John & Margaret (Hartley) Grimshaw

Quaker Immigrants to New York and Ohio

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John Grimshaw was descended from the Edward and Dorothy (Raner) Grimshaw line of Quakers. He and his wife, Margaret, were from Holbeck, near Leeds. They emigrated to the U.S. in 1803 and settled in Dutchess County, New York, where John was engaged in woolen manufacture. Subsequently they moved to Jefferson County, Ohio. John was apparently instrumental in the immigration of three of his nephews (John, Samuel and Joseph Grimshaw), inasmuch as they settled near his family in Jefferson County, Ohio. Information on Samuel and Mary (Shackleton) Grimshaw, parents of John, Samuel and Joseph, is provided on a companion webpage. Nephew Samuel Grimshaw (see companion webpage) settled in New Brunswick and later became a physician before coming to Ohio. John and Margaret Grimshaw’s grandnephew, Samuel (son of Joseph), was awarded the medal of honor for valor during the U.S. Civil War (see companion webpage).


Webpage Credits

Ancestor and Descendant Chart for John Grimshaw

Immigration and Census Records

What Is Known of the Lives of John and Margaret Grimshaw and Their Family?

Autograph Book Entry by Rachel (Grimshaw) Scholfield

Additional Information from Keith Fawcett

Samuel Grimshaw, Probable Grand-Nephew of John and Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient



Webpage Credits

Thanks go to Gregory McReynolds for providing the family information and descendant chart for this webpage Much of the information he obtained in the 1970s from Reg Pearson in Yorkshire, who deserves credit for the original research.

Ancestor and Descendant Chart for John Grimshaw

The ancestors, siblings and descendants of John Grimshaw are shown in Figure 1 down to their great-grandchildren. This line is clearly connected to the Yorkshire line of Edward and Dorothy (Raner) Grimshaw, which is described on a companion webpage. Specifically, it is in the John and Grace (Ibbitson) subline of the Yorkshire line.

Figure 1. Ancestors and descendants of James Grimshaw down through his great-grandchildren.

1. Edward Grimshaw 1559 – 1635 + Esibell Collier

— *2nd Wife of Edward Grimshaw + Doryte Ranen

|–|–2. William Grimshaw

|–|–2. Abraham Grimshaw 1603 – 1669/70 + Sarah Collier – 1695

|–|–|–3. Abraham Grimshaw 1650 – 1707

|–|–|–3. Jeremiah Grimshaw 1653 – 1721 + Mary Stockton – 1691

———-*2nd Wife of Jeremiah Grimshaw + Sarah Overend – 1699

|–|–|–3. Marie Grimshaw 1654 – 1691

|–|–|–3. Sarah Grimshaw 1656 –

|–|–|–3. Josias Josiah Grimshaw 1658 – 1722 + Sarah Ibbitson 1667 –

|–|–|–3. Rebecca Grimshaw 1661 – 1696

|–|–|–3. John Grimshaw 1664 – 1744 + Grace Ibbitson – 1701

|–|–|–|–4. Hannah Grimshaw 1697/98 – + John Lister

|–|–|–|–4. John Grimshaw 1701 – 1701

———- *2nd Wife of John Grimshaw + Phebe Cockshaw 1678 – 1747/48

|–|–|–|–4. John Grimshaw 1703 – 1769 + Sarah Cowper 1703 – 1780

|–|–|–|–|–5. John Grimshaw 1728 – 1790 + Hannah Firth 1729 – 1801

|–|–|–|–|–|–6. Sarah Grimshaw 1759 – 1804

|–|–|–|–|–|–6. Mary Grimshaw 1761 –


John Grimshaw 1764 – 1836 + Margaret Hartley 1768 – 1835

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–7. Sarah Grimshaw 1792 – 1863 + Daniel Worrall

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–7. John Grimshaw 1794 – 1794

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–7. Hannah Grimshaw 1795 – 1861

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–7. Tabitha Grimshaw 1798 – 1828 + Benjamin Hoyle – 1875

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–8. Sarah Hoyle 1821 – 1885 + Edmund Stanton 1816 – 1850

