Grimshaw Origins and History


Welcome! the website on the origins and history of the ancient

English family of Grimshaw.


A Grimshaw coat of arms from about 1567 is shown above. A description is provided further down on this webpage.


The Grimshaw surname originated in Lancashire in the northern part of England, apparently around 1000 A.D. There appear to be few records of Grimshaw family lines for the first 200 to 250 years. However, it is highly probable that the family's roots are connected to the town of Grimsargh, which is a short distance northeast of Preston. The earliest recorded Grimshaw was Gilbert, father of William Grimshaw, who held the Manor of Grimsargh in thenage in 1242.

The Grimshaw surname originated near Preston which is in northern England. Preston's location (indicated by orange circle) is shown in relation to Liverpool, Manchester, Blackburn and Leeds, all of which were important in Grimshaw family history. Map source: Bing Maps.


Website Introduction

This website seeks to tell portions of the “Grimshaw story”. A few highlights are presented on this homepage. There are a total of more than 350 webpages on this website covering various aspects of the Grimshaw story. More information on this Grimshaw Origins website may be found on a companion webpage, “About This Website”. The following search tool may help find a specific person or topic of interest.

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The convention of using “companion webpage” with a hyperlink is used throughout this website. 

The author of this website is an American Grimshaw whose research in his own origins grew into a larger range of interests in the entire Grimshaw family line. The website is  a very interesting hobby and is maintained and expanded as information becomes available. More information on the author may be found on a companion webpage. Most of the webpages are still in preparation in order to post a webpage as soon as possible after any information is obtained on the individual, family, or topic becomes available. The webpage is then completed later when more details (or time) permit. It should be noted that even when a webpage no longer has the "In Preparation" notation, it will continue to be upgraded as more information becomes available. 

One of the main ways that the interesting story of the Grimshaws is being assembled is through the generous contribution of information and images from many sources, mostly be emails. The website author is deeply indebted to each of these contributors. A “hall of fame” for website contributors is being prepared on a companion webpage, which is still in preparation.

Would you like to add Grimshaw information to this website? If so, please send an email to the website author at the following address: 

Since this website is a hobby, it is attended to and built as time is available. Please be patient!


Homepage Contents

As noted above, this homepage introduces some of the most significant or interesting aspects of the origins and history of the Grimshaw family. More detail on the following topics can be found further down on this homepage. Addtional information may then be found by using links in each topic.

Where in England Did the Grimshaw Family Name Originate?

Website Introduction

Grimshaw Family Overview

Earliest Grimshaws around Preston and Blackburn

More Detail on the Grimshaw Location

Descendants of Walter Grimshaw of Eccleshill

Clayton Hall, Location of the Grimshaw Family for Over 350 Years

Grimshaw Coats of Arms

The Leeds and Liverpool Canal in Clayton-le-Moors

The Grimshaw Serpent and Ooze Castle Wood

Competing Theories on the Origin of the Grimshaw Surname -- Celtic or Viking

Early Grimshaws at Cliviger

The Pendle Forest Line of Grimshaws

The Audenshaw Grimshaw Line

The "Yorkshire" Line of Grimshaws

The " Irish" Line of Grimshaws


Recently Developed Webpages

What's New on the Grimshaw Origins Website?

Homepage Chronology


Grimshaw Family Overview

Many branches have emerged in the Grimshaw family in the decades and centuries after its origination. A number of Grimshaws participated in the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution, which got its start in cotton weaving in this part of Lancashire. Many Grimshaw descendants contributed to the waves of emigration to the New World and other parts of the globe. Numerous fields in the arts and sciences – and the spiritual realm – have benefited from the talents of Grimshaw descendants, including evangelism, painting, history, engineering, and entomology. 

The six topics shown below are generally of greatest interest to Grimshaw researchers. Click on on the ones that interest you for more information on various aspects of Grimshaw origins and history. 

  1. Origins of the Grimshaw Surname

  2. Early Grimshaw Family Lines in England and Ireland

  3. Involvement of Grimshaw Family Members in the Industrial Revolution

  4. Grimshaw Immigrants to the New World and Around the Globe

  5. Prominent Grimshaw Individuals and Families

  6. Miscellaneous Grimshaw Individuals and Information

Each of these webpages contains links to other specific webpages on the topic.


Earliest Grimshaws around Preston and Blackburn

The name “Grimshaw” probably started about the time surnames were beginning to be used in England. As noted above, the first Grimshaws apparently lived in an area near the present community of Grimsargh, which is located a few miles northeast of Preston and northwest of Blackburn in Lancashire. Two of the earliest Grimshaws -- both with the first name Walter -- were apparently contemporaries (mid 1200s) but lived at different locations. One of the Walter Grimshaws was located at Eccleshill southeast of Blackburn, and the other was at Edisford, near Clitheroe (northeast of Blackburn). Many descendants of Walter Grimshaw of Eccleshill have been recorded, but none have yet been found for Walter Grimshaw of Edisford. 

