Grimshaw Origins and Family History
This webpage is intended to give you a good grounding on the origins of the family in Lancashire, England. If you are interested in particular topics on the Grimshaws, you might go to the Site Map, where links to all the more than 100 webpages on this website can be found.
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Grimshaw Origins: An Introduction
The Grimshaw name may have even earlier connections to Grimsargh,
The Viking Derivation of the Grimshaw Surname
The Earliest Recorded Grimshaw Family in Eccleshill and Clayton-le-Moors
Grimshaw Coat of Arms
|Owen made a connection between this snake and the griffin on the Grimshaw coat of arms, but the exact nature of the connection was vague in the extreme.||The |
snake-killing event, perhaps at least partly a legend, would have happened
between 1350, when the Grimshaws moved to Clayton Hall, and 1613, when the arms
were sanctioned by the kings’ herald. Thus the griffin preceded the snake in
Grimshaw history by at least 300 years.
Important Grimshaw Family Lines and Individuals in England, Ireland and Elsewhere
|As many as 35 family lines may have “spun out” of Walter’s family line. No Grimshaws are known whose family came from other lines besides Walter’s.|
|The Oakenshaw Line of Grimshaws started from the 6th generation of the Clayton line when John Grimshaw married Elizabeth Aspden and they lived at Oakenshaw, about a mile southwest of Clayton Hall in Clayton-le-Moors around 1400.||The Pendle Forest|
Line started from the 11th generation when
Nicholas moved to Heyhouses, on Pendle Hill, in 1588. The Preston
Guardian in 1877 published a seriesof four articles summarizing the history of this important Grimshaw
family line. Christopher Telfer hasprepared a website that contains information of several derivative
lines of the Pendle Forest Line.
|The Grimshaw family in Crowtrees and elsewhere in|
Barrowford, Lancashire is
one of the many lines of the Pendle Forest Grimshaws. This line apparently began
when Thomas Grimshaw married Grace Gibson and the couple was subsequently
invited to move to Crowtrees by Grace’s two aging bachelor uncles who were
Line began from the Pendle Forest Line when
Nicholas (five generations after the Nicholas who went to Pendle Hill)
emigrated and started the cotton textile industry in Ireland.
|Edward and Dorytye/Dorothy (Raner)Grimshaw started a family line in Rawdon, Yorkshire early in|
Grimshaw family history; their line
includes many branche, both in England and America.
The Shuttleworths of Gawthorpe, Descendants of a Grimshaw Woman
Grimshaws in the Industrial Revolution
|The Industrial Revolution has both fueled the advance of Western (and world-wide) civilization in the modern era and brought mankind to the deepening realization of the limits of the earth as well as the need to re-define our relationship to the planet.|
|The Industrial Revolution at Eccleshill|
|The Industrial Revolution at Clayton-le-Moors|
|Grimshaw Connections to Inventors of Key Textile Manufacturing Devices|
|Other Important Grimshaw Connections to the Industrial Revolution|
|Today there are apparently about 18,000 living persons with the Grimshaw surname.|
|About 13,350 are in Great Britain, 2400 are in the U.S., 1200 are in Australia and New Zealand, 750 are in Canada, and the remainder are scattered in 10 to 12 other countries.||Apparently most, if not all, of these families are descended from|
Walter Grimshaw and his descendants from Eccleshill in Lancashire.
Records of Grimshaw Immigrations to North America
|Grimshaws have been apparently been coming to America since the mid-1600s, less than 50 years after the founding of the Jamestown Colony in Virginia.|
|It appears that more than 130 Grimshaw immigrants entered the U.S. (and the preceding colonies) between 1651 and 1880.|
|For this website, an initial survey was conducted for Grimshaw entries in readily available (published) census indexes. The period covered in the census survey was from before 1790 to 1860.|
|The total number of Grimshaws included in the census data increased from 2 before 1790 to 118 in 1860.||Grimshaws were found in 32 states over the 90-year period.|
The following table summarizes the number of Grimshaws found in each census:
|Almost 400 indexes were examined, of which 94 were found to contain Grimshaw|
Grimshaws in the 1870 U.S. Census
|The indexes for the 1870 U.S. Census for 49 states were reviewed for Grimshaw entries for this survey (SD was not available).|
|A total of about 165 Grimshaws were enumerated in the 1870 census.||Not only does the census provide the name|
and location of the head of the household, but it also provides the names and
relationship to the head, of the other residents of the household.
are the occupation, country of birth, and birth country of parents of all the
individuals in the household.
