Excellency Roger Griswold,
Esq. (May 21, 1762 - Oct 25, 1812)
was governor of Connecticut and a member of
the US House of Representatives, serving as a Federalist.
Born in Lyme, New London County,
Connecticut, to Matthew Griswold and Ursula (Wolcott) Griswold;
pursued classical studies, and was graduated from Yale College in
1780; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1783 and commenced
practice in Norwich, Connecticut; returned to Lyme in 1794; elected
as a Federalist to the Fourth and to the five succeeding Congresses
and served from March 4, 1795, until his resignation in 1805 before
the convening of the Ninth Congress; chairman of the Committee on
Revisal and Unfinished Business (Sixth Congress), Committee on Ways
and Means (Sixth Congress); declined the portfolio of Secretary of
War tendered by President John Adams in 1801; served as a judge of
the supreme court of Connecticut in 1807; presidential elector on
the Charles Cotesworth Pinckney and Rufus King ticket; Lieutenant
Governor of Connecticut 1809-1811; Governor of Connecticut from 1811
until his death in Norwich; interment in Griswold Cemetery at Black
Hall, in the town of Lyme (now Old Lyme, Connecticut).
Griswold was grandfather of congressman
Matthew Griswold. Griswold's father (Matthew Griswold), his maternal
grandfather (Roger Wolcott), his uncle (Oliver Wolcott), and his
cousin (Oliver Wolcott, Jr.) were all also Governors of
Griswold was the
first congressman to engage in a physical altercation with another
congressman. Matthew Lyon, a Republican congressman from Vermont,
was insulted by Griswold on the floor, and proceeded to spit on him.
Two weeks later, Griswold attacked him with a cane. Lyon promptly
picked up a pair of fire tongs to ward him off.
In 1803 along with several other New England
Federalist politicians he proposed secession from the union due to
the growing influence of Jeffersonian Democrats and the Louisiana
Purchase which they felt would dilute Northern influence.
[Contributed by Nancy Washell]
The Biography of
John Plumb of Weathersfield [sic]/Branford,Connecticut
John Plumb was born 28 July, 1594 in Great
Yeldham, Essex, England, to Robert and Grace Crackbone Plume,
one of at least nine children. Around age 22 (about 1616) John
married Dorothy Wood. In 1634 they are found in Ridgewell
Parish in County Essex, England (Parish records).
John, Dorothy and their family were living
there in Ridgewell Hall, where most of their nine children were
born (the only child born in New England was Dorcas, around
John Plumb and his family were in
Weathersfield, Connecticut no later than 1635 (among the
earliest residents). It is believed that John sold his
holdings at Ridgewell, Essex, bought (or previously
owned) his own boat (ship) and sailed for the New
World. He was a Magistrate there (Weathersfield) in
1637 (from F. M. Caulkins in her HISTORY OF NEW LONDON, derived
from Connecticut Colonial Records, vol. 1, pg. 13). He
was the first ship-owner in the Weathersfield area, trading up and
down the river with the Indians (Caulkins). In 1664-5 he was
appointed Inspector of the lading of vessels
in Weathersfield (Caulkins).
John was active in the life of Weathersfield
for about 9 years. It is possible that John's
ship was one used in the attack upon the Indians at Pequot
Hill (Mystic/Groton) during the punative campaign of 1637-1638; the
result being total defeat for the Indians, and an overland
pursuit. John had a warehouse burned by the Pequots at
Saybrook (Caulkins), so he had a vested interest in the final
outcome of this conflict.
Another result of this overland
pursuit of the Native Americans was an exposure of the
Europeans to a new area of southeast Connecticut ripe for
settlement. It may be surmised that as a result of this
excursion, John and Dorothy Plumb's oldest son Robert
settled in Milford, where he lived out the remainder of his
By 1644 John and Dorothy Plumb had sold most
of their Weathersfield holdings and relocated to Branford,
Connecticut, while retaining some property in Weathersfield.
John was elected Town Clerk of Branford, and held this office
until his death in 1648. The first Town Meeting was
held in Branford 15 Dec 1645. John died in Branford, and
his wife Dorothy and son Samuel filed his probate, 1 Aug 1648.
Dorothy Plumb is thought to have outlived her husband by at
least 21 years.
(note: Francis Manwaring Caulkins
originally confused this John Plumb of
Weathersfield/Branford (1594-1648) with John Plumb of
Hartford/New London (1634-1696, biography elsewhere). They
were both from the same English county (Essex), and lived in
the same area in Connecticut. They were both
mariners, involved in river and coastal trading.
However, John Plumb of Hartford/New London did not arrive in
the New World until 1659, nine years after the death of John of
Weathersfield/Branford. it is thought he may have been a
nephew of this John Plumb.
mistake is corrected in the 1860 version of Caulkin's
by Chuck Plumb]
McCALL, DANIEL THOMPSON, physician, was
born September 4, 1849, at DeSotoville, Choctaw County; son of
Daniel and Nancy Elizabeth (Thompson) McCall; brother of Charles E.
McCall (q. v.); grandson of John and Mary McCall and of Benjamin F.
and Sarah Thompson, all of DeSotoville. He was educated at Cooper's
institute, Spring Hill, Miss., at Pushmataha and Furman, and
graduated at the University of Alabama, 1886, with the A. B. degree,
completing his medical studies, 1894, at the Louisville medical
college, now the University of Louisville, Ky. He entered
immediately upon the practice of his profession at Gaston where he
remained four years. In 1899 he located in Butler where he remained
until 1908 when he entered upon a post graduate course in diseases
of children, studying in New York. Completing this work he located
in Mobile. He was county health officer of Choctaw, 1899-08; member
county board of school commissioners, Mobile County, 1912-18, and
president of that board, 1918-19; president board of health, Mobile
County, 1916, and chairman of that board, 1917-18; member State
board of education, 1919. He is a Democrat; Methodist; Mason; and
Knight of Pythias. Married: July 10, 1907, at Butler, Choctaw
County, to Caroline Winston, daughter of Green Berry and Rosa Lee
(Wilcox) Bush, of that place; granddaughter of Judge Curtis Nash and
Sallie Battle Dade (Winston) Wilcox, the latter a descendant of
Peter Fontaine, an Episcopal clergyman in colonial Virginia,
the former a descendant of Jonathan Wilcox, a Puritan
settler of Connecticut. Children: 1. Daniel Thompson,
jr.; 2. Winston Bush. Residence: Mobile.
[History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama
Biography, Volume 4 By Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen,
1921 - Transcribed by AFOFG]
RUFUS MORGAN, 1821.
Born in Connecticut,
1783. Brother of Calvin Morgan, supra. Removed to
Knoxville. Merchant and manufacturer. Member of first town Council
of Knoxville, 1816. Appointed a Trustee of East Tennessee College, 1821. Said to
have built first iron furnace at Embreeville and first merchant mill
at Knoxville. Was preparing to build blast furnace at Rockwood at
time of his death. Died at Kingston, 1828.
[University of Tennessee record, Volume 1 By
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1898- Transcribed by AFOFG
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