Detailed map of area around Preston and Blackburn showing the location of Grimsargh northeast of Preston. Other locations of importance to the family history (Clitheroe, Grimshaw Location, Clayton-le-Moors) are also indicated.  Map source: Bing Maps.


The place name "Grimshaw" remains at Eccleshill to the present but this is not the case at Edisford. The Eccleshill location of Walter Grimshaw is now marked by Higher Grimshaw Farm (shown below) and Grimshaw Brook Mill, an envelope factory and closed-down paper mill. More detail on the Grimshaw location is provided further down on this webpage. 

Higher Grimshaw Farm. The hill behind the farm is Yate and Pickup Bank, with the community of Belthorn clearly visible at the top of the hill.


The plaque pictured below is near the entrance to the farmhouse in the above photo. 


Edisford Hall is located located just across the Ribble River from Clitheroe. It consists of several buildings at the location. 

Edisford Hall.  The hall is well marked at the entrance. 



The plaque shown below is on the corner of the house in the upper photo. 


More Detail on the Grimshaw Location

The place name “Grimshaw” is in Eccleshill, about three miles southeast of central Blackburn (see map above). Walter Grimshaw and his descendants apparently lived here for five generations, until the about 1370, when a move was made to Clayton-le-Moors. The location is on a stream called Grimshaw Brook, which forms the boundary between two ancient, small townships –- Eccleshill to the west and Yate and Pickup Bank to the east. It has had an eventful history. Grimshaw Brook provided a source of water power, and mills for various purposes have been constructed. Currently the site is occupied by a closed-down paper mill and a small factory for paper envelops. Click here for the Eccleshill Grimshaw webpage.

Grimshaw location in Eccleshill (center of photo). Grimshaw Brook flows from left to right across the middle of the photo. The site is now occupied by an envelope factory (brick building to the right of center) and a closed-down paper mill (left of center). The farmhouse and barn near the left side of the photo are on "Higher Grimshaw Farm". The photo was taken to the southwest and down a steep hill (Yate and Pickup Bank) from Belthorn. Photo taken by website author in May 2000.


The Grimshaw location was greatly affected by development during the Industrial Revolution. As noted, the original facility constructed there was a cotton mill called "Grimshaw Bridge Factory". The site now has an envelope factory and closed-down paper mill.

Grimshaw Brook Mill, an envelope factory, with a former paper-making cylinder in front. Photo taken by the website author in March 1999. The closed-down paper mill was behind the website author when he took this photo.


"Higher Grimshaw Farm" (also shown further up on this webpage) is located above (southwest of) Grimshaw Brook, near the road that leads into the envelope factory. 

Northeast view of front side of Higher Grimshaw Farm. The village of Belthorn is visible on the horizon, at the top of Yate and Pickup Bank. (The photo of the Grimshaw location shown above was taken from Belthorn.) Photo taken by the website author in April 1999.


The power loom riots of April 24 to 26, 1826 reached the Grimshaw cotton mill in Eccleshill, as described in the following newspaper article. 

Report of attacks on Grimshaw mill in April 1826. 

Source: Salem, MA, Essex Register, v. 26, issue 46, page [3] (June 8, 1826). 


Descendants of Walter Grimshaw of Eccleshill

Thomas Dunham Whitaker, in his “History of Whalley”1, did a remarkable job of recording early Grimshaw families and is perhaps the foremost author for Grimshaw history. He developed an excellent descendant chart for the Walter Grimshaw of Eccleshill, who lived around 1250 AD. Other early Grimshaw families, such as William Grimshaw of Grimsargh and Walter Grimshaw of Edisford, have not been mapped out with such thoroughness. The upper portion of Whitaker’s descendant chart for Walter Grimshaw of Eccleshill (shown below) includes the first 10 generations (after Walter). Click here for the Eccleshill Grimshaw webpage.

Upper portion of Whitaker's descendant chart for Walter Grimshaw of Eccleshill showing 10 generations. The lower portion of the chart (not included here) shows an additional four generations.



Clayton Hall, Location of the Grimshaw Family for Over 350 Years

The Grimshaw family lived at the Grimshaw location in Eccleshill from its origins until at least the mid-1300s. Because of a fortuitous marriage into the Clayton family by Adam Grimshaw sometime after 1368, the family relocated to Clayton Hall in Clayton-le-Moors, northeast of Blackburn (see map above). The family lived there for many generations until the heirs ran out in about 1715 and the estate passed to the Lomax family. Clayton Hall was demolished in 1977, One of the reasons for its demise was reported to be subsidence resulting from collapse of coal mine voids beneath the hall that had weakened the structure. There was apparently an earlier Clayton Hall that was replaced the one shown below. Click here for the webpage on Clayton-le-Moors and the Grimshaw family that lived there. 

