Bill O'Halloran's Webpage for Zephaniah Grimshaw and His Several Families
(Note: Webpage in preparation and awaiting permission from Bill O'Halloran for permanent posting)
Bill O'Halloran has conducted a lot of research on his Grimshaw family ancestors. His information on Zephaniah Grimshaw is posted on a webpage at the following address:
Most of the homepage information on Bill's website, as well as his webpage on Zephaniah Grimshaw, are summarized on this webpage. Many thanks to Bill for granting permission to include his webpage information as shown below.
Bill O'Halloran's Homepage Information
Information from Zephaniah Grimshaw Webpage
The William O'Halloran Family Tree Home Page
Updated January 8, 2002William F. O'Halloran
to the O'Halloran Family Tree site. My roots consist of a mixture of both Irish
and English ancestors. My father's side of the family all emigrated from Ireland
during and after the Great Famine years. The immigrant surnames include Crotty,
(O')Halloran, Sullivan, and Sweeny. Finding ancestral roots in Ireland has been
difficult, but I have had some success tracing the Hallorans and Crottys to
their home townlands of Clogheen and Burncourt in County Tipperary.
On my mother's side of the family, the McKeoughs also came from Ireland during the Famine years. Otherwise, her ancestors are almost entirely of English origin, many of them Pilgrims, having immigrated to the US from 1620 to the 1700s. Immigrant surnames include Mayflower passengers Bradford and White, as well as Brewster, Buell, Bullis, Covey, Dewey, Doughty, Drake, Fitch, Grimshaw, Griswold, Jones, Manning, Odell, Tompkins, and Wolcott, to name a few.
I owe a lot to other researchers who have generously shared their information with me during my search. I have included a few links to sites of those who have helped me along the way and are looking into related lines.
I will be glad to share whatever information and sources I have with others, and I look forward to learning about other connections I have yet to find.
NOTE: Recent updates to this site include a newly-found Mayflower ancestor, William White, and information on the Canadian McKough branch of the family, as well as other minor additions and corrections.
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, ae 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.
More About Zephaniah Grimshaw and Jerusha Hunter:
Marriage: February 15, 1811, Haverhill, NH.
More About Zephaniah Grimshaw and Roxie ??:
Marriage: Abt. 1815
More About Zephaniah Grimshaw and Sentha Noakes:
Marriage: September 22, 1847
More About Zephaniah Grimshaw and Ellen Sheahan:
Marriage: Bef. 1860
More About Zephaniah Grimshaw and Adeline Covey:
Marriage: Aft. 1860
Children of Zephaniah Grimshaw and Jerusha Hunter are:
Webpage posted March 2002. Banner replaced April 2011.