Griswold Family Association
 
 

 

NORTHEAST PENNSYLVANIA GRISWOLD FAMILY REUNION

The Reunion of the descendants of John and Elizabeth (Crittenden) Griswold was held on August 13, 2017 at the Wildenberg Barn Ski
Lodge at Elk Mountain PA. Twenty-four descendants, spouses and friends enjoyed a perfect summer afternoon catching up on family
news.The oldest descendant of John and Elizabeth was Marjorie (Corey) Wildenberg, aged 98: the youngest descendant was Henry
Koren, eight months old and a 6th great-grandson of John and Elizabeth Griswold. Present were 16 direct descendants in all. John
Griswold was a veteran of the Revolutionary War;consequently, his descendants qualify for membership in the D.A.R. and the Sons
of the American Revolution organizations. John served in the Revolution in 1775 and 1777 under Capt. Murray, Capt. Amos Rathburn,
Col. Williams, Col. David Rossiter and Capt. John Catlin, as noted in the record Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary
War.

Descendants of John and Elizabeth Griswold met in March of 1906 to organize and plan their first reunion. It was held in August of that
year with 109 attendees. More than a hundred and ten years later, the descendants have spread across the country and around the
globe, making it much harder to produce a gathering like that first reunion.

Editors note: the NEPA organization co-hosted two GFA Reunions in Pennsylvania.
John Griswold was the great great grandson of Michael Griswold of Wethersfield, Connecticut. John served in the Revolutionary War
in a local militia unit. In 1790, he married Elizabeth Crittenden in Sandisfield, Massachusetts. Some years later, the family moved to
Schoharie County, New York, and after about five years there, went on to Wayne County, Pennsylvania in 1813. Arriving with all their
possessions in a two-wheeled cart drawn by four steers, they cleared land at the foot of a mountain, built a log cabin, and planted
an orchard.