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THE GRANT FAMILY HISTORY.

A few unsolicited Testimonials from Subscribers.



I enjoy it very much.— M. E. Pinney.



1 find it very satisfactory. — J. B. Grant.



Glastonbury, Connecticut.
Osage City, Kansas.



Beloit, Wisconsin.
The Grant Family History is a grand book. — Abby Elizabeth Grant Burr.



North Stoningtom, Connecticut,
It is a book that one must see to be able to appreciate. — Mrs. Gilbert Billings.



RocKViLLE, Connecticut.
It is the most complete work of the kind I have ever seen. — Frank Grant.



Branchport, New York.
I would not take fifty dollars for my book if 1 could nor get another. — J. A.G.Sherwood,



Louisville, Kentucky.

The Grant Family book is admirable, I do not see how it could be improved.

— H. B, Grant.

E. Berkshire, Vermont.

We owe you a lasting debt of gratitude for compiling the record of our family.

— J. L. Grant.

FOWLERVILLE, MICHIGAN,

I thank you for your painstaking efforts to give us a correct history of the family.

-tElisha W. Grant.

Charlestown, Massachusetts.
I think it is wonderful— the systematic way in which the book is gotten up from
beginning to end, — Ellen A. Wardner,

Burlington^ Vermont.

It is something that will grow, in value to all, even to those who are now apparently
indifferent, ■ - —Jennie M. Royce.

Moorhead, Minnesota.

We are very much pleased v^lth the Grant History, The work seems to have been
so thoroughly done, and it is so conveniently arranged for ready reference.

— ^Jennie Grant Pelton.

Buffalo, New York.

Allow me to congratulate you upon the completion of your labors in such an ex-
haustive manner, and upon their presentation in such an attractive style.

—Robert W. Day.



Houston, Texas.

While I do not suppose father has written you as to his appreciation of the work, yet
he does appreciate it, and frequently had it down from the shelves to read me some por-
tion of it that pertained to those that he knew or knew of. I do not know of anything
that 1 could have given him out of which he would have obtained so much enjoyment and
satisfaction. — M. A. Grant.



The



Grant Family Magazine



Supplementary



to the



Grant Family History

Edited by

Arthur Hastings Grant

(1554,023,01)



Montclair, N. J.



February, 1900— December, 1901



THE GRANT FAMILY MAGAZINE.

Editorial.

When the Grant Family History was published every possible
effort had been made to render it complete. Yet it was not com-
plete, as none knew better than the editor, and its very appearance
in libraries brought in enquiries from branches that had baffled the
most careful search. The publication of the records of these lost
branches, and of such additional historical and biographical sketches
and illustrations as are presented in this number, makes the Maga-
zine a necessity to owners of the book who desire to have a complete
history of the Family, There will also be enough matter of general
interest to make the Magazine well worth its cost to all members
of the Family. Its news items will serve to make us better ac-
quainted with each other, and to promote the feeling of real relation-
ship as members of one Family which the Grant Family Association
has already aroused. But for the successful attainment of these
ends we must rely upon the hearty cooperation of all members of
the Family. Send in what interests you, and you will be reasonably
sure of interesting others.

We thank our subscribers for the prompt and hearty manner in
which they have seconded the proposal to provide a convenient
means of communication between the members of the Family, and
especially for the kind and interesting letters which in many cases
accompanied subscriptions, but which could not be answered or
even acknowledged save in this general way.

To avoid confusion in indexing, the Magazine is paged continu-
ously with the Grant Family History, of which it is a continuation.
Slips containing a list of abbreviations are sent to all subscribers
who have not the book; these should be carefully preserved, as they
cannot be duplicated if lost.

A few sample copies of this number are being sent out. Those
who receive them may rest assured that subsequent numbers will
not be sent them unless they subscribe ; and in order to secure the
next number subscriptions must be received before April 15.

