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Leicester Grosvenor, Jr.

Birthdate: (78)
Birthplace: Pomfret, Windham County, Connecticut Colony
Death: June 8, 1808 (78)
Fairfax, Franklin County, Vermont, United States
Place of Burial: Fairfax, Franklin County, Vermont, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Capt. Leicester Grosvenor and Rebecca Grosvenor (Waldo)
Husband of Esther Grosvenor
Father of Theophilus Grosvenor; Lucy Crissey; Resolved Grosvenor; Esther Grosvenor; Leicester Grosvenor and 3 others
Brother of Rebecca Grosvenor
Half brother of Esther Grosvenor; Jerusha Grosvenor; Mary Grosvenor; Anna Grosvenor; Zerviah Grosvenor and 1 other

Occupation: Millitia Captain
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About Capt. Leicester Grosvenor, Jr.

A Patriot of the American Revolution for MASSACHUSETTS with the rank of Captain..

DAR Ancestor # A048944






Leicester Grosvenor, Jr.

Served as a minute man from Windsor, Massachusetts, at various alarms. He was a member or the convention from Berkshire county to radify the state constitution, 1779.( DAR Lineage Book). Removed to Windsor, Massachusetts then to Fairfax, Vermont, He was listed in the 1790 Fairfax, Crittenden, Vermont census. Leicester Grosvenor, Jr. was an ensign in the Connecticut militia in 1767. He moved to Windsor, Massachusetts, where he served as Capt., of the militia and as a delegate to the convention that adopted the Massachusetts constitution on Nov. 12, 1780. At Windsor he served three short hitches in the Rev. War, 17 days according to Massachusetts service records. He moved to Fairfax, Vermont, where he was recorded on the Census of 1791. The records of the town clerk of Fairfax show that he purchased 43 acres from Joseph Beaman on May 10, 1806 for $200, also that he made nine land sales between 1795 and 1807. He was paid in pounds and shillings for his first five sales and payment for the others was in dollars. A sale was made on Feb. 2, 1795 when he sold a piece of land on the Great Book at Fairfax. The land carried a grist mill privilege and the right to build and support a dam high enough to accommodate the grist mill but not high enough to injure the saw mill of Leicester Grosvenor, Jr. On Feb. 2, 1798 Leicester won a court suit against Asa Safford and was awarded three dollars by the Justice of the Peace. Asa was also required to pay $1.02 in court costs and 25 cents and expenses to the Sheriff if it was necessary for him to enforce payment. If the Sheriff could find no saleable property in Asa's possession he was to put Asa in Prison at Vergennes in the County of Addison to safely keep him until he paid the necessary sums or was discharged by Leicester Grosvenor, Jr. or otherwise by law. Massachusetts Soldiers & Sailors in the War of the Revolution: p912, 930. Grosvenor, Leicester. Private, Capt. Daniel Brown's co. commanded by Lieut. William White, Col. Miles Powell's (Berkshire Co.) Regt.; enlisted July 23, 1779; discharged Sept. 1, 1779; service 1 mo. 10 days, including travel home, at New Haven, Connecticut Grosvenor, Leicester. Private, Capt. William Clark's co., Col. Benjamin Simonds's Regt.; enlisted Aug. 17, 1777; service, 3 days; company marched from Gageborough to Bennington by order of Gen. Stark on an alarm; also, same co. and Regt.; enlisted Oct. 13, 1780; service 6 days; company marched from Windsor to Shaftsbury by order of Gen. Fellows on an alarm at the Northward; also same co. and redt.; enlisted Oct. 21, 1780; discharged Oct. 22, 1780; service, 2 days; company marched from Windsor by order of Gen. Fellows on an alarm; also, Lieut. John Col's co., Col. Benjamin Simonds's Regt.; enlisted Oct. 26, 1780; discharged Oct. 28, 1780; service, 3 days; company marched from Windsor by order of Gen. Fellows on an alarm. Grosvenor, Leicester. Private, Capt. Joseph Peirce's co., Col. Asa Barnes's (Berkshire Co.) Regt.; enlisted Oct. 28, 1781; service 10 days; company marched by order of Gen. Fellows on an alarm at the Northward.