Photo of former Clayton Hall from Pollard, 19782. The view is northward on the south side of the hall.


A portion of Clayton Hall has been re-constucted in recent years at the original site. This would therefore be the third Clayton Hall at this location.

Front view of the new Clayton Hall, a facsimile of the previous one that was torn down in 1977. The photo was taken northward from south side, the same angle as the above photo of the previous Clayton Hall. Photo taken by the website author in May 1999.


Robert Eaton, a retired schoolteacher living in the Clayton-le-Moors area, provided a "guided tour" of the Clayton Hall grounds to the webpage author and several others in May 2000. He described the history and features of the hall and related how he had grown up in the area when the manor was an abandoned derelict and had spent many happy hours as a youth playing in the old "haunted house."  Robert made many sketches and paintings of Clayton Hall not long before it was demolished in 1977. 

Example of Robert Eaton painting of Clayton Hall, now in the possession of Jack Frane, who kindly provided the following image of the painting. The view of Clayton Hall is generally to the northwest.



Grimshaw Coats of Arms

Members of the Grimshaw family have had coats of arms since the Clayton Hall days, always with a griffin as the central feature. One of the most attractive renditions of a Grimshaw coat of arms appears in the Harleian Manuscripts at the British Library in London. This rendition is displayed at the top of this webpage. Click here for the webpage on Grimshaw coats of arms. 

Grimshaw coat of arms from Folio 1468, which includes "Pedigrees of the Lancashire Gentry, as registered (narratively) in the Visitation-book of that County, made in A.D. 1567 by William Flower Norroy." 


The earliest head of the Grimshaw family recorded during the 1567 visitation was Henry, born in 1467 and married Alice, daughter of Richard Tempest. Whitaker’s descendant chart for of the original Grimshaw family go back eight generations before Henry, to Walter, who was living in about 1250.


The Leeds and Liverpool Canal in Clayton-le-Moors

A major geographic feature in Clayton-le-Moors is the Leeds & Liverpool Canal, an artifact of the Industrial Revolution that runs very close to Clayton Hall. Click here here for the webpage on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal.

Westward View of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal from Highway A678 Bridge. Clayton Hall is located just out of view on the right side of the photo. Pendle Hill can be seen on the horizon above the canal. Photo taken by the website author in May 2000.


The Grimshaw Serpent and Ooze Castle Wood

The Grimshaw family kept their land holdings in Eccleshill after they relocated to Clayton-le-Moors in the mid-1300s. According to a 1742 publication by Charles Owen, a Grimshaw living at Clayton Hall was traveling to the family's holdings in Eccleshill when he performed a valuable community service by killing a large serpent in Ooze Castle Wood, about a mile southeast of the Grimshaw location. 

Upper portion of the title page of Charles Owen's "An Essay towards a Natural History of Serpents", which makes reference to a Grimshaw having killed a large serpent.

A good candidate for "Griom's Ark", the purported den of the serpent, has been located in Ooze Castle Wood. Ooze Castle Wood and the candidate for Griom's Ark are shown in the photos below. The small reservoir in the upper photo can be found on the lower left map above, just east of Waterside and southeast of Belthorn. Click here for the webpage on the Grimshaw Serpent.

A potential candidate for Griom's Ark as described in Owen's 1742 article on the "Grimshaw Serpent". The opening is in Ooze Castle Wood and is a crevice in a sandstone block that is part of a slump (earth movement) on the bank of Means Brook. Photo of the website author taken by his spouse in May 2000. 


Yate & Pickup Bank (southward view). The rock crevice that may be Griom's Ark is in Ooze Castle Wood adjacent to the small reservoir. Shooter's Hill forms the horizon on the left half of the photo. Photo taken by the website author in May 2000.


Owen made a connection between this serpent and the griffin on the Grimshaw coat of arms, but the exact nature of the connection was extremely vague. The serpent-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 serpent in Grimshaw history by at least 300 years.


Competing Theories on the Origin of the Grimshaw Surname -- Celtic or Viking

There are two competing theories concerning the original derivation of the Grimshaw name. The earlier Celtic derivation is based on the hyothesis that the terms “grim” and “grin” are forms of the one root word (that) signify the sun, when the term is used for that celestial luminary as a divinity, or as the object or symbol referred to in divine worship. These terms were given by the Angles and Saxons when they occupied lowlands that they had seized from the Celts (Segantii). If this theory is true, then most likely the very original Grimshaw location is west of Pendle Hill, perhaps not far from Grimsargh. Click here for the webpage on the earlier Celtic origins of the Grimshaw surname.

