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Anna Griswold (Wolcott)

Birthdate: (84)
Birthplace: Tolland, Somerset, England
Death: November 29, 1704 (80-88)
New London, New London County, Connecticut Colony
Place of Burial: Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Henry Wolcott and Elizabeth Wolcott
Wife of Matthew Griswold
Mother of Elizabeth Beckwith; Matthew Griswold, Jr.; John Griswold; Anna Griswold; Sarah Colton and 1 other
Sister of Henry Wolcott, Jr.; Christopher Wolcott; George Wolcott, Sr.; Elizabeth Wolcott; Mary Drake and 4 others

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About Anna Griswold

Anna Wolcott was born BET 1620 AND 1621 in Galdon Manor, Tolland, Somerset, England, and died before May 22, 1701 / or 29 NOV 1704 in New London, New London County, Connecticut. She was the daughter of 2. Henry Wolcott and 3. Elizabeth Saunders.

She married Matthew Griswold 16 OCT 1646 in Connecticut, son of George Greswold and Honora Pawley. He was born ABT 1620 in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England, and died JAN 1699 in Lyme, Connecticut. He was buried AFT JAN 1699 in Old Saybrook, Middlesex County, Connecticut.


  1. Elizabeth; born, according to corrected order of names, not later than 1652, married: 1st, October 17, 1670, John Rogers of New London, Connecticut; 2d, August 5, 1679, Peter Pratt; and 3d, soon after 1688, Matthew Beckwith.
  2. Matthew b: 1653 in East Saybrook, Middlesex County, Connecticut
  3. John; who died young, s. p.
  4. Sarah; born, according to corrected order of names, not earlier than 1655; who married, probably before 1675, Thomas Colton
  5. Anna; born, according to the family-order of names, not earlier, and probably, from the date of her marriage, not later, than 1656; who married, September 2, 1674, Lieut. Abraham Brownson

biographical notes

In 1667 John Tillerson charged the wife of Matthew Griswold of Lyme with being a witch and induced others to suspect her of witchcraft, for which Matthew caused him to be arrested and arraigned before the court. This John stated the cause of his suspicions and jealousies. The court decided that she was not a witch and that he had no cause to be jealous of her, that he had greatly sinned in harboring such jealousy against so good a neighbor who had done him so many favors. To clear Mrs. Griswold all suspicion of the offense the Court ordered that its opinion should be published by the constables at Saybrook and Lyme at some public meeting. To recompense her for the wrong, and because Tillerson was poor, he was ordered to pay 7 shillings for the express warrant and 5 shilling for the constable.


From Author: James Savage Title: A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Showing Three Generations of those who came before May 1692 (based Farmer's Reg, V. 4) Publication: Name: Boston: 1860 - 1862, Reprint: Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, Maryland, 1965; Page: vol. 2, p. 317

GRISWOLD, MATTHEW, Saybrook, younger br. of Edward, and perhaps of first Francis, came from Warwicksh. Kenilworth being his native place, and possib. with Rev. Ephraim Huit, m. Ann, d. of first Henry Wolcott, had two s. and three ds. but the dates of b. are unkn. except that Matthew, perhaps not the eldest, was b. 1653; was rep. of S. often, and of Lyme after the div. of the old town; call. hims. 66 yrs. old in 1684, and d. Jan. 1699; his wid. then 79. His s. John d. young; the ds. all m. Elizabeth 17 Oct. 1670 to John Rogers of New London, the found. of the sect of Rogerenes; and being 12 Oct. 1676 divorc. from him m. 5 Aug. 1679, Peter Pratt, wh. d. 1688, and she had in 1694, third h. Matthew Beckwith, and bore ch. to ea, and d. July 1727; Ann m. 2 Sept. 1674, Abraham Brunson of Farmington; and Sarah m. capt. Thomas Colton of Springfield

(5) Anna Wolcott, b. 1620 Tolland, Somerset, d. 1701 CT; m. Matthew Griswold 1646 Windsor CT.

Alternate death data: 1677 in Lyme, Hartfort, Connecticut

From "The Griswold Family of Connecticut" by Edward Elbridge Salisbury, 1884: page 129 - 137

"Matthew Griswold died in his house at Lyme [September 27, 1698], was buried at Saybrook; his gravestone is not to be found." Mrs. Griswold survived him, and was living September 17, 1700, when she and her son in-law Abraham Brownson were both cited to appear before the New London County Court, as administrators of her husband's estate; but she had, probably, died before May 22, 1701, when Brownson was summoned alone as administrator, by the same Court. Her age in 1699 was seventy nine years.*

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Anna Griswold's Timeline

Tolland, Somerset, England
July 27, 1628
Age 8
St Mary Whitechapel, Stepney, London, England
July 27, 1628
Age 8
Stmary Whitechap, Stepney, London, England
July 27, 1628
Age 8
Stmary Whitechap, Stepney, London, Eng
July 27, 1628
Age 8
Stmary Whitechap, Stepney, London, England
July 27, 1628
Age 8
Stmary Whitechap, Stepney, London, England
July 27, 1628
Age 8
Stmary Whitechap, Stepney, London, England
Age 20
Guilford, New Haven County, Connecticut, United States