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Jessie J. and Jennie B. (Wellman) Grigsby, nephews W.H. and  William Cairns and Emma Grigsby, Wray

In 1850 Muskingum County, Ohio, George Grigsby is 65, Massa 60, George 22, Jesse 18, and Marion (Samuel Marion Grigsby) 16.

In 1882 W.C. Grigsby was enrolled at the Normal Institute in Kirksville, Missouri.

1884   Kirksville, Missouri

September 1884 "Rev. Wm. Grigsby and wife, of New Castle, Pennsylvania, are visiting his brother J.J. Grigsby and other relatives in Kirksville this week."

1884 "Mr. Frank Miller of Knox Co., a stock man, is spending a few days with his brother-in-law, Mr. J. Grigsby, looking with a view of locating in Adair."

June 22, 1888 Kirksville, Missouri "W.O. Grigsby of Wray Colo., spent a few days in town last week visiting relatives.  He was on his way to Pennsylvania to visit his parents and will remain with them during the summer."

One tree said Jesse Jackson Grigsby born March 11, 1832 in Zanesville, Ohio to George Grisgby 1782-1851 and Massa Baldwin 1789-1877.  It said siblings were William B. 1816-1889, Caroline born 1819, John 1821, Frank 1823-1909, Elizabeth 1823-1913, Geroge Franklin Grigsby 1827-1900, Martha born 1892, Malinda 1830, and Samuel Marion 1834-1914.    George Dec 26, 1785 -  Feb. 26, 1851 was buried at Poplar Fork Cemetery Gratiot Licking County Ohio # 6047946.

In 1880 Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, Wm. B. Grigsby is a clergyman farmer, 63, with Agnes 60.  William 254, Viola 23, and Mary 20.


"  In February 1867, Joseph Baldwin resolved to found a new teacher-preparation institute. With the advice of Major J. B. Merwin of St. Louis, editor of the American Journal of Education, and his own nephew, J. J. Grigsby of Kirksville, Missouri , he selected Kirksville as the location. Another factor that helped Baldwin decide on Kirksville was the availability of a ready-made structure -the Cumberland Academy Building - that fulfilled all the needs for the school. Built in 1860, the building, located on the corner of Mulanix and Hickory Streets (now Memorial Park), resembled a church, complete with a tall steeple. It had served as McNeil's headquarters during the Battle of Kirksville. It was originally built to house a school known as the Cumberland Academy. Baldwin leased the building for $100 per year."

In 1860 Brown County, Ohio, Thomas "Willman" is 46, Julia A. 38, Caroline 12, Ruth 10, Elizabeth 9, Charles S. 5, Jane 3, and Sarah 2.

In 1870 Brown County, Thomas Wellman is 56, Julia A. 48, Emeline 22, Elizabeth 19, Charles 15, Jane 13, and Sarah E. 12.

In 1880 Brown County, Thomas is 66, Julia 57, Elizabeth 29, Charles 25, Sarah E. 22, and grandson Clarence E. Hoss, 2.


Jesse J. Grigsby cash-claimed a quarter in 31, 1N 43W in 1890, and Jennie B. Wellman cash-claimed one in section 30 , also in 1890.

Jessie J. Grigsby married Jennie Wellman August 30, 1891, recorded in Yuma County.

In 1900 on Pawnee Street in Wray, Jessey J. born March 1832 in Ohio, has been married eight years to "Jane" B. Sept 1856 Ohio.  She's had two kids, Welman J. May 1892 and Dewey Oct 1897.

The next household is William C. Grigsby, Oct 1860 Pennsylvania - the 1904 Gazette edition said that William was Jessie's nephew.  William has been married seven years to Emma Mar 1864 Ohio, with George W. May 1893, John R. Jun 1894, and Mary J. Mar 1898.