The second number will be devoted almost entirely to Clan B, of
which a large branch has recently been discovered. Members of
that clan should send in anecdotes, traditions, and portraits of them-
selves and their ancestors not later than April i, so that a good
showing may be made for this famous fighting clan. Terms for m-
sertion of portraits will be sent on application.

Clan A.

additional facts about persons recorded in the grant

FAMILY history.

Reuben Grant (1103,35) is prob. the person who m. Bolton, Feb. i.
1787, Anna Loorais, The town clerk sent the record as Aaron or

579



580 THE GRANT FAMILY MAGAZINE.

Anson Grant (seep. 513), but there was no Aaron or Anson who
could have been m. then, so far as we know, while in the crabbed
writing- of the period it is often difficult to decipher names. The
date of the m. woiild accord perfectly with the dates of birth of
Reuben's children, and the wid. of Horace Lumis Grant (1103,3502)
says that he was named for his grandmother.

Elnathan Grant (1103,60) while serving in the Revolution was put
on picket duty one night after he had been deprived of sleep for two
or three nights, and was discovered by one of the officers fast asleep,
and was taken to the guard house and locked up. The next day he
was tried for sleeping while on duty, found guilty, and sentenced to
be shot. Later in the day some of the officers who had not heard
of the affair until after the sentence took pity on him and interceded
in his behalf, showing his youthfulness and previous good character
as a soldier, and pleaded that possibly there was not even an officer
in the army who could have done any better under the circumstances.
After a long consultation it was finally decided to revoke the sen-
tence and give him another trial as a soldier. It was said that he
could not relate the circumstances in after years without being so
filled with emotion that he could hardly find words to express the
feelings and grief he underwent during that trial and sentence.

Anna Grant (1103,68) d. S. Coventry, Aug. 1867; her h. was b.
Nov. 26, 1782, and d. S. C. ; farmer.

Thankful Grant (1103,71) had great force of character and a won-
derfully impressive personality; was kind and gentle, but the only
authority in the house.

Almon Grant (1103,423) d. ; res. nr. Kalamazoo, Mich.; i s.

Flavel Grant (1103,425) d. s. p. (Toledo, O. ?); blacksmith.

Edward Grant (1103,426) res. Fulton, N. Y. f + (p. 581).

Electa Grant (1103,651) d. Rushford, N. Y., June 5, 1877; her h.
was b. Rockville, Sep. 17, 1800, d. Rushford, Feb. 20, 1889; cloak
manufacturer and farmer.

Charlotte C. Emerson (1103,712) d. Oct. 7, 1893; m. Feb. 13, 1822,
J. M. Partridge [b. July 4, 1799; d. June 26, 1831; s. of Samuel

Partridge and Newton] ; professor in Norwich Univ. ; U. S.

Mil. Acad.

David Elmore Hurlburt (1103,3249) b. Goshen, Conn.; m. Harts-
grove, O., Nov. 15, 1866, Lucy Dimmick Babcock [b. Orwell, O.,
April 9, 1843; d^u. of John Babcock and Lydia Charlotte Woolcott] ;
farmer and stock dealer; pres. of H. Oil and Gas Co. ; town trustee;
trustee and steward in M. E. ch.; private in 38th Regt. Pa. V. I.
1861; ist Lieut, and Capt. Co. K, 29th O. V. L 1861-4; taken
prisoner at the battle of Port Republic, and spent a short time in
Libby Prison; severely wounded at Chancellorsville. + (p. 582).

William Hurlburt (1103,3250) d. a. 1896; wid. res. Canastota, N.
Y.+ (p. 582).

William T. Gorham (1103,4515); his w. d. a. 1881.+ (p. 582).

Edward L. Gorham (1103,4517); his w. d. a. 1894.+ (p. 582).

Abigail Gorham (1103,4518) m. Bowen; res. Springfield, Mass.

(257 Central St.).f + (p. 582).



CLAN A. 581

Sarah D. Gilmore (1103.6332) b. Nov. i, 1835; res. Brooklyn, N. Y
(1S3 Washing-ton St.).

