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Edward Griswold

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England
Death: Died in Windsor, Hartford, Province of Connecticut
Place of Burial: Clinton Cemetery, Clinton, Middlesex County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of George Griswold, of Kenilworth and Dousable Griswold
Husband of Margaret Griswold and Sarah Griswold
Father of Sarah Griswold; Lieutenant Francis Griswold; George Griswold; Lydia Griswold; Sarah Pinney and 9 others
Brother of Thomas Griswold; Frances Griswold; Francis Griswold and Elizabeth Griswold
Half brother of Matthew Griswold and Thomas Griswold

Occupation: Attorney, JP, Deputy to the general court, Magistrate, Killingworth, Conn
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About Edward Griswold of Killingworth

Edward Griswold was born 26 Jul 1607 in Kennilworth England, and died 30 Aug 1691 in Windsor Hartford CT.

Parents: not confirmed (see notes). Possibly George Griswold (1574-1615) and his second wife, Dorothy James.

Married (see notes)

  1. Margaret (unknown) abt 1630 in Kennilworth England.
  2. Sarah 1672 in Windsor Hartford CT, widow of James Bemis

Children of Edward Griswold and Margaret are:

  1. Francis Griswold, born 1629; died Oct 1671. Married Sarah Post.
  2. Sarah Griswold, born 1630.
  3. George Griswold, born 1632; died 03 Sep 1704 in Simsbury CT.
  4. John Griswold, born 1635; died 1642.
  5. Anna Griswold, born 19 Aug 1642.
  6. Mary Griswold, born 05 Oct 1644.
  7. Deborah Griswold, born 28 Jun 1646. She married Samuel Buell 18 Nov 1662.
  8. Joseph Griswold, born 22 Mar 1647/48; died 14 Nov 1716. He married Mary Gaylord 10 Jul 1670.
  9. Samuel Griswold, born 18 Nov 1649; died 06 Jul 1672.
  10. John Griswold, born 01 Aug 1652; died 07 Aug 1717. He married Mary.

Notes

Edward Griswold, born in England, 1607; married there about 1630, Margaret, whose parentage is unknown. Actual records of his birth and marriage have not been found.

About 17 August 1639, Rev. Ephraim Huit arrived in Windsor, Connecticut with his company and immediately entered upon his labors assisting Rev. John Warham. Rev. Huit had been pastor at Knowle and Wroxall, Warwickshire, england, Wroxall being a part of Kenilworth parish. He was a religious writer and he was censured by the Bishop of Worcester, which, no doubt, was the moving cause of his organizing his company and for his removal to England. Edward and his brother Matthew Griswold were members of this company, and for this reason it had been thought that the records of Knowle and Wroxall would disclose some clue as to the parentage of our ancestors, but thus far they are silent.

Edward seems to have been an intellectual type and he speedily became prominent in the affairs of the new community at Windsor, exceedingly active, and was frequently mentioned in colonial records. He served as deputy to the General Court 18 August 1658 through 14 March 1660 and 15 May 1662 through 11 March 1663. In 1659 he built the Old Fort at Springfield for Mr. Pynchon. He was granted land at Poquonoc Plain but did not remove there until the title of the Indians living there had expired in 1642. He was resident there with two other familes of John Bartlett and Thomas Holcomb, in 1649. His home stood near the highway at the top of the hill and had 29 1/2 acres bounded mostly south and west by Stony Brook and east by the Connecticut River. His sons George and Joseph inherited the homestead.

In 1663, with his son John, Edward removed to Hammonassett, later called Killingworth. The present Clinton, Connecticut, is the original Killingworth; Main Street is the identical ground where the first settlers took their home lots. These were surveyed in 1663 by Byron Rossiter of Guilford. Edward was one of the first settlers and doubtless suggested the name from Kenilworth Parish in England, and was the most prominent man in the new settlement, given much credit for first organizing this community. He was its first deputy to the General Court.

