Frank Barstow Grimshaw

Immigrant to New Jersey from the Audenshaw Area near Manchester

Frank Barstow and Edith (Webster) Grimshaw

Frank Barstow Grimshaw was born at Wilmslow, Cheshire on August 10, 1882, the sixth child of Joseph and Jane or Jean (Barstow) Grimshaw. The family apparently lived on an estate called Hawthorn villa, which was sold to the British government in World War II. Frank Grimshaw apparently emigrated to America in about 1904 and subsequently married Edith Webster. The couple had two children – Betty Arundel and Chester Converse Grimshaw. They apparently lived in Essex, NJ, and Frank worked as an accountant in New York City. Circumstantial evidence indicates that Frank’s father, Joseph Grimshaw, was descended from the Audenshaw Grimshaw family line, which is described on a companionwebpage.

According to family lore from Anne Arundel Babcock, Frank and Edith Grimshaw’s granddaughter (daughter of Betty), Frank attended Cambridge and then emigrated to join the North West Mounted Police of Canada. However, these assertions have not yet been verified.  Frank and Edith were apparently married in Hyde Park, MA, Edith’s home town, and the couple lived in Essex County, NJ (Glen Ridge, Verona, and Summit) while Franked worked in New York City.


Webpage Credits

Photos of Frank Barstow and Edith (Webster) Grimshaw

Ancestor and Descendant Chart for Frank Grimshaw

Photos of Additional Family Members of Frank and Edith Grimshaw

C Converse Grimshaw Letter to Edwin Grimshaw in 1980

Information in 1930 U.S. Census

David Barstow’s Website Information on Frank Grimshaw

1881 British Census Record of Frank Grimshaw’s Family of Origin

Ellis Island 1909 Arrival Record for Frank Grimshaw

Frank Grimshaw’s Draft Registration Card

Where are Wilmslow, Cheshire and Bloomfield, NJ?

A Clue on the Origins of Frank Barstow Grimshaw’s Family

Cresswell Grimshaw, Nephew of Frank Grimshaw, Died in World War I in France

Coincidental Location of Grimshaw Family in Tulsa, Oklahoma


Webpage Credits

Thanks go to Anne Arundel Babcock, Frank and Edith Grimshaw’s granddaughter, for providing family history information and many photos. Thanks also to Norman Grimshaw for contributing the information for the clue on Frank Grimshaw’s origins and for Cresswell Grimshaw, nephew of Frank Grimshaw who was killed in World War I.

Photos of Frank Barstow and Edith (Webster) Grimshaw

Anne Arundel Babcock has provided the excellent photo of Frank Barstow Grimshaw shown below. The date of the photo is not known.

Edith (Webster) Grimshaw is pictured below. The date of the photo is unknown but may be in the same timeframe as the above picture of Frank.

Ancestor and Descendant Chart for Frank Grimshaw

The ancestor and descendant chart shown below can be constructed from information known thus far on Frank Grimshaw (provided below on this webpage).

Joseph Grimshaw (26 Mar 1842, Droylsden, Lancashire – 31 Oct 1919) & Jean or Jane Barstow (ca 1844, Droylsden, Lancashire – ?). Married 1 Apr 1867.

|—Earnest Harry Grimshaw (ca 1868, Huddersfield, York – ?) & Charlotte Elizabeth A. R. Williamson. Married July to Sep 1894.

|—|—Cresswell Young Grimshaw (1895 – 19 Aug 1917)

|—Mary A Grimshaw (ca 1872, Audenshaw, Lancashire – ?)

|—Charles H Grimshaw (ca 1874, Audenshaw, Lancashire – ?)

|—Joseph Arthur Grimshaw (17 Aug 1876 – 24 Aug 1877)

|—Edith Jane Grimshaw (ca 1879, Wilmslow, Cheshire – ?)

|—Frank Barstow Grimshaw (10 Aug 1882, Wilmslow, Cheshire – ?) & Edith Webster (ca 1884 – ?)

|—|—Betty Arundel Grimshaw (ca 1912 – ?) & Edwin Wayne Heister

|—|—|–Anne Arundel Heister (living) & unknown Babcock

|—|—Chester Converse Grimshaw (ca 1913 – 6 Aug 1994, Tulsa, OK)

|—|—|—Gary Converse Grimshaw (living)

|—Maude (Maudie) Grimshaw (ca Oct 1883 – 4 Aug 1886, Wilmslow, Cheshire)

|—Arnold Grimshaw (ca 1889 – ?)

|—Crosswell Grimshaw (ca 1896, Stockport, Cheshire – 19 Aug 1917)

married between July and September 1894 to Charlotte Elizabeth A R Williamson

Photos of Additional Family Members of Frank and Edith Grimshaw

An excellent photo of Frank Grimshaw’s parents and family – with identifications – was provided by Lizzie Clark in January 2020. The two images are shown below. As indicated in the identifications, Frank is in the upper left portion of the photo.

