Thomas GROVER, Sr.[1]

Male 1615 - 1661  (45 years)


Personal Information    |    Notes    |    Sources    |    All    |    PDF

  • Name Thomas GROVER  [1
    Suffix Sr. 
    Born 26 Nov 1615  Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Christened 26 Nov 1615  Chartridge, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Buried Oct 1661  Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 28 Oct 1661  Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I9865  HOGAN, Laurel LaRue
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2017 

    Father Lazarus GROVER,   b. 2 Feb 1576, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Mar 1649, Aldenham, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Godsgrace KING,   b. Abt 1590, of Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 24 Mar 1641, Aldenham, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 51 years) 
    Married 12 Dec 1611  [2
    Family ID F4303  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth SMITH,   b. 28 May 1620, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Apr 1688, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married Abt 1640  Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
     1. Lazarus GROVER,   b. 5 Apr 1642, Charlestown, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Nov 1715, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     2. Thomas GROVER,   b. 1 Apr 1643, Charlestown, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Sep 1711, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     3. Grace GROVER,   b. Abt 1645, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Oct 1658, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 13 years)
     4. Andrew GROVER,   b. Abt 1649, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Apr 1674, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 25 years)
    +5. Mathew GROVER,   b. Abt 1650, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1679, Reading, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 29 years)
     6. Elizabeth GROVER,   b. 27 Dec 1652, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1674, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 21 years)
     7. Simon GROVER,   b. Abt 1654, Charlestown, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 1717, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years)
     8. John GROVER,   b. Abt 1656, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 1674, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 18 years)
     9. Stephen GROVER,   b. Abt 1658, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Oct 1694, Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay, British Colonial America Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 36 years)
    Last Modified 2 Apr 2017 07:05:00 
    Family ID F4288  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • «u»«b»Life Sketch«/u»«/b»

      Descendants of Thomas Grover (THOMAS GROVER (LAZARUS GROVER, STEPHEN GROVER2 THOMAS GROVER1 (1)) was born November 26, 1615 in Chesham, Bucks, England, and died October 28, 1661 in Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts. He married ELIZABETH PROBABLY SMITH 1640 in Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts. She was born 1618 in Charlestown, Malden Co., Massachusetts, and died October 1676 in Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

      Thomas was out emigrant ancestor of this Grover name, coming "from England 1637-38, and of Charlestown, Mass., 1639-40". (1)

      Early records of New England show the above Thomas Grover as being "of Charlestown, Mass., 1638-39, and of Malden, Mass., 1640. "He may possibly have accompanied Governor winthrop's Colony from England in 1630", as stated in "National Cycloped of American Biography", Vol. 8, P-5, But no direct proof or evidence of such has yet been found, nor any record showing exactly when and how he came to New England. He was, quite evidently, in the Boston-charlestown area in 1637-1638, before settling at charlestown and Malden.

      "Boston (Mass.) Registry Dept. Records", Vol 3, pp-27 and 101) of early land holdings in Boston and Charlestown, show Thomas was a resident of Charlestown as early as 1638-39, and a property-owner in 1640; he either settled on the Mystic (north) side of the Charles River, at Charlestown, or very early removed thereto, for such mention as is made and found consistently calls him "of Charlestown and Malden". (The Northeast part of his large Charlestown area soon became Malden township, covering a considerable area). Records of early Charlestown show Thomas Grover's home was located where the present streets of Bow, Main, and Prescott adjoin, in the "old" Charlestown section (near the Navy Yard). His wife, Elizabeth, was a member of the Church in Charlestown, though there is evidently no record of his church membership (quite evidently the same church, however, as everyone was then compelled by law to attend church services at least each Sabbath day). He was a "planter", or farmer, in this large Charlestown-Malden area. He died October 28, 1661, at Malden, and after 14 years as a widow, his wife Elizabeth re-married - April 7, 1675, to Philip Atwood, a "planter" and Constable of Malden. At Thomas' death, his widow Elizabeth, and eldest son, Lazarus, were appointed joint administrators of the father's estate; later in April of 1675, when Elizabeth remarried, Lazarus was made the sole administrator, and also "guardian of his minor brothers", to assure their receiving their full and just shares of the father's estate, which had not yet been settled in that fourteen year period - evidently due to there being several minor children involved.