Among the names entered as planters by the committee we find Edward Griswold, Samuel Beull, and Jonas Westover, and in 1669 these were recorded as freemen.

Edward was largely instrumental in organizing the first church and was its first deacon. He frequently served on important civil matters, his services, counsel and guidance evidently much sought after. He served on the committee to establish a Latin school at New London.

Ancient land records on file at the Office of the Secretary of State, Hartford, Connecticut, show land grants in favor of Edward; one of 200 acres; another of 100 acres given by the town of Killingworth; he was a large landholder showing the spirit of those English settlers to accumulate large land holdings.

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Inscription on Memorial:

                           In Memory of
                         EDWARD  GRISWOLD	
                            1607-1690
                          and his wife
                            MARGARET
                            DIED 1670
                       Settled at Windsor
                              1639
                    Founder at Killingworth
                              1663
                  First Deputy to General Court
                  First Deacon of First Church
                           ERECTED BY
                 THE GRISWOLD FAMILY ASSOCIATION
                              1990
             Indian River Cemetery, Killingworth, CT
                     Inscription from photo

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Arrived in New England in 1639 and settled in Windsor. Then in 1664 to Killingworth, CT, first called Kenilworth, and now named Clinton. First deligate to the General Court. Justice of the peace in Windsor. First Deacon of the church.

“Mr. Edward Griswold came to America at the time of the second visit of Mr. George Fenwick, at which date, also, came a large number of new settlers to the Conn. settlement. It was at a time when many of the gentry of England and wealthy persons connected with the Warwick Patent were intending removal hither; but the breaking out of the Scotch Rebellion compelled King Charles to call a Parliament, and they stayed at home to carry on their struggle with the King and Archbishop Laud. Mr. Griswold undoubtedly came in the interest of some of these patentees. He was attorney for Mr. St. Nicholas of Warwickshire, who had a house built in Windsor, and also a tract of alnd ‘impaled’ (fenced), as had Sir Richard Saltonstall. The Rev. Ephraim Huit, who came also, in 1639, was from the same parish, as, also, the Wyllys family, who settled in Hartford.”

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The Griswold Family Genealogy of 1935 indicated that the parentage of Edward and the maiden name of his first wife were uncertain, though the Lawson pages indicate some clue into these mysteries. Whatever his English roots, Edward and his family, together with Edward's brother, Matthew came to the American colonies in the company of Rev. Ephriam Hewett aboard the Mary and John 30 May 1630. The company landed in Massachusetts and settled in Dorcester. Many of the company later made their way to Connecticut where they arrived in Windsor in August 1639. Hewett had been the pastor at Knowle and Wroxall in Warsickshire, England. (Wroxall was part of Kenilworth Parish). The colonial migration took place following the censure of Rev. Huit, indicating that he and his parish espoused the nonconformist Puritan doctrine.

Connecticut Colonial and town records offer many references to Edward. He was Deputy to the General Court from Windsor (18 Aug 1658 - 14 Mar 1660; 15 May 1662 - 11 Mar 1663) and was Justice of the Peace in that town prior to 1663. By 1649 he was living on land in Poquonoc which had been granted him in 1642.

"He was granted land at Poquonoc but he did not remove there until after the title of the Indians had been fully extinguished, 1642. But he was resident there with two other families, John Bartlett and Thomas Holcomb, in 1649. His home stood near the highway at the top of the hill; had 29 1/2 acres bounded mostly south and west by Stony Brook; east by the river. His sons George and Joseph inherited the homestead." Griswold

In 1663, Edward in named on the list of original proprietors of the new plantation at Hammonasset which was later known as Killingworth. Actually, this future town was apparently originally named Kenilworth by its founders and, through a series of colonial clerical errors eventually found its current name. (Further discussion of the founding of Killingworth CT can be found on the HULL pages under Josiah HULL). Edward is also listed in the original allotment of land in the plantation and is included on the 1669 list of freemen in the town.

Continuing his record of public service, Edward was the first deputy to the General Court from Killingworth and was the first deacon of the first church there, which he helped to organize.

