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Edward Griswold, of Killingworth

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England
Death: August 30, 1691 (80-88)
Windsor, Hartford, Province of Connecticut
Place of Burial: Clinton, Middlesex County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of George Griswold, of Kenilworth; George Griswold and Dousabel Griswold
Husband of Margaret Hicks; Margaret Griswold and Sarah Griswold
Father of George Francis Griswold; Roger Griswold ab; Edward Griswold ab; Sarah Griswold; Samuel Griswold and 20 others
Brother of Thomas Griswold; Francis Griswold and Elizabeth Palmer
Half brother of Matthew Griswold and Thomas Griswold

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

Please see: The Griswold family, England-America : Edward of Windsor, Connecticut, Matthew of Lyme, Connecticut, Michael of Wethersfield, Connecticut by Griswold, Glenn E; https://archive.org/details/griswoldfamilyen02gris/page/16 (Steven Ferry, February 8, 2019.)

See also: https://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:a17485&id=I7632

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

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.”


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


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)


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

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
12/26/2014 Found the following after following the whole family trail on find a grave. com. Probably needs to be confirmed, but I followed a trail of graves. CTC:

Edward Griswold Birth: Jul. 26, 1607 Warwickshire, England Death: Aug. 30, 1690 Killingworth Middlesex County Connecticut, USA

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

The testimony of Edward Griswold, aged about 77 years, is that about the year 1639 Mr. William Whiting, Decd. was Undertaker for a shipp in England, in which Shipp I came to New England. The sd Mr. Whiting borrowed of one Mr. John Saint Nicholas about two hundred pounds, wch I had the Bill to receive here, wch money reced. against Mr. Whiting by Mr. Nicholas order here. And at the time many passengers came over, severall of which settled in Windsor, and a gennerall expectation there was at that time, as appeared by discourse of many more passengers to come, and some of not, as the said Mr. St. Nicholas for one, by which means Land at Windsor near the towne and ready for improvement was at a high price; and about that time the said Mr. Whiting bought, as was Comonly reeported, Mr. Ludlow's Land at Windsor, that is, when land was dear, and I know Mr. Ludlow went away then in a short time after. But afterwards people that were expected out of England, not comeing in Such numbers as was looked for, Mr. Ludlow ( ) to England, and others removeing to the Sea Side, the Lands at Windsor fell very much in price from what they were at when Mr. Ludlow sold to Mr. Whiting, So that Generally, to my Observance, Lands were not sold but at half the price as before or about half the price. Further, I testifie that the above said Mr. St. Nicholas, living near Mr. Hewett in England, did manifest his desire to settle by Mr. Hewett in New England, and by my observance of Mr. St. Nicholas words and actions and also Mr. Whiting, did apprehend that Mr. Whiting bought Mr. Ludlow's Lands to accomodate the said Mr. St. Nicholas. Mr. Edward Griswold personally appeared this 15 May 1684, and made oath to the above written before me. 

John Allyn, Assist.

"The testimony of Capt. George Griswold aged about 72 years, and the testimony of Mr. John Griswold aged about 69 years, they both being sons of George Griswold, the deponents being both of Windsor in the county of Hartford and Colony of Connecticut in New England is as follows: viz: that our Grandfather's name was EDWARD GRISWOLD and it was formerly and has ever since been always accepted and reputed that our said Grandfather's father's name was GEORGE GRISWOLD and the said George Griswold our Great Grandfather had three sons, the eldest named Edward, the second named Matthew and the third or youngest son named Thomas; and the said Edward the eldest son and the said Matthew the second son came into New England from Killingsworth in Warwickshire in England; and in all our discourses amongst the families of said Griswolds in New England, together with other elderly observing gentlemen, they are and have ever been so accepted and reputed to be, without contradiction or gainsaying, according to the best of our remembrance. "And the Deponents further add and say that the above named Edward Griswold's eldest son has always been called and reputed to be Francis Griswold, without any contradiction or gainsaying as aforesaid that we know of. "Windsor in Hartford County in Connecticut, New England, personally appeared, on the 19th day of January, Anno Dom. 1737-8. Capt. George Griswold and John Griswold, the above named Deponents, and made solemn Oath, in due form of law, to the truth of the above written testimony, before me, Henry Allan, Justice of Peace

An early map of Killingworth shows Edward Griswold's home to have been located where now stands the stone house on the north side of the Boston Post Road as you come into Clinton from the west side of the town. "A Narrative of the Griswold Family"

(bio by: Carol) 

Family links:

