Stephen Luther Griswold was born November 1828
New York, and
died November 27, 1912, in Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI, at age 84. He
is the son of Unknown.
Armstrong was born July 22, 1838, in Lansdowne, Leeds Co., Upper Canada, and died May 13, 1917, in Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI,
at age 78. She
the daughter of
John Nelson Armstrong of Caintown, Upper Canada, and Mary B. "Polly" Wood of
(about age 27) and Clarissa H.
Armstrong (about age 17) were married 1855 in Portage, Columbia Co.,
and Clarissa H.
(Armstrong) Griswold had
- Ellen O. Griswold:
Born April 23, 1857, in Baraboo Twp., Sauk Co., WI; Died October 1, 1857, in
Baraboo Twp., Sauk Co., WI (age
Adora Josephine Griswold: Born about
in Baraboo Twp., Sauk Co., WI; Died August, 1927, in Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI
Married November 8, 1876, in Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI, to Albert Barzilla
Ellis: Born March 30, 1856, in Forestville,
Chautauqua Co., NY;
Died September 21, 1936, in
at St. Mary's-Ringling hospital, Baraboo,
Co., WI (age 80). His parents: Barzilla Ellis Jr. from near Fredonia, NY, and Electa Elizabeth
- Ethlyn G. "Effie" Griswold:
Born March 28, 1860, in Baraboo Twp., Sauk Co., WI; Died September 7, 1925, in
Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI (age 65). Married October 25,
1877, in Reedsburg, Sauk Co., WI, to Arthur Hewett: Born December 14, 1854,
in Canada; Died December 1, 1941, at St. Mary's-Ringling Hospital,
Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI (age 86). His parents: Ephriam
and Jane Hewitt.
- Laura Griswold:
Born September 28, 1862, in Baraboo Twp., Sauk Co., WI; Died June 26, 1889, in
Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI (age 26).
Married November 24, 1883, in Sauk Co., WI, to Phillip H. "Phil" Gibbons:
Born about 1859 in Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI; Died 1923 in Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI
(about age 64).
Phillip then married December 25, 1889, in Trempealeau, Trempealeau Co., WI,
to Inez M. Jones: Born November 5, 1868, in Trempealeau, Trempealeau Co.,
WI; Died December 5, 1921, in Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI (age 53). Phil, Laura
and Inez are buried in Walnut Hill Cemetery, Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI.
Born 1867 in Baraboo Twp., Sauk Co., WI; Died December 11, 1929, in
Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI (about age 62).
Married (1) November 24, 1886, in Sauk Co., WI, to Olive May Reymore: Born February 1967
in the Town of
Constantia, Oswego Co., NY; Died after 1930 in Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI. Divorced
about 1892 in Wisconsin. Married
(2) to Amy Unknown. Married (3) to Della Unknown: Born August 29, 1876, in
Unknown; Died November 11, 1902, in Wisconsin
(age 26). Married (4) to Anna E.
Unknown: Born 1881 in Germany; Died 1924 in Greenfield Twp., Sauk Co., WI
(about age 43).
Ontario was known as: "Upper Canada" from
26, 1791, to February 10, 1841;
"Canada West" from February 10, 1841, to July
1, 1867; and
"Ontario" after July 1, 1867.
The Wisconsin State Journal,
Madison, Dane Co., WI, Wednesday, September 23, 1936
Albert Ellis, 80, Baraboo, Dies
BARABOO - Albert B. Ellis, 80, died Monday
at St. Mary's-Ringling hospital after a brief illness. Mr. Ellis had lived in
the same house on Ellis ave. since he was an 11-year-old boy. His marriage to
Adora Josephine Griswold took place Nov. 8, 1875, and she died in August, 1927.
Surviving are two sons and four daughters, Mrs. Laverne A. Brown, Baraboo; Mrs.