Anne Babcock has provided a number of photos of Frank and Edith with their descendants; they are shown below.

Edith Webster Grimshaw, Frank’s wife, together with children Betty Arundel and Chester Converse.

Edwin Wayne Heister, Betty Arundel Grimshaw Heister, and Anne Arundel Heister. Frank’s son-in-law, daughter and granddaughter

Frank B. Grimshaw, with grandchildren Anne Arundel Heister and Gary Converse Grimshaw

Edith Webster Grimshaw, approximately 20 years after Frank’s death

C Converse Grimshaw Letter to Edwin Grimshaw in 1980

In 1980, Chester Converse Grimshaw, son of Frank and Edith Grimshaw, wrote a response to a letter of inquiry from Edwin Grimshaw. The inquiry was sent to many of the Grimshaw families living in the U.S. at that time (see companion webpage). The letter from C. Converse Grimshaw is shown below.

Grimshaw, C.C. – Tulsa, OK – (EAG-42)

C. C. Grimshaw

4372 E. 58th St.

Tulsa, Okla. 74135

Mr. Grimshaw:

Thank you for the Grimshaw lineage you sent me. I dont believe any of the listed are related. The following is what I know of my immediate family background but have no records of the past lineage, for Grimshaw. I only have the lineage of my mothers side, who was a Webster, Converse (Noah and Daniel were her second cousins and the lineage goes way back to William the Conqueror on the Converse side. John Webster is as far back as the family had on Webster – he was born in England and came to this country in 1635 and founded Ipswich, Mass.

Frank B. Grimshaw (B. for Barstowe) was born to Jean and Joseph Grimshaw Aug. 10, 1882 in Wilmslow, Cheshire, England. They lived on the estate called “Hawthorne Villa”. The Villa, when my grandparents died was sold to England for a hospital during World War II. My dad did tell me that Arundel was part of the lineage. My sister was named Betty Arundel Grimshaw. This is all we know right now and when I can find time, I may delve deeper into it. I do know that the Mormon Church in Utah has the most extensive lineage background for every name but what the charges are for the information, I have no idea. Thank you again for writing.

C. Converse Grimshaw

Information in 1930 U.S. Census

The 1930 U.S. Census found Frank and Edith Grimshaw living in Glen Ridge, Essex County, NJ with children Betty A and Converse W (should be Chester Converse) Grimshaw. Also living in Glen Ridge were Hugh and Alice Grimshaw with children Edward and Jane. This family is descended from a different Grimshaw immigrant, as described in a companionwebpage on George and Mary (Barnes) Grimshaw.





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David Barstow’s Website Information on Frank Grimshaw

David Barstow has created a website on his family that includes information of the parents of Frank Grimshaw, Joseph and Jane (Barstow) Grimshaw. The website link and relevant family information are shown below.