      Thomas Grover, Sr., named seeral of his children in his will: Lazarus, Thomas, Andrew, Elizabeth, and John, but did not name Simon, Mathew, or Stephen; these latter are, however, believed to be the children of Thomas Grover and wife Elizabeth, as noted below, togehter with the repetition of given names found in his own father's and grandfather's family in England. Also, evidently, to Thomas being the only possible (known) father of these three young boys, according to their apparent ages (from approximated birthdates, as judged from marriage and death records.

      Upon Thomas' death, the inventory of his estate showed a dwelling house and 45 acres of land then valued at about 157 pounds, after all debts were paid. This was (apparently) broken up or divided into shares of about 5 acres for each child (except Lazarus, who as eldest on received a double portion, as was comon practice). Elizabeth, the widow, received the dwelling house with all furnishings and household goods, and each child evidently received a single portion - about 5 acres - of the lands. Grace had died in 1658, before her father's demise. Andrew, Elizabeth, and John died in 1674, and the inventories of their estates each showed a 5 acre parcel of property - evidently from their father's estate. Thus it appears that the father's estate was divided into nine shares and distributed to each child, except Lazarus, who received his double portion.

      THOMAS GROVER Burial: October 1661, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts

      ELIZABETH PROBABLY SMITH:

      Elizabeth survived her husband Thomas, and married (2) April 7, 1675, Philip Atwood of Malden.

      ELIZABETH PROBABLY SMITH:Burial: October 1676, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts

      THOMAS GROVER(58) and ELIZABETH SMITH:Marriage: 1640, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts

      Children of THOMAS GROVER(58) and ELIZABETH SMITH are:

      i.LAZARUS5 GROVER, b. April 05, 1642, Boston or Charlestown, Mass; d. 1715, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

      ii.THOMAS GROVER(77), b. April 01, 1643, Charlestown or Boston, Mass.; d. September 17, 1711, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

      iii. GRACE GROVER(78), b. 1645; d. October 03, 1658.

      iv. ANDREW GROVER(79), b. 1649, Malden, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts; d. April 24, 1674; m. HANNAH HILLS, February 07, 1673/74, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts; b. Abt. 1650. ANDREW GROVER) and HANNAH HILLS:Marriage: February 07, 1673/74, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts

      v.MATTHEW GROVER, b. 1650, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts; d. 1679, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

      vi.ELIZABETH GROVER, b. December 27, 1652, Malden, Middlesex Co, Massachusetts; d. March 1673/74.

      vii.SIMON GROVER(81), b. Abt. 1654, Charlestown, Malden Co., Massachusetts; d. November 17, 1717, Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts.

      viii.JOHN GROVER, b. 1656; d. February 19, 1672/73.

      ix STEPHEN GROVER(, b. 1658, Boston-Malden, Mass.; d. 1694, Charlestown, Malden Co., Massachusetts.

           ---  on FamilySearch  1 Apr 2017

  • Sources 
    1. [S3] FamilySearch Extraction Program, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ((http://new.familysearch.org)), accessed 23 Sep 2015), entry for Mathew Grover, person ID MD82-6D5. (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S3] FamilySearch Extraction Program, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ((http://new.familysearch.org)), accessed 26 Sep 2015), entry for Lazarus Grover, person ID M97S-GR7. (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S3] FamilySearch Extraction Program, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ((http://new.familysearch.org)), accessed 26 Sep 2015), entry for Elizabeth Smith, person ID LZFT-C2D. (Reliability: 3).