Deacon Edward Griswold
- Born: Jul 1607, Wooten Wawen, Warwickshire, England
- Marriage (1): Margaret Hicks in 1628
- Marriage (2): Sarah Diamond about 1672 in Kenilworth, Northamptonshire, England
- Marriage (3): Margaret Winslow
- Died: 30 Aug 1691, Kenilworth, Connecticut at age 84
Edward Griswold was born circa 1607 at England. He was the son of George Griswold and Dousabel Leigh. Edward Griswold was baptized on 26 July 1607 at Wooten Wawen, Warwickshire, England. He married Margaret (?) circa 1628 at England. Edward Griswold married Sarah Dimond, daughter of John Dimond and Rebecca Bemis, before 25 December 1672. Edward Griswold died in 1690.3
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 land "impaled" (fenced), as had Sir Richard Saltonstall. The Rev. Ephraim Hit, who came, also in 1639, was from the same parish, as, also, the Wyllys family, who settled at Hartford.
His first location in Windsor is not known; but he had a grant of land in Poquonock, to which re removed, in 1649, accompanied by a few families, who there found an "outpost" settlement. His residence at Poquonock was on the site of the present dwelling of the heirs of the late Eliphalet S. Ladd, and who, on the female side, are Griswold descendants. The spot is a beautiful knoll which overlooks the brook on the west, and the Tunxis River on the south and east. As soon as he had fairly established his home, he began to take that active part i public matters which was natural to a man of his character. In 1650 he built the "Old Fort" at Springfield for Mr. Pyncheon; in 1656 he was a deputy from Windsor to the General Court, and continued, with the exception of one session, to represent the town until the reception of the charter from King Charles. At this time he was the principal promoter of a new settlement authorized by the court, called Hommonoscett, which lay immediately west of Saybrook, and to which, about 1663, he removed with his younger children, deeding to his sons, George and Joseph, who remained behind, his Windsor lands, reserving a small life annuity therefrom. The settlement was organized as a town in 1667 and received,probably from him, the name of his old English home Kenilworth, afterwards corrupted to Killingworth, and now known as clinton. He was the first deputy from Kenilworth and continued to be its magistrate and representative for more than 20 years, 1662 to 1678-89, and 2was succeeded by his son John.
The Colonial Records show him to have been a very active, influential member of the legislature -- pre-eminently one of those men who, in the first half-century, did so much to make the small colony of Connecticut so important a factor in American affairs. As a member of Sessions, he had the pleasure of meeting with his brother Matthew and his own son Francis; and there has, since that time, rarely been an Assembly of Conn., in which some of their lineal descendants have not been members. He was frequently a commissioner; and in 1678, was on a committee for establishing a Latin school in New London, and was first deacon of the Kenilworth church.
emigrated and settled in Windsor, Connecticut in 1639.
When the Rev. Ephraim Huit arrived in Windsor, Conn. with his congregation about Aug. 17, 1639 to assist the Rev. John Warham, Edward and Margaret Griswold, their four children, Francis, George, John and Sarah; and Edward's brother, Matthew, were with the company. Mr. Huit had been pastor at Knowle and Wroxall, Warwickshire, England; Wroxall being a part of Kenilwroth Parish. A writer of note upon 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 no doubt was the cause of his moving to New England with the company he organised, of which both Edward and Matthew were members.
Edward speedily became prominant in the affairs of the new community and was frequently mentioned in Colonial Records. He served as deputy to the General Court from Aug. 18, 1658 - March 14, 1660 and again from May 15, 1662 - March 11, 1663. In 1659 he was one of the men from Windsor to build the fort at Springfield for Mr. Pynchon. He also served as justice of the peace. Although he was granted land in Poquonoc he did not move there until after the title of the indians had been fully extinguished in 1642. He was resident there in 1649 with two other families, John Bartlett and Thomas Holcomb. His home stood near the highway at the top of the hill and contained 29 1/2 acres bounded mostly south and west by Stony Brook and east by the river. His sons George and Joseph received the homestead when he moved to Hannonassett in 1663 with his son John and two daughters, Hannah Westover and Deborah Beull, with their families.
.... Edward was one of the first settlers of present Clinton, Conn. and doubtless suggested the name from Kenilworth Parish, England. He was the most prominent man in the new settlement and must be given full credit for first organising this community. He was its first deputy to the General Court. He with his two sons-in-law, were recorded as freement in 1669.
Edward was instrumental in organising the first church and was its first deacon. He frequently served on important civil matters; his services, counsel and guidence evidently much sought. He also served on the committee to establish a Latin School at New London.
Edward married (2) Sarah Dimond Bemis, daughter of John and Rebecca (Bemis) dimond and widow of James Bemis, Constable of New London, who died in 1665.
Edward Griswold was born about 1607, died at Kenilworth, Connecticut, 1691. He was deputy from Windsor and from Kenilworth for more than twenty years, was frequently a commissioner, and, in 1678, was on a committee to establish a Latin school in New London, and was the first deacon of Kenilworth (now Clinton) church. He married (first), 1630, in England, Margaret, who died August 23, 1670. He married (second) Sarah, widow of James Remis. Eleven children
Noted events in his life were:
• Baptism, 26 Jul 1607, Wooten Wawen, Warwickshire, England.
Edward married Margaret Hicks in 1628. (Margaret Hicks was born about 1609 and died on 23 Aug 1670 in Killingworth, Middlesex County, Connecticut,.)
Edward next married Sarah Diamond about 1672 in Kenilworth, Northamptonshire, England. (Sarah Diamond was born about 1629 in Kenilworth, Northamptonshire, England.)
Edward next married Margaret Winslow. (Margaret Winslow was born in 1589.)