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Important Anniversary Almost Got Away From Us! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Saturday, 27 September 2014 01:55

Painting of original St. Leonard's ParishWhile I was importing yet another set of GEDCOM files in preparation for editing the next edition of the Grinnell Family genealogy, I was looking at the records of our progenitor, Matthew Greenell, of Lexden, Essex County, England. The earliest known record of our earliest known (confirmed) ancestor is that of Matthew’s marriage to Rose French at St. Leonard’s Parish, in the aforementioned Lexden. What struck me out of the blue was the date of the marriage: 28 August 2015. Stop me if you see where I’m getting with this. Our reunion in New Bedford, MA in mid-July 2015 is within six weeks of being the 400th anniversary of the earliest known record of our ancestors, the wedding anniversary of Matthew and Rose. Of course, the other major event, providing everything goes according to plan, will be the showing of the 3rd edition of a Grinnell Family Association-sponsored Grinnell Genealogy!

We will be posting more information on the site and in upcoming newsletters about the reunion and how to get your own copy of the Grinnell genealogy, which looks like it will be somewhere in the neighborhood of 2,500 pages (I’ll know more in another month or two, and will share this with you). Along with this, we want to do something to mark this 400th anniversary event, but haven’t quite decided what, yet. We’re hoping that you, the members of the GFA may have some ideas on how to celebrate this event. It needs to be somehow tied to both the upcoming reunion and the book. Other than that, let your creativity be your guide.

Drop me, Larry Grinnell, an email, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or send me a “snailmail” at the address shown on the Contacts page of this website.

Let’s make this a very special reunion and celebrate our ancestor’s 400th wedding anniversary (gee, what gift goes with a 400th anniversary?).

Last Updated ( Saturday, 29 November 2014 16:47 )
Laura Prescott Accepts New Position at PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Sunday, 09 March 2014 12:48

GFA member (#554) Laura Grinnell Prescott is starting a new job at as director of curriculum development. Laura is a former GFA board member, and attended the recent Glacier National Park reunion. Currently residing in Brookline, NH, a move to Ancestry's headquarters state of Utah is expected in the near future. Congratulations to Laura from all of us at the Grinnell Family Association!

Last Updated ( Sunday, 09 March 2014 12:58 )
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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