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In the early part of the nineteenth century, a boy was born on December 6, 1804, whose name was Edward Grigsby. In the same year, but the preceding month, on November 8, was born a girl whose name was Elinor DeHart. It is believed that Edward was born in Wayne County, Pennsylvania, and Elinor in Virginia.

On April 22, 1825, these two were united in marriage, both being 21 years old, and they began housekeeping in Wayne County, Pennsylvania. The first child born to this union was John H. Grigsby, born February 14, 1826. When John H. was two years old, his parents immigrated to Guernsey County, in Ohio. While living in Ohio, seven other children were born: George Washington Grigsby, on January 26, 1828; Cornelius V. Grigsby on February 14, 1830; Daniel P. Grigsby on December 25, 1833; Jemima Grigsby on June 2, 1836; Edward Grigsby on July 14, 1838; Katarine Grigsby on April 6, 1840; and William Grigsby on May 11, 1842.

The latter son, William, was born shortly after the death of his father, Edward, who died on December 25, 1841, at the age of 37 years in Guernsey County, Ohio.

Very soon after the death of their father, the mother, Elinor DeHart, and six of the children moved to Illinois possibly around Monmouth, and remained there for a few months.

However, the oldest son, John H., and his wife, Susanna Warden, and their two children, Maria and Margaret, together with the Warden family (Susanna's parents), came on to Iowa, in 1852, instead of stopping in Illinois. John H. settled on his homestead in May, 1853, one mile east of the United Brethren Church, southeast of Madrid.

It is believed that Cornelius V. also came with his brother, John H., but that he returned to Illinois, and returned to Iowa with the rest of the Grigsby family in 1854. George W. may also have come at this time.

While the rest of the family were living in Illinois, three sons died within nine days, of typhoid fever. Edward died on October 17, 1853, at the age of 15; William died on October 24, 1853, at the age of 11, and Daniel P. died the following day, October 25, 1853, at the age of 20.

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