Zephaniah Grimshaw

and His Many Family Lines

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Zephaniah Grimshaw was born in New Hampshire in about 1791 and was almost certainly the son of  William and Elizabeth(Zephaniah)Grimshaw, since that was the only Grimshaw family living in the area at the time. After marrying his first wife in New Hampshire, Zephaniah moved first to Vermont, then Mooers (Clinton County), New York and then Upper Canada (Quebec), where he lived most of his life in the area south of Montreal. A few years before his death, he moved back to Clinton County, New York. He died in Churubusco, New York, and is believed to be buried in that area, although his grave has not yet been found.

Zephaniah was no doubt one of the most prolific Grimshaws in history; he had about 22 children with three or four women, and he had around 102 grandchildren.

Webpages have been prepared for Zephaniah Grimshaw’s brother, George(married Charlotte Menard) and Levi (marriedHannah Towne) and his son, William Grimshaw (marriedMaryann Blair)

Contents

 

Webpage Credits

Summary Descendant Chart for Zephaniah and His Wives

Zephaniah Grimshaw’s Biography from Bill O’Halloran’s Webpage

Zephaniah Grimshaw’s Infromation on Calvin Lamb’s Webpage

Charles Wesley Grimshaw, Only Known Photo of a Child of Zephaniah Grimshaw

References

 

Webpage Credits

Thanks go to Barbara Bonner, Calvin Lamb, and Bill O’Halloran for their hard work in researching the family history and lines of Zephaniah and for sharing their information freely with the author. Thanks to Barbara Bonner in particular for making this information on the Zepheniah Grimshaw family lines available to the author.

Summary Descendant Chart for Zephaniah Grimshaw and his Wives

Zephaniah Grimshaw apparently had children with four or five women, some of whom he married. Barbara Bonner has compiled the most complete information available so far for Zephaniah’s family of origin, William and Elizabeth (Zephaniah) Grimshaw (see companion webpage). A portion of Barbara’s descendant is extracted below for Zephaniah Grimshaw and his four or five wives and his children and grandchildren.

Wife 1: Jerusha Hunter

Betrothed and married in New Hampshire. See record below descendant chart.

Zephaniah Grimshaw (Bet. 1788 – 1790 – Abt 1872) + Jerusha Hunter (Unk – Bef 1821)
|–1 William Grimshaw (Abt 1812 – 07 December 1897) + Mary Ann Blair (Abt 1813 – 06 November 1883)
|–|–2 Thomas Grimshaw (06 May 1831 – 01 September 1876) + Anna S. Lathrop (10 September 1831 – 28 February 1926)
|–|–2 Melissa Grimshaw (06 March 1835 – Aft. 1907) + Thomas Murray Harkness (01 January 1826 – 14 March 1907)
|–|–2 Almira Grimshaw (02 April 1837 – 28 April 1919) + John Gillespie (06 December 1821 – 08 July 1907)
|–|–2 Samantha Ann Grimshaw (29 October 1839 – 26 April 1883) + James Blair (26 April 1834 – 29 September 1877)
|–|–2 William W. Grimshaw (28 February 1842 – 27 May 1918) + Maria Wilson (1841 – 22 December 1884)
……… *2nd Wife of William W. Grimshaw: Jane Michea (31 October 1861 – 11 January 1926)
|–|–2 Henry Grimshaw (10 July 1844 – 27 June 1925) + Lucinda Thompson (Abt 1844 – 10 July 1900)
|–|–2 Delos. Grimshaw (22 June 1845 – 12 February 1905) + Sarah J. Hutton (01 August 1858 – 31 January 1934)
|–|–2 Hiram Grimshaw (18 February 1850 – 26 December 1868)
|–|–2 Silas Arthur Grimshaw (11 June 1851 – 05 January 1929) + Julia Turcotte (21 September 1854 – 09 December 1927)
|–|–2 Robert Grimshaw (02 November 1852 – 06 September 1853)
|–|–2 James Grimshaw (02 November 1852 – 13 May 1932) + Elizabeth Turcotte (Abt 1852 – 12 September 1885)
|–|–2 Mary Ann Grimshaw (Abt 1858 – 24 May 1898) + John Lemmon (14 May 1856 – 01 June 1925)
|–1 Samantha Lucretia Grimshaw (07 February 1813 – 25 June 1893) + John Blair (10 October 1811 – 01 November 1884)
|–|–2 Mary Ann Blair (30 May 1832 – 07 February 1893) + William Trainer (Abt 1820 – 02 January 1884)
|–|–2 Melissa Blair (31 May 1842 – 19 January 1899) + William Adams (17 November 1840 – 17 May 1888)
|–|–2 Jurucia Ann Blair (08 July 1843 – 17 July 1843)
|–|–2 Samantha Jane Blair (25 August 1845 – 12 January 1892)
|–|–2 Elizabeth Blair (02 January 1847 – 21 July 1898) + John L. Rowe (Unk – Unk)
|–|–2 John Blair (02 September 1848 – Unk) + Margaret Ann Greer (Unk – Unk)
|–|–2 James H. Blair (03 April 1850 – 05 April 1887) + Maria Jackson (Abt 14 September 1850 – 23 August 1881)
|–|–2 William Henry Blair (28 January 1852 – 28 January 1875) + Ellen Thompson (Unk – Unk)
|–|–2 Lucy Blair (16 February 1856 – 16 February 1856)
|–|–2 Thomas Albert Blair (17 June 1857 – 07 December 1861)
|–1 [Mary Grimshaw] (Unk – Unk) + Merritt Ghee/Gee (Unk – Unk)
|–|–2 Frances H. Ghee/Gee (Abt 1845 – Unk) + Charles P. Bass (Abt 1838 – Unk)

