Descendants of Sir John Griggs, Sr.


Sir John Griggs, Sr. was born in about 1398 in Somerton, Suffolk, England--about 100 miles northeast of London.

According to "Muskett's Suffolk Memorial Families," he is the earliest person known to have used the name Griggs, and we have been able to develop a direct link to him through our Griggs Family Tree.
Three of his fifth-generation descendants--namely, Thomas, George and Stephen--emigrated to the U.S. in 1639, less than 20 years after the Pilgrims landed at the Plymouth Colony in New England. The five siblings of the three sons are believed to have remained in England. Our branch of the Griggs Family Tree descended from Thomas.
Major family names that married into our branch of the Griggs family since the 1800's include Root, Dewey, Griswold, Richardson, Smith, Watrous and Vandervort. The people who have "(*)" after their name are the direct descendants of Sir John Griggs, Sr., who were ancestors of the Griggs Family of Monroe County.
The Griggs Coat of Arms is shown for his son, Sir. John Griggs, Jr. It contains the motto "Casu Non Mutatus," which is interpreted to mean "I will not be stayed from my cause" or "My cause will not be changed." "Casu" is "reason behind or cause," "Mutatus" is "change or alteration" and "Non" is "not."

Gary Griggs
117-3 Whitetail Way
Pawleys Plantation
Pawleys Island, SC 29585

Created 2 December 2020 with RootsMagic Genealogy Software