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Grant family papers, 1817-1869 | Litchfield Historical Society

By Emilie Kracen

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Collection Overview

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Primary Creator: Grant, John Mason (1817-1878)

Other Creators: Grant, Harriet Lucretia (1814-1892)

Extent: 0.5 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

The collection is arranged in 3 series:

1. Correspondence

2. Family Accounts

3. Miscellaneous Papers

Date Acquired: 00/00/1898. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Boarding Houses, Dentistry, Slavery--United States, Teaching, Temperance, Yale College (1718-1887)

Forms of Material: Accounts, Letters (correspondence), Report cards, Rewards of merit

Languages: English, French

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Papers relating to the Grant family of Litchfield, including Hannah Grant (1785-1871) and her children Charles William (1810-1881), David McNeil (1812-1885), Harriet Lucretia (1814-1892), and John Mason (1817-1878).  The collection is mostly comprised of family correspondance, but also includes various school lessons and papers, family account records, and real estate records.

Hannah (McNeil) Grant was the widow of Charles Grant (1782-1821), who died in 1821.  Hannah and their four children survived him.  Hannah McNeil attended the Litchfield Female Academy 1796.

Charles William Grant (1810-1881) was born in Litchfield and attended the Female Academy in 1828. He later moved to New York and practiced medicine in New York City and Peekskill, and from 1840 through 1858 practiced dentistry in Newburgh, NY.  Later in his career he took an interest in horticulture and grew grapes on Iona Island, NY.  In 1843 he married Jane Forsyth Beveridge (1825-1856), and together they had three children: Anna Margaret (1847-1923), John Beveridge (1850-1912), and Grace Jane (1855-1860).  In 1859, he was remarried to Isabella (also called Israella) Hasbrouck Proudfit.  Charles retired in 1869, and during the last part of his life lived in the household of his brother, David in Litchfield.

David McNeil Grant (1812-1885) was a farmer in Litchfield for most of his life.  In 1860, he married Caroline Beach Judd (1831-1865), and together they had three children, two surviving infancy: Charles Henry Ambrose (1862-1886) and Fanny (1864-?).  In 1868 he was remarried to Paulina E. Benedict (1824-1873), and again in 1876 to Mrs. Mary Moses Bissell, neither of whom bore children.

Harriet Lucretia Grant (1814-1892) lived her entire life in Litchfield, attending the Female Academy from 1829 to 1831, and then working as a teacher.

The majority of the correspondence is letters from John Mason Grant (1817-1878) to his mother, sister, and brother David.  John Mason Grant graduated from Yale University in 1839 and was the secretary of his class.  He then attended the Yale Divinity School from 1840 through 1843, when he moved to New York and spent his last year of theological study at Union Theological Seminary.  He was not ordained.  He spent several years in and around New York City holding various jobs including teaching, chain-making, and assisting his brother Charles in dentistry.  He also taught school children in various places in Virginia.  He gives vivid accounts of the numerous boarding houses at which he stayed during this time.  From 1849 to 1853 he worked as a colporteur for the Maryland Tract Society.  After several more years of teaching in the area, he settled in Baltimore in 1856 and worked as an agent for the sale of religious periodicals.  In 1865 he was appointed as Assistant Assessor of Internal Revenue.  He also worked as a book agent during this time.  The last part of his life was spent in Florida, where he died, unmarried, in 1878.

Biographical Note

John Mason Grant was born in Litchfield to Charles Grant and Hannah McNeil Grant.  He attended the Litchfield Female Academy in 1830 and 1831.  He graduated from Yale University in 1839 and was the secretary of his class.  He then attended the Yale Divinity School from 1840 through 1843, when he moved to New York and spent his last year of theological study at Union Theological Seminary.  He was not ordained.  He spent several years in and around New York City holding various jobs including teaching, chain-making, and assisting his brother Charles William Grant in dentistry.  He also taught school children in various places in Virginia.  From 1849 to 1853 he worked as a colporteur for the Maryland Tract Society.  After several more years of teaching in the area, he settled in Baltimore in 1856 and worked as an agent for the sale of religious periodicals.  In 1865 he was appointed as Assistant Assessor of Internal Revenue.  He also worked as a book agent during this time.  The last part of his life was spent in Florida, where he died, unmarried, in 1878.