|–1 Edward Grimshaw (Abt 1815 – ?) + Hannah Carr (Abt 1818 – ?) [Note: Not in Barbara Bonner chart.]
|–|–2 Edward Elias Grimshaw (About 1845 – )
|–|–2 William H. Grimshaw (About 1846 – )
|–|–2 Leonard Grimshaw (About 1848 – )
|–|–2 Charlotte E. Grimshaw (About 1849 – )

The town records of Haverhill Town1 (p. 467, 469) include publishment of the intention of marriage (February 14, 1811) and the actual marriage (February 15, 1811) of Zephaniah Grimshaw and Jerusha Hunter. Images of the two records are shown below from a companion webpage.

 

Marriage Intention Record

 

Marriage Record

Wife 2: Roxie ?

John Nelson Grimshaw may actually have been the first child of Asenath Grimshaw with Zephaniah; she was his 3rd wife.

… *2nd Wife of Zephaniah Grimshaw: Roxie ?
|–1 John Nelson Grimshaw (19 January 1821 – 05 September 1863) + Emeline Wilson (Unk – Unk)
|–|–2 Mary Ann Grimshaw (04 May 1841 – Unk)
|–|–2 Adeline Grimshaw (18 January 1845 – Unk)
|–|–2 John Nelson Grimshaw (Abt 1846 – Unk)
|–|–2 Lucy Roxy Grimshaw (10 March 1848 – Unk)
|–|–2 Barrilla Grimshaw (Abt August 1850 – Unk)
|–|–2 George Lucien Grimshaw (Abt 1851 – Unk)
|–|–2 Stephen Judson Grimshaw (07 September 1852 – Unk)
|–|–2 Henry Scott Grimshaw (Abt 1854 – Unk)
|–|–2 Alfred Grimshaw (Abt 1855 – Unk)
|–|–2 Harve Wilson Grimshaw (07 November 1856 – Unk)
|–|–2 James Alfred Grimshaw (Abt 1858 – Unk)
|–|–2 Sarah Jane Grimshaw (15 January 1859 – Unk)
|–|–2 Edith Mary Grimshaw (11 January 1862 – Unk)
|–|–2 McDonald Grimshaw (Abt 1863 – Unk)

