1. Reverend Samuel J. GRISWOLD (*) was born on 28 February 1795 in Granville Township, Washington County, NY.1,2,3,4,5,6 (This is a map of Washington County, in eastern New York state on the Vermont border.)
(The 1900 Census for his son, Samuel, listed his birth place as Vermont.)
(He may have had a brother named Horace Griswold, whose oldest children were born in Fort Ann about the same time as those of Samuel. He may have also had another brother, Squire, who was born 17 Aug 1798 in Fort Ann.)
The 1800 Census of Chester Township, Washington County, NY, includes a Samuel Griswold with a household consisting of 2 males, age under 10; 1 male, age 26-44; 3 females, age 0-10; and 1 female, age 16-25. Samuel J., at age 5, would have fit this family's profile, so this may have been his parents and siblings. There is a record of the marriage of a Samuel Griswold and Hannah Landon, married 3 August 1789 in Chester Township, Warren County (at that time), NY; they may have been Samuel, J.'s parents. (5 children were in the family at that time.)
The 1810 Census of Chester Township includes this same family with 4 males, age under 10; 1 male, age 10-15; 1 male, age 26-44; 2 females, age 10-15; 1 female, age 16-25; and 1 female, age 26-44. Samuel J. would have been 15 at the time. (8 children in the family.)
The progress of early settlement was slow. A state of war was unfavorable to emigration and to the development of the arts of peace. Conflicting land-titles also discouraged settlers. Soon after the war closed, these valleys filled up as if by magic. The settlement of the boundary lines cleared away the difficulties to some extent, and the final adjustment between New York and Vermont, in 1790, left titles mostly clear and unquestioned. Emigrants purchased with confidence, cleared their lands, and erected their dwellings without fear of ejectment.
The first settlement undoubtedly dates back to about 1770, and probably even earlier than that—at least twenty years before the first recorded town-meeting of 1787. Several lists of names that appear under the head of church history, etc., show quite a population in the midst of the Revolutionary war. The Congregational church of Middle Granville had, in 1782, a membership on seventy-two. The petitioners for pardon and amity in 1782, thirty-seven.
These lists, together with the names found upon the town books for 1787-88, constitute the sources from which we determine the early settlers and, approximately, the time when they came to this town."
Source: The History of Granville, Middle Granville & North Granville, New York, 1737-1878
. After 1815 he was a Free Will Baptist Minister in New York.1,7,8,9,10 The history of "The First Seventh-Day Baptist Church" in Genessee Township, Allegany County, contains the following two items that may have referred to Samuel's ministry: "In 1844 S. S. Griswold was engaged and became the first pastor of the church. He remained a little over a year." "The Sabbath-school was commenced in 1844 as a Bible class, with thirty-five members and S. S. Griswold as leader." (Because of the differences in the middle initial, the above person may not be the right person.)
The 1820 Census of Washington County, NY contains a listing for a Rhoda Griswold, age over 45, who may have been the widowed mother of Samuel J. Griswold.
. Samuel appeared in the census in 1830 in Almond Township, Allegany County, NY.13 His household consisted of 1 male, age 0-5 (Samuel H., age 2); 1 male, age 10-15 (Gerome, 13); 1 male, age 30-40 (Samuel, 35); 2 females, age 0-5 (Mary, 3 and Unknown Daughter I); 1 female, age 5-10 (Permelia, 7) and one female, age 30-40 (his wife, Clarrissa, 36). It is not known why their daughter, Hannah Jane, age 12, was not listed with the family; the census enumerator may have mis-stated her age.
The family lived next door to the household of Charles Evans and his wife Hannah Jane, who was the oldest daughter of Samuel J. Griswold.
(It is not known where he and his wife lived during the 1850, 1860 or 1870 Census'. A search of each page of the 1850 Census failed to locate his household in Almond, West Almond or Burns townships, where their children were born or lived after they married, or in Genesee Township, where he may have been the first pastor of The First Seventh-Day Baptist Church in 1844.)
