James Grant

M, #290, b. 11 August 1835, d. 10 January 1904
FatherCharles Grant1 b. a 1810, d. b 1851
MotherEsther McWilliams1,2,3 b. 27 Jan 1810, d. 11 Nov 1881

Family

Sarah J. Paulus b. August 1837, d. 14 October 1914
Children
Family BackgroundGrant - Klinger Ancestry and Allied Families
ChartsDescendants of Charles C. Grant
y-DNA Charles Grant

KEY EVENTS:

     James Grant was born on Tuesday, 11 August 1835 in King Township, York County, Ontario, Canada.4,5,6,1,7 James and Sarah J. Paulus, daughter of John Paulus and Catherine (?), were married on Monday, 31 October 1859 in Kankakee, Kankakee County, Illinois, by Rodney Ashley, Justice of the Peace.7,8 James Grant was confined to his bed for the last six weeks of his life and died on 10 January 1904 at 8 in the morning at his home in Goshen, Elkhart County, Indiana, at age 68.4,1,7 He was buried on 13 January 1904 at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Goshen, Elkhart County, Indiana. The Reverend W. G. Parker officiated at his funeral, which was performed under the direction of the Masonic lodge.9,1,7
     
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NARRATIVE:

     On 12 January 1852 James Grant appeared on the 1851 provincial census of Ontario the household of Samuel Sylvester King Township, York County, Ontario.10 When James actually emigrated from Ontario to the United States is unclear. While one census enumeration suggests he first immigrated to the United States in 1846 at the age of 11, this is almost certainly incorrect. The earliest we've been able to find him in any American records is 1859 when he married Sarah in Kankakee, Illinois. What he was doing in Illinois remains a mystery, although given James' later trade as a mason, it seems very possible that he was acting as an apprentice of some sort during this time.
     It may be that James immigrated to the United States in 1856 rather than 1846. What is certain is that he left Ontario sometime after 1851 and before 1859. The newly wedded couple moved to Indiana in 1860.7 The two of them then lived at 513 South Seventh Street in Goshen, Elkhart County, Indiana, between 1861 and 1904.7
     James' wife probably gave birth to a son, Dawson, in 1864. This child died the following year and was buried in the same burial plot next to where James and Sarah were eventually laid to rest. Their other son, William H. Grant, was also born in 1864, however most records refer to him as their adopted or foster son. It may be that William was made an orphan, at least in part. by the Civil War.11
     As previously noted, James spent most of his adult life working in the profession of a stone and brick mason. In fact, he eventually was a member of the Masons.7 We are in luck to know a fair amount about James' chosen occupation. The first hint of his occupation as a mason came from his grandnephew, Robert Grant, grandson of John Grant. Robert has related numerous times that John used to work with his brother, James, in Goshen, "pouring sidewalks." Eloquent confirmation of this came in the discovery of the work of Poor Pat Prodpen of Parry Sound, A.K.A. James Elliott, brother-in-law of James Grant. Wholly deaf and nearly blind, nevertheless Mr. Elliott penned several short, amusing works, among them, "Glimpses of Life, and Sketches of Character in Canada." It is in this tiny book that he mentioned the work of his brother-in-law, James. After waxing poetic about sidewalks and how their upkeep indicates the characters of their respective custodians, he notes, "It is to James Grant of 513 South 7th Street, manufacturer of cement tile, sewer pipe, window sills and concrete pavements that the good citizens of Goshen are indebted for the largest and the best constructed portion of the admirably good sidewalks that add to the manifold attractions of their model city."
     He further relates, "No one understands and attends to this most important part of this particular business better and more carefully than James Grant, and he is not only a remarkably clever and skilful [sic] mechanic, with a thoroughly practical knowledge of the most minute details of the several branches of his profession, but he is a conscientiously honest and honourable gentleman, and as a consequence he is at times under quite a pressure of business engagements, not only in Goshen, but in neighbouring towns and cities, so that he is at times obliged to employ quite a number of men. One special branch of his profession is the making of cement or artificial stone vaults for graves, and in this line his services have been called into requisition for scores if not for hundreds of Goshen's most respected citizens who are now sleeping their last long sleep in the beautiful Oakwood cemetery in the north-western suburbs of the city, near the softly murmuring waters of the smoothly flowing Elkhart river."12
     On 12 July 1870 James was enumerated as the head of the household in Goshen, Elkhart County, Indiana, in the federal census of 1 June 1870. Sarah J. Grant, William H. Grant, John Paulus, Catherine Paulus, Mary Sonder, Cora Sonder and J. Castleman also lived there at the time of the enumeration.13 James apparently began his work as a contractor in 1878, and he continued in that business until the time of his death.7
     On 1 June 1880 James was enumerated as the head of the household in Goshen, in the federal census of 1 June 1880. Sarah J. Grant and William H. Grant also lived there at the time of the enumeration.5
     His sister, Charlotte Grant, died on 3 November 1881 in Goshen.14
     His mother, Esther McWilliams, died on 11 November 1881 in Goshen, at age 71.15,16,3
     On 7 June 1900 James was enumerated as the head of the household at 513 S. 7th St. in Goshen, Elkhart County, Indiana, in the federal census of 1 June 1900. Sarah J. Paulus also lived there at the time of the enumeration.6 James Grant suffered from kidney disease during the last several years of his life.7 The cause of his death was Bright's disease, a kidney disorder.7
Last Edited15 Mar 2017

