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Grissell Cary (Fletcher) Burge (1618 - 1669)

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Grissell Cary Burge formerly Fletcher aka Jewell, Greggs, Kibbe, Gurney
Born in Englandmap
Wife of — married about [location unknown]
Wife of — married in Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusettsmap
Wife of — married [location unknown]
Wife of — married [location unknown]
Wife of — married in Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusettsmap
Profile last modified | Created 19 Apr 2012
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Grissell (Fletcher) Burge migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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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.'"[1]

Some input from a descendant of Grissell Fletcher

[Added by Virginia Clark Wilber. Will furnish Descendant name upon request and given permission.]
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.
I'm proud to be descended from such a woman as her because she asked for what she wanted. She married Thomas Jewell in 1639/40. They had 6 children together before he died in 1654. Humphrey Greggs married this woman with 6 kids in tow. Then came Henry Kibbe, John Gurney and, finally, John Burge.
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

First Marriage

Thomas Jewell of Braintree, Massachusetts, about 1639. He died spring of 1654. Eighty years ago it was assumed that Grissell was his second wife.[2] 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.[3]

Children by Thomas Jewell
  1. 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.[3]
  2. Joseph Jewell b 24 Apr 1642, Braintree.[4]
  3. Hanna Jewell 12m 27d 1643 (27 Feb 1643), Braintree[5]
  4. Nathaniell Juell b 02m 15d 1648 (15 Apr 1648), Braintree.[5]
  5. Grissell Juell b 01m 19d 1651 (19 Mar 1651/2), Braintree[5]; m. Joshua Fletcher son of William[2].
  6. Mercy Juell b 02m 14d 1653 (14 Apr 1653), Braintree.[5]

Second Marriage

Humphry Griggs, 1 Nov 1655, in Braintree. He died in 1657.[2]

Third Marriage

Henry Kibby, 8 Oct 1657, in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Grissell was Henry's second wife. Henry died 10 Aug 1661, in Dorchester.[2]

Child by Henry Kibby
  • Sherebiah Kibby b 2 Dec 1659, in Dorchester.[2]

Fourth Marriage

John Gurney Sr., 12 Nov 1661, in Braintree. He died 1662/3[2]

Fifth Marriage

John Burge, (his third wife) 3 July 1667, in Chelmsford, Mass. He died 22 Oct 1678.[2]


Grissel died 09 JUL 1669, in Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts[2].


  1. Quoted in Edward H. Fletcher, Fletcher Family History: The Descendants of Robert Fletcher of Concord, Mass. (Boston, 1881), p. 27.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Mary Lovering Holman, "Grissell of the Many Marriages," in The American Genealogist,10:70 (1933)
  3. 3.0 3.1 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.
  4. Vital Records and Church Records of Braintree, Massachusetts (Online database:, 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. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Braintree, MA: Vital Records, 1643-1793. (Online database., 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.
  • Melinde Lutz Sanborn, 3rd Supp. to Torrey's 'New Eng. Marrs. bef. 1700' (Gen. Publ. Co., 2003).
  • 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.

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On 25 Jul 2015 at 23:09 GMT J (Schmeeckle) S wrote:

I can't find any valid reference to Grissell's mother; does anybody know of a primary source?

On 27 Jan 2015 at 22:49 GMT Virginia (Clark) Wilber wrote:

Kibby-59 and Fletcher-1263 appear to represent the same person because: This woman is portrayed as sisters in both of these profiles, but they are the same woman.

Grissell is 21 degrees from Sharon Caldwell, 14 degrees from Burl Ives and 15 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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