Parents:
 George Griswold (1574 - 1615)
 Dousabel Leigh Griswold (1576 - 1615)

Spouse:
 Margaret Griswold (1609 - 1670)*

Children:
 Francis Griswold (1629 - 1671)*
 Sarah Griswold Phelps (1631 - 1715)*
 George Griswold (1633 - 1704)*
 Francis Griswold (1635 - 1704)*
 Sarah Griswold Mansfield (1638 - 1715)*
 Roger Griswold (1640 - 1671)*
 Mary Griswold Phelps (1644 - 1717)*
 Deborah Griswold Buell (1646 - 1718)*
 John Griswold (1652 - 1717)*
  • Calculated relationship

Note: Settler at Windsor and founder of Killingworth (now Clinton), a memorial stone was put in place by the Griswold Family Association adjacent to the burial place of his wife, Margaret.

 

Burial: Indian River Cemetery Clinton Middlesex County Connecticut, USA


Created by: Jerri Eoff Sudderth Record added: Sep 02, 2005 Find A Grave Memorial# 11666989


http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=11666989

Birth: Jul. 26, 1607 Warwickshire, England Death: Aug. 30, 1690 Killingworth Middlesex County Connecticut, USA

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

The testimony of Edward Griswold, aged about 77 years, is that about the year 1639 Mr. William Whiting, Decd. was Undertaker for a shipp in England, in which Shipp I came to New England. The sd Mr. Whiting borrowed of one Mr. John Saint Nicholas about two hundred pounds, wch I had the Bill to receive here, wch money reced. against Mr. Whiting by Mr. Nicholas order here. And at the time many passengers came over, severall of which settled in Windsor, and a gennerall expectation there was at that time, as appeared by discourse of many more passengers to come, and some of not, as the said Mr. St. Nicholas for one, by which means Land at Windsor near the towne and ready for improvement was at a high price; and about that time the said Mr. Whiting bought, as was Comonly reeported, Mr. Ludlow's Land at Windsor, that is, when land was dear, and I know Mr. Ludlow went away then in a short time after. But afterwards people that were expected out of England, not comeing in Such numbers as was looked for, Mr. Ludlow ( ) to England, and others removeing to the Sea Side, the Lands at Windsor fell very much in price from what they were at when Mr. Ludlow sold to Mr. Whiting, So that Generally, to my Observance, Lands were not sold but at half the price as before or about half the price. Further, I testifie that the above said Mr. St. Nicholas, living near Mr. Hewett in England, did manifest his desire to settle by Mr. Hewett in New England, and by my observance of Mr. St. Nicholas words and actions and also Mr. Whiting, did apprehend that Mr. Whiting bought Mr. Ludlow's Lands to accomodate the said Mr. St. Nicholas. Mr. Edward Griswold personally appeared this 15 May 1684, and made oath to the above written before me. John Allyn, Assist.

"The testimony of Capt. George Griswold aged about 72 years, and the testimony of Mr. John Griswold aged about 69 years, they both being sons of George Griswold, the deponents being both of Windsor in the county of Hartford and Colony of Connecticut in New England is as follows: viz: that our Grandfather's name was EDWARD GRISWOLD and it was formerly and has ever since been always accepted and reputed that our said Grandfather's father's name was GEORGE GRISWOLD and the said George Griswold our Great Grandfather had three sons, the eldest named Edward, the second named Matthew and the third or youngest son named Thomas; and the said Edward the eldest son and the said Matthew the second son came into New England from Killingsworth in Warwickshire in England; and in all our discourses amongst the families of said Griswolds in New England, together with other elderly observing gentlemen, they are and have ever been so accepted and reputed to be, without contradiction or gainsaying, according to the best of our remembrance. "And the Deponents further add and say that the above named Edward Griswold's eldest son has always been called and reputed to be Francis Griswold, without any contradiction or gainsaying as aforesaid that we know of. "Windsor in Hartford County in Connecticut, New England, personally appeared, on the 19th day of January, Anno Dom. 1737-8. Capt. George Griswold and John Griswold, the above named Deponents, and made solemn Oath, in due form of law, to the truth of the above written testimony, before me, Henry Allan, Justice of Peace

An early map of Killingworth shows Edward Griswold's home to have been located where now stands the stone house on the north side of the Boston Post Road as you come into Clinton from the west side of the town. "A Narrative of the Griswold Family"

(bio by: Carol) 

Family links:

Parents:
 George Griswold (1574 - 1615)
 Dousabel Leigh Griswold (1576 - 1615)

