John James and Mary Ann (Mahoney) Grimshaw

Immigrants to Wisconsin from Wolfe Island, Ontario

John James and Mary Ann Grimshaw (Tentative Identifications)

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John James Grimshaw was the third child (first son) of George and Charlotte (Menard) Grimshaw, who raised their family on Wolfe Island, Ontario, at the head of the Saint Lawrence River. John and Mary Ann emigrated to the area around Richland Center, Wisconsin in about 1862, perhaps at the same time as John’s father, George, and two brothers, Alexander Eli Grimshaw and Eli George Grimshaw arrived at the Oakdale area, further north in Wisconsin. The descendants of John and Mary Ann comprise an important Grimshaw family line in the U.S. that includes the author of this website. Mary Ann died in November 1880. Fifty-one-year-old John James remarried the following year (May 1881) to Margaret (Newburn) Daughtee, age 47. John James and Margaret are buried with their first spouses in separate cemeteries. John James and Mary Ann and buried with their grandson, Clark, in Dayton Corners cemetery.

Several pages from an old photo album (see companion webpage) in the possession of Kernit Grimshaw in South Dakota, which was apparently assembled by William and Nettie Grimshaw, had pictures from their relatives in Wisconsin. These pages contain photos that are believed to include John James and Mary Ann and a number of their descendants, but the hypothesized identifications have not been verified.

John and Mary Ann (Mahoney) Grimshaw Photograph

Webpage Dedication

Webpage Credits

Webpages of Parents and Siblings

Family Origins

Descendant Chart of John Mames and Mary Ann Grimshaw

Immigration to Wisconsin

Where are Richland County and Richland Center?

Family Pictures from the Dorothy (Zastrow) Grimshaw Photo Album

Photos of John and Mary Ann Grimshaw and Their Children

Line of Evidence for Identifying John and Mary Ann

Photos of the Daughter, Stepdaughter, and Daughters-in-Law of John and Mary Ann?

Lida and John Etimer Grimshaw and More Daughter-in-Law Photos

Eliza (Norris) Grimshaw with Daughter; Sons of William Alexander and Jane (Turner) Grimshaw?

Mary Ann Mahoney and Group Photos of Wisconsin Grimshaws?

George Thomas and Aris (Ladd) Grimshaw and Their Family

Descendants of William Alexander Grimshaw, Fifth Son of John and Mary Ann

Michael Henry Grimshaw and His Descendants

Who Was Lida Grimshaw?

Final Resting Places

Grimshaw Families in Southwest Wisconsin

Latter-Day Descendants of John and Mary Ann: Thomas T., Robert W.& Thomas W. Grimshaw

John and Mary Ann (Mahoney) Grimshaw Photograph

A photo believed to be of John and Mary Ann (with their daughter, Lida) is shown in the figure below. The origin of this photo is described further down on this webpage.

John and Mary Ann (Mahoney) Grimshaw with Their Daughter Lida in the Center.

Webpage Dedication

This webpage is dedicated to the memory of Dorothy (Zastrow) Grimshaw, who graciously made the photo album whose pictures form the “backbone” of this webpage. Dorothy also provided the available “family memory” regarding the album. Dorothy passed away during the summer, 2000. She was one of the last survivors of her generation of Grimshaws. The webpage is also dedicated to Marie (Zastrow) Grimshaw – they married brothers Walter and Cletus Grimshaw; Marie also provided family history information and valuable photos.

Webpage Credits

Many people have made this webpage possible. Thanks go to Kernit Grimshaw who, with his mother, Dorothy, made available the photo album available. Terry (Grimshaw) Micks has done a great deal of work on the descendants of George and Charlotte (Menard) Grimshaw and has posted their descendant chart on the Internet. Terry also provided the initial photo (of Michael Henry and George Thomas Grimshaw, which she obtained from Bob Grimshaw, as described below) that proved to be the key to identifying many of the individuals on this webpage.

Bob Grimshaw not only provided photos of his own branch, the Michael Henry line, but also the initial copies of other branches as well. Thomas T. Grimshaw graciously provided the three key photos of the William Alexander line. Al Hodgin, Donna Best and Carol Anderson provided many of the photos of the George Thomas line.

Webpages of Parents and Siblings

John James Grimshaw’s parents were George and Charlotte (Menard) Grimshaw, who are described on a companion webpage.

Webpages have also been prepared for John Grimshaw’s siblings, Eli George Grimshaw (click here) and Alexander Eli Grimshaw (click here).

Family Origins

John James Grimshaw was born on August 1, 1829 on Wolfe Island, Ontario. A copy of his baptism record, from St. Mary’s Cathedral, Kingston, Ontario, is shown in the image below. The record reads as follows:

[Entry 77]

On the 11th day of February 1835 I the undersigned Priest of this Parish have baptized John aged 5 years of the lawful Marriage of George Grimshaw & Charlotte Menard (Long Island)   

Sponsors Lune? Lowrie?, ____Larose [Priest’s name illegible]

John James’ two-year-old sister, Henrietta, was baptized on the same date as indicated by Entry 76 of the record.

Record of baptism for John Grimshaw, from St. Mary’s Cathedral, Kingston, Ontario. Image from photocopy provided by Bob Grimshaw, Modesto, California.

Mary Ann Mahoney was born in County Cork, Ireland in about 1822 and had been married previously. Her maiden name may have been Mulvaney, but this has not been confirmed. Apparently her first husband (and one child, or perhaps twins) perished on the emigration voyage from Ireland and were buried at sea. John and Mary Ann apparently met and married on Wolfe Island. And apparently Mary Ann had a daughter, Eliza Mahoney, whom she brought to her marriage to John.

Descendant Chart of John James and Mary Ann Grimshaw

John and Mary Ann had seven additional children, all of whom were born on Wolfe Island, with the possible exception of the youngest. A descendant chart for John and Mary Ann is shown below. Separate webpages have been prepared for some of their children and their families and descendants. Where a webpage exists, a hyperlink to it has been placed on the child’s name.