Leicester Grosvenor, Sr.

Ensign of the Military Company at Pomfret(1714), Member of the first board of Selectmen of Pomfret, elected 19 times, Member of the Building Committee of First Church at Pomfret, and highway surveyor. He also helped to establish a library for the propagation of useful and Christian knowledge. In 1710 he was a Sergeant of the first military co. formed in Pomfret, 1714 promoted to Ensign, 1721 Lieutenant, and also in 1721 Captain.                                                             

Colonial Records of Connecticut, 1726-1735, pg. 252. Pomfret, October 1st 1729, Leicester Grosvenor Sr. made a return to the Assembly on the train band. Election of officers on the 26th of September 1728 of Lieut. Joseph Chandler chosen Captain Nathaniel Sessions chosen Lieut. Noah Sabin was confirmed by the Assembly. Woodstock Vital Records p. 292. Leicester also served as Justice of the Peace in 1742.

Leicester Grosvenor Sr. Capt. and Jr. Pvt.´s line.

under Ezra Grosvenor Sr. Pvt. son of

Ebenezer Grosvenor Jr. Col. (Portrait of Ebenezer at age 78 was painted by Gilbert Stuart in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1791) and Lucy Cheney

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Board of Editors

Rev. John H. Lockwood, D. D.

Ernest Newton Bagg

Walter S. Carson

Herbert E. Riley

Edward Boltwood

Will L. Clark, Staff Historian








The Town of Windsor — Here among the Windsor Hills, long before Governor Carter was the first magistrate, the Indians were wont to come to their summer hunting grounds. As the whites increased in the valley of the Housatonic, the red men came less frequently. In various parts of this town the smoke of the log cabins had acquired the poetic curve long before the mountain range from Vermont to Connecticut, "in the April showers of 1761, had been christened Berkshire."

In June, 1762 a committee in the General Court at Boston, re- ported selling nine townships and 10,000 acres lying in Hamp- shire, on certain conditions. One record says "Sold the 2d day of June, 1762, at the Royal Exchange Tavern on King street — No. 4 to Noah Nash for 1,430 pounds and have received of him 20 pounds taken as with his bond together with Oliver Partridge, Thomas Morey, William Williams, and Josiah Chauncy for 1,410 pounds." June 10, 1762 H. Gray signs as treasurer for the pay- ment of the above amount. Another account, however, says that Noah Nash deeded to David Parsons of certain right of land in the new township known as Williamsburgh, formerly called Dewey's town, or Bigott's town, alias No. 4. These names were given the place by earlier settlers, with their respective names. No. 4 indicated the order of land sale.

The first log cabin within the town was near where later the saw mill was located and operated by J. L. White, two miles west of Windsor Hill. After 1777 this log house was used as a pest house. The records of this town are complete and show that Elihu


Williams was authorized to call a town meeting in a town by the name of Gageborough. A meeting- was held at the house of John Hall, innholder, August 27. Leicester Grosvenor was chosen clerk and John Hall moderator. It is believed that the town was called Gageborough when incorporated, July 2, 1771, in honor of Governor Thomas Gage. For political reasons, later on the town discarded the name Gageborough and called it Windsor in 1778, fron- Windsor, Connecticut. In the great struggle for national inde- pendence, this town was fully up with the most patriotic. The resolution of the Committee of Safety, November 25, 1776, declared "The vote relative to the forming of a system of government for this State is agreeable to the inhabitants of this town and that the town committee manifest their approbation of said votes in the convention of Committees of the county of Berkshire to be held in Stockbridge the 19th instant."

