My Grants are from St. Nicholas at Wade, but they
had lots of descendents who went to Ramsgate and
Broadstairs (one of my great-great-great aunts ran a girls
school in Ramsgate, on "Royal Street" or something like
that, if I remember right).
This family is descended from William Grant and
and Mary Evans (William Grant b. about 1787) of
St. Nicholas at Wade. I think William was the son of
Vincent Grant and Johanna Chapman, and Vincent in
turn is the son of Thomas Grant and Ann White (back in
the 1600's). They all had *lots* of kids, so there's a huge
extended family there. (And surprisingly, the Grants are
very "long lived" - most of them survived well into their
70's and 80's even back then).
I've found an extended Grant pedigree that goes back
to at least the mid-1600's in Kent, and I'm sure many of the Grants in Kent descend from this same line, since Grant is not a native "Kentish" name. No one is really sure where
these Grants in Kent came from.
I am in the United States (California) and our family
history says our Grants came from Scotland to England at some point (may have been *way* back - to escape religious
persecution, or something). Another story in our family line
is that the very dark eyes and hair (almost black) come from
"the Black Douglases of the Grants".
- Scott Grant