Saturday, November 17, 2012

Surname Saturday - GRANDE (colonial Massachusetts)

It's Surname Saturday, and I'm "counting down" my Ancestral Name List each week.  

I am in the 7th great-grandmothers, up to number 539: Sarah GRANDE (1691-????)). [Note: The 7th great-grandfathers have been covered in earlier posts].

My ancestral line back to only one American generation of this GRANDE family is:

1.  Randall J. Seaver

2. Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983)
3. Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002)

4. Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942)
5. Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962)

8. Frank Walton Seaver (1852-1922)
9. Hattie Louise Hildreth (1857-1920)

16. Isaac Seaver (1823-1901)
17. Lucretia Townsend Smith (1827-1884)

32. Benjamin Seaver (1791-1825)
33. Abigail Gates (1797-1869)

66. Nathan Gates (1767-1830)
67. Abigail Knowlton (1774-1855)

134.  Jeremiah Knowlton (1745-1783)
135.  Abigail Pierce (1750-1775)

268.  Jeremiah Knowlton (1713-1752)
269.  Sarah Allen (1717-1796)

538.  Thomas Allen, born 1690 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States; died about 1777 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.  He was the son of 1076. Benjamin Allen and 1077. Frances Rice.  He married 27 June 1711 in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States.

539.  Sarah Grande, born about 1691 in Massachusetts, United States; died ????.
Children of Thomas Allen and Sarah Grande are:  Thomas Allen (1713-????); Daniel Allen (1715-????); Sarah Allen (1717-1796). 

The parentage of Sarah Grande is a mystery.  The most likely father is Robert Grande who resided in Roxbury in the 1650 to 1690 time frame, and had a number of children (in the Roxbury VRs as Grande, Grandy or Grundy).  However, there is no birth record for a Sarah Grande/Grundy in Roxbury VRs.  Some Ancestry Member Trees claim that Robert's wife was Mary Parker, and some of the trees claim that she was the Mary Parker hanged as a witch in Andover in 1691 (but then, she would have been Mary Grande, right?).  

The marriage of Sarah Grande to Thomas Allen, and the birth of their three children are in the Sudbury Vital Records.

If anyone has better information than this, I would appreciate an email at

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