Biography of Benjamin Griswold
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Griswold, Benjamin, was born in Dryden, June 14, 1822. His father, Nathan Griswold, came from Fairfield, Herkimer county, N. Y., in 1802. Benjamin Griswold was educated in the common schools and finished at the Dryden Academy. At the age of thirty two he married Laura E. Hurd, daughter of James H. Hurd, of Dryden and they have two sons, Harvey D. and Frank, and two daughters, Mrs. Kate Ballard, and Miss Anna Griswold. In 1850 he bought part of his father's farm of forty four acres. In 1860 he bought forty four acres of Daniel Griswold, in 1865 he bought twenty five acres of Layette Sweetland, in 1870 he bought ninety one acres of his father's farm; from this he sold twenty seven acres, leaving 175 acres that he now owns, devoted to raising hay, grain and stock, and making a specialty of dairying and fine fruits, and also having a herd of grade Jersey cattle. Our subject is one of the leading farmers in his town, taking an intelligent interest in educational and religious matters and in advancing the best interests of his town. He is recognized as a man of high character and sterling integrity, whose life has proven his word to be as good as his bond. His son, Hervey D. Griswold and his wife, who was Miss Fannie Sheldon, daughter of Edward Sheldon, are now in India as missionaries of the Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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