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Grace (O'Neill) Robins (1603 - abt. 1683)

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Lady Grace Robins formerly O'Neill aka Waters
Born in Dunluce Castle, Near Giant's Head, Irelandmap
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[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Wife of — married in Englandmap
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Died about in Northampton Co, Virginiamap
Profile last modified | Created 13 Oct 2014
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The book "To Have and To Hold" by by Mary Johnston was inspired by Grace's life and escape to Jamestown, VA to avoid an arranged court marriage. She is my 9th G grandmother! She arrived in Jamestown on the ship Diana, the same ship that George Prowse came to Jamestown in. They arrived in 1618 or 1619. Don't know if they came the same year or a year apart. Amazing

Grace O'Neill Waters, his wife, was the widow of Edward Waters who had been shipwrecked in the Bermudas in 1610. The ship Diana arrived from Bermuda in 1618. Among the passengers was Grace O'Neill, a girl of sixteen. She became the wife of Edward Waters, and they removed to Elizabeth City, now Hampton, Va. Edward Waters died about 1627. Grace O'Neal Waters married Obedience Robins, also widowed, in 1639. Her son, William Waters married Margaret Robins, the daughter of Obedience Robins by his first wife. (References: Virginia Historical and General Magazine, vol. I, pp. 92, 93; vol. II, pp. 179. William and Mary Quarterly, page 130. E. G. Simm's Index, page 1034, Adventures of Purse and Person)

Grace and her stepson John Robins acknowledged on 25 June 1663 the deed of Obedience Robins (Northamption Co ,VA Records)

GRACE [O'NEAL] or O' NEILL's home was Dunluce Castle, near Giant's Head, Ireland. Apparently she was in London, England, in the king's court as a young girl. It is said she fled England for Jamestown, VA, in disguise to escape a distasteful and obnoxious court marriage. After surviving a shipwreck near the coast of Bermuda, GRACE O'NEAL arrived in Bermuda aboard H.M.S. Diana in 1618. She married Lt. Waters and they made their home on a plantation near Elizabeth City, VA. They were captured during the Indian Massacre of Elizabeth City, VA, in 1622, but later escaped to Jamestown.

Estate Records of Grace O'Neil, 2 March, 1682, Northamption Co., VA


Grace /O Neil/
Grace /O'Neil/[1]


1603 Northampton, Virginia, USA


Type: Arrival
Date: 1624
Place: Virginia, USA


Wife: Grace O Neil
Date: 1620
Place: Elizabeth City, Virginia, United States


1681 Elizabeth City, Virginia, United States


  1. Source: #S43
  • Source: S43 Author: Yates Publishing Title: U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 Publication: Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2004.Original data - This unique collection of records was extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases. Originally, the information was derived; Repository:


  • Thank you to Heath Vogel for creating WikiTree profile O'Neil-277 through the import of Vogel Wiki Upload.ged on Jan 22, 2013.
  • O Neil-479 was created by Derek Romines through the import of select.ged on Aug 10, 2014.
  • O Neil-491 was created by J. Wesley Cleveland through the import of Cleveland Family Tree Clean3.ged on Aug 27, 2014.

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On 27 Mar 2016 at 17:21 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

O'Neil-277 and O'Neill-1146 appear to represent the same person because: very good source and story on O'Neill-1146 to prove both husbands Robbins and Waters.

On 27 Mar 2016 at 17:20 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

O Neil-479 and O'Neill-1146 appear to represent the same person because: very good source and story on O'Neill-1146 to prove both husbands Robbins and Waters.

On 27 Mar 2016 at 17:19 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

O Neil-491 and O'Neill-1146 appear to represent the same person because: very good source and story on O'Neill-1146 to prove both husbands Robbins and Waters.

On 18 Nov 2015 at 20:14 GMT Bob Tonsmeire wrote:

O'Neil-422 and O'Neil-277 appear to represent the same person because: Same name, same dates, same daughter

Grace is 15 degrees from Amelia Earhart, 15 degrees from Lance Martin, 27 degrees from Oscar Wilde and 14 degrees from Queen Elizabeth II Windsor on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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