Edward Grannis and Hannah Wakefield

My 9x Great Grandparents, Edward Grannis and Hannah Wakefield settled in New Haven, CT. Edward was born about 1630 possibly in England as his origin is unknown. Some family historians believe that perhaps the origin is Flemish as they were not able find the surname Grannis in England, Wales, or Scotland but the name can be found in Belgium. Hannah Wakefield was born 29 Dec 1644 in New Haven, CT to John Wakefield and Ann.

Edward first is first documented in 1649, when he was fined 18 d for “want of Worme, Scourer and Flints.” There was a law that required every male from 16 to 64 to provide himself with a gun in good order and ready for sudden occasion. Based on this, Edward was at least 16 years old in 1649. In 1652, he testified in court and was identified as an employee of John Wakefield, who will eventually become his father in law. The case involved Reverend Peter Prudden (my 10x gg) brought suit against Thomas Langden for slaughtering three hogs owned by the minister. Langden’s wife lied because she was fearful that if her husband was convicted he would take it out on her. Edward “testifyeth that Goodwife Langden told him that if husband was whipt by her meanes, if he came to her again, she must not expect to live.” Edward Granest further saith that “at one time in ye meadow at Pangaset, Goodman Langdon beat his wife because she did not go to weed corn.” Thomas was fined 18 pounds paid to Reverend Prudden and sentenced to be severely whipped for lying about the crime, which he finally had confessed. His wife was fined 20 shillings for lying, but exempted from corporal punishment because she acted in fear of her husband.

Edward moved to Hartford and in 1655 married Elizabeth the daughter of William Andrews the Hartford schoomaster. They had one child: Joseph 1656. Elizabeth died shortly after his birth. Edward became a tanner in Hartford. He was appointed leather sealer in 1656.

Edward married Hannah Wakefield in 1662. She was the daughter of the miller he worked for in New Haven. They had 7 children: Hannah 1665, Mabel 1667, Abigail 1668, Sarah 1671, John 1674, Joseph 1677, Ann 1706.

The family moved to Hadley, MA around 1670 as Sarah and John were born there. Edward and Hannah appeared several times in the courts there. In 1673 the wife of Edward Grannis was admonished for wearing silk which was contrary to law. Below is the law regarding dress.

In March 1674, Hannah was brought to court again, this time they presented the silk hood and scarf she was wearing. It was described as: “though something worn, it had been fine silk”. She was fined 10 schillings.

On 15 Feb 1676, Edward was charged with leading a Great Riot where there was “public affronting of authority, in the stopping and hindering in the execution of a sentence which was ordered by authority”. Unfortunately it doesn’t go into detail what sentence they were trying to stop. The court ordered that Edward was to be whipped 12 stripes, well laid on. In the same year, Joseph, the son from Edward’s first marriage was fined for wearing silk in a flaunting manner. This Joseph may have died shortly after as the next child born to Edward and Hannah was named Joseph.

By 1677, the family moved to North Haven, CT where the last 2 children were born. In 1681 Hannah had rheumatism and went to Stonington, CT for treatment. They resigned from the church in Hartford in 1695 and were admitted to the First Church in New Haven in 1696.

Hannah died in 1711 and Edward died in 1719. They are buried in Montowese cemetery, North Haven, CT. Hannah’s tombstone has H G 1711 on it and Edward’s has E G Dec 10, 1719.

Photo courtesy Suzanne
Photo courtesy Suzanne


Edward Grannis and Hannah Wakefield, their son,

John Grannis and Elizabeth Brockett, their daughter,

Desire Grannis and Gideon Frisbie their son,

Philip Frisbee and Phoebe Hendricks, their son,

Gideon Frisbee and Huldah Kidder, their daughter,

Freelove Frisbee and Jabez Bostwick, their son,

Jabez Bostwick married Sarah Jane Chase their son,

John Day Bostwick married Ida Shelby their son,

Charles Bostwick married Alpha Wilkins their daughter,

Florence Bostwick -my grandmother


Genealogical history of the Grannis family in America from 1630 to 1901 to accompany the Grannis family chart of 1900 Grannis, Sidney S.

Records of the Colony and Plantation of New Haven, (Connecticut) from 1638-1649 Charles J. Hoadly p 487.

Colonial History of Hartford Connecticut Rev William DeLoss Love 1914 p 196.

History of Hadley : including the early history of Hatfield, South Hadley, Amherst and Granby, Massachusetts Judd, Sylvester p 90-91.
One Life at a Time: A New World Family Narrative, 1630-1960 R. Thomas Collins, Jr.
Historical catalogue of the members of the First church of Christ in New Haven, Connecticut (Center church) A. D. 1639-1914; Dexter, Franklin Bowditch
New Haven genealogical magazine Jacobus, Donald Lines
Find A Grave Memorial# 13160585
Find A Grave Memorial# 13160416

One thought on “Edward Grannis and Hannah Wakefield

  1. I, too, am related to Hannah Wakefield. She is my 8th great grandmother – I was relieved to find out that she died a natural death. RIP Hannah!


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