Samuel and Mary (Shackleton?) Grimshaw, Parents of Immigrants from Yorkshire to Jefferson County, Ohio

Samuel Grimshaw was descended from the Edward and Dorothy (Raner) Grimshaw line of Quaker Grimshaws in Yorkshire near Leeds (see companion webpage). They apparently did not emigrate to America, but at least three of their children — John, Joseph and Samuel — did. Samuel’s older brother, John (married Margaret [Hartley] Grimshaw), immigrated to New York in the early 1800s and later settled in Jefferson County, Ohio. It appears that Samuel and Mary’s three children joined their uncle John in Ohio from the Leeds area in Yorkshire. John and Margaret Grimshaw are the subject of a companion webpage. Their son, Samuel, emigrated first to New Brunswick before moving on to Ohio; he is described on a companion webpage. Son Joseph served in the U.S. Civil War and apparently lost his life in action in 1864. Their grandson, Samuel (son of Joseph) was awarded the Medal of Honor for valor in the Civil War and is described on a companion webpage.


Webpage Credits

Samuel Grimshaw’s Ancestry

John Grimshaw, Older Brother of Samuel Grimshaw

Descendants of Samuel and Mary Grimshaw in the 1850 U.S. Census

Son Joseph’s Marriage Record 

Information on Son Samuel, Immigrant to New Brunswick


Webpage Credits

Thanks go to the LDS Family History Center for making marriage records available on their website.

Samuel Grimshaw’s Ancestry

Samuel was descended from the “Yorkshire” line of Grimshaws, which has Edward and Dorothy (Raner) Grimshaw as its earliest progenitors, as described in a companion webpage. A descendant chart showing Samuel and his two wives is shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1. Descendant chart of Edward and Dorothy (Raner) Grimshaw, showing Samuel as a 5th generation descendant.

Edward Grimshaw (About 1559 – 22 Jun 1635) & Dorotye Raner

|–Abraham Grimshaw (1603 – 1670) & Sarah ( – 21 Sep 1695)

|–|–John Grimshaw* (23 Nov 1664 – 20 Jun 1749) & Grace Ibbotson (15 Nov 1671 – 29 Nov 1700)

|–|–|–Hannah Grimshaw (9 Jan 1697/1698 – ) & John Lister

|–|–|–John Grimshaw (26 Nov 1700 – 28 Nov 1700)

|–|–John Grimshaw* (23 Nov 1664 – 20 Jun 1749) & Phoebe Cockshaw (About 1678 – 21 Feb 1747/1748)

|–|–|–John Grimshaw (26 Apr 1703 – ) & Sarah Cooper

|–|–|–|–John Grimshaw (6 Apr 1728 – 17 Jan 1790) & Hannah Firth (1729 – 6 Mar 1801)

|–|–|–|–|–Sarah Grimshaw

|–|–|–|–|–Mary Grimshaw (12 Oct 1761 – )

|–|–|–|–|–John Grimshaw (3 May 1764 – 24 Nov 1836) & Margaret Hartley (21 Aug 1768 – 16 Oct 1835)

|–|–|–|–|–|–Unknown Grimshaw (1792 – )

|–|–|–|–|–|–John Grimshaw (1794 – )

|–|–|–|–|–|–Hannah Grimshaw (1795 – )

|–|–|–|–|–|–Tabitha Grimshaw (1798 – )

|–|–|–|–|–|–Jane Grimshaw (27 Nov 1799 – )

|–|–|–|–|–|–Margaret Grimshaw (29 Jan 1801 – )

|–|–|–|–|–|–Mary Grimshaw (1802 – )

|–|–|–|–|–|–Rachel Grimshaw (20 Oct 1804 – 1883) & Andrew Scholfield

|–|–|–|–|–|–John Grimshaw (1808 – )

|–|–|–|–|–|–Phebe Grimshaw (1812 – )

|–|–|–|–|–William Grimshaw (13 Aug 1766 – )

|–|–|–|–|–Samuel Grimshaw* (15 Jul 1769 – 18 Jan 1844) & Mary Bentley (1769 – 3 Jan 1799)

|–|–|–|–|–Samuel Grimshaw* (15 Jul 1769 – 18 Jan 1844) & Mary Shackleton (?)

