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Sarah Grout (Busby)

Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: St. Mary Coslany, Norwich, Norfolk, England
Death: April 25, 1699 (79)
Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Burial: Unknown
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Nicholas Busby, II and Bridget Busby
Wife of Capt. John Grout, Jr.
Mother of Hannah Livermore; Joseph Grout; Abigail Curtis; Elias Grout; Mary Knapp (Grout) and 4 others
Sister of Richard Busby; Thomas Busby; Anne Nickerson; Nicholas Busby, III; Susan Busby and 5 others

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About Sarah Grout

Two women were confused in earlier genealogies:

1) Sara (Unknown) who married first to Thomas Cakebread and second Philemon Whale. Her parents are unknown. They had one known daughter Mary Cakebread. Mary Cakebread married John Grout, Sr as his first wife. Some authors have proposed a second daughter Anne but others like Anderson in the Great Migration reject Anne.


2) Sarah (Busby) Grout who was the daughter of Nichols Busby and Bridget and the second wife of John Grout (sr).

I’ve updated the biography for Philemon Whale to reflect the most recent peer reviewed research and it includes sources and a discussion of these two women:

Philemon Whale, ll

Thomas Cakebread married by about 1620 Sarah _____ (assuming she was mother of his child). They had one child: Mary (Cakebread) Grout. The evidence for the daughter Mary who married John Grout is given by Mary Walton Ferris in Dawes-Gates (see reference below), who cites a petition in which John Grout refers to Thomas Cakebread as his father-in-law. (Savage had these marriages completely wrong, as did many other writers.) She married (2) Sudbury 7 November 1649 as his second wife Philemon Whale; she died at Sudbury 28 December 1656. John Grout married second to Sarah Busby (who is not the same Sarah).


  • I highly recommend reading the four chapters in Dawes-Gates relating to Philemon Whale (Whale, Upson, Rice, Moore) especially Whale. Dawes-Gates is available in the card catalog and also on HathiTrust. It is the best sourced and best researched work on these families including major error corrections. Later articles from TAG, TG and NEHGR have updated a few things since Dawes-Gates but the fundamentals are sound. See especially: Mary Walton Ferris, Dawes-Gates Vol 1 p 663: Addendum to WHALE
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Sarah Grout's Timeline

December 12, 1619
St. Mary Coslany, Norwich, Norfolk, England
December 12, 1619
St. Mary Coslany, Norwich, Norfolk, England
December 12, 1619
St. Mary Coslany, Norwich, Norfolk, England
December 12, 1619
<Norwich, Norfolk, England>
Norwich, Norfolk, England
October 11, 1643
Age 23
Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts
May 31, 1646
Age 26
Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts Colony
July 21, 1649
Age 29
Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts
October 14, 1655
Age 35
Sudbury, Middlesex, MA, USA