Francis Grant - Susannah Coombs Family Group

Parents   Parents
Henry Coombs Elizabeth
        abt. 1615 in England  
        Probate 2 Oct 1669 in Marblehead Probate 13 Jun 1709 in Marblehead
Francis Grant Susannah Combs
b. 1644 in ? b. abt. 1652 in ?
d. 26 Feb 1717-18 in Marblehead d. 1729 in Marblehead
Relationship Events
Marriage 22 Oct 1668 Francis Grant to Susannah Combs (Coombs) in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts
Children (Events in Marblehead Unless Stated Otherwise)
  Mary Grant b. 16 Jul 1669; m. 12 Nov 1688 Thomas Dodd (b. Nov 1666, d. 1 Jul 1720); one child: Thomas Dodd, Jr.; d. bef. 1693
  Susanna Grant b. 19 Aug 1671; m. 4 Jul 1692 Thomas White (b. 1667, d. 30 Jun 1736); five children: Nary, Thomas, Susanna, Remember, and Francis White; d. before 1715
Francis Grant, Jr. b. 25 Nov 1673; m. 13 Jul 1702 Priscilla Hawkins (bp. 22 Mar 1684-5; d. 1754; three children: Mary, John, and Thomas Grant; d. probate 26 Jun 1712
  Sarah Grant b. 24 Aug 1675; m. 2 Jun 21695 John Merritt, Jr. (b. 25 Apr 1670; d. 1711); four children: John III Francis, Mary, and Sarah Merritt; d. aft. 1718
  Jane Grant b. 20 Aug 1679; m. 1) 11 Dec 1701 John Fortune (b. Jul 1673 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, probate 35 Dec 1711 in Marblehead); five children: Unknown, Mary, Sarah, Mary, and John Fortune; d. 2) 25 Dec 1711 John Knight (bp. 12 Dec 1686); five children:Jane, Mary, John, Sarah, and Mary Knight; d. after 1723 in Marblehead
  John Grant b. 31 Aug 1682; m. 23 Dec 1703 Elizabeth Beal (b 16 Apr 1689); three children: Mary, Patience, and John Grant; probate: 10 Sep 1739
  David Grant b. 14 Nov 1684; d. bef. 1718
  Henry Grant b. 31 Jul 1687; m. 30 Sep 1709 Mary Pedrick; five children: Joseph Pedrick, Francis, Susanna, Sarah, and Mary Grant; d. after 1718
Possible Elizabeth Grant; bp. bp. Oct 1689; d. Aug 1617 (See note below)
  Mary Grant b. 24 Apr 1694; m. 22 Dec 1713 Mark Pitman (bp. 15 Mar 1690); three children: Mary, Elizabeth, and Susannah Pitman; d. after 1718

What We Know About This Family

An Overview of Their Lives

Susannah Coombs was the daughter of a fisherman who like many others in early Marblehead owned a lot of land. She and Francis Grant married and had several children, almost all of whom grew to adulthood and had families of their own. We have records of the births and marriages of the children, but as is frequent, not the deaths. Francis left a will that named his five surviving children: Henry, John, Mary (the last born), Sarah, and Jane. He left one-sixth of his estate to the children of his recently deceased son, Francis, Jr., but interestingly nothing to the grandchildren of his other deceased children. Susannah survived him.

About the Children

  • Mary Grant married Thomas Dodd. They had one child in March 1692 before she died soon after he was born. Thomas married Abigail Pickworth the following year, and they had eleven children. He died in 1720, and Abigail survived him.

  • Susannah Grant and her husband Thomas White, shoreman, had five children. She predeceased her father, who died in 1718. and he married the widow Mary, the widow of George Girdler who had sons by her first marriage. When Thomas died, he owned a dwelling house and one acre of land at the ferry. Mary survived him.

  • Sarah Grant married a man named John Merritt, Jr. As far as I can determine, he is not descended from Nicholas Merritt of our tree. They had four children before he died in 1711.

  • Jane/Jean Grant had five children with each of her two husbands (for a total of ten). Sadly, a few died young.

  • Elizabeth Grant is a POSSIBLE child of Francis and Susannah. A baptismal record exists for Elizabeth, d. of Francis; however, if she was a child of this couple, she would have been the only one with a baptism record. The others all had BIRTH records. There is a death record for an Elizabeth Grant in Aug 1717. Her father did not list her as one of his five surviving children in his will written 22 Feb 1717. Since he wrote his will before August, I suspect she was not a child of this couple, but I've included her as a possibility because the baptism record exists.

  • Mary Grant, the last child of Francis and Susanna, was born a year following the death of their eldest child, Mary Grant Dodd. The second Mary married a man named Mark Pitman, who as far as I can determine, is not related to our ancestor Mark Pitman who was killed at the Battle of Bloody Brook in 1676. Mary was one of her father's five surviving children when he wrote his will in 1717.

Proof of Relationship

Proof of relationship is is established in the vital records and the will of Francis.

What Else We Need to Learn

The goal of this project is to trace every line of ancestry to the arrival of its first immigrant to America. The basic information of each couple is considered complete when we know the dates of birth, marriage, and death for both spouses. their parents' names (or whether they were the immigrant), and the child or children in our ancestry line.

The research on this family is compete.



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