Citations

  1. [S644] James Grant entry, Elkhart County Death Registrations, record 197 (filed 10 January 1904), Elkhart County Health Department, Elkhart, Elkhart County, Indiana. Hereinafter cited as Elkhart County Deaths.
  2. [S158] Esther Grant, Elkhart County probate (will) file unknown file number, Elkhart County Circuit Court, Goshen, Elkhart County, Indiana. Hereinafter cited as Elkhart County will file.
  3. [S391] Esther Grant death notice, Goshen Times, Goshen, Indiana, 17 November 1881, page 3. Hereinafter cited as Goshen Times.
  4. [S6] Muryl Harvy Grant, "Charles Grant Descendancy Chart", circa 1996 (Route 2, Box 82A, Honoraville, AL 36042). Unknown comments. Hereinafter cited as "Charles Grant's Descendants."
  5. [S426] James Grant household, 1880 U.S. census, Elkhart County, Indiana, population schedule, city of Goshen, SD 6, ED 39, page 20, dwelling 170, family 184, National Archives and Records Administration micropublication T9, roll 275.
  6. [S396] James Grant household, 1900 U.S. census, Elkhart County, Indiana, population schedule, city of Goshen, SD 13, ED 22, sheet 8B, dwelling 194, family 203, National Archives and Records Administration micropublication T623, roll 369.
  7. [S312] James Grant obituary, Goshen Daily News-Times, Goshen, Indiana, 11 January 1904, page 5. Hereinafter cited as Goshen Daily.
  8. [S929] Kankakee County Marriage Liber B: 13, no. 304, Kankakee County Clerk's Office, Kankakee, Illinois. Hereinafter cited as Kankakee County Marriage Liber B.
  9. [S142] Oak Ridge Cemetery Office, Oak Ridge Cemetery Burial Records (Goshen, Indiana: City of Goshen). Hereinafter cited as Oak Ridge Cemetery Burials.
  10. [S954] Samuel Sylvester household, 1851 Canada census, York County, Ontario, population schedule, King Township, page 25; microfilm 0283615, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  11. [S681] Oak Ridge Cemetery (Goshen, Elkhart County, Indiana), Dawson Grant marker; personally read, 1996.
  12. [S930] James Elliott, Glimpses of Life and Sketches of Character in Canada: by Old Gabriel Gossip, of Goshen, and Poor Pat Prodpen of Parry Sound (Parry Sound, Ontario: n.pub., 1889), pp. 6-7. Hereinafter cited as Glimpses of Life.
  13. [S439] James Grant household, 1870 U.S. census, Elkhart County, Indiana, population schedule, city of Goshen, page 2, dwelling 15, family 15, National Archives and Records Administration micropublication M593, roll 311.
  14. [S1769] County and Neighborhood, Goshen Times, Goshen, Indiana, 10 November 1881, page 3. Located online at http://newspaperarchive.com. Viewed online 1 August 2014.
  15. [S1056] Supposition made by Author (Seattle, Washington) based on the preponderance of evidence. No death record has been found.
  16. [S424] Oak Ridge Cemetery (Goshen, Elkhart County, Indiana), Ester Grant marker; personally read, 1996.