Biography of W. H. Grenell


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Grenell, W. H., was born in Pierrepont Manor, January 26, 1846, a son of Ezra O. and Abby M. (Wardwell) Grenell. Ezra 0. was born in Ellisburgh in 1815, a son of Benjamin Grenell, who came from Montgomery county in 1812, and settled on the farm now owned by the subject of this sketch, He was an Abolitionist and served in the war of 1812. Ezra was a farmer and is now living; his wife died in February, 1896. She was a daughter of Samuel Wardwell, son of Colonel Wardwell, of Rhode Island, a large ship owner of Bristol, and the village of Wardwell was named in his honor. W. H. Grenell was reared on a farm and educated at Union Academy, Belleville, N. Y. He was engaged in farming until 1874, when he engaged in seed growing and located at Pierrepont Manor, where he has been very successful; he also has a branch at Saginaw, Mich. He was married in 1867 to Adalaide Allen, and they have one daughter, Anna, wife of Mathew J. Higgins. Mr. Grenell is a Democrat, but not an aspirant to office. He is a member of Rising Sun Lodge No. 234, F. & A. M., and Adams Chapter, R.A.M.

Our County and it's people
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Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1898