 Emma Miller met William C. Grigsby when he was visiting in MO. William called on her and they had a meal. After the meal Emma went into the kitchen and she told her mother “Do you know that sawed-off little blind man asked me to marry him?” to which her mother Mary Ann Sillick Miller replied, “Well I hope you said yes because you aren’t getting any younger sitting around here.”  In 1880 Emma was with her mother Mary A. Miller, 56, in Knox County Missouri Eliza J. Jonson 34, widowed, John 28, Eugene 26, George 24, Frank 22, and Emma 16.  Mary Johnson, Eliza's daughter is 11.

William C. Grigsby of Wray, Colorado, and Emma Miller of Edina, Knox County Missouri, married June 14, 1892 in Edina.

FindaGrave # 1061358730 says of Eliza J. (Miller) Grigsby 1842-1886 - "GRIGSBY--At the home of her sister in Knox county, of consumption Friday morning Nov. 5th Mrs. E.J. Grigsby, wife of Jesse Grigsby . The remains were interred Sunday, Nov. 7th in Linville cemetery at Edina, Revs. Anderson and Martindale conducting the funeral services. (Mrs. Miller's obituary said Eliza was Mrs. JAMES Grigsby.)

Weekly Graphic
Kirksville, Missouri
November 12, 1886 "


One tree said he was Henry Worthington Grigsby, married to Elizabeth Sophia Zenher in 1897, and had Joseph Baldwin Grigsby and Chester Emmel Grigsby, both born about 1900.


In 1910 Wray, Jennie B. is widowed, with Jessie W. 17 and Joseph D. 12.

  November 19, 1914

1915 "Wellman Grigsby has begun work on his drug store at Eckley."

October 1915 "Dr. Kitzmiller buys Grigsby store both here and at Eckley."


Grigsby, Jesse J. 3/11/1832 8/16/1908 5 1 2 2
Grigsby, Jesse W. WWII 5/30/1892 3/14/1981 5 1 2 4
Grigsby, Joseph Dewey WWI 10/4/1897 5/6/1976 5 1 2 1
Wellman, Jennie B. 1856 1936 5 1 2 5

Jennie timber-claimed a quarter in  1, 1S 46W in 1918.

1936 Washington, D.C. 

Joseph Ball (1649-1711) was born in England and came to Virginia sometime before his father's death, making his home at a plantation called Epping Forest. He served as a justice of the county court, a vestryman for his church parish, as a Burgess (in 1698, 1700, and 1702), and as a lieutenant colonel in the county militia. Ball was married twice. From his first marriage to Elizabeth Rogers (or Romney), who died by the early 1700's, he had five children: Anne Ball (later the wife of Colonel Edwin Conway), Elizabeth Ball (later the wife of the Reverend Joseph Carnegie), Esther or Easter Ball (later the wife of Rawleigh Chinn), Hannah Ball (later the wife of Rawleigh Travers, II, and afterwards the wife of Simon Pearson), and Joseph Ball (died 1760).

After the death of his first wife, Joseph Ball married Mary Johnson (died 1721), a widow who had two children from her previous marriage. Together they had one child, a daughter named Mary Ball (1708-1789). Joseph passed away, however, soon after when Mary Ball was only three years old.

Mary Johnson Ball was remarried the following year to a man named Richard Hewes, who left her a widow for the third time in 1713. Her daughter, Mary Ball, was completely orphaned by the age of 12 or 13 and was subsequently raised by a guardian named George Eskridge, a local lawyer, land speculator, and Burgess, whose plantation was called Sandy Point. In 1731, at the age of 23, she married Augustine Washington (1694-1743), a middle-aged widower with three children, who ranged in age from 13 to 9. Their first child, a little boy they named George Washington (1732-1799), was born early the following year.

"The wife of Daniel Roudebush Jr., was a lineal descendant of Colonel William Ball, great-grandfather of George Washington."

"Daniel Roudebush  removed from Frederick county, Maryland, to Goshen, Ohio, in 1799 or 1800."