Grimshaws in the 1880 U.S. Census
|The 1880 Census is an outstanding resource for researching family lines of earlier immigrants to this country.|
|Not only does the census provide the name and location of the head of the household, but it also provides the names and relationship to the head, of the other residents of the household. Also included are the occupation, country of birth, and birth country of parents of all the individuals in the household.||A search of an electronic database of the census yields a total of about 600 Grimshaws living in the U.S. in 1880. Approximately 120 families are represented.|
Grimshaw Family Lines in North America
|Records exist for other lines of Grimshaws in North America; these lines will be added to this website as information becomes available.|
Miscellaneous Grimshaw Information and Anecdotes
The Sinking of the Caleb Grimshaw, Emigrant Ship, in 1849
William Grimshaw of Haworth, Noted Evangelist of the Mid-1700s
The Grimshaw Line at Audenshaw in England
Moses Grimshaw, a Fictional “Idealized” Lancastrian
John Grimshaw, Coldstream Guards Soldier and Lancashire Weaver
Beatrice Ethel Grimshaw, South Pacific Adventurer and Author
Thomas Wrigley Grimshaw, Physician and Public Health Servant of Dublin
Roland “Roly” Grimshaw, Indian Cavalry Officer and Diarist,
Thomas Shuttleworth Grimshaw, Clergyman, Author, Scholar
T. Harold Grimshaw, Shetland Islands Missionary and Author
Atkinson Grimshaw, Painter of Ethereal Scenes and Fairy Figures
|Mary Grimsha, “Charwoman” to King Charles II on Jersey Island|
|Gary Grimshaw, Concert Poster Artist for Famous Rock Music Groups|
|The Grimshawes of Errwood Hall, Goyt Valley,|
|Doctor Grimshawe’s Secret, by Nathaniel Hawthorne|
|In 1931, Ivan Grimshaw authored When I Was a Boy in England as one in a series of books entitled Children of Other Lands Books. Ivans book appears to be directed to a juvenile audience.|
|Archbishop Grimshaw School is located in the southeast outskirts of Birmingham and was apparently named after Francis Joseph Grimshaw, who served as Archbishop of Birmingham from 1954 to 1965.|
|Cecil Thomas Wrigley Grimshaw was born in Ireland and served in the Royal Dublin Fusiliers during the Boer War, during which time he kept a very interesting diary. This diary recounts his experiences as a prisoner of war in Pretoria at the same time as Winston Churchill. |
About This Website
Thomas W. Grimshaw
1308 Shannon Oaks Trail
Austin, TX 78746
This website will continue to grow and expand as we learn more about this very interesting family. Since my main interest is on North American lines of Grimshaws, particular emphasis is placed on telling that part of the story.
Other Websites of Interest to Grimshaw Researchers
An egroup site started, I believe, by Tim Halstead in Yorkshire, England in about April 2000. An excellent forum for networking. Main emphasis is on English Grimshaw families.
Site started in June 2000 by Stuart Grimshaw of Blackburn area. Still under construction; Stuart says he “aims to make this THE place for information on the Grimshaw family” and is off to a good start. Will be an excellent resource in the months and years ahead.
Chris Telfer has posted many of the Grimshaw family lines in England and North America, including the following: Grimshaw (in Eccleshill), Clayton-le-Moors, Sabden, Fence, Padiham, Higham, Barrowford, Preston, Canada, America, and Ireland. His site also includes excellent photos of many of the Grimshaw sites.
Terry (Grimshaw) Micks has posted the most complete descendant chart for George and Charlotte (Menard) Grimshaw that I am aware of on the Internet. She is a very thorough researcher for this family line (which includes that of the author of this website).
Calvin Lamb has presented one of the best and most complete descendant charts for William and Elizabeth (Lepninah) Grimshaw and their son, Zepheniah (and his many wives).
Bill O’Halloran, like Calvin Lamb, has provided one of the most complete family trees of William and son, Zepheniah, Grimshaw and his descendants as part of his family tree.
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Webpage posted April 2003. Banner replaced July 2015.