The theory for a later Viking derivation is based on the hypothesis that Grimshaw refers to "Grim'rs wood", where the Grimr, a recurrent personal name in Viking place-names, had ambivalent overtones. Sometimes it seems to have signified the god Odin, thought to go about disguised in a grim mask. At other times it seems to stand as a nickname for the devil. No location (aside from the Eccleshill site) has been identified for the location under this theory. Click here for the webpage on the later Viking origins of the Grimshaw surname.


Early Grimshaws at Cliviger

Cliviger is located a short distance southeast of Burnley in Lancashire. Grimshaws apparently arrived there quite early in the family's history, probably around 1300 A.D. Research by Mavis Long indicates that two Grimshaws, Richard and Adam, were identified as tenants at Cliviger in 13104. Mavis hypothesizes that these two Grimshaws were brothers and were the sons of Walter de Grimshaw, head of the earliest recorded Grimshaw family line. Click here for the webpage on the early Grimshaws at Cliviger.

Mavis' hypothesis that Adam and Richard were the sons of Walter de Grimshaw is illustrated in the descendant chart of the earliest recorded Grimshaw family Dunham's "History of Whalley"3 (described above on this homepage):


The Pendle Forest Line of Grimshaws

One of the most important Grimshaw lines to originate from the oldest recorded Grimshaw family tree was the "Pendle Forest" line, which was located at Heyhouses on Pendle Hill and in the area on the east side of the hill. An extensive descendant chart was published in Whitaker's "History of Whalley"1. The Pendle Forest Grimshaw line is junior to the earliest recorded Eccleshill and Clayton-le-Moors line, but the connection was not clearly indicated in Whitaker's work. This connection has now been established, at least on a preliminary basis, as a result of research for this website. Click here for the webpage on the Pendle Forest line of Grimshaws.

The following image of the coat of arms for the Pendle Forest line of Grimshaws was included in Whitaker's descendant chart for the line as published in his "History of Whalley". The coat of arms consists of two images of a ducally crowned griffin. 



The Audenshaw Grimshaw Line

This line is referred to as the "Audenshaw" line because that was how it was referred to in a well-known reference5 because of it's geographic location southeast of Manchester. Subsequent research has added substantially to the descendant chart in that reference. The earliest known progenitor was George Grimshaw who was born in 1600 and married Emme Telier or Taylor. Connection to more senior Grimshaw lines, such as that at Clayton-le-Moors, has not yet been established. George Grimshaw, earliest recorded progenitor of the Audenshaw line, had a birthdate of 1600, He would therefore have been a contemporary of approximately the 13th generation of Grimshaws descended from Walter de Grimshaw (Thomas, John, Ann, Nicholas, Robert, Thomas, Mary, Jane, Margaret, Anne, Elizabeth, Eleanor, Katherine) in Whitaker's descendant chart (described above). Click here for the webpage on the Audenshaw line of Grimshaws.

The Griffin in the Grimshaw Coat of Arms appears prominently in a plaque in a church near Audenshaw. The plaque is dedicated to the memory of John Grimshaw, a descendant in the Audenshaw line of Grimshaws.


The "Yorkshire" Line of Grimshaws

An important Grimshaw family, in terms of descendant family lines, was the family of Edward Grimshaw and Dorytye (Dorothy) Raner, who were married in 1602. They started a line of Grimshaws in Yorkshire that is one of the largest, and best documented, in the world. The connection of this line to the Eccleshill/Clayton-le-Moors line or Pendle Forest line has not been established. The Yorkshire Grimshaw line had strong Quaker connections going back to the early 1600s. The family lived at Ivy House, starting with Abraham Grimshaw, son of Edward and Dorothy. He was a clothier and had a small farm and became discontent with the English church. Many descendants of this line of Grimshaws emigrated to America, perhaps seeking greater religious freedom. Click here for the webpage on the Yorkshire line of Grimshaws.

Early members of the Yorkshire line of Grimshaws became Quakers and lived at Ivy House, apparently for more than 300 years. This photo of Ivy House was taken by Enid Sheldon in 1996.


The "Irish" Line of Grimshaws

Nicholas Grimshaw was from Blackburn and apparently emigrated to Ireland in about 1776. Nicholas and Mary Wrigley were married in Manchester in 1768. Nicholas was the son of Nicholas and Susan (Briercliffe) Grimshaw and the grandson of Nicholas Grimshaw and Anne Grimshaw (of Oakenshaw), who are described in the Pendle Forest line of Grimshaws in Whitaker's "History of Whalley". Whitaker also included a separate (and extensive) descendant chart for Nicholas and Mary (Wrigley) Grimshaw. The Irish line of Grimshaws has included some of the more prominent members of the Grimshaw family. Click here for the webpage on the Irish Grimshaw line.