Summary Descendant Chart of John James and Mary Ann (Mahoney) Grimshaw (Also Showing John James’ Parents and Siblings). It is likely that “Lida”, shown as the youngest child, is actually Eliza (or Elizabeth), the oldest child, who was brought to the marriage by Mary Ann from a previous marriage. The indicated age for Mary Ann is obviously incorrect.

George Grimshaw (About 1794 – ) & Charlotte Menard (About 1795 – )

|—–Christiana Grimshaw (25 Dec 1825 – ) & John Egner

|—–Marcelina Grimshaw (About Jan 1828 – )

 

 

|—–John James Grimshaw* (1 Aug 1829 – 19 Mar 1907) & Mary Ann Mahoney (17 Mar 1844 – 13 Nov 1880)

|—–|—–Eliza Mahoney (About 1846 – )

|—–|—–George Thomas Grimshaw (19 Jul 1849 – 29 Sep 1915) & Aris Phedora Ladd (29 Dec 1848 – )

|—–|—–|—–William Allen Grimshaw (22 Mar 1872 – 1944) & Hannah Jeanette (“Nettie”) Glass Merritt

|—–|—–|—–Anna Celestine (“Tina”) Grimshaw (7 Dec 1874 – 19 Oct 1962) ) & George Albert (3Mar 1857 – 6 Jun 1920)

|—–|—–|—–Wallace J Grimshaw (3 Apr 1881 – 1 April 1943) & Flora Allison ( – 1958)

|—–|—–|—–Mary Evelyn (‘Eva”) Grimshaw (13 Jul 1883 – 1964) ) & Roy Thomas

|—–|—–|—–Nettie Estelle (“Stella”) Grimshaw (29 Oct 1885 – 26 Jan 1892)

|—–|—–|—–Walter Claude Grimshaw (17 Sep 1890 – 7 Feb 1920) & Freda Elaine Sehnert (6 Jun 1892 – 4 Jun 1964)

|—–|—–John Etimer Grimshaw (26 Oct 1850 – 1 Oct 1936) & Eliza Norris (3 Feb 1854 – 9 May 1927). Married 3 Sep 1871.

|—–|—–|—–Ida May Grimshaw (1873 – 1886)

|—–|—–|—–Anna Grimshaw (1875 – 1945) & Joe H. Shore

|—–|—–|—–Sarah Grimshaw (About 1877 – )

|—–|—–|—–Clark Grimshaw (1878 – 6 Feb 1879 )

|—–|—–|—–Alice E Grimshaw (1879 – 1881)

|—–|—–|—–Maud Ethel Grimshaw (27 Feb 1883 – 21 May 1961) & Theadore Herman Draves (8 Mar 1880 – 17 May 1965). Married 20 Apr 1902.

|—–|—–Isiah Grimshaw (About 27 Jun 1853 – About 15 Jul 1853)

|—–|—–Mary Charlotte Grimshaw (About 27 Jun 1853 – About 15 Jul 1853)

|—–|—–William Alexander Grimshaw (20 Aug 1854 – 13 Mar 1937) & Jane Turner (4 Oct 1854 – ). Married 26 Dec 1872.

|—–|—–|—–Bulah Grimshaw (About 1873 – )

|—–|—–|—–Jonas Grimshaw (15 Nov 1874 – 13 Feb 1875)

|—–|—–|—–Cora Nellie Grimshaw (1 Jun 1876 – 2 Nov 1964) & Bert Le Duc

|—–|—–|—–Ida Grimshaw (Before 1878 – )

|—–|—–|—–Thomas Henry Grimshaw (13 Jun 1878 – 9 Jan 1961) & Georgia H. Lowrey (22 Feb 1880 – 11 Nov 1959). Married 29 Nov 1899.

|—–|—–|—–Turner Squire Grimshaw (22 May 1880 – 2 Dec 1894)

|—–|—–|—–Bert F Grimshaw (Jul 1882 – )

|—–|—–|—–Frank B Grimshaw (2 Jul 1883 – 17 Oct 1950)

|—–|—–|—–William Riley Grimshaw (4 Aug 1884 – 7 Sep 1884)

|—–|—–|—–Lillian V Grimshaw (14 Aug 1886 – 23 Jul 1969) & Mr. Peckham

|—–|—–|—–Mary Ellen Grimshaw (28 Dec 1888 – )

|—–|—–|—–Roland Clarence Grimshaw (12 Oct 1893 – 7 Sep 1894)

|—–|—–|—–Lovina Grimshaw (9 Sep 1899 – ) & Delbert L Stebbins

|—–|—–Michael Henry Grimshaw (22 Oct 1856 – 26 Oct 1916) & Maria W Norris (10 Mar 1861 – )

|—–|—–|—–Garth Grimshaw (1880 – 1880)

|—–|—–|—–Bertha Luella Grimshaw (16 Jun 1881 – 27 Jan 1921) & Harry Sherman Curry (22 Jan 1872 – )

|—–|—–|—–William Clarence Grimshaw (8 Jun 1884 – 1 May 1954) & Ragnhild Eckstrom (12 Apr 1888 – 25 May 1975)

|—–|—–|—–Thomas Meredith Grimshaw (8 Aug 1886 – 23 Mar 1887)

|—–|—–|—–James Henry Grimshaw (4 Feb 1888 – 9 Dec 1930)

|—–|—–|—–Irene Grimshaw (22 Jan 1890 – 1977) & Andrew Bilquist

|—–|—–Lida Grimshaw & ? Ritchie

 

|—–John James Grimshaw* (1 Aug 1829 – 19 Mar 1907) &

Margaret (Newburn) Daughtee (29 Jul 1833 – 4 Feb 1903). Married 22 May 1881.