Wife 3: Asenath (Noakes) Hunter


… *3rd Wife of Zephaniah Grimshaw: Asenath Noakes (Abt 1792 – 1863)

|–1 Harriet Grimshaw (Abt 1824 – 05 March 1907) + Eli [Robert] Gay (Abt 1825 – 12 February 1904)
|–|–2 Robert Eli Gay (Abt 1847 – 22 January 1928) + Ann Reid (Abt 1852 – Unk)
|–|–2 Elmira Gay (Abt 1848 – Unk)
|–|–2 Esther Gay (Abt 1850 – Unk) + Samuel Cain (Abt 1838)
…………….. *2nd Husband of Esther Gay: Francis Atkinson (Abt 1861 – Unk)
…………….. *3rd Husband of Esther Gay: Peter Duff (Abt 1840 – Unk)
|–|–2 William H. Gay (Abt 1857 – Unk)
|–|–2 Edwin Gay (Abt 1858 – Unk) + Mary Jane White (Abt 1863)
|–|–2 Elias Gay (15 October 1861 – Unk) + Christina Reid (17 May 1864 – Unk)

|–1 Charles Wesley Grimshaw (18 April 1825 – 25 January 1898) + Lucinda M. Covey (01 June 1822 – 30 May 1905)
|–|–2 Cerene Grimshaw (16 September 1847 – 21 April 1932) + J. Danforth Frier (11 December 1849 – 03 August 1927)
|–|–2 Susannah Grimshaw (23 December 1848 – 13 March 1910) + Joseph Dewey O’Dell (08 November 1821 – 11 May 1903)
|–|–2 William Charles Grimshaw (06 September 1850 – September 1920) + Mary O’Dell (August 1854 – 1916)
|–|–2 Lucretia Grimshaw (Abt 1852 – 28 July 1857)
|–|–2 Henry Grimshaw (Abt 1854 – 12 November 1857)
|–|–2 Charles Grimshaw (Abt 1856 – 03 January 1858)
|–|–2 Webster John Grimshaw (14 October 1858 – 09 April 1927) + Leah Ann Thompson (26 March 1863 – 23 September 1898)
……… *2nd Wife of Webster John Grimshaw: Lucy [Grimshaw] (Abt 1857 – Unk)
……… *3rd Wife of Webster John Grimshaw: Eva [Grimshaw] (Abt 1858 – 22 April 1933)
|–|–2 Chester Grimshaw (03 February 1861 – Unk)
|–|–2 Alberta Velona Grimshaw (15 September 1863 – Unk) + [Unk] Smith (Unk – Unk)
|–|–2 Martha Jane Grimshaw (23 September 1865 – Unk) + Charles Everest Speck (12 August 1860)
|–|–2 Euphemia Cecelia Grimshaw (26 February 1867 – 15 April 1929) + Gilbert Middlemiss (Unk)
|–1 Timothy Edson Oldin Grimshaw (28 February 1827 – Unk) + Agnes Craik (Abt 1828 – Unk)
|–|–2 Andrew Craik Grimshaw (26 September 1847 – Unk) + Anna [Grimshaw] (July 1854 – Unk)
|–|–2 Amey Grimshaw (29 July 1849)
|–|–2 Emma Grimshaw (Abt 1851 – Unk)
|–|–2 James Grimshaw (Abt 1853 – Unk)
|–|–2 Kate Grimshaw (Abt 1856 – Unk)
|–|–2 Alice Grimshaw (Abt 1858 – Unk)
|–|–2 Timothy J. Grimshaw (Abt 1860 – Unk)
|–|–2 Agnes Grimshaw (Abt 1868 – Unk)
|–|–2 Matilda Grimshaw (Abt 1867 – Unk)
|–1 Barzillai Grimshaw (02 April 1829 – January 1890) + Louisa Nokes (Abt October 1835 – 25 July 1877)
|–|–2 Daniel Grimshaw (Abt 1851 – Unk)
|–|–2 Hiram Grimshaw (June 1856 – Unk) + Lillian Kennedy (Unk – March 1897)
|–|–2 Alfred Grimshaw (16 November 1858 – 16 September 1926) + Ida M. Kennedy (Abt 1864 – December 1903)
|–|–2 William Grimshaw (Abt 1858 – Bef 1888) + Hattie Bryant (Abt 1865 – 01 January 1919)
|–|–2 Melissa Emma Grimshaw (Abt 1859 – 08 December 1923) + George Cheyne (Abt October 1855 – Abt June 1916)
|–|–2 Elmer Louis Grimshaw (19 November 1861 – Abt January 1933) + Jane (Jennie) Edmonds (Abt 1868 – Unk)
|–|–2 Edward Grimshaw (13 October 1864 – 30 April 1947) + Mary [Grimshaw] (Abt May 1864 – 14 September 1925)