Russell Wright Fitch (1103,6400) m. Morristown, N. Y., Jan. 21,
1846, Margaret Tyler Budlong [b. Frankfort, N. Y., Nov. 2, 1824;
d. Lowville, N. Y., June 15, 1886; dau. of Daniel Endlong and
Lydia Tyler]; farmer. + (p. 582).

Charles C. Fitch (1103,6403) b. 1833; m. Sep. 9, 1867, Ruth Ann
Carter [b. Morristown, N. Y., July 25, 1838; dau. of Chas. Carter
and Sophia McMullen]; farmer; served three years in 14th N Y
Regt.+ (p. 583).

William Fitch (1103,6421) m. (i) Nancy Curtis Robertson [b.
Scituate, Mass., Apr. i, 1830; d. Sep. 19, i860; dau. of John Curtis
Robertson and Eleanor J. Jackson].

Edwin D. Northrup (1103,6490) whose picture appears on another
page is perhaps the hardest worker in the Family, fifteen hours con-
stituting his ordinary day's work; but he is never ill and "attributes
his unusual endurance largely to forced respiration and to the fact
that he always sleeps alone in a room where there is no artificial
heat; he was master of Ellicottville Lodge F. and A. M. 7 years.

Burdett McKinney (1103,6510) b. Rockville, Nov. 4, 1833; m. R.,
Nov. 2, 1851; res. Brooklyn, N. Y. (183 Washington St.) ; keeper
on Ward's Id., form, farmer. + (p. 583).

Eugene A. Root (1103,6800) served in the Civil War.

Edward A. Partridge (1103,7120) b. Mch. 26, 1826; d. May 23, 1855;
m. Mch. 24, 1852; grad. Dartmouth Coll.

Ann E. Partridge (1103,7121) b. Sep. 24, 1824; d. Sep. 24, 1893.

William Partridge (1103,7122) b. Barnet, Vt,, May i, 1828; m.
Bloomington, 111., Feb. 25, 1868, Mrs. Lucy S. (Canfield) Abbott
[b. Salisbury, Oct. 3, 1834; dau. of Lee Canfield and Ruth Butler];
res. Normal, 111. ; civil engineer, bridge builder, supt. of coal mines;
B. S. Norwich Univ. 1S49; ist Lieut, and Capt. Co, A. 43d Wis. V.
I. ; deacon ; councilman, asst supervisor, assessor, member of board
of education. $+ (p. 583).

Anna Emerson (1103,7240) res. Chicago, 111. (1432 W. Monroe St.).f

Arthur D.'Hale (1103,355,03) d. Oct. 1898; m. twice; chil.

Edith Pearl Shepard (1103,385,42) m. Erie, Pa., Sep. 26, 1899, Jas.
Delmont Wilkins [b. McClontickville, Pa., Sep. 15, 1866; s. of Geo.
Washington Wilkins and Mary Phifer]; res. E. (119 E. 9 St.); shop
foreman .

Mary Lizzie Fitch (1103,642,10) b. Mch. 17, i860; m. Rockville,
Feb. 3, 1880, Geo. Dunham [b. Meriden, June 3, 1853; s. of Geo. J.
Dunham and Vienna Hall]; millinery merchant. $

Burdette C. Truman (1103,644,01) res. Rockton, Ill.t+ (p- 5^4)-

Lissie M. Truman (1103,644,02) res. Rockton, Ill.f+ (p. 584).

Agnes E. Talcott (1103,652,31) ) m. Rockville, Sep. 7, 1898; res.

Ernest W. Grant (1103,660,10) \ Hartford (39 Annawan St.).§

Erma A. Grant (1103,453,120) (name corrected.)

NEW NAMES.

C/ii/d of Edward Grant {pp. 59 and 580) .
Phoebe Grant (1103,4260) m. ; res. Fulton, N. Y.



582 THE GRANT FAMILY MAGAZINE.

CJiildren of Harriet Emerson (/. 6/f) and Edward Flint.

