Adams - Ashby Family History

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Mary Alice Roberts

F, #3226, b. about 1856
Last Edited25 May 2018


BirthMary Alice Roberts was born about 1856.
MarriageShe and John Calvin Gritton were married on 24 December 1874 in Washington County, Kentucky.G

William Gritton

M, #3227, b. about 1730, d. about 1780
Last Edited26 April 2018


SonJohn Gritton+ b. 1755, d. 7 August 1839


BirthWilliam Gritton was born about 1730 in St.Lukes, Middlesex, England.G
MarriageHe was married about 1754 in Virginia ?G
DeathHe died about 1780 in Pennsylvania.G
Note(Research):William was the probable father of John. Transported to the Virginia Colony for theft of a shirt. (Jan 1749) ship Laura, captain Gracie master, 120 passengers.

In the book, English Convicts in Colonial America by Peter W. Coldham, vol. 1 Published by Polyanthus. William was sentenced in the Sept- Oct. court to come to the colonies. He immigrated in January 1749 on the ship,'Laura'. Captain Gracie was the Master with 120 Passengers. When my husband and I took a trip to England and Wales with Elderhostel we selected a visit to London which offrd a weeks course in 'Ancestor Tracing'. So I did some homework before we went and found where these records were kept. Sessions Roll, Greater London Record Office (County Hall), London SE. 7 PB.Landing Certificates were held at London Record Office (Guild Hall), London EC2. British Library and Guild Hall Library in the City of London hold copies of Old Bailey Sessions Papers for the City of London and county of Middlesex.
From there proceeding on to the Kings Commission of the Pease, Oyer and Terminer and Gaol Delivery. Justice Hall in the Old Bailey Printed Books Department.
The course on 'Ancestor Tracing', taught by Arthur Howard, Certified Geneaologist and Fellow of the Society of Genealogists was excellent.
I showed him my records and what I had brought with me. He smiled and said 'No Problem'. He directed me to the Guild Hall Library and told me what to ask for. On August 6, 1985, I walked to Victoria Station, got on the Subway to Mansion House Station , and walked to the Guild Hall Library. There I found the original court Indictment and record of William Gritton's Trial and sentencing, as follows:
WILLIAM GRITTON of St. Lukes, Middlesex, was indicted for stealing a shirt, value 3 shillings (15 pence ) today, the goods of Daniel Bromfield, September 20.
DANIEL BROMFIELD; On the 20th of September I lost a shirt out of the kitchen.
MARY SOFTLY; I was cleaning my kitchen between 12 and 1 at noon, and my uncle called to me to air his shirt, and I put it up on the back of a chair, and went for a half penny worth of sand; and when into the house I saw the prisoner coming out of the kitchen, with the shirt under his coat.
QUESTIONER; Did you stop him then?
MARY SOFTLY; I did not miss it till I went into the kitchen and found the shirt was gone, and then I went and cried out, 'Stop Thief.'
QUESTIONER; Did you know the prisoner before?
MARY SOFTLY; I never saw him before.
QUESTIONER; Did you see the shirt taken from him?
MARY SOFTLY; Yes, and it was delivered into my hands.
Guilty. (T)
*(The four listed punishments: D= Death; T=Transported; B= Branded; W= Whipped).

So there it was-- the T for Transported-- his passport to a new world. All evidence points to his being a youth of 16 or 18, probably poor. The worth of the shirt being only 3 shillings and the owner getting it back, one wonders, it being so trifling, could this have been a way to get transported to the New World with its many opportunities and a brighter future?
We do not know whether he was indentured or had to serve any kind of sentence, or was merely dumped on his own in this wilderness. We do know that he was married and lived in Winchester, Va. and thus started the Gritton family in America. G. 929.12 C688C
Coldham, Peter Wilson ENGLISH CONVICTS IN COLONIAL AMERICA. Polyanthus, Vol I Middlesex 1617 - 1775. 1976
William Gritton sentenced Sept.-Oct. Court. 1748. Transported 1749 on ship 'Laura'.
Alt. BirthHe has conflicting birth information of about 1730 and Middlesex, EnglandG.1


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BabyBoy Linck

M, #3233, b. 31 March 1954, d. 31 March 1954
Last Edited7 June 1997


MotherBette Lu Dreher b. 28 August 1924, d. 10 August 1980


BirthBabyBoy Linck was born on 31 March 1954 in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois.G
DeathHe died on 31 March 1954, at age 0, in Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois.G
BurialHe was buried in Springhill Cemetery, Danville, Vermilion, Illinois, USA.GO
Note(Research):died at birth or before. buried at springhill cemetary. Bette said he would have been David. St. Pats cem. refused to bury unbabtized children, hence burial at springhill. source John linck.