Subject/Index Terms

Boarding Houses
Dentistry
Slavery--United States
Teaching
Temperance
Yale College (1718-1887)

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Accruals: Additional material (six merit awards and one multiplication table) was received from Mrs. A. Linn Bostwick, St. Lous Public Library, St. Louis, Mo., in 1945.

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creators of this collection are in the public domain.  There are no restrictions on use.  Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown.  Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners.  Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners.  Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Physical Access Note: Some original items are not available due to fragility.  Use photocopies.

Acquisition Source: Grant Family

Related Publications:

Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale College Deceased from June, 1870 to June 1880, by Yale College, 1880, New Haven: Tuttle, Morehouse, & Taylor.

The Grant Family: A Genealogical History of the Descendants of Matthew Grant of Windsor, Conn. - 1601-1898 by Arthur Hastings Grant, 1898, Poughkeepsie, New York: Press of A. V. Haight.

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Series 3: Miscellaneous Papers, 1825-1881Add to your cart.
Various papers relating to the Grant family including school work, academic merit awards, and real estate documents.
Folder 1: Academic Merit AwardsAdd to your cart.

Six certificates of merit awarded to various members of the Grant family:

Miss Hannah Grant, for good examinations

Charles G, signed by Nancy Grant

David Grant, singed by N.G.

Miss Harriett Grant, class of good scholars

Miss Harriet Grant, signed by Philomela Aosford

Master John Grant, signed R.A. Hills, Sept 14th 1825

Folder 2: Miscellaneous School Papers, 1825-1881Add to your cart.
Four school lessons and one report card from various members of the Grant family.
Item 1: Grant, Charles William geometry lesson, UndatedAdd to your cart.
A geometry lesson addressed "For Mr. Charles Grant," entitled "Rules for protracting, Page forty nine."  On the opposite side is an example calculation of the area of several triangles.
Item 2: Grant, Harriet Lucretia multiplication table, UndatedAdd to your cart.
A multiplication table completed and signed by Harriet L. Grant.
Item 3: Grant, school lesson, UndatedAdd to your cart.
An writing lesson about various foreign countries.  On the back of the lesson is written the following line: "I agreed not to let any one see it but Mr. Brace."  The work is unsigned but is assumed to be done by a member of the Grant family.
Item 4: Grant, school lesson, UndatedAdd to your cart.
A lesson including copied lines and a short essay on "valuable discoveries and inventions."    The lesson is not signed but is assumed to be done by a member of the Grant family.
Item 5: Grant, Fanny, report card, 1881 Apr 30Add to your cart.

A report card for Fanny Grant listing her grades in French, reading and spelling, and good conduct.  It is signed by Henry D. Minot of Litchfield, Conn.

Fanny Grant is the daughter of David McNeil Grant and his first wife Caroline Beach Judd.

Folder 3: Real Estate Papers, 1825, 1846Add to your cart.
Two records of real estate transactions concerning Hannah Grant.
Item 1: Grant, Hannah land settlement, 1825Add to your cart.
A handwritten document certifying that Hannah Grant settled with Horace Cook the sale of a four acre rye lot, cider, seed corn, and and ox yoke.
Item 2: Grant, Hannah warrantee deed, 1846 Sep 5Add to your cart.
A deed recording the sale of a lot by Hannah, Charles W., David M., Harriet L., and John M. to Hiram M. Cooke of Litchfield for 1,300 dollars.
Folder 4: Grant, Harriet Lucretia teaching certification, 1841 Dec 20Add to your cart.
A handwritten certification signed by Alonzo Whiting, Examining Committee.  Certificate states the approval of "the qualifications of Miss Harriet L Grant for the business of teaching in the school for which she is engaged."
Folder 5: Resolution, UndatedAdd to your cart.
A handwritten draft of a resolution of an unnamed society stating "Resolved, that the following be a by-law, at each meeting a question shall be chosen, by the society.  At each meeting, the president shall propose three questions; to the society and the votes shall be taken at each."

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