|–|–|–|–|–|–Martha Grimshaw (30 Aug 1803 – 25 Jun 1841)

|–|–|–|–|–|–John Grimshaw (18 Dec 1805 – 1854)

|–|–|–|–|–|–Samuel Grimshaw (18 Sep 1807 – )

|–|–|–|–|–|–Susanna Grimshaw (20 Dec 1809 – 20 Mar 1830)

|–|–|–|–|–|–Joseph Grimshaw (25 Jul 1811 – )

|–|–|–|–|–|–Mary Grimshaw (30 Apr 1814 – 14 Jul 1867)

|–|–|–|–|–Hannah Grimshaw (25 Jun 1772 – )

John Grimshaw, Older Brother of Samuel Grimshaw

John Grimshaw immigrated to New York, as described on a companion webpage, and eventually settled in Jefferson County, Ohio. Census records for 1820 show John Grimshaw living in Warren Township in that county (Figure 2). Later census records show that John was joined in Jefferson County by three nephews, the sons of Samuel and Mary Grimshaw. As noted in the companion webpage, there were no male descendants from John and Margaret Grimshaw.

Figure 2. Image of 1820 Census record showing John Grimshaw living in Warren Township, Jefferson County, Ohio

The 1830 Census found John Grimshaw living in Wells Township, Jefferson County, Ohio (Figure 3).

Figure 3. 1830 Census record showing John Grimshaw and his family with John (father), 60 to 70 years old; 1 son 15 to 20; 2 daughters 20 to 30; and 1 daughter 15 to 20.

Descendants of Samuel and Mary Grimshaw in the 1850 U.S. Census

By 1850, John Grimshaw no longer appears in the U.S. Census for Jefferson County, but his nephews (sons of Samuel and Mary Grimshaw) do appear. Figures 4, 5 and 6 show the records for John (married Madelin), Joseph (married Anne Blackburn), and Samuel (married Alice) Grimshaw, respectively.

Figure 4. 1850 U.S. Census Record for John and Madelin Grimshaw. John, a 48-year-old machinist, was living with his wife, Madelin (age 40). John and Madelin were both born in England. They had one daughter, Ellen M., less than 10 years old, who was born in Ohio.

Figure 5. 1850 U.S. Census record for Joseph and Anne Grimshaw. Joseph, 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.

Figure 5 (continued). 1850 U.S. Census record for Samuel Grimshaw, son of Joseph and Ann (Blackburn) Grimshaw. Ten-year-old Samuel Grimshaw was living with the family of Thomas and Margaret Blackburn, undoubtedly his maternal aunt and uncle. Note that Samuel is shown as 10 years old, the same age as Edmund in the image above. Were Samuel and Edmund twins? Did Samuel go to live with his aunt and uncle for economic reasons? Samuel, a native of Ohio, went on to fight in the U.S. Civil War, where he performed valorous action for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor, as described on a companion webpage.

Figure 6. Image of 1850 U.S. Census record of Samuel and Alice Grimshaw. Samuel, a 42-year-old physician, was living with his wife, Alice (age 35), and daughter Mari (age 10) in Jefferson County. Samuel was from England, and Alice was 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 Alices mother, since her age is about right and she too was born in Ireland

Son Joseph’s Marriage Record 

The marriage record of Samuel and Mary Grimshaw’s son, Joseph, to Anne Blackburn in Jefferson County on March 12, 1839 is available from the LDS Family History website as shown in Figure 6.

Figure 6. Marriage record of Samuel Grimshaw and Anne Blackburn

Joseph Grimshaw 
 Spouse: Ann


12 MAR 1839   Jefferson, Ohio


12 MAR 1839  Jefferson, Ohio
12 MAR 1839  Jefferson, Ohio
Record submitted after 1991 by a member of the LDS Church. No additional information is available. Ancestral File may list the same family and the submitter.


Information on Son Samuel, Immigrant to New Brunswick

Samuel Grimshaw immigrated to New Brunswick, most likely from the Leeds area in Yorkshire, in time to meet and marry Alice McFarlane in about 1838 (see companion webpage). Samuel may have been influenced to immigrate to North America by his uncle John Grimshaw, who had immigrated to New York (and subsequently to Ohio) in the early 1800s (see companion webpage). His two brothers, Joseph and John Grimshaw similarly immigrated to North America and settled near their uncle John Grimshaw in Ohio. After Samuel and Alice were married in New Brunswick and had daughter Mary there, the family migrated to Ohio also.

New Brunswick records show that Samuel lived in English Settlement (now the communities of Pearsonville and Highfield) northwest of Sussex. After leaving that area, he apparently attended medical school and became a physician. He was recorded in the 1850 U.S. Census as a physician living in Jefferson County, Ohio, where his uncle John and two brothers had migrated to.

Webpage History

Webpage posted July 2004. Updated June 2008 with additional information on nephews.