 

|—–Alexander Eli Grimshaw (May 1830 – 4 Aug 1877) & Sarah Ann Thompson (1828 – 18 Nov 1891)

|—–Henrietta Grimshaw (About 1833 – )

|—–Charlotte Rosalie Grimshaw (12 May 1835 – )

|—–Eli George Grimshaw* (22 Feb 1838 – Jan 1885) & Hannah Christiana Sudds (About 1841 – )

|—–Eli George Grimshaw* (22 Feb 1838 – Jan 1885) & Sarah Elizabeth Pepper (3 Jun 1850 – 3 Sep 1911)

|—–Levi Bartholomew Grimshaw (22 Jun 1843 – ) & Catherine (About 1845 – )

As noted, John and Mary Ann had seven children, but the twins, Isiah and Mary Charlotte, died within a month after birth. The remaining five children grew to adulthood, and all but one (Lida) are known to have married and had children of their own. A sizeable family tree has sprung from the John and Mary Ann line of Grimshaws. Webpages have been developed for the following children:

George Thomas and Aris (Ladd) Grimshaw

William Alexander and Jane (Turner) Grimshaw

Michael Henry and Maria W (Norris) Grimshaw

Webpages have also been prepared for the following siblings of John James Grimshaw

Alexander Eli Grimshaw

Eli George Grimshaw

Immigration to Wisconsin

In about 1862 (when son George Thomas was about age 13, according to census records1) John and Mary Ann migrated to Wisconsin with their family. A Declaration of Intention to Become a Citizen2 was filed by John in 1869 (see the image below). They settled in Richland County, Wisconsin and remained there for the rest of their lives. They are buried in Dayton Corners cemetery, about __ miles west of Richland Center.

 

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South Dakota Special Census of 1915, in which George Grimshaw, at age 66, ndicated that he had been in the U.S. for 53 years.

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Declaration of Intention to Become a Citizen, from Bob Grimshaw, Modesto, CA. This document indicates that John arrived in the U.S. in April 1868

 

Image of John James Grimshaw’s Record of Intention to become a U.S. citizen.  From a photocopy provided by Bob Grimshaw, Modesto, California.

Where are Richland County and Richland Center?

John and Mary Ann settled in the Richland Center area of southwestern Wisconsin, about halfway from Madison to LaCrosse. A map showing this location is shown below. Also to be seen on the map are Oakdale and Camp Douglas, the area where John’s brothers Alexander Eli and Eli George Grimshaw settled after immigration from Wolfe Island. Their father, George Grimshaw, also spent his final years in this area and is probably buried in the Oakdale cemetery.

Family Pictures from the Dorothy (Zastrow) Grimshaw Photo Album (Click here for a webpage dedicated to this photo album.)

George Thomas, oldest son of John and Mary Ann, and his wife, Aris (Ladd) Grimshaw (see companion webpage), were married in Wisconsin on December 5, 1869 and, at an unknown date after their marriage, left the state and migrated westward. They eventually settled in South Dakota, where they lived out their lives; they are buried at Presho. Their oldest son, William Allen also lived out his life in South Dakota and is buried with his wife, Hannah Jeanette (“Nettie”), at Reliance.

Many of the photos included on this webpage are from an album owned by Dorothy (Zastrow) Grimshaw, widow of Walter (“Doc”) Grimshaw, one of William Allen’s sons. The album (called the “DZG Album” below) was apparently assembled by William and Nettie. The vast majority of photos in the album are of people and scenes in South Dakota. It has a total of 46 pages; unfortunately, with one or two exceptions, the photos are not labeled.

On at least five of the album pages, the character of the photos (some of them being miniature sepias rather than normal black-and-white photos), and the people in them, differ from the rest of the album. These photos are inferred to be pictures from ancestors back in Wisconsin, probably sent to George and Aris or to William Allen and Nettie from relatives there. An attempt has been made in the following sections to make “educated guesses” (but guesses nevertheless) on the identities of the relatives shown on these older photos.

Note: The photo “album” is actually a catalogue of men’s shirts on whose pages the photos have been glued. It seems apparent that the photos were not well sorted before being glued into the album. One has the impression that a box of photos existed and someone (probably Nettie) decided to put them into the catalogue, perhaps for better presentation. Dorothy has said that Doc was in the clothing sales business at one time, and it is likely that Bill and Nettie got the catalogue from him

A. Photos of John and Mary Ann Grimshaw and their Children

Figure 3 is a copy of Page 24 of the DZG Album; it contains nine photos, six of which are scenes of a construction site in South Dakota and three of which are portraits (note a, b and c on the figure). The men in the left portrait (Figure 3a; see also Figure 4 below) have been previously identified as Michael Henry and George Thomas Grimshaw on an identical photo in the possession of Bob Grimshaw. Bob, the son of William Clarence Grimshaw (see Figure 1), obtained the photo from his aunt, Irene, who identified the two gentlemen4. This photo, and the identification of Michael and George, provide the “key” for the interpretation of the other photos in the DZG Album.

Note: Irene actually identified them as Michael Henry and William Alexander Grimshaw; however, as shown in a subsequent section, she was apparently mistaken about the man on the right.

The arrangement of the three portrait photos on the page in Figure 3 suggests that the creator of the album may have intended to show the entire (surviving) family of John and Mary Ann. The central position of Figure 3b suggests that the individuals may be John and Mary Ann, probably with their only (surviving) daughter, Lida (see also Figure 1). In this interpretation of the page, the boys (young men) in Figure 3c would then be John Etimer and William Alexander Grimshaw (see also Figure 5), although the photo is earlier than that of Michael Henry and George Thomas in Figure 3a. Although the photo is earlier, it seems clear that the two boys are not the same as the individuals in Figure 3a.

Figure 3. Photos of the family of John and Mary Ann Grimshaw? (From page 24 of DZG Album. Identities are inferred.)

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Figure 4. Michael Henry (Left) and George Thomas Grimshaw (From page 24 of DZG Album.)

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Figure 5 (below). John Etimer and William Alexander Grimshaw (From page 24 of DZG Album. The identities are inferred.)

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B. Another Line of Evidence for Identifying John and Mary Ann

Besides the known identities of Michael Henry and George Thomas, the probability seems very high that the girl with the couple in Figure 1 would be their daughter, Lida, and that the couple would be the parents of all the children shown on the page in Figure 3. There is another thread of evidence, also – the short stature of the apparent mother, Mary Ann.