Hardly three weeks had passed before people with one accord "vote that Captain Leicester Grosvenor, William Hatfield, and Captain William Clark to be a committee to apportion upon the inhabitants the duty which each man ought to do in support of the American arms against the common enemy of our country, in which they are to have regard to services already done." A bounty of ten dollars was paid the volunteers who went into the army from this township. The families of soldiers in the "Continental Army" (as they loved to be called) were cared for by the com- munity generally.

In May, 1778, a new constitution having been drafted and sent to Gageborough, after careful reading in town meetings, it was rejected by a majority of eighty-seven. In September, 1778, "Voted to receive Ashuelot Equivalent to be incorporated with the town of Gageborough also to give the town a new name and adopted Windsor."

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Stockton, NY Feb 21, 1836 Stockton, Shetoqua County

Dear Cosin,

I now take this opportunity to write a few lines to you hoping they will find you and yours enjoying the same blessing of health and prosperity we are enjoying. And afford us a comfort living and blessed be you for it we have the summer past has been wet and cold and corn was light but wheat was very good. There was a germ (?) of wheat that would yield 25 bushels per acre with 21 men within 3-1/2 miles of me. One had 700 bushels of wheat, one 500 bushels, two three hundred bushels but the lumber business is so great that the call for flour is too great that wheat is one dollar twenty a bushel and corn 75 cents, and everything is cash. There is a great deal of grain fed out to the teams. William is in the lumber woods now with his team, and many wages is from 12 to 15 dollars a month cash. And have been to Pensilvany 14 miles from Warrin (?) hauling pine and making shingle. Have ten thousand feet of pine and made 17 thousand of shingle over those that work on there had 15 dollars a month and if Daniel will come here so as to begin the kind of a he can have for work in a sawmill 14 or 15 dollars a month for one year. Another mill wants the first of June for the same sums all cash. The mail road from New York to Lake Erie will go about one half miles from me I think. It will be a great benefit to this part of the state. I think it will be made in the course of two or three     as you talked of going to Elynois. Seen a good many that had been there and they say that it is an unhealthy country and there is thousands going there every year and there was one went from this neighborhood and cannot get land that he liked til he got to Fox River. I will inform you that my gusion sun in son in laws make out poorly and I hope you girls will make a better bargain than Sally and Clary has for they are in a fair way to be always to be poor. You will please to give my love and regards to my children and all the rest of my relation and friends. I had a letter from     ? Wood last fall, and they was well and lived in the town of Liberty and county of Li  ing in the Ohio. I live in the north west corner of Stockton, two miles from Freedonia. Signed John Miller

To Thomas Taber, Fairfax VT Franklin County Fron Stockton, February 12

Please to enclose the above in a paper and send to Luther Hunt and you will oblige me. One of Sam Crissey's girls (see #4) and Gould Crissey's oldest son (see #3)  and John Winchell's girls are married this fall. Old father Bidwel died last fall. Richard Grovesvenor (see #1 below) and family are in tolerable helth. It is uncertain when any of us will come there. Give my love and respects to all inquiring friends. John Miller

Stockton August 1843 To Thomas Taber, Fairfax from John Miller

Dear friends,

I now take this opportunity to write a few lines to you hoping they will find you as well as the (blank). I will inform you that we are all well at present. I note to you concerning my Bellows affair and I have not heard from you since. If I have but Bellows I should be glad if (Hunt? Hart?) would be so kind as to send me some money as I am much in want as I am not able to work but little and my debts here is $260 for my farm and it is worth $1000. That is all that I owe and it is hard for me. William come back to pay for it and take care of us but he has given it up for he cannot pay for it. For his wife will spend faster than he can earn and he is going back to Ohio soon. Harry has a daughter. My children all live within five miles of me. Only Rosanny. Nehemiah and James are poor and I think always will be. I will inform you that time is hard in every thing too low. Crops is very good. I send this by Ethan Ostin (Austin?) of Milton. John Miller