FindaGrave for Daniel 1785-1844 # 57582734 has two spouses  Mary Maria Sailor Roudebush (1788 - 1824)*
  Ruth Shotwell Sailor (1798 - 1861)*

Rebecca Brown (Mary Osborn9 Ball, William8, William7, William Ball6 3rd, John Ball5 2nd, John Ball4 1st, William Ball3 2ndl, Robert2 Ball, William Ball1 1st) was born Abt. 1772. She married JOSEPH SAILOR.


Joseph graduated from Yuma County High School  in 1915.


Joseph served four years in the Colorado Senate.


In 1930 Pueblo, Joseph - a banker - is 33, Ernestine 34, with Betty Jane 5 and Robert J. 4.

Ernestine Block Grigsby (BA '19) University of Colorado Regent from 1930 - 1936; Chair of National Panhellenic Council

In 1940 Prince George's County, Maryland, Joseph is a manufacturer's representative, and Ernestine is an administrative assistant at the Department of Agriculture.  They have Betty Jane 15, Robert J. 14, a ward Robert L. Kelly 11 born in Colorado.

Robert gave an interview in 2005 with the Boulder library, mentioning "his mother’s tenure as a University of Colorado regent"

Joseph Dewey Grigsby -1897-1976 is buried in Wray, with Ernestine (Block) Grigsby 1896-1985.  # 63807362

FindAGrave # 13335766 has her also buried in Boulder......

  Robert Joseph Grigsby died on the 4th of July, 2014 at home, surrounded by his loving family. Descended from Colorado pioneers, Bob was born October 15, 1925 in Denver to Joseph D. and Ernestine Block Grigsby. His great grandfather, Robert Hauck, came to Colorado in 1858 with the Wisconsin Gold Mining Company and was allowed by Chief Left Hand to settle on property by Boulder Creek. A portion of the original homestead is still farmed by Bob's son, Guy Grigsby. Bob lived in Pueblo, Colorado with his parents until they moved to Washington D.C. during the Great Depression. He spent the rest of his youth on a historic farm in Maryland, owned by his family.  A graduate of Bladensburg High School in Maryland, Bob received a deferment from the draft because he supplied eggs to local hospitals. However, he enlisted in the U.S. Army at 18 and served in the 42nd Infantry Rainbow Division in World War II. He was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge and received the Presidential Unit Citation, awarded to a combat unit that exhibits extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy, a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart and a Combat Infantry Badge. He was in B Company, 222 Infantry Regiment that liberated Dachau. Many years later he was honored at a ceremony in Denver by the governor of Colorado, Bnai Brith and the Anti-Defamation League as a liberator. He never wanted to return to Dachau for the anniversary ceremonies. He attended the Universities of Maryland, Colorado and Denver, earning degrees in business and law. Bob married Harriette Jane Kurtz on November 21st, 1950 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church in College Park, Maryland. They made their home in Kentland, Maryland and he worked for his father at the Grigsby Company. In 1954, the Grigsbys moved to Colorado where Bob managed an osteopathic hospital in Grand Junction. The family later moved to Arizona and he became a sales manager for Mountain States Telephone Company in Arizona, Utah and Colorado. In 1975, he established Grigsby Realty, Inc. in Longmont, Colorado, which he operated until his retirement in 1995. Bob was active in several service clubs. In Lions, he held offices in Sunrise Lions including president, and helped start the Sunrise Stampede. As a Red Cross volunteer from 1981 to 1994, Bob served as Damage Assessment Chairman for Boulder County and volunteered on three national disasters: Hurricane Andrew in Florida in 1990, the California earthquake in 1991, and northern California floods in 1992. He was a Red Cross blood donor for 50 years. Bob was an old car buff and restored a 1936 Packard convertible with a rumble seat and won First in Class at the Packard International Convention in Pittsburg in 1986. He was a member of Packard International, the Packard Auto Club and Rock Mountain Packard, serving as treasurer from 1984 to 1994. He drove the Packard in many Boulder County fair parades, frequently driving the parade grand marshal or political candidates. A continuous member of Barbershop since 1950, Bob sang in many choruses and quartets. He founded the College Park chapter in 1953. His first quartet won second place at the International Convention at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 1951. He was a founding member of the Purple Gang, who painted the infamous Cheaper Charlies shed in Longmont. The group was ultimately pardoned for this crime by the Longmont City Council. He was a member of ATO college fraternity and a member of St. Stephens Episcopal Church. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Harriette, and his children: Susan (Greg) White of Loveland, Colorado; Guy (Amy Fieling) of Erie, Colorado; Jay (Diane Crane) of Delray Beach, Florida, and Rosalind (James Riker) of Takoma Park, Maryland; his grandchildren: Rosalind (Chris) Ekx of Superior, Colorado; Julia (William) Bannon of Portland, Oregon; Whitney Grigsby of Boulder, Colorado; Jeff (Erika) White of Denver, Colorado; Guy J. Grigsby of Denver, Colorado; Jessie (Brett) Dee of Longmont, Colorado; Krysta (Shay) Trulove and Linsey (Alan) Short, of Carbondale, Colorado, and Robert, Daniel and William Riker, of Takoma Park, Maryland; six great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews, including Robert Sencenbaugh of Erie, Colorado. He was preceded in death by his sister, Jane (Pete) Sencenbaugh of Colorado Springs. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Stephens Episcopal Church at 1303 South Bross Lane in Longmont. Interment will be at the Ryssby Church Cemetery in Longmont.  #  # 132420814.  Donations in Bobs memory may be made to the Longs Peak Barbershop Chorus or to the OUR Center.


