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Matthew Grant, Sr.

Birthplace: Woolbridge, Dorset, England
Death: Died in Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
Place of Burial: Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
Immediate Family:

Son of John Grant and Alice Grant
Husband of Priscilla Grant and Susanna Grant
Father of Priscilla Humphrey; Matthew Grant, III; Samuel Grant, Sr.; Tahan Grant, Sr.; Baby Grant and 4 others
Brother of Jane Grant; Christopher Grant and Miriam "Mary" Dibble
Half brother of James DeGrant; Richard Grant; John Grant; Averila Grant; George Grant and 4 others

Occupation: Carpenter, Original Surveyor of Windsor, Town Clerk of Windsor, Left England, came to Amer. in May 30, 1630 on the ship "Mary & John", was a freeman in Mass. Colony in 1631, first town clerk in Windsor, Ct.
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About Matthew Grant, Sr.

The emigrant Matthew Grant, born in England, Oct. 27th, 1601, died in Windsor, Conn., Dec 16th, 1681. He married Priscilla, Nov. 16th, 1625, who died Apr. 27th, 1644. He married 2nd, Mrs. Susanna Rockwell, daughter of Bernard Capon. His children were by his first wife.

On March 20th, 1630, he embarked with his family on the "Mary and John" and reached Boston May 30th, 1630. Settled at Dorchester and was admitted a freeman May 18th, 1631. In Oct. 1635, he went overland to the Connecxticut River and assisted in the founding of Windsor, Conn., the family following in the spring of 1636.

He took a very active part in the public life in Windsor, deacon of the first church and recorder (town clerk) from 1652 to 1677. Selectman for many years, he frequently received the highest number of votes. Dr. Stiles says of him in his "History of Ancient Windsor", "Few men indeed filled so large a place in the early history of Windsor, or filled it so well, as honest Matthew Grant; his name figures in about every place of trust and his early records of the town show that his duties were conscientiously performed." He was compiler of "Old Church Ways in Windor" and the "Old Church Record", which furnished the basis for the histories of most of the families of ancient Windos. He was a type of the best settlers of new England, and left to his descendants an untarnished name and the example of an unswerving fidelity to the public trust committed to him, for he quaintly comments on his own work, "I have been careful to do nothing on one man's desire."


Came over on the "Mary & John" with Maverick and Warham from Plymouth, England to Boston. He emigrated on May 30, 1630. was a Puritan


Ancestor of Future 18th President Ulysses S. Grant

No Children with wife Susanna Capen Rockwell Grant

On March 20, 1630 he embarked with his family on the "Mary and John" at Plymouth, England, and reached Boston harbor May 30, 1630. He settled at Dorchester, Mass., and was admitted a freeman May 18, 1631; but, with many others, he disliked the close union of church and state that characterized the colony of Massachusetts Bay, as well as the growing tendency to establish the government in the hands of a privileged class and to minimize the voice of the people in the conduct of their own affairs. Accordingly, in Oct. 1635 , he went overland to the Connecticut River, with the party that prepared for the settlement of Windsor, although his family probably did not remove to Windsor until the following April. There, freed from the trammels of a royal charter, he assisted in forming a true democracy, the germ from which American political institutions have grown. His lot was in the Palisado, next the town lot. This he gave to his son John, with whom he spent his declining years. It is said that he was a carpenter. He was the first, and for many years the principal, surveyor; deacon of the first church; recorder (town clerk) 1652-77; townsman (selectman) many years, frequently receiving the highest number of votes; on the committees to lay out the bounds between Windsor and Hartford in 1651 and 1660, and to view the state of the town in 1651 and 1654. "Genealogical History of the Descendants of Matthew Grant 1898" by Arthur Hastings Grant.