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–9. Rebecca Stanton 1842 – 1904 + Robert Smith 1840 –

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–10. Edmund Smith 1861 – 1924 + Eliza D. Hall 1853 –

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–9. Daniel Stanton 1850 – 1919 + Rebecca Bundy 1853 –

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–10. Sarah E. Stanton 1873 – + Nathan E. Stanton 1875 –

—————————- *2nd Husband of Sarah Hoyle + Ezekiel Bundy 1807 – 1866

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–8. Josiah Hoyle 1822 – 1825

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–8. John Grimshaw Hoyle 1827 –

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–7. Jane Grimshaw 1799 – + Charles Hambleton

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–7. Margaret Grimshaw 1801 – + Joseph Talbott

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–7. Mary Grimshaw 1802 – 1802

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–7. Rachel Grimshaw 1804 – 1883 + Andrew Scholfield 1805 – 1851

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–8. Thomas S. Schofield 1827 – + Caroline Ackley

————————— *2nd Wife of Thomas S. Schofield + Josephine Guthry

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–9. John Schofield – 1877

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–9. Ada Schofield 1869 –

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–9. Blanche Schofield 1871 –

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–8. John Issachar Schofield 1828 – 1877 + Belinda Hobson 1834 – 1924

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–9. Andrew Schofield 1863 – 1954 + Ruanna Peebles

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–10. John Schofield 1901 – + Dorothy Smith

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–10. William Schofield 1903 – + Eunice Williams – 1932

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–9. Lydia Jane Schofield 1864 – 1932 + Willis Thomas Fawcett 1864 – 1931

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–10. Alice Schofield Fawcett 1890 – 1956 + Ross F. Emerson

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–10. Marie Fawcett 1893 – 1957 + John Paul Jones – 1957

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–10. Raymond Lindley Fawcett 1894 – 1987 + Luora Evelyn Fleming 1910 – 1994

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–10. J. Clair Fawcett 1898 – 1898

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–10. Edith Clara Fawcett 1901 – 1983 + Edgar O. Rinker 1877 – 1932

———————————- *2nd Husband of Edith Clara Fawcett + Albert Ward Stevens

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–10. Clifford Willis Fawcett 1903 – 1988 + Lillian Sarah Ricket 1910 – 1997

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–10. Lois Marguerite Fawcett 1907 – + Harold R. Lestico 1909 – 1986

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–9. Rachel Ann Schofield 1865 – 1912 + Edwin T. Worthington – 1912

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–10. Grace Worthington 1895 – 1969

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–10. Jesse J. Worthington 1898 – + Emily Fisher

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–10. Walter Worthington 1900 – + Blanche Bartmess 1906 – 1975

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–9. Stephen Schofield 1867 – 1927 + Annie Fawcett 1869 – 1897

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–10. Blanche E. Schofield 1893 – + Gilbert Thomas – 1962

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–10. Clarence I. Schofield 1896 – + Bessie Rawe Elliott

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–10. George Arnold Patterson 1904 – + Dortha B. Carter 1903 –

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–10. John Schofield Patterson 1909 – 1979 + Doria Kennard

———————————– *2nd Wife of John Schofield Patterson + Sarah Tucker 1910 – 1966

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–9. Issacher Schofield 1874 – 1894

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–8. Margaret Schofield 1831 – 1849

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–8. Issachar Schofield 1833 – + Mary Hanks

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–|–8. William Schofield 1835 – 1851

