According to Wikitree, the Three Graces are not Aglaia, Thalia, and Euphrosyne, they are “Grace Powhatan,” (Powhatan-243) “Grace Meese,” (Meese-163) and “Grace Frizer” (Frizer-1) actually all the same woman: Grace (unknown) Ashton Kay (abt. 1645-1705) the wife of two Virginia settlers. Her maiden name, date, and place of birth are all unknown but she now has three different profiles in Wikitree, two of which connect her to impossible parents, one to a possible but unproven parent. When I first posted about her on G2G about a year ago she was only a twin, now she’s a triplet.
The limited information about Grace is
She was probably born about 1640-45.
She married John Ashton about 1660 (son Charles had a son who was born about 1680). The date is uncertain, but by the time John died in early 1677 they had at least six children. There are no surviving records which date the children’s births.
In 1670 Henry Meese gave the gift of a horse to Grace and John’s daughter Mary:
John Ashton died in 1677; Grace was made administratrix of his estate in June, 1678.
In 1677 William Frizer/Frazier, a surgeon, died and left most of his estate to “Grace Ashton, widow” and five of her six living children (the eldest had already inherited his father’s property, likely the reason he was not given any land by Frizer. Frizer also named a godson in his will. He did not state any relationship to Grace or her children.
By December of 1678 Grace had married a man named James Kay, who died pretty promptly
In May of 1679 Grace was made administratrix of James Kay’s estate.
Grace may have died about 1706 when a bond was supposedly posted by the administrator of her estate (I have not located a supporting document yet).
Henry Meese, an English merchant born in 1628 arrived in Maryland anout 1654. He conducted his affairs in Maryland for about 5 years and then sold up and moved to Virginia about 1660. He bought land and quickly became involved in the affairs of the colony. Henry returned to England about 1670, married a woman named Ann Pert in 1675, fathered four children, and died in 1682. He never returned to America. His widow sold his American properties about 1694. There is nothing to show that Henry had an earlier English family and he could not have fathered Grace after his arrival in America.
William Frizer named the widowed Grace as executor of his estate and left almost all his property to her children. He named a godson in the will but made no mention of any family relationship to Grace or her children.
Keziah Arroyah is a mythical person. There is no record that any such person ever lived. As noted above, Henry Meese did not arrive in Virginia until 1660 so could not have fathered children with her in the 1640’s. Nothing is known of any children of Wahanganoche; they are not mentioned in any record.
What can we do to get these three Graces into one accurately-profiled woman?