26 Apr 1842 – 31 Oct 1919

OCCUPATION: Condiment Manufacturer

BIRTH: 26 Apr 1842, Droylsden

DEATH: 31 Oct 1919

Family 1 : Jane BASTOW

MARRIAGE: 1 Apr 1867

1. Earnest Harry GRIMSHAW


3. Charles H GRIMSHAW

4. Joseph Arthur GRIMSHAW

5. Edith Jane GRIMSHAW

6. Maude (Maudie) GRIMSHAW


8. Arnold GRIMSHAW

9. Crosswell GRIMSHAW

Joseph GRIMSHAW 26 Apr 1842 – 31 Oct 1919

OCCUPATION: Condiment Manufacturer

BIRTH: 26 Apr 1842, Droylsden

DEATH: 31 Oct 1919

Jane BASTOW 13 Sep 1843 – 25 Nov 1934

BIRTH: 13 Sep 1843, New Road, Droylsden

DEATH: 25 Nov 1934

BURIAL: Burried, St Stephen, Audenshaw

Earnest Harry GRIMSHAW 1868 – ____

BIRTH: 1868, Huddersfield, Yorkshire

Mary A GRIMSHAW 1872 – ____

BIRTH: 1872, Audenshaw, Lancashire

Charles H GRIMSHAW 1875 – ____

BIRTH: 1875, Andenshaw, Lancs

Joseph Arthur GRIMSHAW 17 Aug 1876 – 24 Aug 1877

BIRTH: 17 Aug 1876

DEATH: 24 Aug 1877

Edith Jane GRIMSHAW 1879 – ____

BIRTH: 1879, Audenshaw

Maude (Maudie) GRIMSHAW ABT Oct 1883 – 4 Aug 1886

BIRTH: ABT Oct 1883

DEATH: 4 Aug 1886, Wilmslow

BURIAL: 9 Aug 1886, St Stephen, Audenshaw, plot 1681

Frank GRIMSHAW 1885 – ____

BIRTH: 1885, Wilmslow, Cheshire

Arnold GRIMSHAW 1889 – ____

BIRTH: 1889, Wilmslow, Cheshire

Crosswell GRIMSHAW 1896 – 19 Aug 1917

BIRTH: 1896, Stockport, Cheshire

DEATH: 19 Aug 1917

1881 British Census Record of Frank Grimshaw’s Family of Origin

Frank Barstow Grimshaw not born yet at the time of the 1881 census record shown below for his family of origin at Hawthorn Villa. The probable connection of this Grimshaw family to the Audenshaw Grimshaw family line (see companionwebpage) are clearly indicated by the birth of both Joseph and Jane in Dorylsden, which is near Audenshaw, and by the birth of two of their children (Mary and Charles) in Audenshaw.

Ellis Island 1909 Arrival Record for Frank Grimshaw

The Ellis Island record shown below indicates that Frank Barstow Grimshaw, accountant, arrived in the U.S. in September 26, 1909 on the ship Cedric. However, he had already been living in New Jersey since 1904. He was classed as a “Non-immigrant alien”. He was born in Wilmslow, Cheshire, and was headed to 373 Franklin Street, Bloomfield, New Jersey. It seems likely that he was returning home from a visit to his homeland. Images of the original entry in the ship log follows the Ellis Island Passenger Record.

Frank Grimshaw’s Draft Registration Card

From Frank’s registration card, shown below, it may be determined that he was married to Edith (Webster) Grimshaw, and that he lived in Essex, New Jersey and worked in New York City.


Where are Wilmslow, Cheshire and Bloomfield, NJ?

Wilmslow, where Frank Barstow Grimshaw was born, is southeast of Manchester Airport as shown in the two maps below

Bloomfield, New Jersey, where Frank Grimshaw lived in 1907, is about 7 or 8 miles south of Paterson.

A Clue on the Origins of Frank Barstow Grimshaw’s Family

In March 2011, Norman Grimshaw sent an email with the following clue on a connection between Grimshaws and Barstows:

Found in the 1879 British Commercial Directory and Shipper Guide: the following address,

Grimshaw and Barstow

Providence Mills

Guide Bridge.

Engineers, Hot water apparatus, Iron and Tin plate

… Guide Bridge was originally a minor halt (on the Manchester- Stockport railway line). Due to the onslaught of the industrial expansion it was encompassed into the greater Audenshaw area. The conjecture is stated in the Barstow Grimshaw webpage that their may be an Audenshaw Grimshaw connection. The above snippet favours further investigation.

This reference was found on page 882 (Ashton Section) of the 1879 British Commercial Directory and Shipper Guide under the category “Horse and Cattle Condiment Manufacturers”.  Information from David Barstow’s website (reviewed above) indicates that Joseph was a “condiment manufacturer”, which indicates a definite connection. It seems possible that Joseph and Jane/Jean Grimshaw, who were married in 1867, may have been the proprietors of Grimshaw and Barstow in Guide Bridge in 1879. Or perhaps their parents were the Grimshaw and Barstow, and they met and married because the families knew each other.

Also, Guide Bridge, where Grimshaw and Barstow had their establishment at Providence Mill, is located very close to Droylsden, where Joseph and Jean/Jane Grimshaw were both born. The proximity of Guide Bridge to Droylsden is shown in the following maps (at smaller and larger scales) from the Ordnance Survey Get-a-Map:

Despite this clue, Joseph Grimshaw, Frank’s father, has yet to be “tied in” to the Audenshaw Grimshaw family line.

Cresswell Grimshaw, Nephew of Frank Grimshaw, Died in World War I in France

Creswell Young Grimshaw was the son of Frank Grimshaw’s older brother, Ernest Harry Grimshaw. He was killed in action during World War I trench warfare in France at the age of 22. He is buried in Vieille-Chapelle Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Norman Grimshaw has found the following excellent website record of Cresswell Grimshaw and his military service.