Donald Wayne "Pete"  Sencenbaugh, was born in Lewiston, Idaho in 1921. He attended school in Grand Junction, Colorado. Pete's love for math started in high school, where he also began playing the clarinet. After graduating from high school at 16, Pete went to Mesa County Junior College and shortly thereafter received an appointment to the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He was commissioned as an officer and served during and after World War II aboard the submarine USS Raton, was executive officer for the USS Threadfin and was skipper of the USS Atule. Pete received the Silver Star for  conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as plotting officer about the USS Raton during the sixth patrol. After the war he met Betty Jane Grigsby, and the two were soon married. Pete attended MIT receiving a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering, while continuing his naval service. After graduation he was stationed at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. In 1962 Pete retired from the Navy and relocated to Colorado Springs with his wife and children, where he worked for Kaman Sciences as a mathematician. After a second retirement, Pete enjoyed judging figure skating, trips to the cabin in Allen's Park, Colorado, and hiking in the mountains with his children. Pete and Jane were long-time members of St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Colorado Springs. Pete didn't believe in coincidences; only  God incidences  and always felt he had been guided by God throughout his life. Jane passed away in 2005. Since then, and as his health deteriorated, Pete often expressed his desire to be with the Lord and reunited with his wife and son. He was a Registered Professional Engineer in Colorado, a member of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), a life member of the Institute of Electric and Electronics Engineers (IEE), a retired member of the American Physical Society (APS) and a member of the United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA). Pete was preceded in death by son Bill, and is survived by, Buz aka Bev, son Bob (Debbie), his daughter Louise (Frank) LoBosco, and grandchildren, Rob and Ed Sencenbaugh, Sarah and Kale LoBosco, and two great-grandchildren Sierra and Quinn Sencenbaugh. A memorial service will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 4, 2009, St. Michael the Archangel Episcopal Church, 7400 Tudor Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80918. Inurnment will be in the church's columbarium. - 

Annapolis yearbook 1943 " DONALD WAYNE SENCENBAUGH   Grand Junction, Colorado - Pete   knows two loves — music and math. He plays his part well in cither of them. He came to us from the wilds of Colorado, knowing little about the Navy except that it offered a lot of math courses and had something to do with battleships and seasickness. He knows plenty now, else he would not have starred. A thorough Red Mike the first two years, Pete finally succumbed to the attractions of the Eastern girls and developed into a leading (not always) member of the   Flying Squadron.  If a slide rule is permitted on the bridge, the Navy holds a lot in store, because he takes with him all the qualities needed for a Naval career."

