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Jasper Griffing - Essex Mass. - Humphrey Griffing
Posted by: Candace York (ID *****6895) Date: August 16, 2010 at 14:29:48
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I have seen research notes by others that say: "Jasper Griffing was born in Wales, in 1648, and probably came to this country when quite young, settling first in Essex County, Mass., where he is mentioned in 1670, and later, in 1674, at Marblehead, Mass., where he married."

So, I looked around in Essex County Massachusetts to see if I could find other records on Jasper.

I found in the Massachusetts marriages the following individuals:

Griffing, Jasper and Hannah, 1675, Manchester, Mass
Griffing, Lydia and Martin Ford, 5 March 1684, Bradford, Massachusetts

I also found multiple records for an individual Humphrey Griffing who appears to have been in Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts for quite a few years before 1670 when Jasper is said to have been found there.

I am wondering if there is a deeper connection between Jasper and Humphrey.

Humphrey Griffing is shown in 1656 when the town of Ipswich, Mass. gave Humphrey GRIFFING permission to erect a "shambles" or slaughter-house, near the pound in 1655. He is then shown in 1657 as "a common packer of beef and pork." In 1656, Humphrey GRIFFING is cited as having fallen off his horse and having used "evil words and while he was found "not drunk", he was admonished for drinking. In 1656, he was fined for unloading barley before sundown, thus profaning the Sabbath.


1659 - "The daughter of Humphrey GRIFFING wore a silk hood in 1659. Since this showed undue pride, her father was fined 10s. Silk was apparently the purvue of only the wealthy. - Davis, Walter Goodwin, THE ANCESTRY OF ANNIS SPEAR (1945), pp.145-148.

1662 - The inventory of the estate of Humphrey GRIFFING was taken, at Ipswich, Mass., on 25 March 1662 and the estate was divided thus: To John GRIFFEN, the eldest son, 20li.; to the two younger sons, 10li.; and the rest of the estate to the widow."

His widow, Elizabeth (Andrews) Grifing, remarried in 1662 to Hugh Sherratt at Haverhill.
Ipswich Quarterly Court Records, vol.1, p.104, vol.14, leaf 149; Published Probate Records of Essex County, Massachusetts, p.353.

This last record is only a few years before Jasper Griffing was said to have been found in Essex, Mass. in 1670.

Thus, I am wondering if there is not a deeper connection between these Griffings located in the same place.

If anyone has any further records on either Jasper Griffing in Essex Mass. or Humphrey Griffing in Essex, Mass., please let me know. I welcome any discussion on this matter.

It seems to me that if these Griffings are connected that perhaps Jasper did not import directly from Wales in 1670. Does anyone have an immigrant record showing that Jasper immigrated directly from Wales around 1670?

I have been researching genealogy for about 15 years and this seems worthy of further research to me since I have found other situations like this where the next previous ancestor was overlooked in the local records.



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