Vera Margaret Jennings

F, #3234, b. 30 May 1912, d. 1 December 1951
Last Edited25 May 2018


BirthVera Margaret Jennings was born on 30 May 1912.
MarriageShe and Keith B. Hockersmith were married.
DeathVera Margaret Jennings died on 1 December 1951, at age 39.

Everett Monroe Cosat

M, #3242, b. about 1878
Last Edited25 May 2018


BirthEverett Monroe Cosat was born about 1878.
MarriageHe and Ella Gritton were married.
Note(Research):agent for New York Nursery Company in Danville.

Jesse Gritton

M, #3244, b. about 1851
Last Edited25 May 2018


FatherMerriman Gritton b. 7 May 1818
MotherElizabeth McKinney b. about 1824


BirthJesse Gritton was born about 1851 in Johnson County, Indiana.G

Henson Channell1

M, #3245, b. 1903, d. 1904
Last Edited5 May 2017


FatherWilliam H. Channell b. June 1872, d. 29 August 1930
MotherAngeline Cordelia ("Anna") Gravitt b. February 1875, d. 29 August 1930


BirthHenson Channell was born in 1903.1
DeathHe died in 1904, at age ~1.1
BurialHe was buried in 1904 in Pittsburg Rural Cemetery, Keosauqua, Van Buren County, Iowa.G1


  1. [S1233] i Find A Gravei0, digital images, accessed 5 May 2017, Henson Channel, 170357807.

John M. Bolt1

M, #3246, b. 30 March 1828, d. 22 November 1906
Last Edited20 May 2017


BirthJohn M. Bolt was born on 30 March 1828 in Kentucky.G1
MarriageHe and Harriett Gravitt were married.1,2
DeathJohn M. Bolt died on 22 November 1906, at age 78, in Villisca, Montgomery County, Iowa.G1
BurialHe was buried on 24 November 1906 in Arlington Cemetery, Stanton, Montgomery County, IowaG, Plot: Section 1, Row 11, Grave 7.1
Find A GraveFind A Grave.1


  1. [S1233] i Find A Gravei0, digital images, accessed 9 May 2017, Joham Morris "John" Bolt, 53454041.
  2. [S1233] i Find A Gravei0, digital images, accessed 9 May 2017, Harriett Gravitt Bolt, 53454043.

Harold Ellis1

M, #3247, b. 4 July 1922, d. 12 February 1924
Last Edited25 May 2018


FatherClarence Ernest Ellis b. 7 March 1888, d. 6 February 1967
MotherNellie Millie Parcel b. 18 October 1890, d. 23 May 1956


BirthHarold Ellis was born on 4 July 1922 in Iowa.GO1
DeathHe died on 12 February 1924, at age 1, in Walnut Township, Appanoose County, IowaG, Cause of death pneumonia.1
BurialHe was buried on 14 February 1924 in Dale Cemetery, Appanoose County, Iowa.G1


  1. [S1226] Iowa. Family Search, Digital Images of Death Certificates Family Search, Iowa, Death Records, 1921-1940." Death Certificate no. 4-911 (1924), Harold Ellis, accessed 20 May 2017.

Phoebe M. Brassfield1

F, #3249, b. 2 April 1976, d. 26 June 1943
Last Edited19 May 2018

Family: Edwin J. Bills b. estimated 1872, d. 28 November 1944

SonMillard Lawrence Bills b. 26 March 1901


BirthPhoebe M. Brassfield was born on 2 April 1976 in Adair County, Missouri.G1
MarriageShe and Edwin J. Bills were married on 23 October 1898 in Appanoose County, Iowa.GO2,1
DeathPhoebe M. Brassfield died on 26 June 1943, at age -33, in Mystic, Appanoose County, Iowa.G1
BurialShe was buried on 29 June 1943 in Elgin Cemetery, Mystic, Appanoose County, Iowa.G1


  1. [S1233] i Find A Gravei0, digital images, accessed 22 May 2017, Phoebe M. Brassfield Bills, 131918495.
  2. [S1193] Family Search, "Iowa County marriages, 1838-1934," database, Family Search, i Family Searchi0, accessed 19 May 2018), Marriage of Edwin bills and Phoebe Brasfield; citing reference, county courthouses, Iowa; FHL microfilm 1,007,184.

Yvon Newton Thomas

M, #3250, b. 1919, d. 1969
Last Edited1 June 2017


BirthYvon Newton Thomas was born in 1919.
MarriageHe and Marjorie Lucille Ashby were married.1
DeathYvon Newton Thomas died in 1969, at age ~50.
BurialHe was buried in 1969 in Elm Grove Cemetery, Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa.G


  1. [S1233] i Find A Gravei0, digital images, Marjorie L. Thomas.