Margaret (Unknown) Griswold
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Margaret (Unknown) Griswold (abt. 1608 - 1670)

Margaret Griswold formerly [surname unknown]
Born about in Englandmap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married about 1629 (to 23 Aug 1670) in Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Killingworth, New London, Connecticutmap
Profile last modified | Created 18 Dec 2013
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Margaret (Unknown) Griswold migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).
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Disputed Origins

There is lack of agreement about her maiden name. The theories are as follows:

  1. Blencow, daughter of John Blencow and Mary Walleson of Marston-St. Lawrence, Kings Sutton Hundred; "married Edward Griswold of Cubbington in Solihull, co. Warwick."[1] BUT, a later TAG article points out that the Edward Griswold of that parish died in 1633 and his wife died the same year, excluding the possibility that this was the immigrant couple to Connecticut![2]
  2. Hicks -- either daughter of a Robert Hicks, or wife/widow of a Hicks who she supposedly married in 1628, the year before she married Edward Griswold. New England Genealogy, Vol. 1, p.250, cites her surname as HICKS, but the Robert Hicks family was already in Plymouth as of 1621. Records indicate Margaret and Edward were married in England after this date.
  3. Diamond. The source for this claim appears to have been "The Compendium of American Genealogy" that states that Margaret Diamond, Edward Griswold's first wife was the daughter of John Diamond. It states that Edward's second wife was Sarah Bemis of New London, CT. However, after the death of Edward’s first wife, Margaret, he married Sarah Bemis, the widow of James Bemis. Most likely the names of Margaret and Sarah Dimond were confused.
  • Her parentage has been disproven, so the profiles of Robert Hicks and Margaret Unknown have been removed as her parents. DO NOT ADD PARENTS TO THIS PROFILE BEFORE HAVING A DISCUSSION ON G2G ABOUT THE SOURCES YOU HAVE FOUND!!


Margaret (______) Griswold died August 23, 1670,[3] and is buried in Clinton, Connecticut, Congregational Burying Ground: gravestone marked M.G. 1670.[4]
Her grave site is reportedly the oldest in the Old First Church (Indian River) Cemetery. Marked only with "M.G. 1670", it is believed to be the burial place of Margaret Griswold, wife of Killingworth (now Clinton) settler Edward Griswold. Several birth surnames have been posited for Margaret, most frequently HICKS, but all have been discredited in family literature.[5]
There are no actual records of her birth or marriage, and her maiden name remains unknown.[6] [7]
According to the Griswold Family Association, who have done extensive research, and "The Griswold Family: 12 Generations in England" 1999, p. 54, Edward married Margaret [__?__] about 1628 in England. She was born about 1609. Margaret died 23 Aug 1670 in Killingworth, Middlesex, Connecticut…

NOTE: THE NEXT TWO PARAGRAPHS ARE PENDING INFORMATION THAT WILL BE UPDATED LATER: About Aug. 17, 1639, Rev. Ephriam Huit arrived in Windsor, Connecticut with his company. He had been pastor at Warwickshire, England of the Kenilworth Parish and of the Puritan faith. He was censured and silenced which was the moving cause of his organizing his company and for his removal to New England. Edward and Matthew Griswold were members of this company. Edward and Margaret Griswold arrived in America in 1639 with their growing family. (The Griswold family : England-America, Vol. II. about Edward Griswold)

Margaret and Edward Griswold married in England, and their first five children were baptized in Kenilwoth Parish, England; the other children were recorded in Windsor, Connecticut. They had twelve children, but three died young, or are presumed to have died young. Their children are Sarah born in 1631, but died young; George born in 1633; Francis, a son, born in 1635; Lydia born in 1637, presumably died young and no further information is available; a second daughter, Sarah born in 1638; John born in 1642 and died young; Ann or Hannah born in 1642; Mary born in 1644; Deborah born in 1646; Joseph born in 1647; Samuel born in 1672; and a second son John born in 1652. (The Griswold family : England-America, Vol. II. Edward Griswold, and Dawes-Gates)

From Genealogical and Personal History of Western Pennsylvania:

(Edward Griswold,) He married (first) in England, in 1630, Margaret , who died August 23, 1670. Her gravestone is the oldest in the burial ground at Clinton, formerly Killingworth. Children of first wife: Sarah, born 1631, in England; George, mentioned below; Frances, 1635; Lydia, 1637; Sarah, 1638, married (first) November 10, 1650, Samuel Phelps, (second) July 21, 1670, Nathaniel Pomeroy; Ann, baptized June 19, 1642, at Windsor ; Mary, baptized October 1, 1644, married, March 19, 1661, Timothy Phelps; Deborah, June 28, 1646, married Samuel Buell ; Joseph, born and baptized March 12, 1647; Samuel, born and baptized November 16, 1649, died July 6, 1672; John, born and baptized August 16, 1652.