Spouse:
 Margaret Dimon Hicks Griswold (1609 - 1670)*

Children:
 Francis Griswold (1629 - 1671)*
 Sarah Griswold Phelps Pinney (1631 - 1715)*
 George Griswold (1633 - 1704)*
 Francis Griswold (1635 - 1704)*
 Roger Griswold (1640 - 1671)*
 Hannah Griswold Westover (1642 - 1714)*
 Mary Griswold Phelps (1644 - 1715)*
 Mary Griswold Phelps (1644 - 1717)*
 Deborah Griswold Buell (1646 - 1718)*
 John Griswold (1652 - 1717)*
  • Calculated relationship

Note: Settler at Windsor and founder of Killingworth (now Clinton), a memorial stone was put in place by the Griswold Family Association adjacent to the burial place of his wife, Margaret.


Burial: Indian River Cemetery Clinton Middlesex County Connecticut, USA


Edit Virtual Cemetery info [?]


Created by: Jerri Eoff Sudderth Record added: Sep 02, 2005 Find A Grave Memorial# 11666989


Photo and info ref.: < http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=11666989 >, Edward Griswold, Indian River Cemetery, Clinton, Middlesex Co., CT.

The first members of the family to arrive in America were the brothers Edward and Matthew Griswold, landing initially at Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1639 and continuing on as part of the group of colonists settling Windsor, Connecticut.

Edward Griswold remained in Windsor and played pivotal roles in the early politics of the colony. Many of his descendants moved west to New York following the American Revolution and founded the New York branch of the family, of whom Congressman John Augustus Griswold is descended from.


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

The testimony of Edward Griswold, aged about 77 years, is that about the year 1639 Mr. William Whiting, Decd. was Undertaker for a shipp in England, in which Shipp I came to New England. The sd Mr. Whiting borrowed of one Mr. John Saint Nicholas about two hundred pounds, wch I had the Bill to receive here, wch money reced. against Mr. Whiting by Mr. Nicholas order here. And at the time many passengers came over, severall of which settled in Windsor, and a gennerall expectation there was at that time, as appeared by discourse of many more passengers to come, and some of not, as the said Mr. St. Nicholas for one, by which means Land at Windsor near the towne and ready for improvement was at a high price; and about that time the said Mr. Whiting bought, as was Comonly reeported, Mr. Ludlow's Land at Windsor, that is, when land was dear, and I know Mr. Ludlow went away then in a short time after. But afterwards people that were expected out of England, not comeing in Such numbers as was looked for, Mr. Ludlow ( ) to England, and others removeing to the Sea Side, the Lands at Windsor fell very much in price from what they were at when Mr. Ludlow sold to Mr. Whiting, So that Generally, to my Observance, Lands were not sold but at half the price as before or about half the price. Further, I testifie that the above said Mr. St. Nicholas, living near Mr. Hewett in England, did manifest his desire to settle by Mr. Hewett in New England, and by my observance of Mr. St. Nicholas words and actions and also Mr. Whiting, did apprehend that Mr. Whiting bought Mr. Ludlow's Lands to accomodate the said Mr. St. Nicholas. Mr. Edward Griswold personally appeared this 15 May 1684, and made oath to the above written before me. 

John Allyn, Assist.

"The testimony of Capt. George Griswold aged about 72 years, and the testimony of Mr. John Griswold aged about 69 years, they both being sons of George Griswold, the deponents being both of Windsor in the county of Hartford and Colony of Connecticut in New England is as follows: viz: that our Grandfather's name was EDWARD GRISWOLD and it was formerly and has ever since been always accepted and reputed that our said Grandfather's father's name was GEORGE GRISWOLD and the said George Griswold our Great Grandfather had three sons, the eldest named Edward, the second named Matthew and the third or youngest son named Thomas; and the said Edward the eldest son and the said Matthew the second son came into New England from Killingsworth in Warwickshire in England; and in all our discourses amongst the families of said Griswolds in New England, together with other elderly observing gentlemen, they are and have ever been so accepted and reputed to be, without contradiction or gainsaying, according to the best of our remembrance. "And the Deponents further add and say that the above named Edward Griswold's eldest son has always been called and reputed to be Francis Griswold, without any contradiction or gainsaying as aforesaid that we know of. "Windsor in Hartford County in Connecticut, New England, personally appeared, on the 19th day of January, Anno Dom. 1737-8. Capt. George Griswold and John Griswold, the above named Deponents, and made solemn Oath, in due form of law, to the truth of the above written testimony, before me, Henry Allan, Justice of Peace