"No stone marks the grave of Edward Griswold inClinton. A very rough slab of granite marked M.G. is supposed to be in memory of his wife, dated 1670. This is the oldest record in the Clinton Burying ground." Beers Edward Griswold was a witness to the will of William Wellman in 1668/9.

Sources: SLLawson; The Griswold Family, England - America, Griswold, Glenn E. -1935; History of Middlesex County, Connecticut, with biographical sketches of its prominent men - Beers, J.B. & Co. - 1884; History of Norwich, Connecticut .. to the Year 1866, Calkins, Frances Manwaring - 1866; Windsor CT Vital Records; Killingworth CT Vital Records; Ancient Windsor, Stiles; Commemorative Record of New Haven County Connecticut - 1902

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Came to New England from Kenilworth, England in 1639. Brother Matthew came with him. Also had at least one other brother that remained in England named Thomas.

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Edward and Margaret Griswold

Edward GRISWOLD - bap. Jul. 26, 1607, Wooten Wawen, Warwickshire, England; d. 1687-1691, Clinton, CT. Son of George GRISWOLD and Dousabel. Edward married second in 1672 the widow Sarah (JAMES) BEMIS. Married by 1629 at Kenilworth, Warwickshire.

Margaret - d. Aug. 23, 1670, CT. Traditionally she is named as Margaret DIAMOND, daughter of John DIAMOND. Genevieve Tylee Kiepura writes in "Griswold Ancestry in England" (The American Genealogist 39:176-180) that "Edward GRISWOLD m. Margaret BLENCOW of Marston St. Lawrence, co. Northampton, dau of John BLENCOW and his wife Mary WALLISON." However, in "Note on the Ancestry of the Griswolds of Connecticut" (The American Genealogist 40:43-44), John G. Hunt conclusively shows that the Edward GRISWOLD who married Margaret BLENCOW is not the immigrant to CT, and Genevieve Tylee Kiepura concurs."

I have several other bits of correspondence but my (present)conclusion is:

The "Hicks" family say she wasn't a "Hicks" and the pedigree floating around for "Margaret Hicks" is untrue.

Blencow is positively out because of the above studies by the Griswold Family.

"Diamond/Dimond" is not accepted anymore although one correspondent claims she is Edward's second wife (?).

I go along with the Griswold Family and leave her last name blank. It's hard to do with so many candidates floating around, but that is what I'm doing.

Bob Seger

According to the Griswold Family, this Margaret DID NOT MARRY the Edward GRESWOLD who emigrated to America.

in "Note on the Ancestry of the Griswolds of Connecticut" (The American Genealogist 40:43-44), John G. Hunt conclusively shows that the Edward GRISWOLD who married Margaret BLENCOW is not the immigrant to CT, and Genevieve Tylee Kiepura concurs.

Documents

http://www.geni.com/documents/view?doc_id=6000000021249985109 http://www.geni.com/documents/view?doc_id=6000000021249985111 http://www.geni.com/documents/view?doc_id=6000000021249656183 Notes

http://boards.ancestry.com/thread.aspx?m=43&p=surnames.griswold&dc=50

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Ancestor of Longfellow

Henry Wadsworth LONGFELLOW (1807-1882), poet (The Village Blacksmith,1841; Evangeline, 1847; The Song of Hiawatha,1855; The Courtship of Miles Standish, 1858; Paul Revere's Ride, 1860; and others) and college professor at Bowdoin (1829-1835) and Harvard (1835-1854), graduated Bowdoin College 1825, married first in 1831 to Mary Storer POTTER, and second in 1843 to Frances APPLETON.

