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William Grigg

Birthplace: Westopher Parish, Charles City Co., VA
Death: 1715 (83)
Bristol Parish, Prince George Co., VA
Place of Burial: Bristol Parish, Prince George Co., VA
Immediate Family:

Son of George "John" Benjamin Grigg and Alise
Husband of Frances Elizabeth Grigg
Father of William Grigg, II; Susannah Green and Susannah Green

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About William Grigg

Nugent's Cavaliers and Pioneers states that Thomas Liggon received a grant of 800 acres of land in Charles City County, Virginia, on Powell's Creek in 1664 for importing sixteen persons to the Virginia Colony, William Grigg I was one of these persons and arrived in this country from England by 1663, perhaps earlier. It is assumed that William Grigg I was in his twenties and that he married in Virginia in 1664-65.He was able to pay his own transportation and did not need to work it out as an indentured servant. This william Grigg and his family were the only Griggs in Charles City County-- later Prince George County in 1702, and still later Dinwiddie County in 1754.William's land was south of the James River.We will identify him as William Grigg I, the Immigrant.

On 10 Feb 1677 William Grigg I, the Immigrant, purchased 156 acres of land on Baly's Creek from Robert Bolling "for 4,800 pounds of good sound, legal tobacco to be delivered at my new dwelling house upon the 10 day of October next in Charles City County, and 5,800 on 10 October 1779."This would indicate that William I was already a planter growing tobacco.We know he had 50 acres of land on the Appomattox River in addition to the 156, as county records show William Grigg II was paying quit rent on 206 acres in 1704.This Baly Creek land was retained in possession of the Grigg family until William Grigg II, son of the Immigrant, sold it 9 November in 1725. (Charles City County, orders, pp. 281, 282.)

As early as 1670 William Grigg I is thought to have been living on the Appomattox River Plantation.Later fifty acres of this land was sold to Lewis Green, Sr. who said that William Grigg was his brother (meaning brother in-law?) when Green gift-deeded the land to his son, Lewis Green, Jr., on 12 Mar 1722.( the Green children had names Burwell, Lewis, Susannah, James and Peter.)

The distance from Varina by the waters of the James River to the William Grigg I plantation was six or eight miles."Bermuda Hundred," where horse races were held, was only two or three miles by water from the Grigg plantation, which was known as "The Graces."

It is thought that Susannah Roberts was a sisterr of William Grigg I.She was born 1643 and was one of the head rights of Colonel Richard Lee, 5 Jun 1658.She was the wife of Bartholomew Roberts, and had sons Bartholomew Roberts, born 1662 and William Roberts, born 1666.In 1685 William Grigg I gave a heifer calf with all increase to William Roberts.This was undoubtedly a bequest from the will of William Grigg I.This indicates that William Roberts may have been a nephew and namesake.This gift had to be acknowledged in Orphan's Court of Henrico County each year until William Roberts was 21, which was 12 Oct 1688, when Susannah, wife of Bartholomew Roberts, gave accounting of the increase which was two cows; one cow-calf, one yearling, and a bull calf.William Grigg I is not again mentioned in the annals of the Virginia Cleo Grigg Johnson Gilchrist

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William Grigg's Timeline

Westopher Parish, Charles City Co., VA
Age 16
Virginia, United States
Age 34
Charles City, Charles, Virginia, USA
Age 36
Baly's Creek, Westopher Parish, Charles City, VA
Age 83
Bristol Parish, Prince George Co., VA
Bristol Parish, Prince George Co., VA