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George Granger

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  • Name George Granger 
    Born 28 November 1658  Newbury, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Farmer 
    Died 6 August 1729  Simsbury, CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • From the Launcelot Granger genealogy, pages 61–63:
      George Granger was granted a lot upon the High Street of Suffield next north to that given his father, and sold it in 1714 for £45 to Captain Asaph Leavitt. He was not married until 1693, and probably then lived in the village, although at one time he had a farm of fifty acres.
      The Rev. John Younglove was the first minister of Suffield. He was a native of Ipswich, Mass., and had preached for a time at North Brookfield, where he seems to have given no satisfaction. He then taught school at Hadley until his removal to Suffield in 1680. But here his old misfortune followed him. He antagonized his congregation against him, and seems to have been in constant conflict with them. On April 18, 1690, the town finally voted to petition the General Court “against Mr. Younglove’s preaching any longer amongst us.” His temper is said to have impaired his usefulness. Worn out by his long struggle to maintain a large family, and broken hearted at his failure in Suffield, he died June 3, 1690. His blood flows in the veins of many Suffield people to-day.
      George Granger married the minister’s daughter Lydia on April 20, 1693, and made no more of a success in supporting a family than did his father-in-law at expounding the Word. Indeed, before his marriage he had shown himself to be a shiftless fellow. In the old court records of 1691 I find “George Granger of Suffield being presented to this court for neglecting publick worship of God, &c., petitioning this court pleading his sickness, weakness, and want of clothes this cold winter, this court ordered that the worshipful Col. Pynchon send for him, before him, and admonish him.” Like all the men of that day he became the father of a large number of children. Soon after his marriage he seems to have risen to the dignity of a fence viewer, but that appears to have ended his office holding in the town. On November 29, 1710, the town voted “ To be at the charge at present with respect of the wife of George Granger,” and also ‘‘To be at the charge of a petition to send to the General Court to see what may be don with respect to the maintenance of the wife of George Granger”; and further voted ‘‘To alow Goodman Banes seven shillings for his trouble about keeping the wife of George Granger.”
      On June 19, 1717, the town voted “To sue George Granger for the money which the town had necessarily expended on his wife or may expend for her relief before process be made in the law thereabout”; also, “The town did by a clear vote make choice of John Kent, Jr., in their behalf to sue George Granger as above voted, and to proceed therein as Captain Ebenezer Pumrey shall advise.”
      On October 7, 1717, the town voted: “It is agreed and voted that upon condition that John Granger the son of George Granger do take care of his mother will give the Town of Suffield sufficient security in the judgement of the Selectmen to secure the town from any future charge with respect to his mother Liddia Granger; that then the Town will defray all charge that has been passed with respect to the said Liddia Granger and quit —all other perticular persons excepting only the bond of thirty shillings given to the Selectmen by the said John Granger; but if the said John Granger do not speedily do as aforesaid, then to proceed to sue George Granger according to a former vote of the Town.”
 On November 29 it was voted: “The Town granted William Huxley half a crown for digging George Granger’s child’s grave.”
      Evidently these attempts to force husband or son to support the wife and mother were failures, for ten years afterward the town voted “To alow three shillings a week for the keeping of Liddia Granger,” and still later voted “To bare the charge of caring [carrying] Liddia Granger the wife of George Granger to the House of Correction” [poor-house].
      Poor Lydia’s last appearance as a town charge was in December, 1724, and it may be presumed she soon after died in the poor-house neglected by husband and children. These unhappy events, however, seem to have driven George and all his children from Suffield, and few, if any, of his descendants ever since have lived within its bounds. George and his family settled in the parish of Turkey Hills in the adjoining town of Simsbury (now East Granby) about five miles west from the Suffield meeting-house. Here they lived, married, and died for several generations, but to-day [1893] only one of the name remains in East Granby. [2]
    Person ID I116947  Schirado
    Last Modified 17 April 2019 

    Father Launcelot Granger,   d. 3 September 1689, Suffield, CT Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Joanna Adams,   b. say 1633, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 September 1689, Suffield, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years) 
    Married 4 January 1653  Newbury, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F58747  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Lydia Younglove,   b. about 1675, Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. after December 1724  (Age ~ 50 years) 
    Married 26 April 1693  Suffield, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
    +1. John Granger,   b. 30 May 1694, Suffield, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 September 1788, Simsbury, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)
     2. Lydia Granger,   b. 7 May 1695, Suffield, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 June 1706/7, Windsor, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 12 years)
     3. Rebecca Granger,   b. 2 August 1697, Suffield, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 May 1772, Egremont, Berkshire County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     4. Mercy Granger,   b. 24 June 1700, Suffield, CT Find all individuals with events at this location
    +5. George Granger,   b. 27 March 1702, Suffield, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 September 1796, Westfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)
     6. Rachel Granger,   b. 17 April 1704, Suffield, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 February 1723, Westfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 18 years)
    +7. Isaac Granger,   b. 15 November 1706, Suffield, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. about 1749  (Age 42 years)
     8. Lydia Granger,   b. 5 July 1709, Suffield, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 July 1709, Suffield, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    +9. Daniel Granger,   b. 16 September 1710, Suffield, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. March 1757, Granville, Washington County, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years)
     10. Elisha Granger,   b. 19 March 1715, Suffield, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. after 1777  (Age > 63 years)
    Family ID F76895  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S338] (Essex Instutite, Salem MA, 1911).

    2. [S619] James Nathaniel Granger, (Hartford: Lockwood & Brainard, 1893).


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