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Re: Greatbeach, Greatbatch, Greatbach Bermuda/Carolina
Posted by: peter dzik (ID *****6298) Date: February 26, 2014 at 08:03:56
In Reply to: Greatbeach, Greatbatch, Greatbach Bermuda/Carolina by Beverley Purcey of 26726

hi Beverly,
there is obviously a connection with Daniel Greatbach, an ironmonger, Sheriff and Alderman of the city of Chester in Cheshire, England in A.D.1654. He had married Ann Sparke there in 1630, so the persons you mention could be of this marriage. A Rowland Gratebach of Bronington, eight miles south of Chester, died in 1669. The port of Chester on the river Dee was the main one for northern England for centuries.
The surname is mainly concentrated in the North Staffordshire moorlands near Leek town. It apparently comes from the remote area of Gradbach just four miles above Leek. First mentioned - Adam de Gratebach - in local assizes in 1413/1414.
bye pete



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