Nicholas Grimshaw started the cotton textile industry in Ireland when he built the first cotton twist mill in 1784. 




1Whitaker, Thomas Dunham, 1872, An History of the Original Parish of Whalley, and Honor of Clitheroe (Revised and enlarged by John G. Nichols and Ponsonby A. Lyons): London, George Routledge and Sons, 4th Edition; v. I, 362 p.; v. II, 622 p. Earlier editions were published in 1800, 1806, and 1825.

2Pollard, Louie, 1978, Great Harwood Gleanings: Lancashire County Library and Leisure Committee, unk p.

3Ainsworth, Richard, 1928, The Old Homesteads of Accrington & District, Embracing Accrington, Baxenden, Stonefold, Oswaldtwistle, Church, Clayton-le-Moors, Great Harwood, Rishton, Hapton, Huncoat, Read, Simonstone, Altham, Whalley: Accrington, Wardleworth Limited, unk p.

4Farrer, William & J. Brownbill (eds), 1911, Victoria County History of Lancaster, Volume 6, p. 478-487. Online. Available: Date accessed: 13 May 2008.

5Skeet, F.J.A., 1906, A History of the Families of Skeet, Widdrington, Wilby, Murray, Blake, Grimshaw, and Others: London, Mitchell, Hughes and Clarke, 179 p.


Recently Developed Webpages

Progress of the development of this website is tracked on a companion webpage, "What's New?" For quick access, the following links are provided for many of the webpages on this website, listed in reverse order of development.

William Grimshaw, Immigrant to Manhattan, New York Who Married Elizabeth Carroll

Frank and Emily (Fielding) Grimshaw, immigrants to Magog, Quebec, Canada in 1927-28

William C Grimshaw, U.S. Army Major Who Immigrated from England to Tennessee and then Missouri

Enid (Grimshaw) Clay

William Henry and Hannah (Benton) Grimshaw, Immigrants to Wisconsin from Ashton-under-Lyne

John Henry Grimshaw, Immigrant to New South Wales from Ashton-under-Lyne in about 1878

Christopher Grimshaw and Jane Annear, Married in Truro, Cornwall and Emigrated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1848

Nicholas Grimshaw of Wiswell, Progenitor of a Line of Grimshaws as Researched by Dorinda Boag and Merilyn Tarplee

William Grimshaw, Immigrant to New York City, Married Jennie Attridge

John Grimshaw, Immigrant from England to Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Married Flora Fraser, from Malta

Robert Henry Grimshaw, Immigrant to New Zealand Who Was Actually a "Grimason" from Ireland

Ernest Grimshaw, Author of "The Teacher Librarian", Published in London in About 1952

Benjamin and Annie (Marsh) Grimshaw, Immigrants to New York from Oswaldtwistle Area, Lancashire

Edward and Mary Ann (Heywood) Grimshaw, Married in Oldham, Lancashire and Emigrated to Vermont

Captain John Grimshaw, Alleged Victim of Libel by Archibald Prentice, Manchester, 1831

James Grimshaw, Minister of the Gospel in Lancaster, Preached Sermon "Rest from Rebels: Or, the Blessing and Duty of Churches" on May 8, 1716

William Grimshaw, Convicted of Burglary in London and Sentenced to Death on March 14, 1801

John Grimshaw, Ropemaker and Inventor from Sunderland, near Newcastle-upon-Tyne

William Dakin Grimshaw, Inventor Par Excellence, Residing in England and the U.S.

George and Hannah (Harrison) Grimshaw, Mormon Immigrants to Parowan, Utah, Arriving in About 1862

Early Grimshaw Research Reports, Antecedents to the "Grimshaw Origins" Website

About the "Grimshaw Origins" Website

New Homepage for "Grimshaw Origins"

Agnes Grimshaw of Gorton, Participant in the Founding of the Colony of Rhode Island

Douglas W Grimshaw, Artist and Ham Radio Operator in Hartford, Connecticut

Simeon and Charlotte (Harrison) Grimshaw, Immigrants to New Jersey from Yorkshire between 1880 and 1884

Robert and Mary Elizabeth Ashton (Shaw) Grimshaw, Possible Immigrants to Ontario after 1907

Analysis of Beatrice Grimshaw's Work by Academicians

Henry Ewart Grimshaw, Columbia University Graduate with Thesis on Hand-Loom Weavers in England in the 19th Century

