A history of one William/John Grant line in Virginia that may have began with a headright in 1711 is summarized in a recent book A Northern Neck Grant Family (2009) (ISBN 1449540791) by Fred B. Samson and published through Amazon Createspace, Seattle.At least two important issues remained to be answered.John Grant was born before 1740 and died in 1790. He held deeds in County of Prince William, sold movable property (1764) in King George County, and listed in the personal property tax list for Spotsylvania County in 1787.
The colonial naming convention is very strong and an infant’s name was carefully selected by the parents and followed that of the grandparents, honoring maternal and paternal lines evenly.My line to SAR membership is through John Grant (-1836) who late in life lived on a Lease for Lives on the Manor of Leeds in Fauquier County granted originally to Mayland, Manual, and James Lacy/Lacey.One of John Grant’s childrenis Samuel Russell Grant (1786-1861).Russell then appears as a name in the Grants for three generations.This suggests that John Grant’s (-1836) father may have married a Russell and that Samuel Russell Grant’s grandmother may have been a Russell.
No substantive record (deed, Will, bond, return or so on) has been uncovered by any Grant researcher that John Grant (-1790) married.Nor has any Grant researcher been able to provide a substantive record as to who John Grant (-1836) married.
The book A Northern Neck Grant Family (2009) reviews three earlier works on the earlier Grants (Grant and Samson 1974, Russell 1978, and Hirsch 1994).Grant and Samson (1974) suggest John Grant (-1790) married a Russell and John Grant (-1836) married a Lacy (or Lacey).
One additional factor that might influence the identification of who either John Grant (-1790) or John Grant (-1836) may have married is that Samuel Russell Grant 1) went south of the Manor of Leeds (one of four Grants involved in Leases) to Culpeper, 2) there his last son John Addison was born, and 3) then went north to the National Road that took them to Ohio.One could suggest and only suggest they went south for the birth to visit or live with relatives—perhaps either a Russell or a Lacy/Lacey—before going north.
Any information on the marriage or even an available candidate to have married either John Grant (-1790) (or even proof of marriage) or John Grant (-1836) would be appreciated.Thank you.Fred B. Samson.