He died before 1870 at the age of 75.17,18 The 1870 Census record for his daughter Harriet includes a listing for "Clarissa Gage," age 76, born in New York. No relationship is mentioned, but this may have been Harriet's mother and Samuel's wife. There is no known record of her having re-married after Samuel J. Griswold died, but the age and birth place of Clarissa Gage are the same as for Clarrissa (Pettingill) Griswold. Nor was there a mention in Clarrissa's obituary of her having a second husband. However, if this was Clarrissa, Samuel J. would probably have died before 1870.
Reverend Samuel J. GRISWOLD (*) and Clarrissa "Clara" PETTINGILL (*) were married about 1816.1,11,12,17,19 Clarrissa is not listed with her parents in the 1820 Census in Fort Ann, so it is assumed that she married Samuel before then.
The Hiram Hector Griswold Record of the Griswold Family lists two sons named Hiram: "Hiram H." was born Dec 26, 1833 and "Hiram Hector," the book's author, was born Feb 4, 1839. It is assumed that the first Hiram died as a young boy before 1839. The book mentions that Samuel and Clarrissa "were the parents of twelve children, six of whom died in the younger part of their lives, and the remaining six lived to more mature years."
Clarrissa "Clara" PETTINGILL (*), daughter of Samuel D. PETTINGILL and Hannah Ann GILBERT, was born on 1 May 1794 in Fort Ann, Washington County, NY.1,6,9,20,21,22,23,24 (Her name was spelled "Clarisa" in the 1860 Census and on her gravestone. In the book written by her son Hiram, it was spelled "Clarrissa" and that is believed to have been the correct spelling. Her name was listed as "Clara" on the Death Registration Certificate of her son Samuel. Her nickname may also have been "Carrie.")
(The LDS Church IGI Index lists her birth place as Jefferson County, NY. According to Hiram's book, she was born in Fort Ann, Washington County, NY. Because her two oldest children was born there, Fort Ann was most likely her birth place.)
(The 1900 Census for her son, Samuel, listed her birth place as Vermont; that is believed to have been in error.)
She appeared in the census in 1820 in Alfred Township, Allegany County, NY.11 About 1825 she was a cloth weaver.1,9,25 Clara appeared in the census in 1830 in Almond Township, Allegany County, NY.13 She appeared in the census in 1840 in Burns Township, Allegany County, NY.14,17
(She could not be located in the 1850 Census in Allegany County. The 1870 Census of her daughter Harriet Evans in Allegany County included "Clarisa Gage," age 76, and born in New York. That may have been her, although there is no known record of her having married a second time, and the surname "Gage" was not mentioned in her obituary.)
. She appeared in the census in 1860 in Howard, Steuben County, NY.26 She was living with her daughter Mary and her family.
Obituary Notes: "Mrs. C. Griswold, aged 86 years, died April 6th (she may have died the 10th), 1880, at 12 m., at the residence of C. H. Evans. Deceased was the mother of S. H. Griswold, of Wilton. She has gone to rest and her end was peace. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. S. M. Love, of Baraboo."
The Hiram Hector Griswold book about his family contains the following entry: "We deeply regret that there was no record of the death of our mother; and as our thoughts go back to the time when she bid farewell to all that is earthy, our minds are drawn to review the experiences of our childhood days, how we were nurtured and trained under the influence of a Christian mother; a mother whose desire was to establish a Christian character in her family by setting the examples of her Saviour.
How thankful we should be that we are reared under Christian influences that has made us to realize our obligations to our Creator for the tender mercies He has extended to us all through our past life, and the blessings He has given to us to enjoy.
Our mother, Clarrissa (the wife of Samuel J. Griswold) died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jane Evans, Oakdale, Wis, April 10, 1880, being 83 years, 11 mos and 10 days old, leaving to mourn their loss six children all who had arrived to an advanced age. The funeral was held from the home of her daughter, the remains were interred in the Oakdale Cemetery."
Reverend Samuel J. GRISWOLD (*) and Clarrissa "Clara" PETTINGILL (*) had the following children: