John GRUMMAN, was b. 24 Feb 1627 in Cranfield, Bedford, England (abt 50 miles north of London); parents were John GRUMMAN and Elizabeth WHEELER. The surname GRUMMAN may also be found spelled in various ways as Grumant, Grumand, Groman, Gromman, and so forth. John arrived in the New England Colony before 1650, settling in Fairfield, Connecticut. It is not clear if he came with any siblings, or any family members. (Photo from Wikipedia)
In 1651, in Connecticut, he married his first wife, Sarah TRY who was born about 1630 in Long Island, New York, of early settlers to that area, Michael TRY, and [Unknown] PHILLIPS. John and Sarah had 6 children (4 boys, then 2 girls), of whom the youngest, our direct ancestor, was Sarah GRUMMAN, b. 1675 in Fairfield, as were all the children.
Children of John and Sarah:
- John, b. 1652
- Samuel, b. 1667
- Thomas, b. 1669
- Michael, b. 1671
- Elizabeth, b. 1673
- *Sarah [ancestor], b. 1675, m. Samuel JENNINGS in 1691; 10 children (3 boys)
- ?possibly Abigail, b. 1685. -- mentioned in his will, unclear of relationship.
In 1664, John GRUMMAN was made a Freeman of Fairfield Connecticut, according to a history of Fairfield.
Many of the details I have about my ancestor John GRUMMAN has come from two sources: Jennings Family Association, and a particular book, "The descendants of John Grumman(t) of Cranfield, Bedfordshire, and Fairfield, Connecticut, and his wife Sarah Try" by Marion G. Phillips; New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Mass. : Newbury Street Press, 2007. Histories of early settlers in Fairfield also contain details and summary information.
John died after 2 Jun 1685 in Fairfield Connecticut; Sarah, his wife, died died a few years later on 8 Apr 1691, same place. There is apparently a will dated 2nd June 1685, mentioned in several trees and sources, but never detailed. Perhaps it may be found on the NEHGS site in their databases. In his will, he lists children John, Samuel, Thomas, Michael, Sarah who had married Samuel Jennings, and Abigail. I have yet to see the will. There may well be additional tidbits of information and confirmation of some details of this early settler of Fairfield Connecticut.
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