Gridley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Gridley family

The surname Gridley was first found in Rutland where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Important Dates for the Gridley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gridley research. Another 74 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1273 is included under the topic Early Gridley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gridley Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Greely, Greeley, Grailly, de Grailly, Greyle, Greelie and many more.

Early Notables of the Gridley family (pre 1700)

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Gridley migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gridley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Gridley, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1634 [2]
  • Thomas Gridley, who arrived in Northampton, Massachusetts in 1653 [2]
Gridley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Samuel Gridley, who landed in Virginia in 1702 [2]
  • Mary Gridley, who landed in Virginia in 1711 [2]
Gridley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Levi Gridley, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822 [2]

Gridley migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Gridley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Gridley, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [3]
  • William Walter Gridley, aged 28, a blacksmith, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle" [4]

Gridley migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Gridley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • J. Gridley, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Trevelyan" in 1884

Contemporary Notables of the name Gridley (post 1700)

  • Jeremiah Gridley (1702-1767), American lawyer, editor, state legislator, and attorney general
  • Richard Gridley (1710-1796), He was a soldier and engineer who served for the British Army during the French and Indian Wars and for the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War
  • Sylvester Gridley, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Oneida County 2nd District, 1876 [5]
  • Silas R. Gridley, American politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 3rd District, 1855 [5]
  • John V. Gridley, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 11th District, 1867 [5]
  • Horatio Gridley, American politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 1st District, 1843 [5]
  • G. Thompson Gridley, American politician, Village President of Jackson, Michigan, 1852-54; Circuit Judge in Michigan 4th Circuit, 1882-87 [5]
  • Edward A. Gridley, American politician, Socialist Labor Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 17th District, 1900 [5]
  • Delos H. Gridley, American politician, Dry Candidate for Delegate to New York convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933 [5]
  • Abraham Gridley (d. 1850), American politician, Member of New York State Senate 7th District, 1847 [5]
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Citations

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849
  4. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 26th June 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Taymouth Castle 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/taymouthcastle1855.shtml.
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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