One of the grandchildren of George and Aris Grimshaw was Lyra (Albert) Hodgin, who took a great deal of interest in the Grimshaw family history and served as the “chronicler” for the South Dakota Grimshaws before her death in 1996. The following quotations are from three of Lyra’s chronicles, written at different times5:

 

5Writings of Lyra Hodgin, undated, in the files of Francis (“Al”) Hodgin and Thomas W. Grimshaw

 

 

The first we know of the Grimshaw family is of John who was born in Canada as near as we know. We were told by our Grandfather, George Grimshaw, that his father was a sailor on the Great Lakes. Grandfather was born in Canada and we have reason to believe eastern Canada. Wolf Island the place given on a document we have. Possibly one of the Thousand Islands in the St. Lawrence River. Grandpa told us his mother was a very good ice skater and use to skate across the St. Lawrence and shop in the US and then could out skate the revenue men to avoid paying duty. He also said she was a tiny lady. When she carried two pails of water they almost touched the ground. We know nothing of Great Grandfather John’s family, but Great Grandmother was from Ireland, County of Cork. She was Mary Mahoney. Her husband and baby died aboard ship and were buried at sea.

To go back to John G., he married Mary Mahoney. They pronounced Mahoney with accent on the first syllable. She was born in Ireland in County Cork we were told and her husband and baby died coming to Canada and were buried at sea. She must have lived in Ontario, Canada, as we were told by our grandfather that his mother was a very good ice skater. She would skate across the St. Lawrence River to buy things in the U.S. and could skate faster going home than the revenue men to keep from paying duty. She was a very tiny woman he said. When she carried two pails of water they almost touched the ground. We don’t know when or where she met John G(rimshaw) but I think George was born at Richland Center, Wisconsin. She must have died fairly young. Her death date is 1880 and John’s 1907.

John G. married Mary Mahoney, who came from County of Cork in Ireland probably about the time of the great potato famine in Ireland. Her husband and baby died on the trip over and were buried at sea. She was a tiny person Grandpa G. (her son) told us. He said when she carried two pails of water they almost touched the ground. He also told us that she was a fleet skater. It could be that they lived in Eastern Canada then as he said she skated across the St. Lawrence River to buy things in the U.S. He said she could out skate the revenue men to keep from paying duty on things. They would have had to live in Ontario Canada then, but I don’t know if this was after she was married or not.

 

 

The age spread of the men in Figures 3a and 4 cannot be reliably estimated (it would be 7 years according to Figure 2), but the four-year separation of John Etimer and William Alexander seems very reasonable (say, ages 8 and 12) for the boys in Figures 3c and 5.

Although the evidence is clearly “circumstantial”, the interpretation of the photos in Figures 1, 3, 4, and 5 seems the most reasonable, given the source of the album, its likely creator(s) and the arrangement of the photos. The following pages carry this interpretation to other photos and individuals in the DZG Album.

C. Photos of the Daughter, Stepdaughter, and Daughters-in-Law of John and Mary Ann?

Page 9 of the DZG Album contain two portraits that seem to be of the same vintage or origin as the ones described above (Figure 6 below; note a and b). These portraits tempt further “educated guesswork” on the identities of the four women shown in the two portraits as members of the family of John and Mary Ann. In Figure 6b (see also Figure 7 below), the girl on the right appears to be the same as in Figures 3b and 4, namely, Lida (if the previous guess is correct.) The most “logical” candidate for her companion would, then, seem to be her 10-year-older half-sister, Eliza Mahoney – possibly they could be about 13 and 23 years old, respectively, in this photo.

This guess would then leave as the best candidates for the young women in Figure 6a (and Figure 8 below) two of John and Mary Ann’s daughters-in-law. Again, “logical” association would indicate that they may be the two Norris sisters who were the wives of John Etimer (Eliza, the older by 5 years, on the right) and Michael Henry (Maria, on the left.). As shown in a subsequent photo (see Figure 22 below), daughter-in-law Aris Ladd, wife of George Thomas, is not a candidate for these photos. The only other daughter-in-law candidate is Jane Turner, wife of William Alexander.

Figure 6. Daughter, Stepdaughter and Daughters-in-Law of John and Mary Ann (From page 9 of DZG Album. Identities are inferred.)

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Figure 7 (below). Eliza Mahoney (Left) and Lida Grimshaw (From page 9 of DZG Album. Identities are inferred.)

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Figure 8 (below). Maria W. Norris (Left), Wife of Michael Henry Grimshaw and Her Sister, Eliza Norris, Wife of John Etimer Grimshaw (From page 9 of DZG Album. Identities are inferred.)

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D. Lida and John Etimer Grimshaw and More Daughter-in-Law Photos

Figure 9 (a to e), from page 35 of the DZG Album, contains more candidate photos of John and Mary Ann descendants. The boy (middle right) and young child photos are also candidates, but they are too young to identify, even by “educated guesswork.” Figure 9a (and Figure 10) again shows Lida with her distinctive face and naturally wavy or curly hair, but at a considerably younger age than in previous figures. Figure 9e (and Figure 11) is clearly the same individual, probably John Etimer Grimshaw, as shown in Figures 2c and 5, but somewhat older.

The best candidates for the individuals in Figures 9b, 9c and 9d (see also Figures 12, 13 and 14) seem to be Eliza Norris, Maria W. Norris, and Jane Turner, the wives, respectively, of John Etimer, Michael Henry and William Alexander Grimshaw. Comparison of these portraits with Figure 8 indicates that Figures 12 and 13 are most likely the Norris sisters, Maria and Eliza, respectively. That would leave, then, Jane Turner as the best candidate for Figure 14. A “nice feature” of these interpretations (thus far) is that there appear to be the “right” number of spouses shown for the sons of John and Mary Ann.

Figure 9. Lida (a) and John Etimer Grimshaw (e), with More In-Law Photos (b, c and d) (From page 35 of DZG Album. Identities are inferred.)

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Figure 10 (below). Lida Grimshaw (From page 35 of DZG Album. Identity is inferred.)

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Figure 11 (below). John Etimer Grimshaw (From page 35 of DZG Album. Identity is inferred.)