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–7. John Grimshaw 1808 – 1808

|–|–|–|–|–|–|–7. Phebe Grimshaw 1812 – 1849 + John Sears

|–|–|–|–|–|–6. William Grimshaw 1766 – 1791

|–|–|–|–|–|–6. Samuel Grimshaw 1769 – 1844 + Mary Bentley 1769 – 1799

——————– *2nd Wife of Samuel Grimshaw + Mary Shackleton

|–|–|–|–|–|–6. Hannah Grimshaw 1772 –

|–|–|–|–|–5. Sarah Grimshaw 1729/30 –

|–|–|–|–|–5. William Grimshaw 1731 – + Hannah Adamson

|–|–|–|–|–5. Mary Grimshaw 1733 –

|–|–|–|–|–5. Hannah Grimshaw 1736 –

|–|–|–|–|–5. Tabitha Grimshaw 1739 –

|–|–|–|–|–5. Benjamin Grimshaw 1741 – 1804 + Catherine Whaley – 1827

|–|–|–|–|–5. Ruth Grimshaw 1744 –

|–|–|–|–4. Rebecca Grimshaw 1705 – 1783 + Timothy Cooper

|–|–|–|–4. Jonathon Grimshaw 1708 – 1768 + Ellen Dale 1723 – 1798

|–|–|–|–4. Phebe Grimshaw 1711 –

|–|–|–|–4. Jeremiah Grimshaw 1713 –

|–|–|–|–4. David Grimshaw 1715 – 1790

|–|–|–|–4. Sarah Grimshaw 1724 –

Immigration and Census Records

John was recorded as having registered1 as a British alien during the War of 1812. This record is shown as follows on entry #17 of the companion webpage on Grimshaw immigration records:



17. John Grimshaw, 1812, New York



Scott, Kenneth, compiler, 1979

John was another Grimshaw (the third) who registered during the War of 1812 as a British alien, with the following record included in the reference (Scott, 1979, p. 123):


Grimshaw, John, age 48, 10 years in U.S., wife & 6 children, Washington, Dutchess Co., woolen manufacturer (12-17 Oct. 1812)

John lived upstate in New York, in Dutchess County, and was married with 6 children. He was 48 and worked in the woolen manufacturing business. It appears that he may have been an earlier immigrant – arriving in about 1802 – than the other Grimshaws who registered as British aliens.



John and his family were also recorded in the U.S. Census of 18102, 18203 and 18304, as shown on the companion webpage on Grimshaws in the U.S. Census indexes. The family was living in Dutchess County in 1810 and in Jefferson County, Ohio in 1820 and 1830.

What Is Known of the Lives of John and Margaret Grimshaw and Their Family?

Information provided by Reg Pearson states that John was a shopkeeper in Leeds and emigrated to the U.S. in 1803. The family was affiliated with the Society of Friends (Quakers) in England and continued this affiliation in New York. As noted above, John was engaged in woolen manufacture in New York. It is not known how the family secured their living after moving to Ohio.

John’s father, also John, had a small grocery business in Rawdon, and later became a wool comber and moved to Leeds, where he died in 1790. John’s grandfather, again also John, was a small clothier in Calverley and then moved to Rawdon. This John helped his cousin “draw up a new lease for the Rawdon Friends Meeting House” according to Reg Pearson’s information, indicating a lengthy history of the Quaker affiliation of the family.

John and Margaret had a large family (10 children, including 8 girls,) but the boys did not survive infancy. Thus there are no descendants with the Grimshaw surviving from this family line.

Maps of Jefferson County, Ohio

Census Records in Jefferson County, Ohio

Census records from companion webpages on this website reveal a number of families descended from John and his brother, Samuel Grimshaw. As noted above, there were no male descendants from John and Margaret Grimshaw.

1820 Census: John Grimshaw of Warren Township, Jefferson County, Ohio

1830 Census: John Grimshaw of Wells Township, Jefferson County, Ohio

Father 60 to 70 years old; 1 son 15 to 20; 2 daughters 20 to 30; 1 daughter 15 to 20.

Grimshaws in the 1860 U.S. Census

John and Madelin Grimshaw

John Grimshaw, a 48-year-old machinist, was living with his wife, Madelin (age 40) in Jefferson County, Ohio. John and Madelin were both born in England. They had one daughter, Ellen M., less than 10 years old, who was born in Ohio.

Author’s Note: This John Grimshaw is almost certainly John’s nephew, son of Samuel Grimshaw

Mary (Daughter of Joseph and Anne) Grimshaw

Joseph Grimshaw, a 35-year-old farmer, was living in Jefferson County, Ohio with his 30-year-old wife, Anne and their five children (all born in Ohio) – Edmund, age 10; Louiza M, 8; James, 7; Hannah, 6; and Mary, 5. Joseph and Anne were also born in Ohio. Interestingly, the census record is indexed on little Mary rather than her father, Joseph.