On March 20, 1630 the John and Mary set sail from Plymouth, England on its journey which lasted 70 days during which the company had preaching and expounded the bible every day. Captain Squeb, Master of the vessel was supposed to land the travelers on the Charles river where a place for them had been suggested, consonant with Rev. White's request. But on their arrival May 30, 1630 at the barren, uninhabited Nantasket Point, Squeb put them and their cattle and goods ashore, much to their complaint and displeasure, claiming that his unfamiliarity with the coast line there abouts made any other plan unsafe. This left the 140 emigrants at least 12 miles across the bay from where they had expected to land, and nearly 8 miles where Boston later stood. One of the passengers, Roger Clapp, referred to this a forlorn place in the wilderness. He says "we got a boat from some planters" (probably from Salem and Charlestown and they were the only English settlements at this time)" and loaded her with goods, and some able men, well armed, went in her unto Charlestown where we found some wigwams and one house." He says, they "unloaded their goods where Watertown was presently settled, starting to build a shelter and exchanged biscuits with the Indians for fish," Ref. Dawes and Allied Families, Vol. 1, page 295 Sturgis Library, Yarmouthport, Mass. Matthew Grant, also a passenger also removed to Dorchester and then to Windsor, Connecticut. This material has been compiled as accurately as possible. The fact that parts of Watertown were given to Weston in 1713, Waltham in 1738, Cambridge in the part where Christopher Grant lived in 1754 and Belmont in 1859, presented a few problems. Whether the ship bringing the Grants and others here in 1630 was named the "John and Mary" or "the Mary and John" is not important. Records show that it was called both. In Dawes and Families, "a history of some of the passengers on the "John and Mary, " "Early Settlers of Watertown" by Bond, and an article in the Boston Globe in 1927 the ship ws referred to as the "John and Mary", Grants in Scotland and England. This ancient Scottish clan name is of Norman and French Origin. It is derived from LeGrand, meaning the great, distinguished person. When Richard Grant became archbishop of Canterbury, they latinized to Richardus Magnus, thus Richard the Great. While little effort has been made by me to trace in England or Scotland the Grant ancestry, we have learned from Robert Baine's The Clan Grant is one of the Clans claiming to belong to Siol Alpine and to be descended from Kenneth MacAlpine, King of Scotland in the 9th Century. In the 13th century the Grants appear as Sheriffs of Inverness, and they exerted considerable influence in the north-east of Scotland, and supported Wallace in his struggle. John (Grant) chief of the clan, married the daughter of Gilbert of Glencairnie, and from his elder son sprung the Grants of Freuchie. His younger son was progenitor of the Tullochgorm branch of the Clan. From John Grant of Freuchie are descended the Earls of Seafield, the Grants of Corrimony and the Grants of Glenmoriston. The Grants were consistenly Royalists and took part in the notable battle on the haughs of Cromdale which gave its name to the pipe tune made famous by being played by Piper Findlater of the Gordon Highlanders at the balltle of Dargai in 1897. In the Jacobie Risings the Clan supported the Hanoverian side, but the Grants of Glenmoriston supported the Jacobite cause. Ludovic Grant, of Grant, the then Chief, married for his second wife Lady Margaret Ogilvie, daughter of the Earl of Findlater and Seafield, and his grandson succeeded to the Seafield peerage. The 8th Earl died without issue and the titles passed to his Uncle James, 9th Earl of Seafield. The 11th Earl of seafield was killed in World War I (1914-1918) and the Ogilvie honours passed to his only child, Nina, Countess of Seafield. The Chiefship of Clan Grant remains in Lords Strathapey." Pipe Music; Stand fast Craigillachie Crest Badge: A Mountain inflamed, Proper War Cry; Stand Fast Gaelic Name; Grannd, orgin of name, French Grand Plant Badge: Pine the 42nd or Black Watch Tartan is Worn......Howard Alexander

Went to Windsor with the Dorchester Company. Compiled a Book of Records in Windsor. Samuel Richardson and Josiah Ellsworth

Matthew was a Puritan. The Emigrant Ancestor of this Great Family. The original name for Windsor, CT was Matianuck.


From History of the Town of Stonington, County of New London, Connecticut, by Richard Anson Wheeler, 1900:

MATHEW GRANT, the progenitor and emigrant ancestor of the Grant family of New England, was b. in England on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 1601. He came to this country May 30, 1630, in the good "Ship Mary and John," with his family, and landed at Dorchester, Mass.

He was admitted a freeman in the Massachusetts Colony in 1631, but did not long remain in Dorchester, for as early as 1635, he took an active part in forming the company that migrated to Windsor, Conn., and went with them to that place, and was elected first town clerk thereof, which office he held for a good many years. He also held the position of town surveyor, and took a prominent part in the organization, and also in transplanting the Congregational Church there, which had been previously formed in Plymouth, England, and first transplanted in Dorchester, Conn. Mathew Grant and Priscilla , b. Feb. 27, 1600, m. Nov. 16, 1625 ; she d. April 27, 1644, aged 43 years. He m. 2d, Susannah (Chapen) Rockwell, widow of Dea. William Rockwell, May 29, 1645 ; she d. Nov. 14, 1666; he d. Dec. 16, 1681.


Matthew Grant left Plymouth, England on March 20, 1630. He settled at Dorchester, MA. In Oct 1635 he went with a party up the CT River and helped to found the town of Windsor.


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Matthew Grant, Sr.'s Timeline

October 27, 1601
Woolbridge, Dorset, England
Age 2
Lyme Regis,Dorset,England
November 16, 1625
Age 24
September 14, 1626
Age 24
Lyme Regis, Dorset, England
Age 26
Probably England, (Present UK)
November 12, 1631
Age 30
Dorchester (within present Boston), Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
February 3, 1633
Age 31
Dorchester (within present Boston), Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Age 36
Windsor, CT, USA
Age 38
September 30, 1642
Age 40
Banchory, Kincardineshire, Scotland