Paul Smith, Madison; Paul Ellis and Bert Ellis, both of Govert, S. D.; Mrs. Paul
Hill and Mrs. Elmer Voss; Hanford, Cal., and 19 grandchildren and 17
Proceedings of Administration, Chautauqua
County, vol. 3, 1851-1865, Family History Library microfilm 588092
Probate court proceedings for estates of
deceased persons who did not leave wills.
p. 536, Victoria E. Ellis, resident of of
Baraboo, Sauk County, Wisconsin, died 25 Nov 1864 [sic] in Baraboo, Sauk
Petitioner: Electa E. Ellis of Baraboo,
Sauk County, Wisconsin, mother
Court 27 Sep 1864, value of estate
Heirs and next of kin: Mother Electa E.
Ellis, whole-blood brother Albert B. Ellis, half-blood brother Elish [sic]
W. Ellis of Baraboo, Samuel G. Ellis of Lima, NY, David E. Ellis of
Belvidere, Illinois also half-blood brother, and half-blood sister Louisa
Smith of Stocton [sic] NY
Administrator: Electa E. Ellis and Emory
Appraisers: None named
George B. Gibbons, carpenter,
contractor and builder; was born in Kent Co., England, Feb. 20, 1828; came to
America in 1832 with his parents; they located in Madison Co., N.Y.; came to
Racine, Wis., May 9, 1845, and to Baraboo in April, 1850; he enlisted on Dec.
19, 1861, in Co. A. 19th W.V.I., and was promoted to Commissary Sergeant; was
discharged Aug. 29, 1862, on account of disability; then enlisted in 3d U.S.
Cavalry, February, 1863, and was discharged Sept. 9, 1865 on account of
disability. He has served as Under Sheriff for two years and Constable about
twelve years. He was married, March 29, 1862, to Miss Mary Pointon; she was born
in Staffordshire, England; they have six children - Lavina G., Francila, Philip
H., Charles L., Ida and George P. In politics, Mr. Gibbons is a Democrat.
Pioneer Times in Baraboo: Coronor George
B. Gibbons Recalls Early Day Incidents
The News, June 4, 1909
Twenty dollar gold pieces were more of a
rarity sixty years ago than they are today. Mr. George B. Gibbons while in
reminiscent mood recalls some incidents of pioneer days that aptly illustrate
the changes that have taken place since Baraboo was a frontier village.
Baraboo was mostly woods in those days.
It was about 1850 when James Maxwell was the proprietor of a little store
located on the corner where the First National bank now stands; Timothy and
Noble Kirk occupied a one story building on the present site of the Bank of
Baraboo. Here the two firms dealt out tea and coffee and other commodities to
the little circle to whom Baraboo was home, and between whiles when trade was
dull, swapped experiences with their competitors.
Mr. Chapman occupied the corner now
dignified by the building known as the Corner Drug store. At this time the
principal portion of Baraboo was under the hill but the center of population was
gradually changing. Upon the lot now occupied by Kasiska’s tailoring
establishment, Mr. Gibbons, then quite a young man, opened a wagon and repair
shop adjoining the blacksmith shop of his brother-in-law, Mr. Truax. Money was
scarce in those days and farmers, more often than otherwise, offered produce in
exchange for wagons or repair work. Many times it happened that Mr. Gibbons
would receive oats in payment and frequently his storehouse held a hundred
dollars worth of this grain which was valued at fifteen cents per bushel.
On the morning of his wedding day Mr.
Gibbons and his brother-in-law received an order from a farmer in Dellona for a
large breaking plow, Mr. Truax furnished the iron portions while Mr. Gibbons
supplied the wood work. This wood work consisted of a beam twelve feet long and
about eight by twelve inches thick and was made from white oak hewn out. The
plow needed six or eight yoke of oxen to draw it and would cut roots as big as a
man’s arm. Mr. Gibbons remembers that they began the manufacture of the plow in
the morning before sunrise and that it was completed and safely in the farmer’s
wagon at sunset. Mr. Truax received $36 for his part of the work while Mr.
Gibbons was content with the sum of four dollars. The latter was paid in four
franc pieces which were common in Wisconsin at the time. As these made only the
sum of $3.80 a silver quarter was added for good measure.