HC Grimshaw, Researcher at Britian's Safety in Mines Research Establishment in the 1950s

Manchester, England, the First Industrial City, in "Cities in Civilization" by Peter Hall

Mortimer Grimshaw, "Thunderer of Lancashire" -- Labor Activist of the Mid-1800s

Robert Grimshaw, Builder of Manchester Loom Mill that was Destroyed by Arson in about 1790

George and Judy (Berger) Grimshaw

Grimshaw Entries in Parish Records of Churches in the Manchester Area

Rex Grimshaw, Clay Expert from Rawdon, Near Leeds in Yorkshire

Harry and Jemmy Grimshaw, Successful Jockeys in the 1860s and 1870s

Eddie Grimshaw, Child Laborer in Textile Mill in Ludlow Massachusetts in 1910

Edmund Grimshaw Married Margaret Peel, Who Was Related to Sir Robert Peel, Originator of Domestic Police

Jeremiah and Martha (Bennett) Rogers, Immigrants from Iowa to Brule County, South Dakota

Freda and Joe Bice Trip to Mexico in about 1951 - Supplement to Charles and Rebecca Bice Webpage

Grimshaw, Bagshaw, and Bradshaw - a Farce in One Act. A Play First Staged in 1851 in England

Frank Barstow Grimshaw, Immigrant to New Jersey from Cheshire; Originally from Audenshaw Area

William R Grimshaw, Migrant to Tulsa, Oklahoma from New Jersey

Articles on Beatrice Grimshaw in Hecate, An Interdisciplinary Journal of Women's Liberation

Beatrice Grimshaw's "In the Savage South Seas", 1908 National Geographic Article Abstracted from "Fiji and Its Possibilities"

Philip Grimshaw, Born on the ship "The Seven Sisters" and Settled in Scotland

William Grimshaw, Tattoo Artist Operating in Norfolk, Virginia, in the 1880s or 1940s and 1950s

Charles Henry and Rebecca (Richmond) Bice, Immigrants to South Dakota from Ohio; Grandparents of Joseph Ornan Bice

Freda Elaine (Sehnert) Bice, Immigrant to South Dakota from Germany; Married to Walter Claude Grimshaw and Joseph Ornan Bice

Charles and Dora (Porter) Cummings

Jay and Bessie (Cummings) Rogers, Immigrants to South Dakota from Iowa

Richard and Anna (Grassman) Sehnert, Immigrants to South Dakota from Germany

Claude Walter and Phyllis Lorraine (Rogers) Grimshaw, South Dakota Natives

Samuel Grimshaw, Immigrant to New Brunswick and Ohio, Married Alice McFarlane

The Dorothy (Zastrow) Grimshaw Photo Album, Invaluable Source of Photos of John James and Mary Ann (Mahoney) Grimshaw and Descendants

James Grimshaw, Slave Holder from Tobago, Island in the Caribbean

Early Presence of Grimshaws at Cliviger, Near Burnley in Lancashire

Beatrice Grimshaw Articles Published in The Saturday Evening Post in 1906 and 1908

Major-General Harry Grimshaw, Career British Military Officer Born in India

"Sabden, Past & Present: a Photographic History" by Audrey Barrett and David Eaves

William and Elizabeth (Zephaniah) Grimshaw Descendants by Barbara Bonner - Webpage Update and Replacement

Nicholas Grimshaw of Ireland - Family History Information Developed by Hilary Tulloch

David Grimshaw, Descendant of a Family Line from Prestwich, near Manchester

Connection of the Lawrence and Mary (Duckworth) Grimshaw Line to the Earliest Recorded Grimshaw Line

Terry Micks' Descendant Information for George and Charlotte (Menard) Grimshaw

Levi and Hannah (Towne) Grimshaw, Progenitors of a Major Line of Grimshaws in New York

Woody Grimshaw, Basketball Player for Brown University and the Providence Steamrollers in the 1940s

Soto Grimshaw, Argentinian Naturalist, Explorer and Gaucho

Elizabeth (Grimshaw) and James Cayton, from Cockerham and Immigrants to Nebraska

Link to New Webpage for William Grimshaw of Haworth

Link to New Webpage for Atkinson Grimshaw, Noted Painter

Percy H Grimshaw, Insect Specialist with the Royal Museum of Scotland at Edinburgh

Sydney Grimshaw, Inventor Living in North Haven, Connecticut

Austin Grimshaw, Dean of the University of Washington School of Business

John L. Grimshaw, World War II Fighter Pilot in the 384th Fighter Squadron, Based in Honington, England

Grimshaws on the Isle of Man - Progenitors of Three Lines of Immigrants to the U.S.

