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1897 Biography - Jesse Griswold

Griswold, Jesse (deceased), was born in North Killingworth, Conn., February 4, 1788. His father was Zenas Griswold, a Revolutionary soldier, and his mother was Sarah Lane. When Jesse was of age he came to the far west on foot and was employed by Joseph Ellicott the agent of the Holland Land Co. When the war of 1812 broke out he went into the army and was known as "Col. Ellicott's little drummer." He was taken prisoner at the battle of Queenston Heights and paroled. Jesse Griswold married Sarah Turner, daughter of Thomas Turner, of Batavia, January 22, 1817, came to Niagara county and settled upon the farm which is still owned by his family. Col. Ellicott, congratulating the bride, said to her that she had won the greatest prize in Genesee county, an honest man. Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Griswold; Sarah P., married Isaac V. Wakeman, died February 5, 1861; Lucy T., married James A. Wakeman, died May 11, 1879; Adeliza, still living upon the home farm; Emeline died June 23, 1858; Chauncey L., still living in the town of Lockport; and Mary who died July 17, 1860. Mr. Griswold was a public-spirited man interested in the development of his town and ever ready to aid any enterprise for the public good. As a Whig and later as a staunch Republican Mr. Griswold, although almost blind during the last twenty years of his life, was intensely interested in national affairs and kept well posted upon all matters of importance during those eventful years. He died November 26, 1869, mourned by all who know him.

Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897


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