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John William Grant

John William Grant

Male 1837 - 1914  (77 years)

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  • Name John William Grant 
    Born 11 Jul 1837  Bothwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Nov 1914  Paso Robles, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1922  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 8 Apr 2017 

    Father Robert Grant,   b. Abt 1815, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1849, St. Louis, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 34 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Isabella Adam,   b. Abt 1820, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1849, St. Louis Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 29 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 27 Nov 1836  Bothwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F614  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margaret Nish,   b. 02 Nov 1852, Hooper, Weber UT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1932, San Luis Obispo, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married Oct 1868 
    Children 
     1. Isabelle Grant,   b. 1869,   d. 1892  (Age 23 years)  [natural]
     2. Robert Bruce Grant,   b. 21 Oct 1872, Santa Barbara Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1955, Santa Margarita, San Luis Obispo Co, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)  [natural]
     3. John Nish Grant,   b. 01 Jan 1875, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1954  (Age 79 years)  [natural]
     4. Richard Grant,   b. 1878, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1937  (Age 59 years)  [natural]
     5. Viva Grant,   b. 26 Jun 1880, Santa Maria, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1966  (Age 85 years)  [natural]
     6. Adam Lucas Grant,   b. 10 Nov 1881, Santa Maria, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Mar 1966, Paso Robles, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)  [natural]
     7. Frederick William Grant,   b. 15 Dec 1884, Santa Maria, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Mar 1974, Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)  [natural]
     8. Jessie Marie Grant,   b. 1887, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 May 1931  (Age 44 years)  [natural]
     9. Archie Grant,   b. 17 Aug 1890, Santa Maria, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 1940, California? Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 8 Apr 2017 
    Family ID F632  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 11 Jul 1837 - Bothwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Nov 1914 - Paso Robles, California Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    John William Grant
    John William Grant
    John Grant (only surviving child of Robert Grant and Isabella Adam) married Margaret Nish (daughter of William Nish and Isabelle Henderson) in October, 1868 (Ed Note: Margaret was born in 1852). Photo courtesy Dole Holcombe Grant Family Tree on ancestry.com
    Old Resident Passes Beyond
    Old Resident Passes Beyond
    John Grant (son of Robert Grant and Isabelle Adam) died in Nov, 1914.

    Headstones
    John W. Grant 1838-1914
    John W. Grant 1838-1914

    Histories
    Profile of a Pioneering Family: Grant Family Homestead
    Profile of a Pioneering Family: Grant Family Homestead

  • Notes 
    • Birth: OPR film # 1042965

      Emigrated to US 1844. Arrived 11 Nov on Norfolk. (Liverpool to New Orleans)

      Traveled from St. Louis to Salt Lake City with his uncle, John Easton's wagon train. After 3 years in Salt Lake City he traveled with family to San Bernardino, CA.

      Farmed in Gilroy and Redwood City. Mined near Mt Diablo, CA.

      Lived next door to uncle, William Laird Adam in Santa Maria for 10 years.

      From Paso Robles Press, August 3, 2012:
      The story of John W. Grant is a sad tale but also an inspiring one. John W. Grant was born into a coal mining family in Scotland in 1838 and came to America in 1844. His parents, Robert Grant and Isabelle Adam, and all of his siblings died in the St. Louis, MO cholera epidemic of 1849.
      John came west to Salt Lake City with his Uncle John Easton's wagon train, and after 3 years in Salt Lake City, headed further west to San Bernardino with relatives.
      At age 18, John left his Uncle George Easton’s home in Southern California to seek his fortune.
      He farmed in the Gilroy and Redwood City areas, traveled north to Idaho to work as a teamster hauling freight between Boise and the mining camps up the Fraser River.
      He quit when his chuck wagon horse drowned in the river. He then drove aherd of cattle back to California, which he sold for a profit at Visalia. He then went to work in the mines at Mount Diablo, hoping to double his profit. He went broke and quit while in debt to the mine.
      He met and married Margaret Nish, daughter of William Nish and Isabelle Henderson, in October of 1868. John’s nomadic lifestyle apparently continued after marriage, first residing in San Bernardino, then Bakersfield, then a sheep ranch on the Pacheco Pass between Gilroy and Hollister.
      John and Margaret then moved to Santa Maria, buying a farm next door to John’s uncle, William Laird Adam, himself an influential man in Santa Maria. John was happy there for 10 long years, even joining his Uncle William in the Hesperian Masonic Lodge No. 264.
      About 1880-81, as talk began of incorporating Santa Maria, John grew restless again and moved north to Choice Valley, between the small villages of Cholame and Annette, east of present day Shandon. Despite losing his entire family, moving across the country with relatives he barely knew while only 10-years-old, leaving home at 18 to seek his destiny, only to make and lose his fortune twice.
      John became a successful rancher, owning properties in four counties. John W. Grant died in 1914. His wife Margaret died in 1931. John and Margaret had nine children: Isabelle, who married W.W. Holcomb of San Bernardino; Robert Bruce, who married Christine S. Sulau; John Nish, who married Myra Jane Bartron of Santa Maria; Richard, who married Exie Belle Sharpless of Whittier; Viva, who married Frank L.. Anderson; Adam Lucas, who married Clara Sulau; Fred William, who married Ina Fancher; Jessie Marie; and Archie, who married Mayble L. Hammond of Hanford. Even today there are fifth generation descendants of John and Margaret Grant living in the Paso Robles area.
      1880 census: Santa Maria, Santa Barbara Co, CA. Stock raiser.
      1900 census: Cholame, San Luis Obispo Co, CA. Stock raiser.
      1910 census: Cholame, San Luis Obispo, CA. Rancher.
      Buried: Paso Robles District Cemetery Paso Robles, CA.