Cresswell Young GRIMSHAW
Rank: Private
Number: 26086
Unit: 16th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 19 August 1917
Age: 22
Cemetery: Vieille-Chapelle New Military Cemetery, Lacouture, Pas de Calais, France

Cresswell’s grandfather, Joseph Grimshaw, was a successful manufacturer of veterinary medicines. He lived at Hawthorn Villa, Albert Park, Wilmslow. His son, Ernest Harry Grimshaw got married between July and September 1894 to Charlotte Elizabeth A R Williamson, at St Thomas’ Church, Heaton Norris. A year later, Cresswell was born.

At the time the 1901 Census was taken, it is possible that Ernest and Charlotte were not in the country as they do not appear to be listed. Cresswell, however, then aged 5, is listed as living in Wilmslow, presumably with his grandparents.

When War was declared in 1914, Cresswell was serving an apprenticeship at Messr Henry Faulder & Co at the Company’s confectionary works at Stockport. He enlisted in May 1915. The 16th Cheshires was popularly known as a “Bantam Battalion” – its original members all having been previously rejected by the army as being under the regulation height of 5′ 3″. The Bantams went on active service in January 1916.

By all accounts, Cresswell was a keen gardener and was reported to have even grown some flowers in the trench which he had sent to his grandparents. The conditions that men had to endure in the trenches makes this an unlikely story.

On 19 August, the Battalion was at Lempire, approximately 20 kilometres north east of the French town of Peronne. They were in support of an attack by the 15th Cheshires and “W” Company gave covering fire. After the 15th had secured it’s objectives, “X” and “Z” Companies carried stores and ammunition up to the new front line. Cresswell was a signaller and his first job after an attack would be to ensure that any broken telephone wires were repaired. His officer wrote to his family telling what had happened.
“Whilst trying to find a break in our wires, along with a comrade (during heavy shell fire by the enemy), both were killed by a shell dropping between them. I went to the spot personally and saw both your son and his comrade lying close together. Neither of them could have suffered any pain, death being instantaneous. May I have the honour to inform you that we have lost a very excellent young soldier and everybody in his company feels his loss greatly. He was always so cheery and willing, at any time or under any conditions. His actions speaks for itself of bravery and devotion to duty. It was only the night before, I saw him endeavouring to find a break in our wires during heavy shelling. He seemed to go about his work quite quietly as if nothing was happening at all. I was slightly wounded myself, not sufficient to take me away from my post and he came along to know if I was all right and whether he could do anything for me or not.”

Cresswell’s comrade was another local man, Samuel Daniels. They are now buried next to each other.


Cresswell Grimshaw’s cemetery is described on Find-A-Grave as follows:

Cemetery notes and/or description:
Villers-Faucon is a village about 12 kilometres north-east of Peronne. The Cemetery is situated north of the village on the road to Guyencourt-Saulcourt.

Villers-Faucon was captured by the 5th Cavalry Division on 27 March 1917, lost on 22 March 1918, and retaken by the III Corps on 7 September 1918. The Commonwealth graves in the communal cemetery are those of soldiers who died in February-August 1917, or (in the case of two who are buried in Row B) in September 1918. They were made by the cavalry, the 42nd (East Lancashire) Division, and other fighting troops.

The communal cemetery contains 227 First World War burials, five of them unidentified, and 91 German graves.


The record for Cresswell Grimshaw on the Find-A-Grave website is shown below:

Pvt Cresswell Young Grimshaw
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Birth: unknown
Death: Aug. 19, 1917
Note: Private, Cheshire Regiment. Age: 22.

Villers-Faucon Communal Cemetery
Picardie Region, France
Plot: D. 6.

Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial #56202265


Coincidental Location of Grimshaw Family in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Converse Grimshaw, son of Frank and Edith Grimshaw, lived in Tulsa and died there in 1994. Coincidentally, the descendants of William R Grimshaw, who was born in New Jersey in 1892, also lived in Tulsa. William Grimshaw migrated to Tulsa in about 1920 and is not related to the family of Frank Barstow Grimshaw. William’s family is described on a companion webpage.

Webpage History

Webpage posted December 2008.Updated September 2009 with addition of arrival information from Ellis Island and maps of Wilmslow, Chester and Bloomfield, NJ. Updated November 2010 with addition of draft card and introductory text. Updated February and March 2011 with addition of photos and family information from Anne Babcock.