Francis Griswold was born circa 1635 in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England to Edward Griswold (1607-1691) and Margaret Unknown Griswold (1610-1670) and died 3 September 1704 Norwich, New London County, Connecticut of unspecified causes. He married Mary Tracy (1630-1671) 1652 in Old Saybrook, Hartford County, Connecticut.


Francis Griswold was born in England in 1629 (or 1635 by another source), the son of Edward Griswold and his first wife Margaret, emigrating in 1639 with his parents, first to Windsor, Connecticut and then to Saybrook. Perhaps he married in 1652 Mary Tracy, the daughter of Thomas Tracy and his wife Mary, widow of John Mason. (Note: This marriage info comes from Fifty Puritan Ancestors by E.T. Nash, but isn’t verifiable in colonial records.) Francis removed to Norwich with the Rev. James Fitch, becoming one of the first proprietors of Norwich in 1660; Deputy to General Court, 1661 through 1671; formed Court of Commission in 1662; Lieutenant of Norwich Train Band in October 1666; committee for the Stonington Indians in 1666. He died in Norwich, Connecticut in October 1671 “cut down apparently by some sudden attack of disease, leaving seven children varying in age from infant of days to eighteen years” and buried in Old Post-Gager Cemetery. Thomas Adgate and John Post, Sr. acted as guardians to the young children.

Francis Griswold, was in Windsor in 1649 and he was one of the first settlers at Windham, erecting the first sawmill in town. By trade he was a blacksmith.

Francis appears to have been a man of capacity and enterprise, and took an active part in the affairs of the plantation, serving as representative deputy to the General Court for eleven sessions, beginning October 1664 and ending in May of 1671. During this time frame his home lot was on West Town Street. He was a freeman 1657, was on the Committee for Stonington Indians in October 1666. and was called Lieutenant although no record of his commission has been found and in May 1668 received a colonial grant for 100 acres.

Saybrook Land Records Book 1 Page 48 says: “Horses in the year 1660 Francis Griswold carried away two mares from Seabrook this 14th day of November 1660 one mare a Chestnut Collor 4 black hoofs two white foot locks a crop on the near ear 7 year old, the other mare two years old and upwards of a sorrie color with a star in the fore head and two slits on both sides the right ear”

Founders of Norwich CT


Founders Monument at Norwich CT.

History of New London Connecticut from the first survey of the coast in 1612 to 1852 says: “A short digression respecting the early inhabitants of Lyme may not be inappropriate in this connection. Lyme was originally a part of Saybrook; the first grantees were the inhabitants of Saybrook town plot, and among the earliest proprietors names are found belonging to that company of Saybrook, which removed in 1659 and 1660, to Norwich: viz., Thomas Adgate; Thomas Bliss, (whose Lyme land was sold to Richard Smith;) Morgan Bowers; Francis Griswold, (an early proprietor on “Bride Plaine;”) John Holmsted; Simon and Christopher Huntington, (the latter sold to John Borden;) Captain John Masion; John Reynolds, (who sold Dec. 3d, 1659, to Wolston Brockway,) and Richard Wallis. These original proprietors of Lyme were all afterward of Norwich.”

Marriage & Family


  • Sarah was born March 28, 1653 in Saybrook and died April 7, 1692. She married Robert Chapman on June 27, 1671
  • Joseph was born June 4, 1655 in Saybrook and died in July 31, 1655
  • Mary was born August 26, 1656 in Saybrook and married (1) Jonathan Tracy on July 11, 1672 (2) Eleazer Jewett on September 3, 1717
  • Hannah was born December 1, 1658 in Saybrook and married William Clark on March 7, 1678
  • Deborah was born May 1661 in Norwich married Jonathan Crane on December 12, 1678
  • Lydia was born in June 1663 in Norwich and died in 1664
  • Samuel Griswold (1665-1740) was born in September 16, 1665 in Norwich and married (1) Susannah Huntington on December 10, 1685 (2) Hannah
  • Margaret was born in Norwich in October 1668 and married Thomas Buckingham on December 16, 1691
  • Lydia was born in Norwich in October 1671


Offspring of Francis Griswold and Mary Tracy (1630-1671)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Sarah Griswold (1653-1692)
Joseph Griswold (1655-1655)
Mary Griswold (1656-)
Hannah Griswold (1658-1678)
Deborah Griswold (1661-)
Lydia Griswold (1663-1664)
Samuel Griswold (1665-1740) 16 September 1665 Norwich, New London County, Connecticut, United States 9 December 1740 Norwich, New London County, Connecticut, United States Susannah Huntington (1668-1727)
Hannah Backus (1676-1752)
Margaret Griswold (1668-1691)
Lydia Griswold (1671-)
Lydia Griswold (1671-1752) 16 October 1671 Norwich, New London County, Connecticut 6 January 1752 Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Joseph Bartlett (1665-1703)
Joseph Holmes (1672-1752)


Offspring of Edward Griswold (1607-1691) and Margaret Unknown (1610-1670)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Francis Griswold (1635-1677) 1635 Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England 3 September 1704 Norwich, New London County, Connecticut Mary Tracy (1630-1671)
Sarah Griswold (1631-1634)
George Griswold (1633-1704) 19 May 1633 Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England 3 September 1704 Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut Mary Holcombe (1635-1708)
Sarah Griswold (1638-1715) 1638 1715 Samuel Phelps
Lydia Griswold (1637-1637)
John Griswold (1639-1642)
Ann Griswold (1642-1714)
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)
Samuel Griswold (1652-1717)
John Griswold (1652-1717) 1 August 1652 Poquonock, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States 5 August 1717 Killingworth, Middlesex County, Connecticut, United States Mary Bemis (1654-1679)
Bathsheba North (1654-1736)



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