Sydenham Flint (i 103,7100) d. unm. ae 70; res. Roxbury, Mass.;
physician.

Charlotte Flint (1103,7101) d. itnm.
Sally Flint (1103,7102) d. unm.

Child of Rufus Emerson {p. 64).

Laura Emerson (1103,7110) m. Oliver Staples, who d. ; res. St.
Louis, Mo. (5535 Clemens Av.).t+ (p. 583)-
Cliil. of David E. Hurlbiirt {pp. 122 and ^86) and Lucy D. Babcock.

David 6. Hurlburt (1103,324,90) see p. 258; teaching in Chicago.

Ruth Mabel Hurlburt (1103,324,91) b. Hartsgrove, O., Nov. 2, 1871;
m. H., June 26, 1895, Dr. O. C. Robinson; res. H. ; form, teacher;
steward of M. E. ch. , pres. of Epworth League.f+ (p. 583).

Martha Jane Hurlburt (1103,324,92) b. Hartsgrove, O., Sep, 2,
1874; res. H.; teacher; organist of M. E. ch.

Lydia Charlotte Hurlburt (1103,324,93) b. Hartsgrove, O., Aug. 15,
1877; res. H. ; teacher.

Russell Henry Hurlburt (1103,324,94) b. Hartsgrove, O., Sep. 22,
1880; d. Mch. 19, 1890.

Children of William Hurlburt {pp. 122 and §80).
Jessie Hurlburt (1103,325,00) res. Canastota, N. Y.f
Helen Hurlburt (1103,325,01) res. Canastota, N. Y.f

Child of William T. Gorham {pp. ijo aiid ^80).
William W. Gorham (1103,451,50); 5 chil. 1. 1899.

Children of Edivard L. GorJiam {pp. ijo and ^80).
Charles Gorham (1103,451,70) m. ; res. Great Barrington, Mass.f
Legrand Gorham (1103,451,71) m. ; res. Great Barrington, Mass.f
Fred Gorham (1103,451,72) m. ; res. Great Barrington, Mass.f
Sady Gorham (1103,451,73) res. Boston, Mass.*

Child of Abigail Gorham {pp. ijo and §80) and Bowen.

PhilaBowen (1103,451,80) res. Springfield, Mass. (257 Central St.).f
CJiildren of Alvah Bradley {p. ijj).

Elizabeths. Bradley (1103,620,00) m. Keller.

Eleanor Bradley (1103,620,01).

Morris A. Bradley(i 103,620,02) res. Cleveland, O. (1378 Euclid Av.).f

Minnetta Bradley (1103,620,03).

Chil. of Russell W. Fitch {pp. ij^ and ^81) and Margaret T. Budlong.

Lamont Daniel Fitch (1103,640,00) b. Morristown, N. ¥., Sep. i,
1848; m. Elizabeth Richter; res. Lowville, N. Y.f+ (p. 584).

Deloss Augustus Fitch (1103,640,01) b. Morristown, N. Y., Aug. 13,
1853; m. St. Louis, Mo., Feb. 8, 1888, Gertrude Lucretia Pelton [b.
Middletown, Feb. 28, 1857; dau. of Frederick Whitmore Pelton and
Mary Savage Bailey] ; res. Lowville, N. Y. ; furniture merchant and
undertaker.

Manning Eugene Fitch (1103,640,02) b. Morristown, N. Y., Apr. 13,
1857; res. Lowville, N. Y. ; furniture merchant and undertaker;



CLAN A. 583

form, dry goods salesman and travelling salesman for Hosier Safe
and Lock Co. ; 5 yrs. in National Guard.

Fayette Warren Fitch (1103,640,03) b. Morristown, N. Y., Jan. i,
1864; res. Lowville, N. Y. ; bookkeeper and salesman; Syracuse
Univ. 1884-7.

Child of Chas. C. Fitch {pp. ij^ and 581) and Ruth A. Carter.

