1457.Matthew Griswold. Born in Kennilworth, Warwickshire. Matthew died on 27 Sep 1698 in Lyme, CT. Buried in Saybrook, CT.
Matthew came to Windsor, CT, 1739. He removed to Saybrook as agent for Col Fenwick about 1650. “He speedily assumed a prominence at that place; was Deputy to the General Court in 1654, and, in the same year, was directed by the Court to go with Capt. Mason to Pequitt and join with Gov. Winthrop to draw the lines between that towne and Uncas, etc. He was largely instrumental in the movements which led up to the settlement of Lyme, on the other side of the Great River, and became the leading and wealthiest man in that town, which was set off from Saybrook in 1665/6. He was frequently a Deputy and Commissioner, Justice of the Peace, Lieutenant of the Trainband, etc. His landed possessions soon assumed baronial proportions, especially upon the shores of Long Island Sound, where, near the mouth of the Connecticut River, he established ‘Blackball,’ since the family seat of the Griswolds of Lyme.”
On 16 Oct 1646 Matthew married Anna Wolcott, daughter of Henry Wolcott (ca Dec 1579-30 May 1655) & Elizabeth Saunders (ca 1582-5 Jul 1655), in Windsor, CT.109 Born ca 1624. Anna died on 29 Nov 1704 in New London, CT.