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Figure 12 (below). Eliza Norris, Wife of John Etimer Grimshaw (From page 35 of DZG Album. Identity is inferred.)

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Figure 13 (below). Maria W. Norris, Wife of Michael Henry Grimshaw (From page 35 of DZG Album. Identity is inferred.)

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Figure 14 (below). Jane Turner, Wife of William Alexander Grimshaw (From page 35 of DZG Album. Identity is inferred.)

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E. Eliza (Norris) Grimshaw with Daughter; Sons of William Alexander and Jane (Turner) Grimshaw?

Figure 15, from p. 27 of DZG Album (see a; also shown in Figure 16) shows another photo of Eliza Norris (inferred) with a child who seems most likely to be her daughter, given how much they look alike. It could be her older daughter, May, but could also be one of the other four daughters, Anna, Sarah, Alice or Maud.

Given their closeness in age, it seems likely that the boys in Figure 15b are two of the four sons of William Alexander and Jane Turner, Thomas, Turner, Bert and Frank.

Figure 15. Eliza (Norris) Grimshaw and Daughter (a) and Two of Four Sons (b) of William Alexander and Jane (Turner) Grimshaw (From page 27 of DZG Album. Identities are inferred.).

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Figure 16 (below). Eliza Norris and Daughter (From page 27 of DZG Album. Identities are inferred.)

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F. Mary Ann Mahoney and Group Photos of Wisconsin Grimshaws?

Figure 17, of p. 44 of DZG album, has six photos (a to f) that are probably of Wisconsin relatives of George and Aris. Figure 17b (see also Figure 18) is clearly the same woman identified in Figure 1 as Mary Ann (Mahoney) Grimshaw. The rest of the photos on this album page are group photos of people believed to be other Grimshaw ancestors in Wisconsin. Interpretations of their identities may be found on the Dorothy (Zastrow) Album webpage (click here).

Figure 17. Mary Ann (Mahoney) Grimshaw and Four Group Photos of Grimshaw Ancestors in Wisconsin (Note locomotive and train on trestle in Figure 17e; from page 44 of DZG Album. Identities are inferred.)

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Figure 18 (below). Mary Ann (Mahoney) Grimshaw (From page 44 of DZG Album. Identity is inferred.)

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G. George Thomas and Aris (Ladd) Grimshaw and Their Family

A photo of George Thomas (first child of John and Mary Ann) and his wife, Aris, is shown in Figure 24. This photo also clearly identifies the man on the right in Figures 3c and 4 above as George Thomas (not William Alexander) as discussed previously. In addition, this photo shows that, with one possible exception (Figure 21h), none of the women identified in the DZG Album is Aris (Ladd) Grimshaw. Figures 25 and 26 are group photos of the family of George and Aris, showing all the children as well as Aris, on two dates quite far apart.

George and Aris are the great-grandparents of the author of this website. A separate webpage has been prepared specifically for George and Aris Grimshaw and their descendants.

Figure 24. George Thomas and Aris (Ladd) Grimshaw. (Photo from Carol Anderson, Chamberlain, SD, June 1999.)

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Figure 25 (below). Earlier Group Photo of Children of George and Aris (Ladd) Grimshaw. From Left to Right: Wallace J., William Allen, Mary Evelyn (“Eva”), Anna Celestine (“Tina”), Walter Claude (baby), and Nettie Estelle. (Photo from Donna Best, Rapid City, SD, June 1999.)

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Figure 26 (below). Later Group Photo of Aris (Ladd) Grimshaw and Her Children. From Left to Right, Standing: Mary Evelyn (“Eva”), Wallace J., Anna Celestine (“Tina”), and Walter Claude. Aris and William Allen are Seated.. (Photo from Donna Best, Rapid City, SD, June 1999.)

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Descendants of William Alexander Grimshaw, Fifth Son of John and Mary Ann

A photo of William Alexander Grimshaw has not yet been obtained, but his children are shown in Figures 27 to 29 below. Two of the children, Thomas Henry and “Aunt Nell” (Cora Nellie) have been identified by Thomas T. Grimshaw, owner of the three photos in this section.

All of the figures include Thomas Henry Grimshaw, son of William Alexander and grandson of John and Mary Ann Grimshaw. Figure 27 shows Thomas Henry with his wife, Georgia (Lowery) Grimshaw and their young son, Ulmont. Figures 28 and 29 appear to contain the same seven people, one of whom is Thomas Henry. The woman next to Thomas Henry in Figure 28 and on the right side of Figure 29 has been identified as “Aunt Nell” (Cora Nellie) by Thomas T. Grimshaw, current owner of this set of photos.

Examination of the descendant chart in Figure 2 (near the top of this webpage) shows that Thomas Henry had 12 siblings, 8 of which survived to adulthood (total of 9 surviving children). Three of the 9 were men, and 6 were women. If it is assumed that the group photos include 7 of the 9 surviving children, the three men would then be Thomas Henry, Bert and Frank. Since Cora Nellie is the oldest woman in the photos, it is assumed that Bulah is absent. The following identifications are made tentatively on the basis of age and process of elimination:

a. Frank, although he could be Bert. This person identified as Frank appears younger in these photos, but Figure 2 shows an age difference of only a year between the two.

b. Mary Ellen, the second youngest female sibling.

c. Lovina, the youngest child.

d. Lillian or Ida, the two remaining sisters (Bob Grimshaw has identified her as Georgia Lowrey, wife of Thomas Henry).

e. Burt, the older-looking brother (but, as noted, could also be Frank).

f. Cora Nellie, as identified by Thomas T. Grimshaw.

g. Thomas Henry, clearly identifiable from Figure 27. Note that he was wearing the same (or very similar) striped tie in Figures 27 and 28.

It must be pointed out that the assumption that these individuals are all brothers and sisters is quite weak. Just about any of them, except Thomas, Cora Nellie, and Lovina could actually be spouses of the children of William Alexander. Also, it is very difficult to identify any of the men as the same as the boys preliminarily identified as William and Jane’s sons in the group photos in the DZG Album described earlier.