……… *2nd Wife of Edward Grimshaw: Etta Holt (Abt 1865 – 21 March 1954)
|–|–2 Clarissa Grimshaw (April 1868 – Unk) + Benjamin S. Hayes (July 1871 – Unk)
…… *2nd Wife of Barzillai Grimshaw: Abigail Towne Kiley (June 1856 – Unk)
|–|–2 Charles Grimshaw (05 January 1880 – 15 June 1966) + Lottie Gillette (21 July 1886 – June 1975)
|–|–2 Frank Grimshaw (November 1882 – Bef 1920) + Ella M. Sherman (07 May 1883 – January 1974)
|–|–2 Bradley Grimshaw (May 1885 – 30 June 1903)
|–|–2 Ernest Albert Grimshaw (18 January 1884 – October 1946) + Ida Mae Gillette (1884 – 1963)
|–|–2 Minnie Grimshaw (October 1890 – Unk) + William Lewis (Abt 1873 – 1958
|–|–2 [Unk] Grimshaw (Bef 1890)
|–|–2 [Unk] Grimshaw (Bef 1890 – Bef 1900)
|–1 Elizabeth Grimshaw (05 December 1832 – 06 December 1892) + Nicholas Sr. Middlemiss (08 July 1825 – 03 February 1915)
|–|–2 James Middlemiss (19 March 1850 – 05 March 1881)
|–|–2 Albert Zephania Middlemiss (02 May 1855 – 17 January 1917) + Elizabeth English (16 February 1858 – 15 February 1924)
|–|–2 Nicholas Jr. Middlemiss (1857 – 04 October 1921) + Eleanor Gibson (1861 – 01 April 1920)
|–|–2 Gilbert Middlemiss (Abt 1861 – 02 September 1927)
|–|–2 Jessie C. Middlemiss (Abt 1869 – Unk) + John F. Speck (Abt February 1856 – 29 November 1930)
|–1 Esther Mary Grimshaw (08 May 1834 – 24 July 1908) + Heman Miller (Unk – Bef 1861)
|–|–2 [1] Heman Wallbridge Miller (22 July 1858 – 26 May 1921) + [2] Hannah Samantha Harkness (06 September 1861 – Aft. 1921)
…… *2nd Husband of Esther Mary Grimshaw: Emanuel William Wilson (Abt 1824 – 10 July 1886)
|–|–2 Charles Wilson (07 June 1859 – 14 October 1943)
|–|–2 Nelson Wilson (August 1861)
|–|–2 Emanuel Wilson (Abt 1866 – Unk)
…… *3rd Husband of Esther Mary Grimshaw: Samuel Rivers (November 1836 – Unk)
|–1 Zephaniah Grimshaw (05 August 1836 – 22 January 1901) + Amelia (Emilie) Gay (Abt 1831 – Unk)
|–|–2 Albert Marshall Grimshaw (11 June 1858 – 11 May 1934) + Susan Hunt (17 March 1856 – 25 October 1936)
|–|–2 Joel Grimshaw (06 July 1861 – 16 January 1942)
|–|–2 Bessie Grimshaw (Abt 1862 – Unk)
|–|–2 Edwin Grimshaw (12 July 1863 – 29 March 1927) + Marjory M. Paul (Unk – 12 May 1899)
……… *2nd Wife of Edwin Grimshaw: Agnes Elsie Wells (Unk)
|–|–2 Esther Elizabeth Grimshaw (01 September 1865 – 16 February 1941) + Thomas Henry White (10 August 1852 – 26 September 1931)
|–|–2 Ellen Jane Grimshaw (30 September 1867 – 30 July 1931) + Alexander McCreight (Abt 1874 – Unk)
|–|–2 Margaret Isabella Grimshaw (25 June 1868 – 07 July 1941) + Patrick Joseph Jacklin (17 March 1861 – 14 September 1942)
…… *2nd Wife of Zephaniah Grimshaw: Mary Margaret Reid (26 July 1843 – 28 January 1921)
|–1 Lucinda E. Grimshaw (Abt 1837 – Unk) + Ezra Isham (14 January 1803 – 07 August 1877)
|–|–2 Ruth Sarah Isham (27 August 1858 – Unk) + Wells J. Connor (Abt 1854 – Bef 1900)
|–|–2 Mabel A. Isham (02 December 1860 – Unk) + John L. Tyndall (Unk – Unk)
|–|–2 Ella E. Isham (03 March 1862 – Unk) + Robert Fenwick (Abt 1857 – Unk)
|–|–2 Lida L. Isham (14 March 1863 – Unk) + George Labelle (July 1845 – Unk)
|–1 [Anna Grimshaw] (Abt 1838 – Unk)
|–1 [Elizabeth Grimshaw] (Abt 1844 – Unk)

