Notes for Launcelot * GRANGER Jr.
Came to America 1632
Jun 1637 moved to Newbury MA
Resided Ipswich MA in 1648
1675 served in King Philip's war at defense of the stockade at Westfield CT
27 Oct 1675 wounded in leg
1679 moved to Suffield
Under "other education": 25 Jun 1637: Shellington Bedfordshire, England. See <www.mtjeff.com/~bodenst/eldred/d0000/g0000008.html/I3187>
Edna Ruth has birthdate 1620
From Barbara Bartels' notes:95
Launcelot Granger was born before 1627 in England. One source says he was born in St Antolin parish, London, while another says he was baptized 25 Jun 1654 in Shellington, Bedfordshire. That seems impossible unless he was baptized on a return trip to England, as the first record of Launcelot in New England was in 1648.
According to James N. Granger, the author of the Granger genealogy, family tradition said "when he was a lad of 12 or 14, he was 'stolen' from his mother (his father being dead) and brought to Plymouth Colony, where he was sold to serve two years for his passage. He had served on the ship as a cabin boy." While the Puritan [the Pilgrims were not Puritans, the reference may be more accurately to Massachusetts Bay Colony rather than Plymouth Colony1 ] ministers decried "many ungodly people were employed in bringing other ungodly people into New England," servants were in demand. The authorities looked the other way when they were obtained by fair means if possible, by foul if necessary. The apprenticing of boys and youths was conducted by the town authorities, and contracts were enforced in the strictest manner.
The family story continues, "Being the eldest of his family, he returned to England to obtain his inheritance. On the way from the place where he landed to his mother's house, to which he traveled on foot, he had to pass through an uninhabited country....After he had advanced some distance into the woods he perceived by the light of the moon...two men who demanded his money....He replied that if they got his money they must fightfor it, on which they attacked him with their swords, while he defended himself with his quarter-staff. With the butt end of this he knocked down one and [killed] him, and he other ran away. When he arrived at the next village he made oath to what he had done, before a magistrate, and was suffered to proceed on his journey. The inhabitants of the village found the man who was slain to be one of their 'honest' citizens.
"When he arrived at his mother's estate, he found his younger brothers in possession of the estate, and very much displeased to see him....As he walked out with them, under the pretense of viewing the farm, they attacked him behind a wood with their swords, but he defended himself so manfully with his quarter-staff that he killed two of them and the other fled. He returned and made known what he had done to the magistrate, who upon investigation acquitted him of all blame. Meeting, however, with difficulties in obtaining his inheritance, he abandoned it and returned to America."
This author said he was not inclined to accept the story as true in all its details, but a careful study of the times shows that in the main it is not improbable. Then, too, it came in more or less the same form from several descendants.
The first record of Launcelot Granger in teh New World occurred when he was taxed at Ipswich in 1648. He was at least 21 years of age on that date. Launcelot, described as a man of great resolution and a full medium height and stockily built, never became a member of the Church. He also did not become a Freeman in Ipswich, which (according to the author) in Massachusetts Colony meant one did not belong to the Church, could not vote or hold office or sit on juries. "....And it came about that many came unto Court to have a matter of personal interest, both civil and criminal, adjudicated by those who were not only their peers, but their unrelenting religious foes."
James Granger continues, "When Launcelot was living at Ipswich, he courted and married the daughter of Robert Adams, who was a Puritan, an elder in the Church, and a man of position and means. The Puritans were bitterin their hatred of those outside their church; they refused to associate with them. But in one respect they tolerated them: if the son of Belial was rich, they would permit their daughters to marry him. Launcelot, a child of Satan, married a daughter of Robert Adams, a Puritan of the strictest kind. He must have returned from England the second time supplied with that golden disinfectant which made him acceptableto the nostrils of the old Puritan as a son-in-law."
"When and where Launcelot and Joanna met and loved can be imagined by my readers to suit their individual fancy; the records of Essex county are silent on the point. That it was not at balls and 5:00 teas can be setdown as certain, since not a pound of tea or coffee was drank at Newbury in the entire 1600s. If the customs of the Puritans prevailed, Launcelot walked from Ipswich to Newbury at proper intervals, attended meeting with the old folks, watched the solemn deacon on the front seat (there were no pews in Newbury church) turn the hourglass when the sermon began to see that the minister preached the requisite and prescribed time, and listened to the Rev Mr Parker....Launcelot and Joanna were married by Mr Adams, a magistrate, ministers not having the authority at that time to join persons in wedlock."
"When Launcelot was married, he took his wife to a newly built house of the better class on Kent's Island in Ipswich (then called Agawam). It was 48 feet long by 22 wide, two-storied with an attic. Between the inner and outer shell the house was lined with brick up to the top of the first story -- a protection against the Indians....In the east end of the house was a 'great' or 'company' room, with its large fireplace and closet in the chimney. At the other end was the kitchen, with its still larger fireplace, its oven and large milk and cheese pantry. Behind was the usual 'lean-to,' which was also provided with a fireplace and a chimney closet. The ceilings were supported with oak beams, some of them 16 inches in diameter. The second floor, which projected a foot beyond the lower, was divided practically the same as the latter." (This house was torn down in 1884, over 200 years old.)
Launcelot leased this house, and included in the lease were 16 cows and 4 oxen. It was, in fact, one of the best classes of houses in the Colony, and a young bridegroom who could commence housekeeping at the top of theladder must have been different from most of the young men of his day. It points to the truth of the claim that Launcelot was a very well-to-do man at the time of his marriage, and if he did return to England to recover his inheritance, he was successful at obtaining at least a portion of it....Launcelot lived at Kent's Island for twenty years.
...In Suffield, Launcelot was wounded in 1676 by Native Americans, receiving a ball in the leg which he carried for life. This was probably from a skirmish during King Philip's War.95
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Notes for Joanna * ADAMS
sez Joanna born 1633 in England (Brøderbund WFT Vol. 8, Ed. 1, Tree #1696); died Sep 1689 in CT (Brøderbund WFT Vol. 8, Ed. 1, Tree #1696)
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