Peasants to Puddles
My Family History - By Nicky Rowberry

The Grindon or Grindall Family of Orcop

Mary Grindon was one of my 4 x great grandmothers. For a long time all I had on her was that she married Edward Ruck in Orcop in 1792 and had (amongst other children) my 3x great grandmother Sarah Ruck in 1799.

It looked like Mary was the daughter of John & Ann Grindon, but I was struggling to take the line back any further. Then by chance I found a will for a John Grindall of Orcop dated 1811 in which he mentioned his daughter Mary the wife of Edward Ruck.

The writing is very faint, but you can just about read in this extract: "I John Grindall of the parish of Orcop in the County of Hereford (unreadable bit) and ordain this to be my last will and testament as follows. First I give and bequeath to my son John Grindall two sheep and one empty hogshead for his (unreadable). Secondly I give to my daughter Mary the wife of Edward Ruck all my right and (unreadable) in the house". The will goes on to mention his daughter Ann Jones and the 4 surviving children of his daughter Elizabeth Gilbert - namely Elizabeth, Thomas, Ann & William Gilbert. His daughter Elizabeth and her husband William Gilbert had died within a couple of months of each other in 1809.

Finding John Grindall's will not only confirmed Mary Grindon's parentage, but also opened up further research with the knowledge that the names Grindon and Grindall were being used interchangeably in the area at that time. John Grindall married Ann Watkins in 1759 in Orcop - at this point his name was spelt Grindall. Their first son Thomas was baptised as Grindall in 1759, but all the subsequent children were baptised as Grindon. John himself was baptised as John Grindal in 1737, the youngest son of Thomas & Mary Grindall.

Thomas Grindall senior married Mary Williams in 1720 at the St John the Baptist church in Hereford. Fortunately the parish register records that they were both from Orcop, so I'm fairly sure I've got the right couple. I'm not sure when Thomas Grindall senior died. I think his wife Mary died in 1780, although this could be their daughter Mary Grindall. So far I've found 2 Thomas Grindon burials, one in 1767 and one in 1779. The trouble is by this point there were potentially 3 Thomas Grindons - father, son and grandson; the burial records don't give any clue to seniority, so for the time being I've had to leave their death dates off on the tree below.

The family tree below summarises what I know about the above generations of the Grindon/Grindall family. It is hopefully reasonably accurate, but if you spot any errors, or any relatives, please feel free to E-mail me

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Peasants to Puddles - My Family History. By Nicky Rowberry