Edward Griswold was born 26 July 1607 in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom to George Griswold (1574-) and Dousabel Leigh (c1570-1615) and died 30 August 1691 Killingsworth, Hartford County, Connecticut, United Kingdom of unspecified causes.


Edward Griswold (ca.1607-1691) was a son of George Griswolf of Keniworth, England. Edward emigrated in 1639 from England to Windsor, Connecticut, and married twice.

Edward Griswold - bap. Jul. 26, 1607, Wooten Wawen, Warwickshire; d. Aug. 30, 1691, Killingworth (now Clinton) Middlesex Co., CT; bur. Indian River Cem., Killingworth, CT. A memorial [photo] to Edward and Margaret GRISWOLD was erected at Killingworth in 1990 by the Griswold Family in America. Son of George GRISWOLD and Dousabel. An attorney, Edward was delegate to the General Court, Justice of the Peace, and Deacon of the church. Married first by 1629 at Kenilworth, Warwickshire.

Marriage & Family

Although married twice - the maiden name of neither wife has been firmly established as of yet.

1st Marriage: Margaret

Margaret - d. Aug. 23, 1670, Killingworth (now Clinton), Middlesex Co., CT. Her gravestone in the Congregational Church Cemetery is engraved 'M. G. 1670'. Surname not known. Genevieve Tylee Kiepura writes in "Griswold Ancestry in England" (The American Genealogist 39:176-180) that "Edward GRISWOLD m. Margaret BLENCOW of Marston St. Lawrence, co. Northampton, dau of John BLENCOW and his wife Mary WALLISON." However, in "Note on the Ancestry of the Griswolds of Connecticut" (The American Genealogist 40:43-44), John G. Hunt conclusively shows that the Edward GRISWOLD who married Margaret BLENCOW is not the immigrant to CT, and Genevieve Tylee Kiepura concurs. The Griswold Family Association identifies the husband of Margaret BLENCOW as Edward GRESWOLD (1594-1633) son of Thomas GRESWOLD and Elizabeth SHUCKBURGH - this Edward being father of the American immigrant Michael GRISWOLD of Wethersfield, CT.

  1. George Griswold (1633-1704)
  2. Francis Griswold (1635-1677)
  3. Sarah Griswold (1638-1715)
  4. Mary Griswold (1644-1715)
  5. Joseph Griswold (1647-1716)

2nd Marriage: Sarah Bemis

Edward married second in 1672 the widow Sarah (DIAMOND) BEMIS (b. about 1632, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England), daughter of John and Rebecca DIAMOND, and widow of James BEMIS (b. abt 1626 Dedham, Essex, England; d. Jul. 1665, New London Co., CT). Daughters of Sarah and James BEMIS: Rebecca married first Tobias MINTER, second John DYMOND, and third Bebedict SATTERLEE; and Mary married her step-brother John GRISWOLD.


Offspring of Edward Griswold and Margaret Unknown (1610-1670)
Name Birth Death Joined with
George Griswold (1633-1704) 19 May 1633 Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England 3 September 1704 Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Mary Holcombe (1635-1708)
Francis Griswold (1635-1677) 1635 Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England 3 September 1704 Norwich, New London County, Connecticut Mary Tracy (1630-1671)
Sarah Griswold (1638-1715) 1638 1715 Samuel Phelps
Deborah Griswold (1643-1717) 28 June 1643 Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States 13 November 1717 Killingsworth, New London County, Connecticut, United States Samuel Buell (1641-1720)
Mary Griswold (1644-1715) 5 October 1644 Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut 27 November 1715 Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Timothy Phelps (1639-1719)
Joseph Griswold (1647-1716)

Royal Ancestry

While Edward Griswald was rumored to have royal ancestry connections through his mother, Dorothy James, it has since been shown that she was married to a different George Griswold.


See Also


Wrong mother listed - see updated notes from the Griswold Family Association:

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