Dorchester Illustration of the Day no. 2119
Ulysses S. Grant by William F. Cogswell from United States Senate website
The following is from: Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant, 1885
My family is American, and has been for generations, in all its branches, direct and collateral.
Mathew [Matthew] Grant the founder of the branch in America of which I am a descendant, reached Dorchester, Massachusetts in May, 1630. In 1635 he moved to what is now Windsor Connecticut, and was the surveyor for that colony for more than forty years. He was also, for many years of the time, town clerk. He was a married man when he arrived at Dorchester, but his children were all born in this country. His eldest son, Samuel, took lands on the east side of the Connecticut River, opposite Windsor, which have been held and occupied by descendants of his to this day.
I am of the eighth generation from Mathew Grant, and seventh from Samuel. Mathew Grant’s first wife died a few years after their settlement in Windsor, and he soon after married the widow Rockwell, who, with her first husband, had been fellow-passengers with him and his first wife, on the ship Mary and John, from Dorchester, England, in 1630. Mrs. Rockwell had several children by her first marriage, and others by her second. By intermarriage, two or three generations later, I am descended from both the wives of Mathew Grant.
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