May 16, 1832 To Mr Martin Winchell and Rosanna

I now take this opportunity to write a few lines to you hoping these few lines will find you enjoying health. And I will inform you that we are all well at present. I will inform you that received your letter dated March which we was glad to receive and to hear of your health and well fare. And that you have got enuf to live on. But I think you did not get much for your last summer's work on the old farm did not profit you mucd besides you had to work hard to live and you tell of tending three acres of corn there this summer and I am afraid it will be hand work and poor pay. But if you could have as much as Mr Chapins did on Sam Crissey's land. He had from less than one acre 30 bushels towards his half of good sound corn and another man had from one and a half acres of land 100 bushels of corn. But what need I tell you about that as you can raise such large (-----) and some other such things for I do not know how many meals you made out of the growth of them. But I think that you could live as long on such things as we could on our garget??? which is of a great growth. The nuts sometimes is 5 to 6 inches through. I have earnt since haying about 130 dollars with my own hand and William has worked out by the month and is now to work for Sylvanus Crissey (Jr?) (# 5)for one month ten dollars cash. And I expect to go to Michigan to work in a fue days. We think we shall buy some land next fall if we prosper and have our health. I will inform you that William was sick in March with the lung fever is got his health again. If I can get work there enuff, I think that William will go up there to work. I will inform that I had a letter from Mr Hart (Hunt?) yesterday and inform me that Bellows beet me because Jone's disposition was throwed yout Parmalee did not know much about it but I shall see if Jones can remember that my note there comprehends the notes that I had of Bellows and send it to Mr Hunt (Hart?) and the law so that Jones disposition may not be thrown out again. I expect to move to Nathan Grovenor's (see #2) in a few day to stay till fall. The Fairfax folks are all well as common in this town. Richard Grovenor ( see #1)leg is very sore and a good deal of trouble to him. There is a sore on it about 2 inches across. It looks as it was to the bone and he fails and I think will not live a great while. But he may live longer than us all. I will inform you Mark Gilson got here the first of March and liked the country better than he thought he should and hired a house and a small farm and rote for his father and wife to come to him and we look for them soon. And I wish you was coming with them. But mother tells of going back but if I go back I shall stay but a short time for I can plow here without plowing so many stones. And the plowed land brings forth the best crops and rid of a good deal of cold weather and that I think is a good deal. But people have to work for a living here as well as there and mother works as hard as ever she did and feels uneasy because she has not got a home of her own. But I must give a hint of my friend Grovenor (see #6) as he sent his well wishes to me I must return it. I wish he would repent of cheating me out of my due. If not I think his prayers will not be heard out of sight as you did not write anything about the dollar that I gave you an order for. I want George Gove to get a receipt of Robert Parker for what I paid him for the sledge and and keep it till I come there and then I will see if I can get it and if Sam does not repent of his wrongs, it may not be well with him after death. I wrote a letter to David a short time before we got your letter, and as you told of Franklin's coming here to see ours, I would be glad to see any of the folks here in this town from there, Give my respects to Captain Gove and tell him that I long to see him and the rest of his family without distinctiton. I should be glad to hear from them. Improved land is higher here than there and on all accounts as good again, Our principal bread is wheat and corn rye is almost all used for stilling. If Taber could get cash for his farm he could better himself here. The Holland purchase is so large that I do not know where to look for Taber's sister. We are on the Holland purchase. They are here and they are there some want to sell and go to some other place and some would be glad if they had their farm back again. But I do not want to move back again. I will close and give room for the rest. Dated at Stockton Shetocqua County John Miller

