Grace Bett, 9th great grandma on RootsMagic tree
Grace was born in London and baptized January 24, 1629 at St Giles’ Cripplegate church. Originally “without [outside of] Cripplegate”, it’s one of few medieval churches in London, near the remains of the London Wall- an ancient fortress built around the city when it was part of the Roman Empire. St Giles survived “devastating bombing during the Blitz” of Germany in WW2.
It’s a mystery when Grace arrived in Boston, the first record in America shows her marriage to Edward Morris on September 20, 1655. From Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston, City Document No. 130, “Edward Morris & Grace Bett were married 20th – 9th month by Richard Bellingham Dept. Govr.” They married in ’Town’ not in the ‘First Church’.
Grace and Edward had 12 children, all born in Roxbury, Massachusetts. The family moved to Woodstock, Connecticut, some of the first colonial settlers. Edward died in September 1690, sources say he was the first ‘original’ settler to die in Woodstock. Grace went back to Roxbury where she died June 6, 1705. Grace’s actual burial place isn’t known but there’s a memorial to her and Edward, and Edward’s original gravestone, in Woodstock Hill Cemetery in Woodstock next to their church, the First Congregational Church, established in 1674, the present building is from 1820.
- A genealogical and historical register of the descendants of Edward Morris of Roxbury, Mass., and Woodstock, Conn. at Archive.org
- St Giles’ Cripplegate Church
- Marriage, Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston at HathiTrust
- Find a grave memorial 11446920
- London, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 at Ancestry
- Photo of Cripplegate, Bowl of Chalk London Walking Tours website