Replacement Page for Christopher Telfer's Research into the Grimshaw Families 

William and Rachel (Nelson) Grimshaw, Progenitors of a Family of Grimshaws in Yorkshire

The Complete Banjo Works of Emile Grimshaw, by David Price

"History of Whalley" by Thomas Dunham Whitaker: a Critical Source of Grimshaw Information

Connection of Pendle Forest Line of Grimshaws to Its Parent Eccleshill/Clayton-le-Moors Grimshaw Line

Grimsargh: What Is Its Connection to the Origins of the Grimshaw Surname?

The Coucher Book of Whalley

Possible Grimshaws in "Lancashire Inquests, Extents, and Feudal Aids" for AD 1205 to AD 1355, Edited by William Farrer and Published in 3 Volumes in 1903, 1907 and 1915-16

Mavis Long's Grimshaw Research, Focused on the Grimsargh Area West of Pendle Hill

Edward Baines' 1870 History of Lancaster - Grimshaw-Related Excerpts

Robert E Grimshaw Submittals to the New York Times from 1905 to 1942

Grimshaws in the Abram area, near Wigan in Lancashire

Grimshaw-Related Articles Published in the New York Times, 1851 to 1980

"Dark Mysteries of Papua" by Beatrice Grimshaw, Published in the New York Times, February 4, 1923

John and Jane (Seavey) Grimshaw, Progenitors of a Grimshaw Line in the Northeastern U.S.

Edwin or Edward and Mary (McKee) Grimshaw, Met and Married in Dover, New Hampshire

Owen and Elizabeth Grimshaw, Immigrants to Missouri from England through New Orleans

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild

Thomas Grimshaw, Progenitor of an Early Grimshaw Family Line in the Oswaldtwistle Area, Lancashire

John and Jane Grimshaw, Progenitors of a Grimshaw Line in Lancashire

Charles and Eliza (Waterworth) Grimshaw, Descendants of Edward and Dorothy (Raner) Grimshaw

The Halifax, Nova Scotia Line of Grimshaws

Samuel Grimshaw of Richmond (Henrico County), Virginia

Henry and Julia Grimshaw, Early Settlers in Middlesex County, Massachusetts

Grimshaws in the "Find-A-Grave" website (229 entries)

Jonathan and Betsey (Willoby) Grimshaw of Washington County, Pennsylvania and Parents of Richard Grimshaw of Scioto County, Ohio

"Young Blood: a History of the 1st Battalion, 27th Marines, (Vietnam) 1968" by Gary Jarvis, with Details of the Death of Corpsman Danny Grimshaw

Ann Grimshaw, Creator of Cross-Stitch Sampler at Ackworth School in 1818

Charles David and Mary Jane (Edmondson) Grimshaw, Immigrants to Guelph, Ontario from Yorkshire

Alexander Eli Grimshaw, Immigrant to Wisconsin from Wolfe Island, Ontario

Eli George Grimshaw, Immigrant to Wisconsin from Wolfe Island, Ontario

Celtic Origins of the Grimshaw Surname near Pendle Hill

Grimshaw Immigrants to Missouri from Scioto County, Ohio

The "Accrington Pals", World War I Regiment Decimated in the Battle of the Somme

John Henry and Elizabeth (Scholes) Grimshaw, Immigrants to New Jersey from Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire

Jim McKinney Webpages on Matthew and Eliphel (Morris) Grimshaw and Their Descendants

Barbara Bonner's Family History of the Descendants of William and Elizabeth (Zephaniah) Grimshaw of New Hampshire

Scotland Grimshaw Families as Recorded by David J Grimshaw of New Zealand

Distribution of the Grimshaw Surname in England in 1881 and 1998

John and Philip Grimshaw, Immigrants to New York from the Isle of Man

Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy - a Rich Source of Grimshaw Immigrant Information

Riley and Margaret (Briggs) Grimshaw, Parents of Three Immigrants to Rhode Island

Albert Harvey Grimshaw, Noted Researcher on Textile Dyes

Samuel and Hannah Grimshaw, Quaker Immigrants to Brooklyn from Newcastle-upon-Tyne

William and Alice (Longworth) Grimshaw of Lower Darwen, near Blackburn in Lancashire

John and Maria (Haworth) Grimshaw, Immigrants to Massachusetts from Lancashire in about 1910

Quaker Meeting House at Rawdon -- a Website by Joanna Guise with Important Information on the descendants of Edward and Dorothy (Raner) Grimshaw

Abraham and Sarah Grimshaw, Quaker Immigrants to the Toronto Area from Yorkshire

William and Dora (Tinley) Grimshaws, Settlers in Detroit, Michigan

James B and Mary (Coax) Grimshaw, Early Grimshaw Couple in Pennsylvania 

Henry H. Grimshaw, Immigrant from England to New York, Then Ohio, and Finally Kansas

