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James Husted, Jr. JOHN R. GRIGG is a son of Henry and Elizabeth Bush, and grandson of Henry Grigg, and was born in the town of Greenwich, Conn., Nov. 25, 1805. His ancestors were among the early settlers of Fairfield County. His father was born about 1760, was one of a large family of children, and married Elizabeth Bush, by whom he had the following children,--viz: David (deceased), William (deceased), Sarah (deceased), Mary (deceased), Henry D., born Jan. 8, 1800, and for more than fifty years on the water as a captain; Ann Eliza, John R., James and Rebecca, who married Nelson Seymour, and is now dead.*
      He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and was a farmer by occupation. He died in 1844, aged eighty-four years, and his wife in 1846. John R. Grigg worked on his father's farm summers, receiving such advantages for an education as the district schools of his day afforded. During many years of the earlier part of his life, he was engaged in quarrying stone for New York and Fort Schuyler at Frog's Point. Since the death of his mother he has devoted himself to farming, which is his present employment.
       He married Ophelia A., daughter of John and Elizabeth Banks, April 26, 1836. She was born in Greenwich, Sept. 2, 1809. Their children are Mary A. (deceased), Matildy (who married Alexander Mead), George W., Ann E. (deceased), Matilda who married Alexander Mead, George W., Ann E., deceased, Grace O., and Fannie B.
       In politics, Mr. Grigg is a Democrat. He and his wife are members of the Episcopal Church at Greenwich, of which he is a vestryman and one of its liberal supporters.
         Mr. Grigg is a plain, unassuming man, one who attends strictly to his business and never was an aspirant for any political office, though he has held some minor ones. He is generous, kind, and industrious, and a man universally respected."

SOURCE: Hurd, D. Hamilton. History of Fairfield County, Connecticut. Philadelphia: J.W. Lewis & Co. (1881), p. 406.

*NOTE: This biography was published in 1881 and does not offer "proof" of Grigg family history. This information should be used only as possible clues to other sources.--mmead."

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