Wife 4: Ellen Sheahan

This wife apparently died of consumption before any children were born.

…… *4th Wife of Zephaniah Grimshaw: Ellen Sheahan (Abt 1838 – 18 August 1860)

The picture of Ellen (Sheahan) Grimshaw’s gravesite in Quebec is shown below. It is from Calvin Lamb’s website.

“Grave Marker for Ellen Sheahan, wife of Zephaniah Grimshaw Sr. This marker is placed in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Hinchinbrooke Township, Quebec. Photo taken 4 OCT 2000.”

Source:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~lambs/gmk/SheahanEllen.htm 

Wife 5: Adeline Covey

…… *5th Wife of Zephaniah Grimshaw: Adaline Covey (12 June 1832 – Unk)
|–1 Barbara Grimshaw (07 March 1861 – Unk)
|–1 Orrison Grimshaw (Abt 1864 – Unk)
|–1 Henry Grimshaw (Abt 1866 – Unk)
|–1 Samuel Grimshaw (Abt 1868 – Unk)
|–1 Daniel Grimshaw (19 August 1873 – 08 February 1948) + Margaret Ann Edford (02 February 1875 – 03 November 1940)
|–|–2 Francis Russell Grimshaw (20 February 1898 – 03 December 1974) + Marion E. Labrake (06 April 1913 – 15 June 1989)
|–|–2 Robert Royal Grimshaw (02 May 1899 – March 1984) + Addie Rose Henderson (22 February 1903 – 22 April 1969)
|–|–2 Mary Pearl Grimshaw (Abt 1904) + Arthur D. Mooney (Unk)

Zephaniah Grimshaw’s Biography on Bill O’Halloran’s Webpage

A detailed and interesting biography of Zephaniah Grimshaw is provided by Bill O’Halloran on his webpage as follows (paragraph breaks added):

2. ZEPHANIAH GRIMSHAW (WILLIAM) was born Bet. 1785 – 1790 in New Hampshire, and died March 25, 1872 in Churubusco, Clinton County, NY. He married (1) JERUSHA HUNTER February 15, 1811 in Haverhill, NH. She was born WFT Est. 1779-180227,28, and died Unknown. He married (2) ROXIE ??31 Abt. 1815. She was born Unknown, and died Unknown. He married (3) SENTHA NOAKES September 22, 1847, daughter of MORRIS NOKES and AZUBAH KNAPP. She was born Abt. 1793 in Champlain, NY36, and died 1863. He married (4) ELLEN SHEAHAN Bef. 1860. She was born Abt. 1838 in Ireland, and died August 18, 1860. He married (5) ADELINE COVEY Aft. 1860, daughter of HENRY COVEY and SUSAN ??. She was born June 12, 1833 in Canada, and died January 05, 1881 in Churubusco, Clinton County, NY.

Notes for ZEPHANIAH GRIMSHAW:

Zephaniah is without a doubt my most interesting ancestor. Zephaniah was born in New Hampshire after the US Revolutionary War. He probably lived at home until his marriage in Haverhill, NH in 1811, even though he doesn’t appear in William’s household in the 1810 census.

After marrying Jerusha, he may have moved first to Vermont (where son William was born). According to Lamb & Frier Family Tree, Jerusha died & was buried in Vermont. In about 1815, he moved to Clinton Co., NY. While there he met Roxie. However, Hurd’s History of Clinton Co. says that Zephaniah “came from Rhode Island and located at an early day on lot 87” in the Town of Clinton! Supported by Bev’s search from the Clinton County GenForum – “John Nelson Grimshaw was born 1817, Clinton, Oneida, NY (probably in error, confusing the two Clintons in NY) to Zephaniah Grimshaw & Roxie”.

