Kent County Biographies
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Railway Officials in America 1906
William Grant, son of James and Isabella Grant, was born in Murrayshire, Scotland,
Jan. 7, 1839. He came to America with his parents in 1850 and lived with them in Ada until he attained his majority.
July 20, 1861, he enlisted in the late war in Co. K, of the famous First N. Y. (Lincoln) Cavalry. He served the
period of his enlistment, and on the day of its expiration, Jan. 1, 1864, re-enlisted in the same company and served
until the final victory was won and our flag once more floated over an undivided Union. With the names of the heroic
veterans of the Lincoln Cavalry who participated in so many historical battles, escaping by the "skin of their
teeth," the name of Wm. Grant will be preserved as one of the fearless defenders of our national integrity.
He wears the fadeless laurels of bravery and undaunted courage. Mr. Grant has been a soldier since the close of
the war. He was married Jan. 1, 1868, to Mary E., daughter of Asa and Anna Gibbs, born in Ada, Dec. 27, 1849. Two
bright little children make up this family circle-Edith E., born Oct. 24, 1868, and Charles D., July 12, 1876.
Politically Mr. Grant is an advocate of the principles of the Greenback faith. He has held the office of Tp. Treasurer
one year and School Director two years. His farm contains 80 acres in Sec. 5, and he is regarded as an enterprising
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