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Thomas Griggs

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Boxted, Suffolk, England
Death: Died in Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Uknown Father of Thomas Griggs, of Roxbury and Unknown Mother of Thomas Griggs, of Roxbury
Husband of Mary Grace Griggs; Mary // (Griggs) and Mary (Unknown) Green Griggs Rawlins
Father of Mary Stowe, Sr.; John Griggs; Joseph Griggs; Daughter Griggs and Mary Stowe

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About Thomas Griggs

Thomas Griggs 1585–1646

Parents Unknown No Affiliation with the other three Griggs in early New England (William, George and Humphrey Four Childen: Mary, John, Joseph and a daughter Two wives names Mary with unknown maiden names.

Biography

Thomas Griggs arrived in Roxbury in 1638.[1] He is first found in a list of inhabitants at Roxbury in 1638, owning two parcels at Muddy River next to Thomas Ruggles.[2] His first wife Mary died in Roxbury, Massachusetts, 29 November 1639.[3][4] He married, secondly in Roxbury on 26 August 1640 to Mary GREEN,[5][6] probably widow of John Green who died in 1638/9. She married (3) in Roxbury, 8 June 1651, Jasper Rawlins.[7][2][8][9] He died in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts on 23 May 1646 “in a long affliction of sickness and shined like gold in it, greatly magnifying his grace in Christ.”[7][10][11]An inventory of his estate on 25 May 1646 names a "white backt cow" which his wife is to have during her life. [2]

Children of Thomas by his first wife

  1. MARY GRIGGS, b. ca. 1620 in England; d. 21 Aug. 1680 at Middletown, Conn.; m. 4 Dec. 1639 at Roxbury THOMAS STOWE, b. ca. 1617, son of John Stowe and Elizabeth Briggs..[12][7][2][13]
  2. JOHN GRIGGS ,b. ca. 1622; d. 23 Jan. 1691/2 at Roxbury;[14]m. there 11 Nov. 1652 MARY PATTIN,[15][16] dau. of William Pattin and Mary _____ b. ca. 1638, d. after 1674; four childrenlink[7]
  3. JOSEPH GRIGGS, b. ca. 1624; d 10 Feb 1652 aged 90. m. there Mary Craft[7][17] and second Hannah Davis[18]
  4. [FEMALE CHILD] b. ca. 1633; d. in Roxbury in 1645 aged about 12[7][2]

Disputed Parents

  • “It is suggested by J. W. Linzee, Jr., in his Ancestors and Descendants of Peter Parker and Sarah Ruggles, 1913, p. 475, that Thomas was a son of John and Martha Griggs of Boxted, Co. Suffolk, England born in 1585 whose ancestral chart is reproduced on page 475 from Joseph James Muskett’s Suffolk Manorial Families (1900), 1:265. However, there seems to be no proof whatever of the identity of the two Thomases. It might equally well be claimed that George son of John and Martha Griggs of Boxted, given in the same chart as born in 1595, was the George, subject of the first part of this article. The age very nearly corresponds. The latter George, however is given in the shipping list as of Landon, Bucks. A search of the wills or estates of John and Martha Griggs of Boxted might reveal the validity or falseness of either or both of these assumptions. “Clarence Bowen in his History of Woodstock, vol. 6, states that this Thomas Griggs was born in 1603 (which might well be) and that he came to New England in 1635. He claims also that Thomas’ first wife was Grace Wells (not Mary _____). This writer has been unable to determine the source of such statements, but, because much of Bowen’s account of the Griggs families is erroneous, not much reliance can be placed on any of the statements about the Griggs families.” Pitman, “Early Griggs Families,”[7][2]

Some interesting English wills were published in NEHGR 63:284-5. So far no conclusive evidence linking Thomas Griggs to the other three Griggs men of early New England: George Griggs, William Griggs and Humphrey Griggs has been found.[7][2]

Sources

Note this version of the Biography I wrote has links to the sources http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Griggs-128