He was living in Mooers, Clinton County, NY by 1820, where he became romantically involved with his neightbour (& brother-in-law’s?) wife, Asenath. According to Eunice (Covey) Tucker, “Zephinire Junior Grisham came along and fell in love with Senith and chased Grandpa Hunter away.” He appears in the 1820 census with one son under 10 and two daughters under 10. By 1822, he and Sentha had moved to Huntingdon Co., PQ, where he lived for the next 45+ years. Zephaniah and Sentha proceeded to have eleven more children together over the next 20+ years, without benefit of clergy. Zephaniah and Sentha finally married in 1847. None of their children were baptized until after their marriage. Zephaniah and Sentha must then have separated or divorced, as she moved to Mont Forest, Ont. with Zeph Jr., Esther Mary and another daughter about 1855.

Before his marriage or domestic arrangement with Adeline Covey, Zeph may have married Ellen Sheahan. From old Roman Catholic Cemetery in Hinchinbrook – “Ellen, wife of Zephinah Grimshaw died Aug. 18, 1860,
age 22 years”. Zephaniah seemed to surround himself with women. In the 1861 census, Adeline Covey (single with a 3 year old child), along with another woman, Mary, lived in his house, as had the the recently departed “Ann” (Ellen?), who died of consumption at age 22. It’s interesting that his next child, with Adeline Covey, was born a mere seven months after Ellen’s untimely demise!

About 1868-70, Zeph and Adeline moved to the Township of Clinton, NY with their four children. Something must have happened to the family shortly thereafter, as some of the children were dispersed and living with other families by 1871. Zephaniah supposedly died in 1872 in Churubusco, Clinton County, NY (per Grimshawv14t1260.FTW). Unknown where he was buried. Searches of cemeteries and burial records to date have turned up nothing.

Source: http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/o/h/a/William-F-Ohalloran/GENE3-0002.html

 

 

Bill O’Halloran has prepared more information on Zephaniah Grimshaw. A summary of the information is on his website may be found at:

Bill O’Halloran’s Webpage on ZephaniahGrimshaw (Summary)

Visitors to this webpage on Zephaniah Grimshaw are also encouraged to also visit Bill O’Halloran’s webpage on Zephaniah at the following address:

http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/o/h/a/William-F-Ohalloran/GENE3-0002.html

Zephaniah Grimshaw’s Infromation on Calvin Lamb’s Webpage

Like Bill O’Halloran, Calvin Lamb has developed extensive information on Zephaniah Grimshaw. A brief biography is shown below.

“SPECULATION”


Zephaniah & Jerusha were born in New Hampshire. After their marriage in 1811, they moved to Vermont by 1812. Jerusha died & was buried in Vermont.

In about 1815, it would appear that Zephaniah Grimshaw moved to Clinton, Oneida County to be near a relative, Joseph Grimshaw, who lived in Trenton Twp, Oneida Co. While there he met Roxie. Supported by Bev’s search from the Clinton County GenForum – “John Nelson Grimshaw was born 1817, Clinton, Oneida, NY to Zephaniah Grimshaw & Roxie”.

Unfortunately, I believe that the similarity in names – Village of Clinton, Clinton Township, & Clinton County – has caused some confusion. I no longer believe that Zeph ever went to Oneida County. I believe it was Mooers, Clinton County that he came to in 1815.

He met a woman by the name of Roxie at Mooers, Clinton County about 1815 shortly after his arrival. However, soon after, there were wife problems again with Roxie & she left Zeph or she died and was buried at Moores. Around 1820 he became romantically involved with his neightbour & brother-inlaw’s wife, Asenath. He spirited Asenath (Noakes) away from her husband, James Hunter, when finally, he headed north to Canada in 1822 and settled in the Russeltown Corners area on the north edge of present day Havelock Township, Huntingdon County, Province of Quebec.

