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ROGER GRISWOLD of Wootten Wawen
Parents: Roger may have been the son or the brother of Thomas Griswold of Rowington, husbandman, who signed his will on 23 Feb 1570. He names a son Roger Griswold, a mother Elizabeth, a wife Elizabeth and daughters Mary, Margaret and Isabel. [Ref and editors] Thomas may have been the grandson of Roger Griswold of Rowington who signed his will on 9 Jun 1545, naming a wife Margaret, brother John and sons Robert, William, John and Richard.
Roger Griswold married Elizabeth Unknown. She may have later married John Benford of Henley. An alternative possibility is that this Roger's mother was named Elizabeth and she was the one who married John Benford. [Ref, editors]
Elizabeth Benford, late of Rowington, widow, signed her will on 12 Sep 1614.
John Benford of Henley signed his will on 15 May 1597. He mentions his wife Elizabeth, son Baldwyn, son John, daughter Joan, brother Buck, son Roger Griswold. [Ref]
Rowington and Henley are close to Wootten Wawen.
Children of Roger Griswold and Elizabeth Unknown:
GEORGE GRISWOLD (bp. 1574) of Wootten Wawen
Parents: Perhaps Roger Griswold [Ref]
George Griswold may be the George baptised on 6 Nov 1574 in Wootten Wawen. He married Dousabel Unknown. She was buried on 28 Aug 1615 in Wootten Wawen. He had an unknown later wife
On 19 Jan 1737/8 Capt. George Griswold, age about 72, and Mr. John Griswold, age about 69, sons of George Griswold of Windsor, testified that their grandfather's name was Edward and their great-grandfather's name was George Griswold. They said that he had three sons: the eldest was Edward, the second was Matthew and the third was Thomas. The first two came to New England from Kenilworth in Warwickshire. The also said that Edward's eldest son was reputed to be Francis Griswold. [Ref]
In his will of 14 May 1674 John Riley named his brothers John Belding and Emmanuel Buck and his cousin Matthew Griswold. [Ref]
An Edward, son of George Griswold, was baptised on 26 Jul 1607 in Wootten Wawen, Warwickshire. It is likely that this is the colonist Edward. Also recorded at Wootten Wawen are the burials of Dousabel, wife of George, on 28 Aug 1615 and the baptism of George, son of Roger on 6 Nov 1574. [Ref]
Children of George Griswold and Dousabel Unknown:
Children of George Griswold and and unknown later wife:
MATTHEW GRISWOLD (b. c. 1620) of Lyme
Parents: George Griswold [Ref]
Matthew Griswold was born about 1620, based on his deposition of 15 May 1684 that he was about 64. [Ref] He married Anne Wolcott.
Based on their testimony of 15 May 1684, Matthew and his brother Edward came to New England about 1639. [Ref]
On 21 Nov 1699 Lieut. Brunson, administrator of the estate of the late Matthew Griswold of Lyme, with the approbation of his mother-in-law Mrs. Anna Griswold, also administratrix of the estate, distributed shares of the estate to Matthew Griswold, son of the deceased, himself, Matthew Beckwith in right of his wife Elizabeth, Elizabeth Colton, daughter of Mr. Thomas Colton and the widow Anna Griswold. [Ref]
George Griswold, age about 67, testified on 9 May 1700 that when he was small he lived with his father Edward in a town called "Keillinsworth in Warrockshire" [Kenilworth, Warwickshire] and that his father said that the house belonged to his brother Matthew Griswold. On 10 Oct 1700 Matthew Griswold complained that all deeds concerning his father Matthew Griswold in old England were withheld. At the perogative court at New London on 28 Nov 1700 Abraham Brunson, Anna his wife, Mary, Dorothy, Elizabeth and Sarah Brunson and James Barremore were questioned about deeds, writings and lands belonging to Matthew Griswold, deceased. [Ref]
Matthew and his brother Edward came to Windsor in 1639 with the Rev. Huit. [Ref] Matthew later went to Lyme; Edward remained in Windsor. [Ref]
In (1680?) Mathew and Thomas Bliss were chosen by the town of Saybrook to "lay out a lot of land to an Indian named The Giant," near Black Point, in what is now East Lyme, Conn. [Ref, p. 34]
Children of Matthew Griswold and Anne Wolcott:
SARAH GRISWOLD (d. 1690)
Parents: Matthew Griswold and Anne Wolcott [Ref, 2;122]
Sarah Griswold was born in Lyme, CT. [Ref, 2;122] She died on 12 Sep 1690 [Ref, 2;122], a day after her stillborn seventh child. [Ref] She married Capt. Thomas Colton on 11 Sep 1677. [Ref][Ref, 2;122]
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