FredieS. Fitch (1103,640,30) b. Aug. 3, 1867; m. Sep. 20, 1894,
Harriet A. Smith; res. Alexandria Bay, N. Y. ; plumber. f
Children of Burdett McKinney {pp. ijy and s8i) and Sarah D.

Gilmore {pp. ij^ and j 81).

Frederick Warren McKinney (1103,651,00) b. Rushford, N. Y., July
5, 1859; m. Augusta, Ky., Sept. 28, 1892, Anna Louise Knoedler
[b. A., Oct. 19, 1867; dau. of Louis Philip Knoedler and Mary
Buckner Gibbons]; res. Chicago, 111. (1375 Kenmore Av.); first
mortgage loans. + (p. 584).

Lois McKinney (1103,651,01) m. Paul Giebel; res. St. Paul, Minn.
(162 College Av.).f

Helen Gage McKinney (1103,651,02) b. Hartford, June 27, 1866;
m. Duluth, Minn., Oct. 20, 1887, Edward Winslow Scarborough [b.
Cincinnati, O., Jan. 5, 1855; s. of Wm. Scarborough and Eliza
Coe]; res. Brooklyn, N. Y. (1234 Dean St.); paper. + (p. 584).

Florence Fuller McKinney (1103,651,03) b. Bound Brook, N. J.,
Feb. 28, 1869; m. Manistique, Mich., Oct. 14, 1889, Cha§. Thorn [b.
Bordentown, N. J., July 5, 1861 ; s. of Joseph H. Thorn and Hannah
Borden]; res, Brooklyn, N. Y. (80 St. Marks Av.); Northwestern
Univ.

Child of Laura Emerson {p. J82) and Oliver Staples.

Staples (1103,711,00) now Mrs. W. C. Stith; res. St. Louis,

^^o- (5535 Clemens Av.) ; chil.f

Chil. of Wm. Partridge {pp. 1^0 and j 81) and Lucy S. {Can field)

Abbott.

Edward A. Partridge (1103,712,20) b. Dec. 7, 1868; m. Normal, 111.,
Aug. 22, 1893, Lizzie S. Smith; res. Cornell, Ill.f+ (p. 584).

Lucy Canfield Partridge (1103,712,21) b. Normal, 111., Mch. 14, 1870;
d. N., Oct. 7, 1S75.

Charlotte E. Partridge (1103,712,22) b. Normal, 111., Mch. n, 1873;
d. N., Aug. 30, 1873.

William Flint Partridge (1103,712,23) b. Nov. 15, 1878; res. Cor-
nell, Ill.f

Children of Ruth M. Hurlburt {p. 582) and O. C. Robinson.

Russell Hurlburt Robinson (1103,324,910) b. Hartsgrove, O., Dec.

20, 1897.
Ruth Natalia Robinson (1103,324,911) b. Hartsgrove, O., Apr. 14,

1899.

Children of Bayard B. Grant {p. 264) and Florence McGregor.^
Thomas Burnham Grant (1103,385,010) b. Grant Tp., Osage Co.
Kan., Feb. 19, 1896.



58J: THE GRANT FAMILY MAGAZINE.

Florence Mai vina Grant (1103,385,011) b. Olivet Tp., Osage Co.,
Kan., Aug. 17, 1899.

Child of Lainont D. Fitch {p. ^82) and ElizabetJi Richter.

Nina Lamont Fitch (1103,640,000).
Children of Burdcttc C. Triivian {pp. 2^^ and j Si) and Rhoda Weed.

Roy Burdette Truman (1103,644,010) b. Rockton, 111., Dec. 30, 1880.

Frank Weed Truman (1103,644,011) b. Rockton, 111., June 26, 1882.

Lafayette Hollister Truman (1103,644,012) b. Rockton, 111., Sept.
II, 1884.

Robert Grant Truman (1103,644,013) b. Rockton, 111., Jan. 28, 1888.