Tired of the low flat country of the Russeltown Area always flooding, Zeph moved again. This move was to his most lasting residence as he took possession of the east half of Lot 47 (47b) on the first concession of Hinchinbrooke Township, Huntingdon County, Quebec in time for the Canadian Census of 1825. Note that this farm was transferred to Franklin Township, Hinchinbrooke Region, when it was formed in 1857 from pieces of Hemmingford & Hinchinbrooke Townships along with part of Russeltown & Jamestown Regions of the Seigniory of Beauharnois. Presently the road past the property is known as Blackwood Road. From the CVHS Annual, 1982, “Sometime in the 1840’s, it appears that the Craiks built a gristmill on the Mitchell Brook, a little north of the road, on the present Henry Wilson farm, just over the Hinchinbrooke line. It was overhauled to an overshot mill in 1862, but seems to have faded from the scene shortly afterwards, being replaced by more convenient and superior grist mills.” That mill was just west of Zeph’s farm on the opposite or north side of the road. His nearest post office was at Frontier, NY, just one farm east of the south edge of his farm. This post office served both Canadians & Americans. Apparently, Frontier, NY had both a tannery & a brewery. The brewery, no doubt, motivated Zeph to grow a large crop of hops. Zephaniah and Asenath together had 11 children but were not married at that time. Finally, Zephaniah and Asenath experienced a religious union in 1847 as shown by the marriage certificate below although it appears James Hunter, Asenath’s first husband, was still alive.

Asenath became disillusioned with Zeph, possibly because of Mary, a woman, that was staying with them at the time. As a result, Asenath took Zephaniah Jr., Esther Mary & Harriet to Mount Forest, Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario in 1855. Lonely Zeph met Ellen Sheahan but she died from consumption in 1860 at the tender age of 22 or 23. Adeline Covey was available at this same time and kept Zeph company while producing five children together. It appears that Zeph sold his farm in Hinchinbrooke Region, Franklin Township maybe upon hearing of Asenath’s death in 1863 & the closing of the grist mill up & across the road. He moved with Adeline & their children to Clinton Township, Clinton County, N. Y. His last property was located at the north-west corner of Clinton Mills Road & Bull Run Road. A school was located right across the road on the north-east corner, making it easy for the young children to get to school. Unfortunately, a year before his death in 1872, it appears that Zeph & Adeline ran into great difficulties. Some if not all of their children were placed with other families. This was family break-up big time with the children separated from both parents simultaneously. Ten years later, Adeline met an early death. She was not even 48 years old.

Were James Hunter and Jerusha Hunter brother & sister? What relation was Joseph Grimshaw to Zeph? Who was Roxie? When & did Zeph marry her? When did Zeph meet Ellen Sheahan and who was she? When did they marry? Who was Mary and what happened to her? It is unknown where or if Zephaniah & Adeline were married. Maybe they just lived common law. Where are the graves of Zeph, James, Jerusha, Roxie, & Adeline? If you had one child named Elizabeth, why would you name another child by the same name 8 years later, especially if the first Elizabeth was still alive? What is the story on Adeline’s first husband, Mr. Spearman? Is Ellen Sheahan & Ann the same person? The Hunter Family shown on the family chart is very speculative!
BIRTHS: At this time there is no official documentation to show where Zephaniah, Jerusha, Asenath, James, Mr. Spearman, Roxie, Mary, Ellen or Adeline were born.

Extracts from Calvin Lamb’s webpage may be found at the following location:

Calvin Lamb’s Webpage on Zephaniah Grimshaw(Summary)

Visitors to this webpage on Zephaniah Grimshaw are also encouraged to also visit Calvin Lamb’s webpage on Zephaniah at the following address:

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~lambs/

Charles Wesley Grimshaw, Only Known Photo of a Child of Zephaniah Grimshaw

Shown below from Leah Nadine (Grimshaw) Driggs’ webpage is a photo of Charles Wesley Grimshaw. Photos of other children of Zephaniah Grimshaw have not been found for this webpage.

Charles Wesley Grimshaw. Date of photo unknown. Charles was born April 18, 1825 and died January 25, 1898. He and Lucinda M. Covey were married on August 18, 1846.

References

1Haverhill Town Clerk, 1811, Haverhill Town Records, State’s v. 3, 1785-1838: Salt Lake City, Utah, Latter Day Saints Family History Library, Microfilm No. 15165, December 8, 1950, p. 467, 469.

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Webpage posted August 2000, revised September 2000, March 2002. Update March 2012 with major webpage overhaul and addition of information from several sources.