Stephen LONGFELLOW IV (1776-1849) and Zilpah WADSWORTH (1778-1851)

Gen. Peleg WADSWORTH Jr. (1748-1829) and Elizabeth BARTLETT (1753-1825)

Samuel BARTLETT (1696-1769) and Elizabeth LOTHROP (c1718-1793)

Joseph BARTLETT, Jr. (c1665-1703) and Lydia GRISWOLD (1671-1752)

Francis GRISWOLD (c1629-1671) and Sarah (d. 1675)

Edward GRISWOLD (1607-1691) and Margaret (d. 1670)

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EDWARD GRISWOLD was born in 1607 in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England, the son of George Griswold.

Edward married Margaret Diamond about 1630 in England. Margaret was born in England, the daughter of John and Rebecca Diamond. They were the parents of twelve children, six sons and six daughters. They had five children while living in the Kenilworth Parish.

About August 17, 1639, Rev. Ephriam Huit arrived in Windsor, Connecticut, with his company and immediately started to assist Rev. John Warham. Rev. Huit had been pastor at Knowle and Wroxall, Warwickshire, England. Wroxall was a part of Kenilworth Parish. He was a writer of note of religious subjects and a powerful preacher of the Puritan faith. He was censured for his non-conformity and silenced by the Bishop of Worcester. This was no doubt the reason he organized his company and the immigration to New England.

Edward Griswold and his brother, Matthew Griswold, and their families were members of this company that arrived in Windsor, Connecticut, in 1639. At the time his five children ranged in age from less than one year old to 8 years old.

Edward was of the sturdy, intellectual type and speedily became prominent in the affairs of the community, frequently mentioned in colonial records. He served as deputy to the General Court August 18, 1658 - March 14, 1660 and May 15, 1662 - March 11, 1663. In 1659 he built the Old Fort at Springfield for Mr. Pynchon. He also served as Justice of the Peace.

He was granted land at Poquonoc but he did not move there until after 1642 when the title of the Indians had been fully extinguished. He was a resident there with two other families, John Bartlett and Thomas Holcombe. In 1649, his home stood near the highway at the top of the hill. It was 29-1/2 acres.

(NOTE: His son, George Griswold, the next in line Griswold ancestor, married Mary Holcombe, the daughter of this same Thomas Holcombe.)

In 1663, with his son, John, Edward Griswold moved to Hammonassett, which was later called Killingworth. The present Clinton, Connecticut, was the original Killingworth. Edward was one of the first settlers and probably suggested the name from Kenilworth Parish in England.

He was largely instrumental in organizing the first church there and was its' first deacon. Among other services, he served on the committee to establish a Latin school at New London.

Ancient land records show land grants to Edward Griswold of 200 acres and another of 100 acres given by the town of Killingworth.

Margaret (Diamond) Griswold died August 23, 1670. She was buried in the Congregational Cemetery in Clinton, Connecticut. Her gravestone is the oldest monument in the cemetery. Edward died in 1691 about 84 years old.

Events

Edward Griswold Christen 26 Jul 1607, Wootten Wawen, Warwick, England Immigration 1638, Boston aboard the Christian Move Aug 1639, Windsor, Hartford, CT [Founder/DFAW] Move 1663, Killingworth, Middlesex, CT154 Land Purch 1674, Lyme, CT [200 acre grant] Death 30 Aug 1691, Norwich, New London, CT

Links

Sources

  • A Digest of the Early connecticut Probate Records" Vol I pg. 60

-------------------- This is old research. True or false? -------------------- Came from England in 1639 to Windsor, CONN; settled in Killingworth. -------------------- born Kellworth Eng. 1607: came to America 1639 Winson, CT

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Edward Griswold of Killingworth's Timeline

1553
1553
Hammonassett (later Killingworth now Clinton), CT
1607
January 26, 1607
Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England
July 26, 1607
Wooten, Warwickshire, England, (Present UK)
July 26, 1607
July 26, 1607
Wooten, Warwickshire, England
July 26, 1607
Wooten, Warwickshire, England
July 26, 1607
Wooten, Warwickshire, England
July 26, 1607
Cubbington, Warwick, England
July 26, 1607
Wooten, Warwickshire, England
July 26, 1607
Wooten, Warwickshire, England