An early map of Killingworth shows Edward Griswold's home to have been located where now stands the stone house on the north side of the Boston Post Road as you come into Clinton from the west side of the town. "A Narrative of the Griswold Family"

(bio by: Carol) 

Family links:

Parents:
 George Griswold (1574 - 1615)
 Dousabel Leigh Griswold (1576 - 1615)

Spouse:
 Margaret Griswold (1609 - 1670)*

Children:
 Francis Griswold (1629 - 1671)*
 Sarah Griswold Phelps Pinney (1631 - 1715)*
 George Griswold (1633 - 1704)*
 Francis Griswold (1635 - 1704)*
 Roger Griswold (1640 - 1671)*
 Hannah Griswold Westover (1642 - 1714)*
 Mary Griswold Phelps (1644 - 1715)*
 Mary Griswold Phelps (1644 - 1717)*
 Deborah Griswold Buell (1646 - 1718)*
 John Griswold (1652 - 1717)*

Lived in Kenilworth, Warwick, England in 1630.


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Biography

Category:Puritan_Great_Migration Puritan Great Migration


Origins

That he was a son of one George Griswold is supported by a series of depositions given by him and other Griswolds, one of which directly says that his father's name was George:<ref>Genevieve Tylee Kiepura, "Griswold Ancestry in England," in The American Genealogist, 39:176-</ref># Testimony given 15 May 1684 by Edward Griswold, aged about 77, that he came to New England in 1639 [hence born ca. 1607], and by Matthew Griswold, aged about 64, to the same effect [hence born ca 1620].# George Griswold, aged about 67, testified 9 May 1700 that in youth he lived with his father, Edward Griswold, in Kenilworth, Warwickshire,and had heard his father say that the house they lived in there belonged to Edward's brother Matthew, and he had seen a letter from Thomas Griswold of Kenilworth intimating that Thomas lived in said house... [proving that there was a third brother, Thomas]# On 19 Jan 1737/8, Capt. George Griswold, aged about 72, and Mr. JohnGriswold, aged about 69, sons of George Griwsold, both of Windsor, Conn., testified that their grandfather's name was Edward Griswold, thattheir great-greatfather was George Griswold who had three sons, the eldest named Edward, the second named Matthew and the third or youngestnamed Thomas, of whom the first two came to New England from "Killigsworth" in Warwickshire; also that said Edward's eldest son has always been reputed to be Francis Griswold.

  1. Margaret wife of Edward Griswold died 23 Aug 1670.# Will of John Riley named in his will of 13 May 1674 his brother JohnBelding, his brother Emanuel Buck and his cousin Michael Griswold [see The American Genealogist, 10:51-52]

One candidate for George (as father of Edward) was the son of Henry Griswold and Dorothy James, but Henry and Dorothy did not marry until 1592, so their son George could not have been old enough to have been father of Edward born 1607. The parish records of Wooten Wawen (a chapelry of Henley) included thebaptisms of Edward, son of George Griswold, 26 July 1607. This is believed to be the immigrant, although there is no Matthew or Michael in the index. The 28 August 1615 burial of Dousabel, wife of George Griswold in the same parish records, suggests she was his mother, and that his younger brothers had a different mother. This same parish has a baptism of George, son of Roger Griswold, 6 Nov 1574, all together identifying a likely origin for Edward's father. : Griswold. "The English Griswolds were an ancient county family established at Holihull, Warwickshire, England before 1400. The were descended from John Griswold who came from Kenilworth about the middle of the fourteenth century, and settled in Holihull."

Biography

Birth ===Edward was baptized 26 JUL 1607 in Wooten Wawen, Warwickshire (near Kenilworth), England, the eldest of three <ref>see testimony (above) of 19 Jan 1737/8, by Capt. George Griswold, aged about 72</ref> sons of Griswold-216|George Griswold and Leigh-254|Dousabel Leigh (who may have married 1 July 1594 in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England.

Marriage ===He married about 1628 Margaret _______. Her maiden name has not been confirmed; we know for certain that it was not Blencow.

