Biography of Joseph Williston Grosvenor


Grosvenor, Joseph Williston, M. D., Buffalo, is descended from (1) John Grosvenor, who came from England prior to 1673; married Esther Clark, and for a number of years was a tanner and town constable in Roxbury, Mass., and later a proprietor of Pomfret, Conn.; he died in Roxbury, September 27, 1691, aged forty-eight, and his wife in Pomfret, June 15, 1738, aged about eighty-seven. The house in which her death occurred is still in the possession of the Grosvenors. Their son, (2) Ebenezer Grosvenor, born October 9, 1684, in Roxbury, died September 20, 1730, in Pomfret. His wife, Anna, daughter of John and Sarah (Hadlock) Marcy, was born October 11, 1687, and died July 30, 1743. Their third child, (3) Ebenezer Grosvenor, Jr., born December 1713, kept tavern in Pomfret for many years, and died August 2, 1793. He married Lucy Cheney, born October 29, 1720, in Pomfret, died in 1792. (4) Daniel Grosvenor, son of Ebenezer, jr., was born April 20, 1750, was graduated from Yale College in 1769, and was pastor of the church in Grafton, Mass., and later in Paxton. April 19, 1775, he marcbed in the ranks towards Charlestown. He was a member of the Legislature from Petershani, Mass., where he died July 22, 1834, and where his wife died September 11, 1841; she was Deborah Hall, daughter of Rev. David and Elizabeth (Prescott) Hall, and was born March 5, 1756, in Sutton, Mass., where Mr. Grosvenor married her May 9, 1776. Their eldest child, (5) Daniel Bulkley Grosvenor, born in Grafton, Mass., August 19, 1777, was married April 5, 1804, to Lucy, daughter of Gad and Lucy (Grosvenor) Williston. Her mother, born July 25, 1747, was a daughter of Ebenezer, jr., and a sister of Rev. (4) Daniel Grosvenor, just mentioned. Daniel B. Grosvenor died in Brookfield, Mass., January 15, 1821, on the farm on which John Grosvenor, a son of the original John, was killed by the Indians July 22, 1709. His wife, born July 16, 1775, died June 22, 1849. Their only son, (6) Joseph Williston Grosvenor, born May 1, 1805, in Paxton, died April 19, 1838. April 26, 1835, he married Mary Bacon Hancock, born in Barre, Mass., February 11, 1817, daughter of Nathan and Catherine Williams (Lee) Hancock. They had two. sons: (7) Francis Lee, born March 17, 1836, and (7) Joseph Williston, born July 26. 1837. Dr. Joseph Williston Grosvenor, the latter, was born in South BrookfIeld, Worcester county, Mass., attended the public schools and Leicester Academy, and was graduated from the Barre (Mass.) High School in 1855, and from Dartmouth College at Hanover, N. H., in 1859, receiving the degree of A. B. He then came to Lockport, N. Y., and took charge of the scientific department of the Union school one year, and in 1860 removed to Buffalo, where he had charge of the classical department of the Central High School one year. In 1862 he enlisted in the United States service as assistant surgeon, serving in the 11th R. L H. A. until the close of the war, being mustered out in April. 1865. While engaged in teaching he had taken up the study of medicine, and after the war he entered the New York University Medical College, from which he received the degree of M. D. in 1866. He began practice in Providence, R. I., but removed in 1868 to Lockport, N. Y., where he followed his profession until 1884. He then came to Buffalo, where he has since been in active practice. He is a prominent member of the Presbyterian church, and while in Lockport was superintendent of the First Presbyterian church Sunday school for ten successive years. Dr. Grosvenor has been supreme medical examiner of the Royal Templars of Temperance since 1887. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Medicine, the Erie County Medical Society, the Buffaio Society of Natural Sciences, the Buffalo Academy of Medicine, the Lodge of Ancient Landmarks, No. 441, F. & A. M., William Richardson Post, No. 254, G. A. R., and National Fraternal Congress. In 1896 be was a vice-president of the American Academy of Medicine and is now a vice-president of the Society for the Study and Cure of Inebriety. He has traveled extensively, visiting the Pacific coast twice and spending the year 1871-72 in Europe, where he improved himself in medical observation. He has written numerous articles on the cause of temperance from a scientific standpoint, and also on various medical subjects. May 19, 1868, he married Mary Fassett, born in Lockport, N Y., October 11, 1842, a daughter of David Safford and Sarah (Van Dake) Fassett. She died May 9, 1870, leaving one daughter, Mary Fassett Grosvenor, born April 20, 1870. a son, born February 7, 1869, having died when four days old. August 2. 1883, Dr. Grosvenor married second, in Buffalo, Mrs. Maria Louise Ely, daughter of John and Maria (Dewhirst) Van Horn. She was born in Newfane, N. Y., November 26, 1838.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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