Author’s Note: Joseph Grimshaw is another nephew of John Grimshaw – the son of Samuel Grimshaw. This is almost certainly Samuel Grimshaw’s (next entry) family of origin. Note that Edmund is shown as 10 years old, the same age as Samuel. Were they twins? Did Samuel go to live with his aunt and uncle for economic reasons?

Samuel Grimshaw

Ten-year-old Samuel Grimshaw was living in Jefferson County, Ohio with the family of Thomas and Margaret Blackburn. He was a native of Ohio.

Author’s Note: Samuel was probably living with his uncle Thomas Blackburn, likely the brother of his mother, Ann (Blackburn) Grimshaw. Samuel was the son of Joseph Grimshaw and the grandson of Samuel Grimshaw, John Grimshaw’s brother.

Samuel and Alice Grimshaw

Samuel Grimshaw, a 42-year-old physician, was living with his wife, Alice (age 35), and daughter Mari (age 10) in Jefferson County, Ohio. Samuel was from England, Alice from Ireland. Interestingly, Mari was born in New Brunswick– did Samuel and Alice meet and marry in New Brunswick after immigrating separately? Catherine McFarland, who was living with the family, was in all likelihood Alice’s mother, since her age is about right and she too was born in Ireland

Author’s Note: Samuel is a third nephew of John Grimshaw – the son of Samuel Grimshaw

Autograph Book Entry by Rachel (Grimshaw) Scholfield

One of the remaining records of this family is an entry into an autograph book by Rachel, the 8th child of John and Margarret; it is shown in Figure 2. This entry reads as follows:

For Lydia

Oh may thy future hours be given

To peace to wisdom and to Heaven

Thy hopes disdain a mortal birth

Thy joys ascend a bove the earth

1882            Thy Grand mother

Rachel G Scholfield

Lydia Jane Schofield (later Fawcett) would have been about 18 years old when her grandmother wrote this entry in her autograph book.

Figure 2. Image of Autograph Book Entry by Rachel (Grimshaw) Scholfield

Additional Information from Keith Fawcett

In July 2003, Keith Fawcett provided substantial additional information on the Grimshaw and Schofield lines. His contributions are shown below.


July 28, 2003

I did receive your e-mail requesting information on Lydia Schofield. It took a while for me to get this together for you and I hope this is what you were looking for. If you need anything sideways or deeper back, just let me know. At any rate, please to reply that you have received this from me. As I mentioned before, Lydia was my grandmother.

From Lydia back:

Lydia Jane Schofield was born Sept. 20, 1864 in Chesterhill Ohio and died on Jan.8, 1932 in Altadena, CA. is buried in the Friends Cemetery there. I have a picture of the flat stone marker which was characteristic of all Friends markers in that section of the Cemetery. She married Willis Thomas Fawcett on April 16, 1889. Willis was born May 4, 1864 in Chesterhill. OH. They moved to Pasadena, California in 1926. Willis died Jan.2, 1931 (the year I was born). I never saw either grandparent, nor they me.

Willis and Lydia had moved from Ohio to West Branch, Iowa in 1884. Dates of marriage and moving don’t seem very logical.

Lydia was the daughter of John Issacher Schofield, born Dec. 28, 1828 in Stillwater, Belmont Co. Ohio and died on Feb.22, 1877 in Chesterhill, Morgan Co. Ohio. He had married Belinda Hobson (the daughter of Stephan Hobson and Lydia Watt) on Mar.26, 1862 in Chesterhill. Belinda was born on Mar. 20, 1834 near Richmond, Jefferson Co. OH and died Dec. 19, 1924 in Chestehill.

