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Roger Lee Grinnell (1946-2013) PDF Print E-mail
Written by David L. Grinnell (GFA #95)   
Sunday, 15 December 2013 14:01

Roger Grinnell with grandson Cameron Matthew Ruggeri, taken in 2007I am sorry to have to report the passing of Roger Lee Grinnell, the younger and much loved brother of GFA Board Member, David Lawrence Grinnell, on Saturday, December 14, 2013.

Roger Lee Grinnell, GFA #564, was born September 14, 1946 the youngest son of Clairmont Livesey Grinnell, Jr. and Mildred Anna Gladding. Roger was married to Patricia Ann Sullivan and was the proud father of Dawn Michael Grinnell, Jacqueline Leigh Grinnell Ruggieri, and Rebecca Lynn Hennion and the loving grandfather of 4 grandchildren.

Roger retired from the US Coast Guard Reserve with the military rank of Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9), and with whom he served during Operation Desert Storm in the Gulf of Arabia. He was a jeweler with the J. H. Breaknell & Co. Jewelry Company of Newport, Rhode Island and worked for years as a foreign car technician in the Newport and Middletown, Rhode Island area.

Roger was an 8th great grandson of Matthew Greenell and his wife Rose French, as well as a descendant of Roger Williams and Anne Marbury Hutchinson. Roger was also a member of the National Society Sons of the American Revolution, the Society of the Sons of the Revolution and the Order of the Founders and Patrirots of America through Matthew Greenell, Founder and Robert Grinnell, Patriot.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 15 December 2013 14:51 )
Reunion at Glacier Nat'l Park Big Success PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Saturday, 10 August 2013 15:56

The Grinnell Family Association recently wrapped up a fabulous reunion at Glacier National Park. 34 Grinnell descendants and their families attended. More in a few days.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 10 August 2013 16:18 )
A Grinnell Was A Co-founder of the Society of Mayflower Descendants PDF Print E-mail
Written by David L. Grinnell, GFA #95   
Tuesday, 11 June 2013 21:31

As I sit here in my very comfortable home reading the The Mayflower Quarterly Diamond Jubilee Edition, published in celebration of the 75th anniversary of The Mayflower Quarterly, “the primary means of communication by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants”1, I again think about the treacherous and very dangerous journey our Pilgrim Ancestors experienced onboard the Mayflower during the fall months crossing the Atlantic Ocean and indeed, during the first winter when more than half of their number died.

With a deep desire to honor my Pilgrim Ancestors, I have filed nineteen (19) initial and supplemental applications which have been approved by the General Society; I have also joined The Pilgrim Henry Samson Kindred, the Delano Kindred, and The Pilgrim John Howland Society, all in an effort to pay tribute to their ideals, their stamina, and their willingness to be governed by a communal, mutual agreement outlined in the Mayflower Compact.

Again, from the Mayflower Quarterly Diamond Jubilee Edition, “The General Society was established in January 1897 by four State Societies (New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania).” 2

Last Updated ( Sunday, 30 March 2014 11:51 )
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Website Progress Report #2 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Friday, 11 January 2013 17:56

I promised I would advise you, dear readers, from time to time about the progress of bringing back some much-loved features of the GFA website. I must admit I have been extremely remiss in this area. Much of the problem is that I have taken on way too many projects at home, and in the community; mainly a demanding job that requires me to make a 42 mile one-way commute, and a board membership for the Palm Beach Phoenix Apple User Group. I also maintain an active membership in the local chapter of the Society for Technical Communications. Lastly, I'm a lifelong procrastinator; something that often goes hand-in-hand with depression and anxiety. I've got every excuse, good and bad (and finally some great medications!), that I 've used to put off this project or that. It's a matter of getting off my duff to get busy, as it were.

All of that said, I do really intend to do better in 2013. Here's what I have done in the past year, if only to prove to myself and to you that I've done something!

Last Updated ( Friday, 11 January 2013 18:44 )
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Another Connection Confirmed, or, We Are Family! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Saturday, 15 December 2012 15:36

DNA testing is the latest tool in a genealogist's arsenal, and can be very effective in plugging pesky lineage gaps, and sometimes disproving presumed links, too.

Recently, GFA member Helen Grinnell King (GFA#598) had a DNA test performed at the FamilyTreeDNA website, to see who she might be able to link up with. As it turns out, both my 2nd Cousin, GFA board member David L. Grinnell (GFA#95) and I independently had DNA testing done by the same company. The first results of this proved that David and I were indeed related, proving our lineage back to Robert Jason Grinnell Jr. (1854-1906), but I haven't yet pursued some other names submitted by individuals whose DNA markers matched ours.

Last Updated ( Friday, 11 January 2013 17:50 )
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