Figure 27. Thomas Henry and Georgia (Lowery) Grimshaw with Their Young Son, Ulmont Grimshaw. (Photo from Thomas T. Grimshaw, Denver, CO, September 1999.)

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Figure 28 (below). Earlier Group Photo of William Alexander Grimshaw’s Surviving Children. From Left to Right: Frank or Bert, Mary Ellen, Lovina, Ida or Lillian, Bert or Frank, Cora Nellie, and Thomas Henry Grimshaw (Identities are inferred; photo from Thomas T. Grimshaw, Denver, CO, September 1999.)

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Figure 29 (below). Later Group Photo of William Alexander Grimshaw’s Presumed Surviving Children. From Left to Right: Bert or Frank, Thomas Henry, Lovina, Mary Ellen, Ida or Lillian, Frank or Bert, and Cora Nellie (Identities are inferred; photo from Thomas T. Grimshaw, Denver, CO, September 1999.)

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Michael Henry Grimshaw and His Descendants

Michael Henry, the youngest son of John and Mary Ann, and Maria Norris had six children, five of whom lived to adulthood. Figure 30 shows Michael and three of the surviving children, James, William and Irene. A closer view of William, with his wife Ragnhild (Eckstrom) Grimshaw, is shown in Figure 31. Finally, Figure 32 shows Michael Henry with his brother, George Thomas Grimshaw. This photo, the same as in Figure 3a and 4 near the top of this webpage, but from a different source, provided the “key” for the interpretation of the DZG Album, and the identification of John and Mary Ann and their children, as described in the early sections of this album.

Figure 30. Michael Henry Grimshaw (Seated) and Children (Left to Right) James Henry, William Clarence, and Irene. (Photo from Bob Grimshaw, Modesto, CA, April 1999.)

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Figure 31 (below). William Clarence and Ragnhild (Eckstrom) Grimshaw. (Photo from Bob Grimshaw, Modesto, CA, April 1999.)

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Figure 32 (below). Michael Henry and George Thomas Grimshaw. (Note that this is the same photo, from a different source, as in Figure 3a and 4; photo from Bob Grimshaw, Modesto, CA, April 1999.)

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Who Was Lida Grimshaw?

Mary Ann Mahoney was married in Ireland prior to her union with John James Grimshaw. Family lore indicates that she lost her husband and a child on the voyage to America from Ireland. But she had a living daughter, named Elizabeth or “Lida”, before marrying John. Mary Ann’s last names, besides Mahoney, include “Melvina” and “Lanahan”, one of which was probably her maiden name. Cemetery records, as well as emails from Judy Tighe and Terry Micks, are shown below. They help shed light on Elizabeth, but some of the mystery around remains. Lyra (Albert) Hodgin’s family stories (below the emails) also shed a bit of light on Elizabeth. The facts and conjectures about Elizabeth may be summarized as follows:

  1. Mary Ann was apparently married when she left County Cork, Ireland, and the couple had an infant. The husband and infant perished during the voyage.
  2. Mary Ann may have been pregnant during the voyage, as Elizabeth (Lida) was born in Montreal on Christmas Day, 1846 or 1847. Mary Ann brought Elizabeth to her marriage to John James Grimshaw. Elizabeth’s surname at the time may have been Lanahan.
  3. Although she was a step-daughter, apparently no distinction was made from the natural children in the marriage, as the family referred to her as though a true sibling.
  4. Elizabeth married first George P Ellitson (or Elliotson) in 1861 (at age 14 or 15?) and had a child (William) Henry Ellitson, who married and apparently had three sons, William, Adelbert and George Ellitson. Henry died by drowning in 1922.
  5. It is possible that Elizabeth was married to a man named Hunter before her marriage to Ellitson.
  6. She united with the Christian church at Dayton Corners, Wisconsin in 1873.
  7. She married second William R Ritchie in 1874 or 1875. It appears that no children came to this marriage. However, William, previously married to Isabella, apparently brought three stepsons, William, Hugh and James Ritchie, to the marriage. There may also have been a fourth stepson, Charles Ritchie. It is not known why Hugh may have had the surname “Adams”.
  8. She was postmistress in Richland Center for a number of years in the early 1900s.
  9. Elizabeth died at Richwood, Richland County, on 5 August 1924 at age 77. She is buried in the Coumbe cemetery in southwest Richland County, near the Wisconsin River.

Coumbe Cemetery Records

 

RITCHIE, Lida Elizabeth LANAHAN-ELIOTTSON 1846 1924 12-26-1846 08-20-1924

Married _____ Eliottson.

Married William Ritchie. Aged 77Ys 7Ms 10Ds

Daughter of _____ & Mary Lanahan.

LS with William, his 1st wife Isabella, Charles Ritchie and Hugh ADAMS.

Note: Dates are engraved as 1848-1919. Used death record dates!

RITCHIE, William 1838 1919 11-05-1838 11-17-1919

Co D 79th N.Y. Vol Reg – Civil War F=GAR

Married Isabella _____.

Married Lida Elizabeth Lanahan-Eliottson.

LS with Lida, Isabella, Charles Ritchie and Hugh ADAMS.

Son of Samuel & Susan Ritchie.

Source: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~richlandwi/Coumbe/CoumbeMZ.html 

Judy Tighe Email, 8 January 2003

 

Lida Grimshaw

From: Michael and Judy Tighe (mjtighe@mcsi.net)

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Sent: Wed 1/08/03 11:38 PM

To: Tom W. Grimshaw (thomas.w@grimshaw.com); Terry Micks (bjlc@execpc.com); Robert W. Grimshaw (rg4417@softcom.net)

Greetings all,

I have not been doing much research on the Grimshaws and have concentrated what time I have on my mother’s family which very little is known about, however I have had a few feelers out there as to the mystery of Lida Grimshaw. Since my grandmother talked about “Aunt Lidie Ritchie,” I feel a connectedness and she has been a puzzle to me. I received in the mail just before Christmas a copy of her obituary from the Brewer Library in Richland Center. It answers a lot of questions and of course poses new ones. My scanner is on the blink so I am just going to transcribe:

OBITUARY — MRS. ELLITSON – Republican Observer, Aug. 24, 1924, page 4:

“Elizabeth Grimshaw, daughter of John and Mary Grimshaw, was born in Montreal, December 25th, 1847, and died at her home in Port Andrew in the town of Richwood, Richland county, after a few days of severe suffering, August 5th, 1924, aged 77 years, 7 months and 11 days.

