelot. He must have returned with some of the fortune though, since when he came back to the USA he was living quite comfortably.

He married a Puritan named Joanna Adams, daughter of Robert Adams. Puritans frowned upon anyone marrying someone like Launcelot who was of a different faith, so he must have been very well to do. They overlooked the fact that a person was not a Puritan if they had riches.

After marrying, Launcelot leased a very desirable property - Kents Island . They had a very nice home there. They lived there for 20 years, from 1654 to 1674, and raised their children there.

Around that time Rev Parker was making life in Newburyport very uncomfortable for anyone who was not a "freeman". Launcelot is believed not to have been a " freeman" since he was not a Puritan, and only Puritans were allowed to be " freemen". That's when they made the move to Suffield, CT, where he was the given the position of Land Measurer.

"Launcelot was a man of great resolution; was of full medium height and stockily built."

Source : Launcelot Granger of Newbury, MA and Suffield, CT, by James Nathaniel Granger (Lockwood and Brainard, 1893).

   

He was one of the first settlers of Suffield, Ct. and all the Grangers that lived there in the early years were his descendants. One of those descendants was Gideon Granger , who was Postmaster General.


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Launcelot Granger, of Newbury & Suffield's Timeline

1637
June 25, 1637
Shillington, Bedfordshire, England
June 25, 1637
Shellington, Bedfordshire, England
1654
January 15, 1654
Age 16
Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
1658
November 14, 1658
Age 21
Newbury, West Berkshire, England
November 28, 1658
Age 21
Newburyport, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
1660
1660
Age 22
1662
March 13, 1662
Age 24
Newbury, Essex, MA, USA
1663
February 15, 1663
Age 25
Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, United States