Jay Clark Truman (1103,644,014) b. Rockton, 111., Sept. 18, 1890.

Chil. of Lissie M. Trtinianj^ pp. 2j^ and ^81) and Edivin S. Gleasnian.

Marie Hollister Gleasman (1103,644,020) b. Rockton, 111., Aug. 18,
1894.

Ruth Lake Gleasman (1103,644,021) b. Owen, 111., Mch. 8, 1896.

Children of Frederick IV. McKinney {p. j8j) and Anna L. Knoedler.

Lois McKinney (1103,651,000) b. Chicago, 111., Nov. 21, 1893.

Frederick Knoedler McKinney (1103,651,001) b. Chicago, 111., Apr.
4, 1896.

Mary Buckner McKinney (11 03, 65 1,002) b. Chicago, 111., Jan. 3, 1898.

Chtl. of Helen G. McKinney {p. j8j) and Edivard IV. Scarborottgh.
William Bellows Scarborough (1103,651,020) b. Brooklyn, N. Y., a.
1888.
Ruth Coe Scarborough (1103,651,021) b. Brooklyn, N. Y., a. 1894.

Child of Frank H. Grant {p. 2'/'/) and Agnes E. {Rheel) MacGregor

(see p. 411).
Harlow Rheel .Grant (1103,660,002) b. Rockville, July 10, 1898.
Child of Mary L. Grant {p. 2yf) and Frank H. Potter {see p. 412).
Ethel Belle Potter (1103,660,012) b. Glastonbury, July 20, 1898
Child of Ediuard A. Partridge {p. s8j) and Lizzie S. Snath.
William Milton Partridge (1103,712,200) b. Mch. 2, 1899.

Rockville.

[The first part of this article is by Nathaniel R. Grant (1103,6600), who also furnished the
photographs of the homesteads ; the last part is from information furnished by Gardner L.
Grant (1103,654).]

Early in 1726 the inhabitants of Bolton, being somewhat ambi-
tious of appearance, desired to lay out through the center of the
settlement a broad street or common. The owners were to throw
the land into commons, of course witliout charges. In carrying out
the project a certain farm owned by Samuel Grant (1103), of Wind-
sor, was found to interfere, as he, being a non-resident, would not
take sufficient interest in the improvement to induce him to give
the land. A proposition was therefore made to him to exchange his
farm in Bolton for certain lands belonging to the proprietors of
Bolton and lying in the north end of the township. He mounted
his horse and rode over from Windsor to look at the lands. Arriv-



ROCKVILLE. 535

ing at their western boundary, he plunged into the forest and clam-
bered up the stream, over rocks and through thickets, until he
reached the pond (now called Snipsic Lake), and, having prospected
sufficiently, worked his way back to his starting point. He then
rode down to Bolton, and offered to swap his farm there of loo acres
for 500 acres of the lands in North Bolton. This offer was eagerly
accepted, and the writings hastened lest he should get sick of his
bargain and back out, for they could not see what he could do with
the rough lands on Snipsic outlet, then considered nearly worthless.
The transaction, however, was fully consummated, as the following
deed will show.