She was united in marriage in 1861 to Geo. P. Ellitson. To this union was born one son, Henry Ellitson, who was drowned July 1st, 1922. She was left a widow in 1864, she came to reside in Richland county in 1870 and was united in marriage to William R. Ritchie in 1874 and has resided in Port Andrew from that time until her death. She united with the Christian church in 1873 at the Dayton Corners church in the town of Dayton, and has been a faithful worker in the church ever since, and was always ready to lend a helping hand in time of need.

She leaves to mourn her loss, two brothers, John Grimshaw, of Richland Center, and Alex Grimshaw, of Beloit; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. W.H. Ellitson, of Bemidji, Minn., and three grand-sons, Wm. and Adelbert, of Bemidji, Minn.; George, of Minneapolis, Minn., and seven great-grandchildren, and three stepsons, William, of Marathon, Iowa; Hugh, of Sioux City, Iowa; James, of North Yakima, Washington, and a host of friends.

The funeral services was held in the U.B. church at Byrds Creek, conducted by Rev. W. S. Elliott, of the U.B. church. Interment was made in the Coumbe cemetery.”

The cemetery records pose several questions. It lists her name as Lida Elizabeth, Maiden: Lenahan-Hunter. It lists her marriage to William Ritchie on May 16, 1875 and lists her as the daughter of ________and Mary Lenahan. It also lists her birth year as 12-26-1846. The death certificate lists her as Eliza Ritchie.

I am wondering if Mary Mahoney’s married name was Lenahan and perhaps she was pregnant when she married John Grimshaw. On the 1880 census Mary lists her middle initial as L. Also I am wondering if Lida was married before Ellitson to a man name Hunter. Her son Henry (Elliotson) is listed on the 1880 census as living with her and William Ritchie.

I know there is an Eliza Mahoney listed on the 1850 census but I was also wondering if perhaps she was 3 not 8. Or there were two girls with the name Elizabeth–which does seem a bit odd. Or Eliza Mahoney was Mary’s younger sister?

My best wishes for the New Year and I look forward to hearing your comments and views.

Judy

 

Email and Image from Terry Micks, 27 June 2006

 

Subject: obit for Elizabeth Grimshaw

Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2006 23:06:36 -0500

From: terry micks <bobterry@acegroup.cc>

To: Thomas Grimshaw <thomas_grimshaw@hotmail.com>

As I have been going through things for possible addition to the webpages, I came across an obit for Elizabeth Grimshaw. Didn’t know if you have this or not.

OBITUARY – MRS. ELLITSON

Elizabeth Grimshaw, daughter of John and Mary Grimshaw, was born in Montreal, December 25, 1847, and died at her home in Port Andrew in the town of Richwood, Richland county, after a few days of severe suffering, August 5th, 1924, aged 77 years, 7 months and 11 days.

She was united in marriage in 1861 to Geo. P. Ellitson. To this union was born one son, Henry Ellitson, who was drowned July 1st, 1922. She was left a widow in 1864, she came to reside in Richland county in 1870 and was united in marriage to William R. Ritchie in 1874 and has resided in Port Andrew from that time until her death. She united with the Christian church in 1873 at the Dayton Corners church in the town of Dayton, and has been a faithful worker in the church ever since, and was always ready to lend a helping hand in time of need.

She leaves to mourn her loss, two brothers, John Grimshaw, of Richland Center, and Alex Grimshaw of Beloit; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. W.H. Ellitson of Bemidji, Minn., and three grandsons, Wm. and Adelbert, of Bemidji, Minn.; George, of Minneapolis, Minn., and seven great-grandchildren, and three stepsons, William, of Marathon, Iowa; Hugh, of Sioux City, Iowa; James of North Yakima, Washington, and a host of friends.

The funeral services was held in the U. B. church of Byrds Creek, conducted by Rev. W. S. Elliott, of the U. B. church. Interment was made in the Coumbe cemetery.

In the 1851 census in Ontario, Canada, John Grimshaw, wife Mary Ann Grimshaw, children G. Thomas Grimshaw, 3, John Grimshaw, 2 and Eliza Mahoney, 7.

The census would indicate she was born approximately 1844. If the obit is correct, she was 13 or 14 when she married. Generally, the information is more accurate the closer it is to the event. It would seem more likely that she was born around 1844 and was 17 when she married. She must have been married in Canada, had her son in Canada and was widowed in Canada before they moved to Richland County in 1870.

Maybe you already have this info but I wanted to be sure to share it with you just in case.

Terry

 

Family Lore from Lyra (Albert) Hodgin (see companion webpage)

Rendition 1

Mary Mahoney (mother of George (T.) Grimshaw) was born in County of Cork Ireland. Came to Canada by boat. Her husband and baby were buried at sea. She lived where she skated on the St. Lawrence River. They told us she crossed the river on ice to buy things in the U.S. She married John Grimshaw who was a sailor on one of the Great Lakes. I do not know which one. In the early 1900s he lived in Richland Center, Wis. with his daughter Lyda Ritchie. He came to visit in Oacoma, S.D. in the summer of 1906 with his son George (T.) Grimshaw. I remember him.