John Issacher Schofield’s father was Andrew Schofield, born may 23, 1805 in Washington City, Maryland and died Aug. 14, 1851 in Eagleville, WI. Andrew married RACHEL GRIMSHAW (born Oct.20, 1804 in Duchess Co, NY and died Sept.15, 1893 in Chesterhill, Ohio) on Oct. 19, 1825 in Smithfield, Meetinghouse, OH. My family up to my father had been 10 or 11 generations of Quakers, (Society of Friends).

Andrew Schofield’s father was Issacher Schofield 1765 – 1834. If you need more specific dates etc. let me know. Andrew Schofield married Edith Marshall 1770-?.

RACHEL GRIMSHAW’S father was John Grimshaw (born Aug.13, 1766 in England and died Nov.26, 1836 in Jefferson Co. OH). Married Margaret Hartley (born in England and died Oct. 16, 1835) on Dec.12, 1791 in York Co. England. I would be interested in knowing where in England they were born if you have that information. My father’s side originated in the Yorkshire area – again, all Quakers back to 1660.

John Grimshaw’s father was John Grimshaw IV (?) and his mother was Hannah Firth.

Margaret Hartley’s father was Benjamin Hartley and her mother was Sara ?.

I’m sure that you have all this information.

From Lydia forward:

Lydia and Willis had seven children. Marie 1893-1987, Alice 1890 – ?, Edith, Clifford, Lois, J. Claire died at birth, and my father Raymond Lindley Fawcett 1894-1987 born in West Branch Iowa, across the road from the Herbert Hoover birth place.

Raymond married Luora Evelyn Fleming in Iowa City, Iowa in 1930. I, the only child, was born July 15, 1931 in Iowa City, IA.

I, Keith Lindley Fawcett, married Mary Louise Nelson of Packwood Iowa, in 1956. We have three children, Scott Lindley1958, Todd Nelson1961, and Meghan Rae 1970. Todd now in St. Paul, MN has two children, Brittany Ann Fawcett 1988, and Jacob Nelson Fawcett 1994. That’s about it, unless you need more details, which I doubt very much.

It is great to share family with people who are interested. I have retired now for 15 years from teaching music here in Wisconsin and have many projects and hobbies to keep me busy. This genealogy is my last major project I hope to finish.

Please let me know if this has helped.

Very Best, Keith Lindley Fawcett

5800 Ledge Crest Road

De Pere, WI. 54115


July 29, 2003

Thank you for all the websites and information. Every little bit helps to fill in the gaps.

Interestingly, One of your sources in my first cousin once removed. Greg McReynolds is the son of my 1st cousin, Mary Jane (Fawcett) McReynolds. I visited them about 5 years ago in Pasadena. Greg has picked up the family genealogy from my deceased cousin James Lindley Emerson who began this many years ago. Most of my information has come from James and Greg.

The poetry from Rachel to my grandmother Lydia was most interesting. Lydia lived for many years having my paternal great-grandmother, Mary Huestis Fawcett staying with she and Willis. Mary Huestis Fawcett, a good Quaker and Temperance leader actually published two books of poetry.

At this time I do not find any pictures of Andrew and Rachel, however I am not giving up. I do have pictures of the Friends Cemetery and stones in Pasadena (or Altadena).

Thanks again for your correspondence. (Are you retired?)

Very best regards, Keith Lindley Fawcett

Samuel Grimshaw, Grand-Nephew of John and Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient

It appears that Samuel Grimshaw, son of Joseph and Ann (Blackburn) Grimshaw, was the grandson of Samuel Grimshaw, who married first Mary Bentley and second Mary Shackleton. The grandfather Samuel, as shown in the descendant chart above, was the brother of John Grimshaw, the subject of this webpage. The younger Samuel is the subject of a companion webpage.


1Scott, Kenneth, compiler, 1979, British Aliens in the United States During the War of 1812: Baltimore, MD, Genealogical Publishing Co., 420 p.

21810 Index

31820 Index

41830 Index

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Webpage posted April 2001. Updated August 2003 with info from Keith Fawcett. Updated May 2004 with census information and description of connection to Samuel Grimshaw, recipient of Medal of Honor in the Civil War. Updated June 2008 with addition of information on the immigration of his nephews John, Samuel and Joseph.