Matthew GRINNELL

Male 1602 - Bef 1643  (41 years)


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  • Name Matthew GRINNELL  [1, 3
    • He was the son of Jean Grenelle, Lord of Pimont, keper of the government salt stores and counsellor to the King. Jean inherited from his parents the estate of Pimont and a residence at Tounurs, and was also general heir at law of Claude Grennelle, his brother.

      Mathew embraced the Protestant religion and from this fact was obliged to emigrate. He settled in Rhode Island.

      He was admitted 20 May 1638 as an inhabitant of Newport. Five years later, 10 Nov 1643, his widow Rose made ante-nuptial agreement with Anthony Paine, then of Portsmouth, whose wife she became. She deeded to her three sons Mathew, Thomas and Daniel, two....goats apiece and to her son Mathew a cow; also it was agreed that upon the death of either the property of the one deceased should go to the children of that person. [1]
    • The first of the American Grinnells, Matthew, who is found at Newport, Rhode Island, as early as 1638, was a French Huguenot of noble birth, as shown by the history of the family of Pierre Grenelle, born about 1480, which has been published in Paris. This work, compiled by M. De la Ramee, director of the Heraldic and Biographic Institute of France, and a number of different learned societies, forms a part of the "Authentic Collection of Genealogical Histories of Noble and Title Families of France." The book contains copies of numerous birth and marriage certificates, extracts from wills, deeds, etc., to prove all facts, step by step. According to this work, the family of Grenelle originated in the Duchy of Bourgogne, where its members have occupied positions of importance, and where they were Lords of Pimont and La Grange-Gourmond.

      Matthew was the only one to came to America. the others remained Catholics, and their descendants, it is said, are still to be found in the Province of Bourgogne. [2]
    Born 1602  Macon, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died Bef 10 Nov 1643  [1
    Person ID I26221  Main Tree
    Last Modified 11 Sep 2018 

    Father Jean GRENELLE 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother ? UNKNOWN 
    Relationship Birth 
    Family ID F38700  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rose ? 
    Children 
    +1. Daniel GRINNELL,   b. Abt 1636,   d. Aft 1703, Little Compton, Newport County, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years)  [Birth]
    Family ID F10759  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S5366] "Little Compton Families" Vol. I, Little Compton, Rhode Island, Benjamin Franklin Wilbour.

    2. [S10118] The Howland Heirs being the Story of a Family and a fortune and the Inheritance of a Trust, William M. Emery and William W. Crapo.

    3. [S02759] The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 1908, Vol. 62.