||Mary (Grinnell) Lay was related to a passenger on the Mayflower.|
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from: The New England historical and genealogical register, Volume 62, By Henry Fitz-Gilbert Waters, New England Historic Genealogical Society.
ROBERT son of ROBERT Lay Jr and MARY Stanton born Jan 27th 1680, See Savage Stanton Genealogy and Saybrook Records I 143.
ROBERT Lay jr and MARY Grenell were married each to the other the 12th day of December in the year 1703..
Saybrook Records II 168 following which entry are the birth records of all the children as given below except Jonathan and John.
Two adjoining tombstones in Westbrook cemetery read as follows Here lies the body of ROBERT Lay died July 1 1738 aged 57 years Here lies the body of Mrs MARY wife of Mr ROBERT Lay who died June ye 9th AD 1755 in ye 71rt year of her age.
The will of ROBERT Lay secundus dated June 27 1738 proved July 26 following in Guilford Probate Court mentions wife MARY and all of the eight children except John. Peabody Grinnell, a brother in law, being appraiser of the estate.
ROBERT Lay lived at Westbrook was the first of the name to settle there and was the well known tavern keeper who kept the tavern near the so called Dr Cone house. MARY his wife was the daughter of DANIEL and LYDIA Peabody Grinnell granddaughter of DANIEL Grinnell of Little Compton RI by wife MARY daughter of WiILLIAM and MARY Wodell of Boston Mass and Portsmouth and Tiverton RI and great granddaughter of MATTHEW and ROSE Grinnell of Newport RI..
See Austin's Gen Diet of RI Settlers.
DANIEL Grinnell in his will mentions his daughter MARY Lay although Austin makes no mention of her. LYDIA Peabody her mother was the daughter of WILLIAM and ELIZABETH Alden Peabody of Little Compton RI and granddaughter of JOHN Alden of the Mayflower. The Grinnell family were of Huguenot extraction. MARY Grinnell Lay was one of the original members of the church at Westbrook 6.
In some records the last name is spelled as "Greenell".
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