Emigration to Windsor, Connecticut ===: Edward emigrated to Windsor, Connecticut (Wethersfield) with his half-brother Matthew in 1639. Among the other passengers were Mr. William Whiting, Undertaker, and Rev. Ephraim Huet (or Huitt or Hewett), past minister at Wroxall, Warwickshire, England, of the Puritan faith. Rev Huit, who had been harassed and silenced by Archbishop Laud, left his living at Kenilworth, Warwickshire and brought with him and his family, "Warwickshire neighbours like Edward Griswold".<ref name="Frank">Dorset Pilgrims: The story of West country Pilgrims who went to New England in the 17th Century, Frank Thistlethwaite, 1989</ref>

: Edward Griswold was a deputy to the General Court in 1658, 1660, 1662, & 1663. In 1659 he built the Old Fort at Springfield. : He was granted land at Paquonoc (or Poquonoc) north of Windsor, but did not move there until after the title of the Indians was fully extinguished in 1642. He was a resident there in 1649. His sons George &Joseph inherited this homestead. :: "....Griswold immigrants, Matthew and Edward, whom we know were brothers, both came in 1639 and settled in Windsor, Connecticut. Anotherbrother of Matthew and Edward remained in England, Thomas, as proved by the deposition of George Griswold, son of Edward, in 1700...

Among Founders of Killingworth, Connecticut ===: Deacon Edward Griswold was closely involved in the settling of Killingworth, Connecticut.

: In 1663, Edward and his son John moved to Hammonasset, later called Killingworth, probably from the the name Kenilworth Parish in Warwickshire, England of which Wroxall was a part. Present Clinton, Connecticut, is the location of Killingworth. : In 1669, Edward Griswold, and sons-in-law Samuel Buel and Jonas Westover were recorded as freeman in Killingworth.<ref>William Richard Cutter, New England Families Genealogical and Memorial</ref>

Death and Burial

FindAGrave11666989 : Edward died or was buried 30 AUG 1691 in Killingworth, Hartford, Connecticut.: Burial 30 AUG 1691 Clinton Cemetery, Clinton, Middlesex, Connecticut.

Biography Notes

  • FamilySearch reports that George Griswold, the father of Edward Griswold (b 1607, d 1691New London Ct.) was christened in Apr 1548, and Edward's mother was named Frances.

: At Hartford Court, 13 Sep 1649.: "This Courte taking into consideracon the many dangers that the familyes of Thomas Holcombe, Edward Grisswold, John Barlitt, Francis Grisswold, and George Grisswold, all of Wyndsor, are in and exposed unto, by reason of their remoate living from neighbors and nearenes to the Indians, in case they should all leave theire families together without any guard; doth free one souldger of the foremenconed families from training uppon every training day; each family aforesaid to share hereinaccording to the number of souldgers that are in them: provided thatman which tarryes at home stands about the aforesaid howses uppon hissentinell posture." 15 May 1662 Edward Griswold served on the Grand Jury of the General Court at Hartford<ref>Connecticut Colonial Records, Vol 1, p.196; p. 379</ref> : Names of the freemen of the Towne of Kennelworth. Listed with listsfrom other town which were dated in the fall of 1669 although there was no date on the Kennelworth list. Of the nineteen names, four were my direct ancestors: Mr. Edward Griswold, Sam: Buel [married to Griswold's daughter Deborah], John Meigs Senr, Andrew Warde [married to Meigs' daughter Tryall]<ref>ConnecticutColonial Records, Vol. 2, p.525</ref> Note: <p style="text-align: left;" dir="ltr">Children of Edward are Sarah, b. 1631, George b. 1633, m Mary Holcomb, Francis b. 1634, Liddia b. 1637, Sarah b. 1638, m. Samuel Phelps and Nathaniel Pinney, Annb. 1642, Mary b. 1644, m. Timothy Phelps, Deborah, b. 1646, m. Samuel buell, Joseph b. 1647, m. Mary Gaylord, Samuel b. 1649, and John b. 1652</p>.

Sources

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  • Thistlethwaite, Frank, Dorset Pilgrims: The story of West country Pilgrims who went to New England in the 17th Century, (London, Barrie & Jenkins, 1989). Edward Griswold: Pages 139, 145, 155, 157, 160, 233. NOTE: a scholarly work with 12 pages of sources, detailing the lives of the founders of Dorchester, Massachusetts and Windsor, Connecticut, particularly in their interrelationships.

See also:

  • "Hartford Times" : Fifty Puritan Ancestors pp 104--106* Gravestone Picture* Salisbury, Edward. Space:The Griswold Family of Connecticut|The Griswold Family of Connecticut (Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, New Haven, 1884) Page 127

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Millennium File about Edward Griswold Name: Edward Griswold Spouse: Birth Date: 1570 Birth City: Kenilworth Birth County: Warwick Birth Country: England Children: Elizabeth Griswold Elizabeth Griswold Other information: Notes

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Hammonassett (later Killingworth now Clinton), CT
1607
January 26, 1607
Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England
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Wooten, Warwickshire, England
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