Rendition 3 (No reference to Lida in Rendition 2)


To go back to John G., he married Mary Mahoney. They pronounced Mahoney with accent on the first syllable. She was born in Ireland in County Cork we were told and her husband and baby died coming to Canada and were buried at sea. She must have lived in Ontario, Canada, as we were told by our grandfather that his mother was a very good ice skater. She would skate across the St. Lawrence River to buy things in the U.S. and could skate faster going home than the revenue men to keep from paying duty. She was a very tiny woman he said. When she carried two pails of water they almost touched the ground. We don’t know when or where she met John G(rimshaw) but I think George was born at Richland Center, Wisconsin. She must have died fairly young. Her death date is 1880 and John’s 1907. There were five children, George, Mike, Alex, Johnnie and Lyda. We do not know anything about George’s brothers but I remember of our mother talking of her Aunt Lyda, who lived in Richland Center. She was postmistress there for years they said and I faintly remember of their talking of Johnnie being in S.D. after George came. Lyda’s married name was Ritchie.

Rendition 5

Grandpa also told us that his father was a sailor on the Great Lakes. Possibly Lake Michigan since George and Aris Ladd were married there at Richland Center, Wis. And the family lived there. Grandpa’s sister Lyda whose married name was Ritchie, was postmistress of Richland Center in the early 1900s.

Final Resting Places

John James and Mary Ann are buried in the Dayton Corners cemetery in Richland County, Wisconsin, as are their son and daughter-in-law, John Etimer and Eliza (Norris) Grimshaw. A photo of John James and Mary Ann’s headstone, from Bob Grimshaw, is shown in Figure 33. Also buried with them is Clark Grimshaw, their infant grandson, who died in 1879.

The website author made two trips to this cemetery, in ___ and again in 2006. The marble headstone has deteriorated significantly; it wasn’t until the second visit to the gravesite that the author came to the realization that both John James, Mary Ann and Clark Grimshaw were all buried at the marker location. [Gravestone transcriptions needed.]

Figure 33. Gravestone of John James and Mary Ann (Mahoney) Grimshaw. Thanks to Bob Grimshaw for providing this photo. Taken November 2000.

Photos of the Dayton Corners Church, cemetery and gravestone are shown below. Photos taken May 2006.

Dayton Church, Front View

Sign above Front Door Indicating Date Church Was Founded

Dayton Corners Cemetery Sign. John and Mary Ann Grimshaw’s can be seen as the small white spire to the left of the sign.

View of John and Mary Ann Grimshaw’s gravesite with Dayton Corners Church in background.

John Etimer and Eliza (Norris) Grimshaw are also buried in Dayton Corners cemetery, as shown below.

Gravestone of John and Eliza, which includes daughters Ida and Alice, who died young. Ida is included in both gravestones.

Rear view of John and Eliza Grimshaw’s gravestone, with Dayton Corners Church in background and John and Mary Ann (Mahoney) Grimshaw’s gravestone visible to the left of the church (small white spire).

John James and Mary Ann Grimshaw’s son, William Alexander Grimshaw, and members of his family are buried in Bowen Cemetery, which is north of Richland Center.

Alex and Jane Grimshaw’s Grave, with the graves of three of their children (William Alexander apparently went by “Alex” for most of his life).

Grave of Jonas Grimshaw, second child of Alex and Jane Grimshaw

Grave of Turner Grimshaw, sixth child of Alex and Jane Grimshaw

Grave of Clarence Grimshaw, twelfth child of Alex and Jane Grimshaw

Entrance to Bowen Cemetery, north of Richland Center, WI

George Thomas and Aris (Ladd) Grimshaw are buried in the Presho cemetery in South Dakota.

Graves of George and Aris Grimshaw at Presho, South Dakota. The two graves can be seen on the left side of the upper photo. The grave of their son, Walter, can also be seen just to the right of the tree on the right side of the upper photo. A closeup of the gravestones of George and Aris is in the lower photo. Photo tTaken June 1999.

John James married a second time after the death of Mary Ann, to Margaret (Newburn) Daughtee. The marriage occurred in 1881, when she was 47 and John was 51. Margaret is buried with her first husband, Robert S Daughtee, at Newburn Cemetery (also called Eagle Corners cemetery), which is located 1- to 12 miles southwest of Richland Center, within a few hundred yards of the Wisconsin River.

The gravestone of Margaret and her first husband, Robert Daughtee, is very difficult to read for transcription.

View of portion of Newburn Cemetery, which is located on Newburn Lane. Margaret and her first husband’s marker is near the fence and tree on the right side of the photo.

Location of Dayton Corners and Bowen Cemeteries

Grimshaw Families in Southwest Wisconsin

Coincidentally, at least four separate Grimshaw family lines immigrated to the same general area northwest of Madison, Wisconsin. These family locations are shown in the map below. The Richland Center Grimshaws were John James and Mary Ann (Mahoney) Grimshaw, who are descended from George and Charlotte (Menard) Grimshaw and are described on this webpage. The Oakdale & Camp Douglas Grimshaws are also descended from George and Charlotte and are described on a two companion webpages (Alexander Eli Grimshaw and Eli George Grimshaw). George Grimshaw, the father, is also apparently buried at Oakdale. The Ironton Grimshaws (Grunshaws) are described on a companion webpage. The Elroy Grimshaw families are described on the Henry and Mary (Mann) webpage (see companion webpage).

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Latter-Day Descendants of John and Mary Ann Grimshaw: Thomas T., Robert W. and Thomas W. Grimshaw

Three descendants of John and Mary Ann have the Grimshaw surname and are cooperating to piece together the family history, with photos, of this branch of the family tree (our apologies to the many other descendants who are also contributing to the effort!) Figure 33 shows Thomas T. Grimshaw, descendant of William Alexander and Robert W. Grimshaw, descendant of Michael Henry. Figure 34 shows Robert with Thomas W. Grimshaw, descendant of George Thomas, and author of this website.

Figure 33. Living Descendants of John and Mary Ann with the Grimshaw Surname: Thomas T. (Left) and Robert W. Grimshaw. (Photo from Bob Grimshaw, Modesto, CA, April and August 1999.)

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Figure 33. Living Descendants of John and Mary Ann with the Grimshaw Surname: Thomas W. and Robert W. Grimshaw. (Photo from Bob Grimshaw, Modesto, CA, April and August 1999.)

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Webpage posted September 2000. Updated June 2008 with creation of separate webpage for Dorothy (Zastrow) Grimshaw album webpage. Banner replaced April 2011.