December 1946 "Mr. and Mrs. Joseph D. Grigsbv of Grigsby's Station, Landover, Md., announced the
engagement of their daughter, Jane, to Lieut. Donald Wayne Sencenbaugh, USN. A member of Delta Delta Delta sorority, Miss Grigsby is a senior at the University of Maryland. The prospective bridegroom, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Max Sencenbaugh of Greeley, Colo., is a graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy and served two years in submarine duty in the Pacific. He holds the Silver Star and the Bronze Star, and is taking graduate work at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Another mention in the University of Maryland alumni said Jay Max Sencenbaugh was in San Diego, California.

Robert Heinlein, the noted science fiction author, dedicated "The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress (1966) "  “For Pete and Jane Sencenbaugh.” Pete Sencenbaugh was an engineer and a friend in Colorado Springs. He and his wife Jane gave the Heinleins dinner on their last night in Colorado Springs. Their son, Joe, interviewed Heinlein for Colorado Engineering magazine.

One tree said Pete was the son of Jay Max Sencenbaugh 1891-1956 and Myrtle Clarice Peterson 1894-

They are buried in Chico, California.  In 1920 they were in Idaho, with son Leslie -

In 1930 J. Max is with his parents in Kootenai County, Idaho, - married but no spouse.

Leslie 1919-1984 is buried in Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, but # 3049003 has a death year of 1934.

Bill might be the one dying June 11, 1976.


Jennie Grigsby married Harlan Spear Jan 25, 1926, recorded in Sedgwick County.

In 1930 Wray, J. Wellman Grigsby is 38, married to Jessie B. 39, born in Nebraska.

They're in Denver in 1933, living at 4206 Hooker.




Jack and George on horses in the yard Emma and W.C. on the porch with Isabel (playing with doll carriage & her friend)

In 1920 Wray, William C. is 59, Emma 55, George W. 26, J. Ralph 25, M. Isabel 21, and David M. 14.




1923 "Miss Isabel Grigsby left Tuesday for Del Norte, Colo., where she will be engaged again in teaching the coming school year."



V.W. Feldman married I.G. Gunn March 28, 1901 -

In 1910 Paonia, Colorado, Victor W. Feldman is 43, Isabella G. 41, with William H. 17 and Gorden G. 14.  Isabella's brother John Gunn is working for them.

In 1939 Grand Junction, Colorado, Gordon G. (Isabel G.) is a physician at the McMullin Building. at 1259 Main Street.

Gordon G., born June 23, 1898 at Paonia, Isabel born March 7, 1898 at Wray, and Gordon G. Jr. born Oct 8, 1935 at Grand Junction, arrived at New Orleans from Havana, Cuba in 1939.

The 1940 census of Grand Junction has Gordon, 41, Isabel 42, and Gordon Jr. 4, all born in Colorado.  (wonder if the Gordon G. Feldman who married Elenore McAllister Nov 16, 1921, and Gordon Glenn Feldman divorced Eleanor Elizabeth Feldman in Denver in 1927)

In 1944 Isabel Grigsby Feldman had teaching experience in Mesa County, Colorado.

Rootsweb has a Gordon Glenn Feldman dying 1947 in St. Clair County, Michigan. - and Findagrave # 37022077 says Gordon 1898-1947 is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, St Clair County.

Isabel Feldman, age 55, is traveling to Hawaii in 1953.

She's in the Grand Junction directory for 1953 and 1959, with no Gordon, Sr.   Gordon Jr. is with his mother  at 1259 Main.

Gordon Feldman had a divorce case in Mesa County in 1969.

Gordon Grigsby Feldman Oct 8, 1935 - Jun 25, 2014 - services by Martin Mortuary of Grand Junction.


In 1940 Wray, David M. Grigsby is 34, Opal L. 32, with Margaret C. 7 and Dorothy L. 4.  David makes farm loans.

David was elected mayor of Wray in 1948.

David 1905-1986 and Opal L. 1907-1984 are buried in Wray.

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