Biography of the Grinnell Family
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Grinnell. This name stands for pioneership and as well for general worth and integrity in Orleans county. John Griunell was the first of the family to come to this county, and he settled in the west part of Barre. He was three times married and among his children were Paul, Peter, Jackson, Wesley. Lyman, Harley, John and Ella. Ezra Grinnell, brother of John, came in 1826 with his family, and settled where Nathan Bragg now lives. His wife was Lucretia Leonard, and their children were Marquis, Ira, Lauren, Isaiah, Leonard, Horace, Perry M., Willis A., Almira Jane, Eliza Ann and Janette. Amos Grinnell, brother to John and Ezra, came in 1828. His eight children, were Diana, Franklin, Charles E., Orlando, Henry, William Harvey, Fillmore and Anna M. Lauren Grinnell, son of Ezra, was born in Onondaga county, October 28, 1821. He has always been a farmer and is one of the most successful and forehanded men of Barre. He married Manila S. Leach, by whom he has two children: Jay, of Barre; and Clara A., wife of John A. Brown. For thirty years Mr. Lauren Grinnell lived on his present farm, but for twelve years he lived in Shelby, returning to Barre in 1891. William Harvey Grinnell was born in Barre June 19, 1843, and has always lived in view of the old home farm of his father, Amos Grinnell. He is the owner of one of the most productive and best appointed farms in the town, comprising nearly seventy five acres all under cultivation. Mr. Grinnell married Elizabeth, the daughter of B. T. Mull.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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