WILLIAM R. GRISWOLD, a native of Madison County, born in the town of Madison, has always been identified with its citizenship, and now has a pleasant home in Hamilton. His father was William Griswold, who was born in the town of Canaan, Conn.; and it is supposed that his grandfather was also born in that New England State. The latter spent his last years in this county, of which he was a pioneer.
The father of our subject was young when he accompanied his parents to their new home in the virginal wilds of this State, and here he grew up amid the primitive scenes that surrounded the early settlers of this vicinity. He inherited land from his father in the town of Madison, and resided there many years. Finally, selling the old home, he removed to Michigan, and died at the residence of his son Manus, in Rollin, Lenawee County. In early life he had married Sarah Belden Graves, whose birthplace was Athol, Mass. She came to New York when a young woman, and her last years were spent in the home of a daughter in Oswego County. She was the mother of five children--Laura, Manus, Maranda, William R., and Lucinda.
William R. Griswold was educated in his native county, was reared to the life of a farmer, and succeeded his father in the ownership of the home farm. He continued to reside there, industriously engaged in its management, until the year 1877, when he purchased the home he now occupies at Hamilton. Mr. Griswold is a natural mechanic, and, with a love and talent for music, has made some fine musical instruments. He has also for a number of years been engaged in tuning pianos. His musical gifts and worthy qualities of mind and heart give him a desirable social standing among the people amidst whom he has always lived, and by whom he is highly respected. He was brought up in the Methodist Episcopal church, and still clings to the faith of his fathers.
Mr. Griswold has been twice married, first to Jane Maynard of the town of Madison. After her death he took for his wife Jane Ann Marshall, who was born near Pratt's Hollow in this county. There were two sons by the first marriage: Lucius W., a farmer in Madison; and Frederick L., who died at the age of forty years. By the second marriage there are three children: Charles J., who is teller in the bank; Will
M.; and Nellie L.
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