  1. "Margaret (Blencow) Griswold," in The American Genealogist, 39(1962):180, but without citing a source for this claim, unless she is citing Visitation of Northamptonshire, 1618-1619, p 69
  2. John G. Hunt, "Note on the Ancestry of the Griswolds of Connecticut," in The American Genealogist, 40:43
  3. Killingworth Vital Records pg. 79 - GRISWOLD MARGARET w. Edward d: 23 Aug 1670
  4. Find A Grave: Memorial #7604241
  5. Find A Grave: Memorial #7604241
  6. Mary Walton Ferris, Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines, (1943, 1931), viewed on, page 402.
  7. Glenn E. Griswold, The Griswold Family, England-America (Middleboro, Massachusetts, 1935), viewed on, page 16.


  • Hicks-4908 was created by David McKnight through the import of Thomas_Beadle1756.ged on Jul 18, 2014.

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N.n.-32 and Unknown-221279 appear to represent the same person because: There is minimal source and information on N.n.-32 profile. Death and burial information is the same. Birth year is approximately the same, no other relatives, it looks like it is the same person. Nothing on the biography of N.n.-32 probably should be brought forward in the merge.
Here is my solution: I’ve removed Hicks-11193 as her father and changed her birth information from 1631 to about 1609. I’ve removed Edward Griswold-232 as her husband. I’ve removed her as the mother of Griswold-1601, and I’ve removed Griswold-232 as the father of Griswold-1601. (Edward Griswold-33 and Margaret did have a daughter Sarah, born in 1635, but there is already a profile for her, Griswold-101, and she did not marry Nathaniel Stevens.) I’ve proposed a merge of Hicks-11192 with Unknown-221279, which will correct Margaret’s maiden name to Unknown. And I’ve proposed a merge of Griswold-232 with Griswold-33.
posted by Kay (Johnson) Wilson
There are some serious problems with this profile. Her birth info in the data section is 5 Aug 1631 in Ilmington, based on a christening record from Family Search, but the text of her biography says she was born about 1609. She is shown as the daughter of Isaack Hicks-11193, but the biography says that her maiden name is unknown. She is shown as the mother of Sarah Griswold-1601 who was born in 1663, but that would have made Margaret 54 at Sarah's birth which is not possible. And her spouse is shown as Edward Griswold-232 (1632-1690) a profile whose only source is an Ancestry tree, while her actual husband is Edward Griswold-33 (1607-1691), the man listed as the father of Griswold-232. And there is already a profile for the wife of this Edward Griswold-33, Margaret Unknown-221279.
posted by Kay (Johnson) Wilson
Your Welcome Christopher. She's in my direct family line too but as I'm unfamiliar with final editing protocol (haven't learned the language yet) I'll bow to your expertise. Leigh Anne
Glad you completed it, Leigh Anne. I may spend some time with the merged profile, since she's a forebear.
posted by Christopher Childs
Christopher I seem to be one step out of sync with everyone today. I already completed the merge. If you see anything amiss on this profile feel free to yell at this old lady, Otherwise I think I'll quit while I'm ahead. Happy New Year.
No problem, Leigh Anne -- glad to have you looking after her.  :o) I'm a PGM project member; if you want to add me to the Trusted List for Blencow-7, I may be able to handle the merge.
posted by Christopher Childs
Christopher I should have checked back here first. I went and adopted the profile Blencow-7. How should I proceed in order to help this profile go away. Thanks Leigh Anne
Please note her last name is Unknown per the following authoritative source:

"Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 for: Margaret ______. Death 23 Aug 1670 in Gill, Massachusetts. Spouse: Edward Griswold.

Margaret's an ancestress... Jillaine, I could adopt (orphaned) Blencow-7 if that would facilitate the merge. (That profile, as Leigh Anne indicates, is barren and doesn't have any info to offer; but I'm assuming the merge ought to be in the direction of Unknown-22179 in any case, even if the other profile did have info.)
posted by Christopher Childs
Hello. Blencow-7 is a duplicate of Unknown-221279 (this profile). Some gedcom upload created Blencow-7. In the spirit of eliminating unsourced or wrongly sourced duplicates would one of you folks initiate a merge between Blencow-7 and Unknown-221279. Thanks for your help.

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