  • 1. ↑ Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Directory: Immigrants to New England, 1620–1640 (Boston, Massachusetts. New England Historic and Genealogical Society. 2015) p 141 citing RChR 83; RBOP 1; NEHGR 6:183; 123:171-2; SPR Case # 57; Parker-Ruggles p 474-80
  • 2. ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 John William Linzee, Jr., The History of Peter Parker and Sarah Ruggles of Roxbury, Mass., and Their Ancestors and Descendants (Boston, MA: 1913) 474-480 link
  • 3. ↑ Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 (Online Database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2016). Roxbury, Massachusetts, Deaths Vol 2 p 540 ("Mary, w. Thomas, bur. Nov. 29, 1639.") link
  • 4. ↑ Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015. 1:665 linkVOLUME: Volume 1 PAGE: 665 RIGGS, Thomas (-1646) & 1/wf Mary ____ (-1639); in Eng, by 1622; Roxbury {Blake-Glidden 135; Rathbone (1941) 54; Parker (,9) 460, 474; Griggs 8; Tingley-Meyers 123; Holbrook Anc. (1942) 34; Reg. 7:35; Granberry 232}
  • 5. ↑ Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 (Online Database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2016). Roxbury, Massachusetts, Marriages Vol 2 p 182 ("Thomas, and Mary Green, Aug. 26, 1640.") link
  • 6. ↑ Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015. 1:665 linkVOLUME: Volume 1 PAGE: 665 RIGGS, GRIGGS, Thomas (-1646) & 2/wf Mary (____) GREEN, w John, m/3 Jasper RAWLINS 1651; 26 Aug 1640; Roxbury {Parker (,9) 474; Griggs 11; Tingley-Meyers 123; Blake-Glidden 135; Rathbone (1941) 54}
  • 7. ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 Minot Pitman, “Early Griggs Families of Massachusetts,” in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register (Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, July 1969) Vol 123 p 169-73 link
  • 8. ↑ John R Rollins, Rawlins Genealogy
  • 9. ↑ History of Norfolk Co., Mass. Under Griggs Family.
  • 10. ↑ Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 (Online Database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2016). Roxbury, Massachusetts, Deaths Vol 2 p 540 ("Thomas, householder, May 23, 1646.") link
  • 11. ↑ Boston Record Commissioners: Roxbury Church Records, p 173
  • 12. ↑ Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015. V 2 p 1464 STOW, Thomas (1615-1684) & Mary CRAGG/GRAGG?/ GRIGGS? (-1680); 4 Dec 1639; Roxbury/Braintree/Concord/ Middletown, CT {Roxbury VR 2:92, 383; Stevens-Miller 454; Blake-Glidden 136, 241; Brainerd Anc. 279; Hale (1952) 470; Blair 66; Chaffee (1911) 132; Paine
  • 13. ↑ Early New England Families, 1641 – 1700. (Original Online Database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2013. (By Alicia Crane Williams, Lead Genealogist.) Thomas Stowe m 1639 p 2 link
  • 14. ↑ Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 (Online Database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2016). Roxbury, Massachusetts, Deaths Vol 2 p 540 ("(see also Griggs), John, sr., Jan. 23, 1691-2.") link
  • 15. ↑ Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 (Online Database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2016) Vol 2 p 182 ("(see also Griggs), John, and Mary Pattin, Nov. 11, 1652.") link
  • 16. ↑ Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015. V 1 p 665 GRIGGS, John (?1622-1692) & Mary PATTEN (ca 1634-1674+, bef 1692); 11 Nov 1652; Roxbury {Blake-Glidden 136; Rathbone (1941) 55; Griggs 11; Patten 15; Parker (,9) 218, 350; Converse (1887) 18; Tingley-Meyers 66, 123; Davis (1932) 176}
  • 17. ↑ Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015. V 1 p 665 GRIGGS, Joseph (?1625-1714/15, ae 90) & 1/wf Mary [CRAFTS] (1632-1653); ca 1652; Roxbury {citing Blake-Glidden 136; Roxbury Ch. Rec. 175; Deerfield 136; Parker (,9) 460, 479; Crafts 32; Cogswell 21; Woodstock 4:155; Granberry 232}
  • 18. ↑ Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015. V 1 p 665 GRIGGS, Joseph (?1625-1714/15, ae 90) & 2/wf Hannah DAVIS (ca 1635-1684); 8 Nov 1654; Roxbury {citing Blake-Glidden 136; Warner-Harrington 163; Holbrook Anc. (1942) 35; Granberry 204, 232; Parker (,9) 479-80; Griggs 11; Crafts 32-3; Townsend (,6) 30; EIHC 20:38; Davis (1932) 170, 271; Woodstock 4:490}
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Thomas Griggs's Timeline

1585
December 5, 1585
Boxted, Suffolk, England
1618
April 1618
Age 32
Boxted, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom
1622
1622
Age 36
Boxted, Suffolk, England
1625
1625
Age 39
Boxsted, Suffolk, England, (Present UK)
1626
1626
Age 40
Boxted,Suffolk,England
1646
May 23, 1646
Age 60
Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
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