John Grain

Brief Life History of John

When John Grain was born on 25 November 1764, in Glen Magna, Leicestershire, England, his father, William Grain, was 28 and his mother, Mary Voss, was 26. He married Hepzibah Newham on 16 February 1808, in Shepshed, Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 7 daughters. In 1784, at the age of 20, his occupation is listed as stocking maker in Great Glen, Leicestershire, England. He died on 27 February 1855, in Great Glen, Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom, at the age of 90, and was buried in England, United Kingdom.

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John Grain
Hepzibah Newham
Marriage: 16 February 1808
John Grain
Elizabeth Grain
James Grain
Elizabeth Grain
Mary Newham Grain
Catherine Grain
Annie Grain
Bessey Grain
William Grain
Joseph Grain
Hepzibah Grain

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  • Legacy NFS Source: John Grain - Published information: birth-name: John Grain
  • John Grain, "England Marriages, 1538–1973"
  • John Grain in entry for John Warren and Hephzibah Grain, "England, Leicestershire Parish Registers, 1533-1991"

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1770 · Boston Tea Party

Thousands of British troops were sent to Boston to enforce Britain's tax laws. Taxes were repealed on all imports to the American Colonies except tea. Americans, disguised as Native Americans, dumped chests of tea imported by the East India Company into the Boston Harbor in protest. This escalated tensions between the American Colonies and the British government.

1775 · The Shot Heard Around the World

"On April 18, 1775, a shot known as the ""shot heard around the world"" was fired between American colonists and British troops in Lexington, Massachusetts. This began the American War for Independence. Fifteen months later, Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence. The Treaty of Paris was signed in September 1783 which ended the war. The colonies were no longer under British rule. Many who fought for the British fled to Canada, the West Indies, and some to England."

1789 · The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

"Former slave Olaudah Equiano settled in London and published his autobiography titled ""The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano."" Equiano learned to read and write and converted to Christianity. His autobiography is one of the oldest published works by an African-American writer."

Name Meaning

English: topographic name from Old Norse grein ‘inlet; fork in a river’, or a habitational name from some place with that or a similar name, such as Grain (Kent).

English: from the Old Norse personal name Grein, literally ‘branch’, but also ‘discord’ or ‘discernment’.

English: from Middle English grain ‘bud, pimple, pustule’ (Old French grain), possibly a nickname for a person with facial marks. From the late 16th century the name was augmented, or possibly superseded, by the name of the Protestant refugees from France and the Low Countries (see 4 below).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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