"Know all men by these pressents that we Timothy Olcott,
ffrancis Smith & John Bissel al of Bolton in the County of Hart-
ford & Collony of Connetticutt agents to the propriators of ye com-
mon & undevided Land in Bolton for and in consideration that
Samuel Grant of Windsor is oblindged to convey & conferm to us
the sd Timothy Olcott ffrancis Smith & John Bissel as agents of the
propriators afore sd all that Right & title which the said Grant now
hath to a certaine farme in Bolton formerly Granted to one Thomas
Bull & surveyed to him by one James Steele in consideration afore sd.
We the sd Timothy Olcott ffrancis Smith & John Bissel for our
selvs & and in behalf of the propriators afore sd Doe Give Grant
Bargen convey & conferme unto the said samuel Grant & to his heirs
& Assigns for ever one parsel or tract of Land Lying & being in ye
town ship of Bolton att the north end of sd township in Quantity five
hundred acors bounded north on Windsor commonly called Windsor
EQuivelent Lands the whole breadth of the town of Bolton except
one peice in the North East corner of said Bolton under the Im-
provement of one Whiple of about thirty acors : and said tract of
Land is to Run soe far south from the north end of sd Bolton the
whole bredth of said town excepting the corner afore said as will make
five hundred acors of Land and abuts north on Windsor EQuivalent
Land, East on Tolland except the afore sd corner on Whiple, south
on the propriators of Bolton Land west on Windsor to Have and to
Hold said five hundred acors of Land as above Decribed with all the
prevelidges & appurtances therto belonging to Him the said samuel
Grant his heirs & Assigns for ever and we the sd Timothy Olcott
ffrancis Smith & John Bissell for our selvs & in behalf of the pro-
priators afore sd Doe by these pressents covenant promis & grant to
& with the said samuel Grant his heirs & Assigns that we will Defend
the above bargened premises to said Grant & his heirs against the
Lawful Claims & Demands of all & every parson whatsoever. In
confermation wherof we Doe hearto sett to our hands & seals this 29
day of Aprill AD: 1726.

signed sealed & Delivered John Bissell [Seal]

In pressence of

Timothy Olcott [Seal]

OziAs Pitkin

Joseph Olmsted Francis Smith [Seal]"



586 THE GRANT FAMILY MAGAZINE.

Thus Samuel Grant became the proprietor of five hundred acres
of primitive lands, then rough and rugged, now Rockville. It was
hardly possible that he foresaw what these tumbling waters were to
be made to do, and what wealth they were to develop ; but he doubt-
less saw a future possibility of grist and saw mills on his newly-
gotten stream, and shrewdly saw money in the possibility. How-
ever, Samuel was not one of the dreamy sort of pioneers, but once
in the possession of his lands he packed his saddle-bags of a Monday
morning, and, amid the fears and tears of his kinsfolk in Windsor,
set off and rode bravely along the forest paths, and finally hitched
his horse at a point near what is now the corner of Union and West
streets, and there sturdily set to work with his axe, erecting in the
course of weeks a solid and comfortable log house.

Not far from this house he built a dam and a grist mill, which was
operated by the family until 1837, and was probably the first mill in
Rockville.

In 1808 the district of North Bolton was erected into the town of
Vernon, and in this town has grown up a thriving city of nearly
8,000 people. This city of Rockville, with its seven churches, four
banks, five large schools, thirteen large factories, to say nothing of
smaller ones, and a grand list of more than $6,000,000, occupies the
whole of the original Grant farm, and will ever be a monument to
the sagacity and enterprise of its founder, Samuel Grant, 3d. Quite
appropriately its finances are in charge of Francis Grant (1103,6601),
while Nathaniel R. Grant (1103,6600) has also held offices of trust
in it. The portraits of these two, together with those of six other
descendants of Samuel and Ozias (Sanford, Gardner L., John D.,
Hezekiah K., and Schuyler Grant, and Edwin D. Northrup), and
three of the homesteads, accompany this sketch.

Homesteads.

The main part of the homestead of Ozias Grant was built in 1809
on the site of the original log cabin built by Samuel Grant (1103),
the first house in Rockville. In 181 2 he deeded it to his son Francis
(1103,66), who sold it to his son Harlow K. (1103,660) in 1849.
After the latter's death it was bought in 1861 by his son Nathaniel
R. Grant (1103,6600), who still resides in it, and in whose possession
is the original deed printed above. The road on the left was called
Grant Street for a hundred years, but is now West Street. It is at
once the western boundary of the town of Vernon and of the original
Grant farm. The road on the right is Union Street.

The homestead of Elnathan Grant was probably built by Ozias
Grant about 1782. It was bought by Elnathan in 1797, and has



Online LibraryArthur Hastings GrantThe Grant family magazine (Volume yr.1900-1901) → online text (page 1 of 27)