Ivan Gerould Grimshaw, Librarian, Author, and Immigrant from Yorkshire

Ralph Grimshaw, sheep specialist at Ohio State University

Henry and Rebecca Grimshaw, Immigrants to Kane County, Illinois

Grunshaw Family Lines in America

Maria (Grimshaw) and Joseph Yewdall, an Example of an Expanded Family Line in the Edward and Dorothy (Raner) Grimshaw Line

Thomas and Onnar (Radden) Grimshaw, an Early Grimshaw Couple in Virginia

Caleb Grimshaw, Transatlantic Shipping Pioneer of the 1800s in Liverpool

Charles and Elizabeth (Bartington) Grimshaw, Emigrants from Salford to Montreal in 1900

Thomas Grimshawe's Diary of Trip to Canada in 1850 in Advance of Emigration There in 1852

Seaman John Grimshaw, Chronicler of the Battle of the Nile from Aboard Horatio Nelson's Flagship

"Bob Grimshaw", an epicactus variety created by Wressey Cocke

Aaron and Joshua Grimshaw, Brothers Who Emigrated from Wakefield to Australia in about 1840

Isaac Spice and Lettuce or Letitia Grishaw, Virginia Natives Who Migrated to Kentucky and Indiana

Isaac and Hannah (Worrall) Grimshaw, Early Immigrants to New York

George and Rebecca (Kennedy) Grimshaw, Immigrants to St. Louis Missouri

Quaker Records of Grimshaws in the Yorkshire Region, by Sharon Wilbur

Grimshaw Silk Mill, Reading, Pennsylvania - Built in 1887, Destroyed by Cyclone in 1889

Nicholas Grimshaw of Sabden, Builder of Some 40 Cottages in That Community

Phill Grimshaw, Type Font Designer from England

The Grimshaws of Churck Kirk, including Stanhill and Ostwaldthistle

Nicholas Grimshaw, Architect: World Renowned, and Knighted in 2002 for His Work

Walter Grimshaw, Chess Player Par Excellence

Caleb Grimshaw & Company, Liverpool-Based Passenger and Freight Commissioning Firm

Leah Nadine (Grimshaw) and Delbert H. Driggs

James and Rebecca (Bullough) Grimshaw, Settlers in Rhode Island from Wigan in Lancashire

U.S. Marines in Vietnam, The Defining Year: 1968 (Companion Webpage to Danny Grimshaw's)

John Thomas and Arvilla (Whitesell) Grimshaw, Settlers at Detroit, Michigan

Beatrice Grimshaw: Bibliography of Works from the "Pulp Rack" Website

Francis and Frances ("Fanney") Grimshaw, Settlers at East Hampton, Long Island, New York

Grimshaw, Baxter, & J.J. Elliott Ltd, English Clockmaking Firm in London and Nottingham

John Grimshaw, M.D., Author of "The People's Medical Guide" and Other Medical Books

Conrad Grimshaw, American Veteran of the Korean War

Jackson Grimshaw, Prominent Attorney and Abraham Lincoln Supporter from Quincy, Illinois

William A. Grimshaw's "History of Pike County, Illinois", July 4 1876 -- Full Text

"Doctor Grimshawe's Secret", by Nathaniel Hawthorne -- Upgrade and Additions

Grimshaw Entries in "The Y2K Grimshaw Yearbook"

Grimshaws in Heritage Quest, a Database of County Histories, Family Histories, Directories and Other Sources

William and Emily (Brown) Grimshaw, Immigrants to Staten Island, New York

John C. Stewart's Diaries on His Visit with the Irish Grimshaws in 1865

Grimshaws in the Family and Local Histories Database of

Grimshaws Listed in the 1910 U.S. Census

Danny Lee Grimshaw, Vietnam War Casualty from the State of Washington

Emile Grimshaw, Noted Banjo Player, Teacher, Composer and Builder

John and Mary Ellen (Wignall) Grimshaw, Immigrants to Massachusetts from Yorkshire

C. Grant Grimshaw Elementary School, Lafayette, New York

Grimshaw-Gudewicz Foundation

Grimshaw Obituaries in "America's Obituaries & Death Notices"

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

Samuel Grimshaw, Recipient of Medal of Honor in the U.S. Civil War

William and Phoebe Grimshaw of Lawrence County, Ohio

Ann (Grimshaw) and Samuel Entwistle

Trappes-Lomax, 1926, History of Clayton-le-Moors

James and Ellen (Cotterill) Grimshaw

James and Katherine (Barnett) Grimshaw


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