Grissell/Grizel/Grizzell Fletcher * was born in Engalnd, probably, about 1618. That Grizzell was the child of Robert Fletcher is shown by a document in which Robert's son William Fletcher identifies "Cary," the mother of Sheribiah Kibbe as his sister: "In 1671, 'Motion to the Court by William Fletcher of Chelmsford. His sister Cary, on her death-bed, desired him and her husband to take care of her children. Willing to be engaged for the child Sherybiah Kebby.'"
Grizelle Cary Fletcher is my first female ancestor here in the Colonies - read the book "Proprietors of Mendon." At that time Grizelle was married to her 4th husband, John Guerney. She wanted/requested property for herself and for her son Thomas Jewell in Mendon before the Attack by the Nipmuck / Nipmugg Indians in King Philip's War. It was the first attack on the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Thomas Jewell owned a house north of her on Upton Road and her son Joseph Jewell owned the home just south of her. Also in that book is a copy of her will that was brought to the Proprietors of Mendon by her brother William Fletcher, and her 5th husband, John Burge. In the will, she wanted William to raise her youngest children. They were:
Grizelle left her house and land to her son Joseph Jewell. Joseph had lived in several places. He and his son John kept the ferry between Boston and Charlestown. John's first wife was Elizabeth Unknown who is buried in the oldest cemetery in Malden. Joseph moved up to Portsmouth for some time after that. There he bought land on the waterfront which he deeded over to a woman named Isabel Cate in order to woo her. Joseph stopped in Newbury for a time and was warned out of town. Back in Boston, he had sold his own land and his mother's land and he purchased a grist mill in Sudbury.
Joseph had been married earlier to a Martha Unknown from Watertown. Some people have her last name as Watertown. I no longer try to change that error. "The Jewell Register" has her sons listed.
The NEHGS "Register" has a story published in the 1800's about Grizelle Gurney. It's good!
I know Grizelle - and have been told women in those days - did not use three names but even her daughter Grissies had a nick name then. And I have found other women with 3 names and as many husbands. If you didn't remarry, other people were suspect of you.
My Thomas was both a Grist miller and a saw miller or sawyer. In 1686, he bought 719 acres of land in Western Salisbury which became Amesbury and later South Hampton, New Hampshire. He moved from there to Dunstable early. I think the Witch trials had an effect on the townspeople. I have connections to many of the witches. I'm descended from most of the earliest settlers of Amesbury.
Marriages and Issue
Thomas Jewell of Braintree, Massachusetts, about 1639. He died spring of 1654. Eighty years ago it was assumed that Grissell was his second wife. This was apparently based on an earlier erroneous statement that their eldest son Thomas was born on the same day as daughter Hannah; and Grissell is now considered to have been Thomas's first wife.
Children by Thomas Jewell
Thomas Jewell b. by 1639; m. Susanna Gilford. His birth was not recorded in Braintree, which was not yet a town. Some believe that Thomas is son of Thomas by a first wife, not Grizzell; but this view is rejected by Robert Charles Anderson in The Great Migration.
↑ 2.02.12.22.18.104.22.168.7 Mary Lovering Holman, "Grissell of the Many Marriages," in The American Genealogist,10:70 (1933)
↑ 3.03.1 Anderson, Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume IV, I-L (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2005), pp. 61-2.
↑ Vital Records and Church Records of Braintree, Massachusetts (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2006), (Unpublished transcription by Waldo C. Sprague from the original records held at the Randolph Town Hall, donated from the estate of Mr. Sprague to NEHGS in 1962.)
↑ 5.05.15.25.3 Braintree, MA: Vital Records, 1643-1793. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2006.) Transcription. By Waldo C. Sprague from the original records held at the Randolph Town Hall, donated from the estate of Mr. Sprague to NEHGS in 1962.
Grisell Gurney”, in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, vol. 22 (1868), p. 43.
ELDRED AND ASSOCIATED FAMILIES, Researched by: Catherine Matson & Clarice McNiven, Compiled by: Carol & Susan Matson, pp. 82. Thomas, b. 1608 in Kingston, Surrey, EN, d. 7-21-1654, m.___, m.(2)1641 Grissell Fletcher, b. 1618 in EN, d. 7-9-1669 in Chelmsford, MA, dau. of Robert Fletcher. She remarried four times, all husbands having died.