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Grissell Brinley1
b. January 1635, d. 13 June 1687, #15058

HYPER* HYPERLINK this file: Nathaniel II's son Brinley inherited the Manor in 1728. He replaced the old house with the present Manor House in 1733. Picutre of new house Sylvester Manor on Havens support CD1.  
Birth* January 1635 Grissell was born in January 1635 at Datchet, Buckingham, England. Grissel was the daughter of Thomas Brinley, keeper of the accounts for both Charles I and Charles II.1
Baptism 16 January 1634/35 Grissell was baptized on 16 January 1634/35 at Clerkenwell parish, London, England.1 
Marriage* circa 1652 Grissell Brinley married Nathaniel Sylvester, son of Giles the Elder Sylvester and Mary Gascoigne, circa 1652 in Shelter Island, Suffolk county, New York. Mallman indicates that they were married in England. And this is likely correct.1,2 
!AInfoNew* When Nathaniel Sylvester, a young sugar merchant, married 16-year-old Grissell Brinley in England in early 1652 and sailed for America, neither could know the adventures ahead. Their marriage would start with a shipwreck, see them open their wilderness home to cruelly persecuted Quakers, and end with their legacy as the founders of the Town of Shelter Island.

As early eastern Suffolk pioneers, the Sylvesters prospered on their remote island, had 11 children, and succored New England Quakers at a time when it was dangerous to do so. Their brave defense of religious freedom won the reverence of later generations in this country and in Great Britain.

The Sylvesters were shipwrecked off Connecticut on their honeymoon trip, where they stopped first to visit family in Barbados, then headed for Newport, R.I., to prepare to move to Shelter Island before their boat accident. They survived and became the first white settlers of what was to be named Shelter Island. After their arrival in March, 1652, they used the island's white oak to make sugar barrels used in trade with Barbados. Nathaniel's brother Constant, and two other sugar merchants, Thomas Middleton and Thomas Rouse, were co-founders but didn't live on the island, and in 1673 Nathaniel became sole owner.3

Death* 13 June 1687
Grissell died on 13 June 1687 at Shelter Island, at Suffolk county, at New York at age 52.1 

Family   Nathaniel Sylvester b. circa 1610, d. 13 June 1680
Children  1. Grizzell Sylvester b. 12 Aug 16544
  2. Giles Sylvester III b. c 16571
  3. Nathaniel Sylvester b. 31 Dec 1661, d. b 4 Jul 17051
  4. Elizabeth Sylvester+ b. c 1666, d. 20 Jun 17341

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