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Hosmer-Griswold-Parsons family of Middletown, Connecticut

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  Matthew Griswold (1714-1799) — of Lyme, New London County, Conn. Born in Lyme, New London County, Conn., March 25, 1714. Lawyer; member of Connecticut council of assistants, 1759-69; Deputy Governor of Connecticut, 1769-84; Governor of Connecticut, 1784-86; delegate to Connecticut convention to ratify U.S. constitution, 1788. Died in Lyme, New London County, Conn., April 28, 1799 (age 85 years, 34 days). Interment at Duck River Cemetery, Old Lyme, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of John Griswold and Hannah (Lee) Griswold; married, November 10, 1743, to Ursula Wolcott (daughter of Roger Wolcott (1679-1767); sister of Oliver Wolcott Sr.; aunt of Oliver Wolcott Jr.); father of Roger Griswold; uncle of Samuel Holden Parsons and James Hillhouse; great-grandfather of John William Allen, Henry Titus Backus and Matthew Griswold (1833-1919); second great-granduncle of George Frederick Stone; third great-grandfather of Selden Chapin; fourth great-grandfather of Frederic Lincoln Chapin; first cousin twice removed of Phineas Lyman Tracy and Albert Haller Tracy; first cousin thrice removed of George Griswold Sill; first cousin four times removed of Erastus Clark Scranton, Sereno Hamilton Scranton and Samuel Lord (1831-1880); first cousin five times removed of Joseph Augustine Scranton, Samuel Lord (1859-1925) and Joseph Buell Ely; first cousin six times removed of Harry Andrews Gager; second cousin once removed of Erastus Wolcott and Zina Hyde Jr.; second cousin twice removed of Thomas Hale Sill, Frederick William Lord, Theodore Sill and Thomas Worcester Hyde; second cousin thrice removed of Joseph Lyman Huntington, Alexander Hamilton Waterman, Augustus Frank, Charles Edward Hyde, Herman Arod Gager, John Sedgwick Hyde and Edward Warden Hyde; second cousin four times removed of Augustus Brandegee, Collins Dwight Huntington, George Milo Huntington, Arthur Evarts Lord and George Leffingwell Reed; second cousin five times removed of Thomas Theodore Prentis, Frank Bosworth Brandegee, Henry Arthur Huntington and Allan Percy Sill; third cousin of Frederick Wolcott; third cousin once removed of Nathaniel Merriam, Peter B. Garnsey, Samuel Clesson Allen, James Doolittle Wooster, Henry Leavitt Ellsworth and William Wolcott Ellsworth; third cousin twice removed of Elijah Abel, Calvin Fillmore, Daniel Greene Garnsey, Bela Edgerton, Samuel George Andrews, Roscius R. Kennedy, Elisha Hunt Allen, James Samuel Wadsworth, George Washington Wolcott, Christopher Parsons Wolcott and Roger Wolcott (1847-1900); third cousin thrice removed of Gideon Hotchkiss, Asahel Augustus Hotchkiss, Millard Fillmore, Harrison Blodget, Edmund Holcomb, John Arnold Rockwell, John Leslie Russell, Ira Chandler Backus, Julius Hotchkiss, Albert Asahel Bliss, Philemon Bliss, Alfred Peck Edgerton, Giles Waldo Hotchkiss, Joseph Ketchum Edgerton, Gilbert Ezra Read, William Judson Clark, William Fessenden Allen, Charles Hull Clark, Charles Frederick Wadsworth, Rush Green Leaming, James Wolcott Wadsworth, Edward Oliver Wolcott, Charles M. Hotchkiss, Alfred Wolcott, Frederick Hobbes Allen and Hiram Bingham.
  Political family: Kellogg-Adams-Seymour-Chapin family of Connecticut and New York (subset of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Titus Hosmer (1736-1780) — of Middletown, Middlesex County, Conn. Born in West Hartford, Hartford County, Conn., 1736. Lawyer; member of Connecticut state house of representatives, 1773-78; Speaker of the Connecticut State House of Representatives, 1776-78; Delegate to Continental Congress from Connecticut, 1775-76, 1777-79; member of Connecticut council of assistants, 1778-80; died in office 1780. Died in Middletown, Middlesex County, Conn., August 4, 1780 (age about 44 years). Interment at Mortimer Cemetery, Middletown, Conn.
  Relatives: Father of Stephen Titus Hosmer.
  Political family: Hosmer-Griswold-Parsons family of Middletown, Connecticut (subset of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article
  Samuel Holden Parsons (1737-1789) — Born in Lyme, New London County, Conn., May 14, 1737. Lawyer; member of Connecticut colonial assembly, 1762-74; general in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War; member of Connecticut state house of representatives, 1784-85; justice of Northwest Territory supreme court, 1788-89. Drowned in a canoe accident, near Marietta, Washington County, Ohio, November 17, 1789 (age 52 years, 187 days). Cenotaph at Mortimer Cemetery, Middletown, Conn.
  Relatives: Son of Rev. Jonathan Parsons and Phoebe (Griswold) Parsons; father of Lucia Parsons (who married Stephen Titus Hosmer); nephew of Matthew Griswold.
  Political family: Hosmer-Griswold-Parsons family of Middletown, Connecticut (subset of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Stephen Titus Hosmer (1763-1834) — also known as Stephen T. Hosmer — Born in Middletown, Middlesex County, Conn., January 10, 1763. Lawyer; member of Connecticut council of assistants, 1805-15; superior court judge in Connecticut, 1815-33. Died August 5, 1834 (age 71 years, 207 days). Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Titus Hosmer; married to Lucia Parsons (daughter of Samuel Holden Parsons).
  Political family: Hosmer-Griswold-Parsons family of Middletown, Connecticut (subset of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Wikipedia article
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