PS As I have neglected sending this letter til now I am a ltttle more to it as I have a chance to send it to you by Mr Kingsbury. I will inform you that I have been sick so as to be unfit for business 2 or 3 weeks. William has worked out almost all the time for cash and is now to work for cash a hoeing for 50 cents a day and there is another wants him next week, and will give him 62 and a half cents cash. I have did enough work to come to 130 dollars since last haying and we think of being able get some land next fall but my wife is uneasy here as she has no  home here. I will inform you that we had a letter from Robert T Miller a short time since and he informed me that he and his family was well and Tallmadge's family was well and as tight as ever they were. And more two their chldren was all married and has daughter lived near Robert. And Joseph Tallmadge has moved in Ohio and that Sally lane Taber's sister lives in New Connecticut but did not tell me the town and county. But would write to me again and let me know where they were so that I might write or go and see them. I think that if I go to Michigan that I shall go and see them,  I should be glad if you was here if you thought it best but if you will inquire of Mr Kingsbury what he thinks of this country he will tell you what he think of. Tell Franklin that he can get from 14 or 19 dollars a month in case. A word is enough for the wise and I have blotted enough. I shall add no more. John Miller To Mr Martin Winchell of Fairfax Vermont

  1. 1 Richard Grosvenor (son of Leicester Grosvenor Jr. and Esther Weld) m-Rebecca Gloyd. (Your 6th great grand parents)
  2. 2 Nathan Grosvenor (son of Richard Grosvenor and Rebecca Gloyd) m-Catherine (Marsh ?) (Your 5th great grand parents)
  3. 3 Origen Crissey (s of Gould Crissey and Ruth Holmes) m-Laura Maria Miller (d of Benjamin Miller and Laura Hamlin).
  4. 4 Samual Crissey, Deacon, (uncle of Gould Crissy) m- Lucy Grosvenor (d of Leicester Grosvenor Jr. and Esther Weld). Your 6th great grand aunt and uncle)
  5. 5 Sylvanus Crissey, Jr. (son of Sylvanus Crissey, Sr. and Polly Bacon) m- Mary Ann Nicholson (nephew of Samual Crissey and Lucy Grosvenor).
  6. 6 Probably Richard Grosvenor m- Rebecca Gloyd. (Your 6th great grand parents)

Notes 1-6 are mine, Fran

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Down to 1762 the Julian Calender, established by Julius Caesar, remained in use in England. The Gregorian Calendar, by which most of the world now com- putes time, was introduced by Pope Gregory in 1582, at which time the greater part of continental Europe adopted It. The EInglish Parliament considered it In 1685. but did not adopt it until 1751, when it was ordered that the New Style go into effect the following year, 1752. which was to begin January 1st, and that eleven days should be omitted after the 2d of September 1762, making the following day the 14th. Russia still uses the Julian Calendar, and the difference is now thirteen days. The year formerly began March 26th (The Feast of Our Lady) but had been generally changed to January 1st (The Feast of the Circumcision) long before the English reform. In the Old Style Decem- ber was the tenth month as its name indicates, January the eleventh, and February the twelfth, and while March was the first month, the first 24 days in It belonged to the previous year.

Therefore for a long period preceding the reform, English dates between January 1st and March 24 th Inclusive, were expressed in both styles, as 1/Jan. 1695/6. 24/Mar. 1695/6 or in Quaker parlance, 1/11 mo. 1695/6. 24/3 mo. 1695/6.

The difference between Old and New Style, both in the common or •^•ul- gar" notation, and in that used by Friends, and which now, like many of their reforms, is generally adopted in the business world, is shown by a quotation from the statement issued by London Yearly Meeting in 1751 *'By the said Act it is Ordered and Ehiacted that the Computation according to which the year of our Lord beglnneth on the 25 day of March shall not be made use of from and after the last day of December 1751." The following form will help to keep in mind the differences caused by the change.

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Capt. Leicester Grosvenor, Jr.'s Timeline

October 4, 1729
Pomfret, Windham County, Connecticut Colony
July 29, 1755
Age 25
Pomfret, Windham County, Connecticut, United States
August 11, 1761
Age 31
April 6, 1765
Age 35
Pomfret, Windham, CT, USA
June 3, 1768
Age 38
November 15, 1770
Age 41
Pomfret, Windham County, Connecticut Colony
June 8, 1808
Age 78
Fairfax, Franklin County, Vermont, United States