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Windham County Connecticut
WINDHAM COUNTY RECORDS
LEVI CADWELL GRANT
AS RECORDED IN:
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES CONNECTICUT.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT AND REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS AND OF MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLED FAMILIES.
PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903 P. 680
LEVI CADWELL GRANT, now living retired in East Hartford, was one of the very successful farmers of the town of Vernon, Tolland county. He is a descendant of Matthew and Priscilla Grant, the founders of the Grant family in America.
Laban Grant, second son and third child of Matthew Grant, was but a babe when his parents removed from Dorchester, where he was born Feb. 3, 1633-34, to Windsor, Conn., at the first settlement. He married Hannah Palmer.
Laban Grant (2), son of Laban, married Hannah Bissell.
Thomas Grant, son of Laban (2), married Elizabeth Rockwell.
Samuel Rockwell Grant, son of Thomas, and the great-grandfather of Levi Cadwell, married Mabel Loomis.
Sylvester Grant, son of Samuel Rockwell, and grandfather of Levi Cadwell, married a Miss Gilbert.
Luther Grant, son of Sylvester, married Huldah Hamilton.
The Hamilton family, of which Levi
Cadwell Grant is a member in maternal lines, is an old established
one in Ellington, and its history in this
Luther Grant, mentioned above
as the son of Sylvester, was born in East Windsor, and there attended
school until he was about eighteen years of age. Married in Broadbrook,
he soon after moved to Harts Grove, Ashtabula Co., Ohio, where he
took up a claim on government land. After some two years residence
he met with severe losses by fire, and returned to Connecticut. A
second experiment in Ohio settlement was also followed by disastrous
fire losses, and he again returned to Connecticut, and settled at
East Windsor, where his wifes father, Theodore Hamilton, gave
him the rental of a large farm, and there he remained for a number
of years. Luther Grant was a man of much ability, and though with
limited advantages, he made the most of them. After a time he took
up the sale of Yankee notions through Connecticut, making
a specialty of brooms. He was a man who was not afraid of hard work,
and could accomplish anything he undertook. For a time he
To Luther and Huldah (Hamilton)
Grant were born: (1) Hamilton, a farmer in East Windsor, where
he died in 1898, was twice married, first to Eliza Moody and second
to Eliza Allen, both of East Windsor. (2) Frances married D. Wilson,
and died in Arkansas. (3) Huldah Ann died young. (4) Levi Cadwell
is mentioned in full further on. (5) Ianthea married Charles N.
Young and moved to Deer Park, La Salle Co., Ill., where he died
soon after their arrival. She then married Caleb Young, and is
now located near Rantoul, Ill. She is the mother of twins, Charles
M. and Roestine. (6) Charles R. served in the Civil war from 1862
to 1865. At his first enlistment he was rejected as being under
the prescribed age. When he returned from the war he located in
Boston, where he was long express agent for the Boston & Albany
Railroad, later becoming general baggage master. Frequently he
acts as conductor of the Raymond excursions to the Pacific Coast
and other points. He is married and has three daughters, Daisy,
Amy and Grace. His home is at Malden, Mass. (7) Roestine has been
twice married, and is now
Levi Cadwell Grant was born in
East Windsor, Conn., July 4, 1837, and began to earn his living
when a very small lad. When his parents removed to New Hampshire
he accompanied them, and as his fathers health failed much
of the burden of the farm labor fell on him. Mr. Grant had but
limited opportunities for schooling, but what he lacked in the
work of the schoolroom he had more than made up by close observation
and wide reading. Early in his life he showed native ability and
business foresight, and his career has been very successful. In
every situation in which he has been placed he has showed himself
equal to the demands made upon him. At the age of sixteen he went
to Vernon, where he worked for a time in the farming circles, and
was then received into the working force of the paper mill at Talcottville.
When he was nineteen he spent some months in Ohio, and then making
a second westward trip from Connecticut, went to Minnesota, stopping
In 1862 he bought a farm property in the town of Columbia, which was flooded by the building of the Willimantic Linen Companys reservoir. In 1864 he bought a farm of 168 acres in the town of Vernon, on the Hockanum river. From that time he has bought and sold considerable property, and now has quite extensive real estate interests in East Hartford, Conn., and Springfield, Mass. In 1865 he raised his first crop of tobacco, and has developed extensive interests in this line. Aside from his very successful general farming, Mr. Grant has acted for thirty-two years as the local agent for the fertilizer firm of E. Frank Coe Co., of New York. In 1881 he built the substantial and elegant home where he lived until April 1, 1902, when, after disposing of his farm above, he removed to East Hartford, where he now lives. Mr. Grant is a staunch Republican, and cast his first vote for John C. Fremont, and he has always voted no license. He could never be induced to accept a position in the official service of his community, though he has often been asked to do so. Mr. Grant does not belong to any secret societies, and attends the Methodist Church.
Mr. Grant was married March 16, 1856,
to Mary Elizabeth, a daughter of Gerard Abel and Eunice (Brown) Bascom,
of Columbia, Conn., and a
The career of Mr. Grant is a singularly happy illustration of what push and energy, when conjoined with moral ideals and a noble ambition, can accomplish. Beginning with nothing, and fighting his own way, he has come to the front, and well deserves a prominent place in a list of the representative and successful men of Tolland county. Despite his years and wonderful energy, he is active in mind and body. Few men have gone through life as he, with the years of hard labor, who remain physically his equal at his age. His success has been of the kind that enables him to retain the respect and esteem of all, and he was fortunate in the selection of a wife who shares the credit of his success.
Linda D. Pingel great-great granddaughter of Cyrus White of Rockville, Ct.
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