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Re: Benjamin Grice/Grist born 1759
Posted by: William Moore (ID *****4720) Date: June 17, 2003 at 19:49:28
In Reply to: Benjamin Grice/Grist born 1759 by Elizabeth Bailey of 397


Richard Grist is my 6G grandfather. This is the information I have in my database on Richard, John and Benjamin Grist. Maybe it will help.

1 Richard Grist (1,2,3)
Death Date: before March 1753 (4)
Death Place: Beaufort Co., NC

Richard Grist Will Beaufort County dated 6 Jun 1752, Probated 13 Mar 1753 (3,5,6,7)
Will Sons: John, William, Richard ("my manner plantation"). Daughter Frances Nouell, Elizabeth Pinor, grandaughter Mary Grist, Daughter Elizabeth Wall. Wife and Executrix: Frances. Witnesses: William Willis, William Lanier, Elisabeth Hill. Clerk of the Court: Will Ormond. (3,5,6)

Spouse: Frances Unknown (1,2,3)
John (~1735->1786)
Elizabeth (Died Young)
Elizabeth (2)
Richard (->1789)

1.1 Frances Grist (1,5)

Spouse: Unknown Nouell (5)

1.2 John Grist (1,3,5,7)
Birth Date: about 1735
Death Date: after 25 January 1786, age: 51
Death Place: Beaufort Co., NC

Served on the Committee of Safety, Pitt Count, NC 23 June 1775. Colonial Records of NC, Vol. X, Saunders. p. 37. (1)
Will signed 25 January 1786 in Beaufort County, NC (3,5,6,7)

Will of John Grist as abstracted in "Beaufort County, North Carolina Will Abstracts 1720-1868":

"No probate. Son: Benjamin Grist, 100A swamp land joining the Earl of Granvilles Line; 50A high land joining Lazarous Pearces line; negro boy Elleck, one tin case; five pounds cash. Son Reading Grist, plantation whereon I now live and all the lands joining except what I have given my son Benjamin Grist. Son John Grist, 550A lying in Yorks pasture. Daughters: Mary and Sarah Grist, one feather bed and furniture each. My sons and daughters, Reading, John, Mary and Sarah, shall equal divide my negro Cate and her increase when my said son John Grist doth come of age&remaining estate to be equally divided among my four children. Executor: Reading Grist. Signed by mark. Witnesses: Frederick Grist, Cornelius Patrick, Nathan Godley. Remarks: Also recorded Old Will, pp. 208-9." (7)

Spouse: Jemima Allen (1)

Children: John (-1860)
Benjamin (->1795)
Reading (1763-1846)

1.2.1 John Grist (1,3)
Death Date: 1860
Death Place: Washington, Beaufort Co., NC
Burial Place: St. Peters Episcopal Church, Washington, Beaufort Co., NC

1.2.2 Benjamin Grist1,3,6
Death Date: after 5 October 1795

1790 NC Beaufort County Census
1st # = Free white males of 16 years or older including heads of families
2nd # = Free white males under 16 years
3rd # = Free white females, including heads of families
4th # = All other free persons
5th # = Slaves
Will of Benjamin Grist, Beaufort County, NC Will Book 1, Page 312. (3)

Spouse: Chloe Blount (3,8)
Birth Place: Beaufort Co., NC
Death Date: about 1793
Father: John Blount (~1715-1765)
Mother: Martha Lewis

Names his wife Ann in his October 1795 will. Will of Benjamin Grist, Beaufort County, NC Will Book 1, Page 312. (3) Chloe Grist (3,6,8) Sally Grist (3,6) Betsy Grist (3,6) William Grist (3,6)


1. "Some Colonial and Revolutionary Families of North Carolina, Volume I," Marilu Burch Smallwood, Southern Press, Inc., Macon GA. 1964.
2. "Some Colonial and Revolutionary Families of North Carolina, Volume II," Marilu Burch Smallwood, Re-Published by Tad Evans, Savannah, GA. 2001.
3. "Beaufort County, NC Wills 1720-1853," Laura Willis, Simmons Historical Publications, Melber, KY 1999, Vol. I: Jan 1720-July 1779; Vol. II: Sep 1779-Mar 1793; Vol III: Jul 1793-Jun 1803; Vol IV: Jul 1803-Feb 1853.
4. "North Carolina Historical and Genealogical Register, October 1900," J. R .B. Hathaway, Edenton, NC 1900, 1901, 1903, Genealogical Publishing Company 1998.
Volume I 1799-1819
Volume II 1820-1829
Volume III 1830-
5. "Abstracts of North Carolina Wills," John Bryan Grimes, North Carolina Department of State, Raleigh, NC, 1910. North Carolina Wills and Inventories. [database online] Provo, UT:, 2002. Original data: compiled by J. Bryan Grimes, North Carolina Wills and Inventories: Copied From Original and Recorded Wills and Inventories in the Office of the Secretary of State. Raleigh, NC: 1912.
6. "Abstracts of Wills in North Carolina 1760-1800," Fred A. Olds, Oxford: Clearfield Co., 1925.
7. "Beaufort County, North Carolina Will Abstracts 1720-1868," Beaufort County Genealogical Society, Gateway Press, Baltimore 1990.
8. "Descendants of James Blount," LaMartin, William,, 7 July 2001.

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