The matter of ready cash had troubled the
mind of Mr. Gibbons somewhat during the day but the payment of the farmer
adjusted matters most satisfactorily and the young man was under no pecuniary
embarrassment on the occasion of his wedding. The marriage of Mr. Gibbons and
his bride, Miss Mary Pointon, was celebrated in the old Penfield residence on
the corner of Third avenue and Center streets.
At this time Mr. Warner kept a grocery
which was located where C.E. Ryan’s jewelry store stands. Wishing some change
one morning, he decided
to ask Mr. Truax to accommodate him. When
he entered the blacksmith’s shop he found a curious crowd of his friends there
viewing the twenty dollar gold piece which had been part of the payment received
for the giant plow. One had to do something in those days to get a twenty
dollar gold piece and in honor of the blacksmith’s achievement, the crowd
declared that he should treat. With many a jest they all repaired to the
establishment of French Pete across the way and properly celebrated the
Some years later a twenty dollar gold
piece again figured as a source of difficulty. The members of the sixth
regiment had just received their pay in Madison and Mr. Gibbons, being desirous
of changing a twenty that had fallen to him went to a bank for the purpose. He
was informed that it would be impossible to accommodate him, as the bank’s
supply of small change was entirely exhausted. A similar answer was returned to
his request at other establishments and the puzzled, young man stood on a corner
wondering what means he could use to possess himself of the desired change. At
this moment a seedy-looking individual, who was passing, observed him. “What be
you looking for, boy?” he inquired with ready curiosity. Upon being informed by
Mr. Gibbons of his dilemma the fellow proceeded to draw from his unpromising
looking pockets the desired amount in small change and sent the young man on his
The stage, which made regular trips
between Baraboo and Sauk, charged one dollar fare each way in those days. This
did not, however, include transportation over the bluffs; that portion of the
journey the luckless traveler was expected to perform on foot, the fascinating
view obtained, being considered sufficient compensation for the imposed
Mr. Gibbons claims the famous county of
Kent, England, as his birthplace. He came to America when a child, with his
parents, the family living for a time in New York and later, about 1845 coming
to Wisconsin. He was about 15 years of age when the journey from the home in
Log City, now known as East Eaton, New York, was begun. He recalls the trip by
teams to the Erie canal and the long wearisome days on the canal boat. Between
Rochester and Lockport his mother complained of this slow mode of travel. His
father to cheer her remarked that they would transfer to the lake boat shortly
when they would make better time. But it happened that they were detained on
the canal boat some ten days in consequence of a break in the lock, making the
journey still longer. They crossed lake Erie to Cleveland in the Joseph Ward, a
sailing vessel. From Cleveland they went up the Detroit river to Detroit and
into lake Huron. Here in a severe storm a large amount of furniture and some
twenty five sheep were lost.
A steamboat towed the sailing vessel into
a harbor at Beaver Island. When they reached Milwaukee one of the first persons
with whom they became acquainted was Solomon Juneau. He was engaged in selling
root beer, conveying it from house to house in a hand cart similar to the ones
used at the present time by paper hangers and painters. The principal street in
Milwaukee at that time was Water street.
About 1846 Mr. Gibbons was in Chicago. It
seemed to him at that time to be a city of about 15,000 inhabitants. The
streets were very marshy and none of them were paved. In a restaurant where Mr.
Gibbons and a friend took breakfast they saw women dipping up water, pail full
by pail full, from a basement and pouring it into tubs which were emptied into
the lake. There were no street cars then but one morning while Mr. Gibbons and
his friend were strolling about they saw two women leisurely driving into the
city in a wobbly wheeled cart drawn by oxen. One could scarcely get through the
streets with a horse and wagon on account of the mud. The stores had no awnings
and most of the merchandise seemed to be displayed outside. After the large
stores of Utica and New York City they looked small and insignificant.
Griswold was born
November, 1828, in New York.
Armstrong was born July 22, 1838, in Lansdowne, Leeds Co., Upper Canada.
Griswold and Clarissa H.
Armstrong were married 1855 in Portage, Columbia Co., WI.
The 1855 Wisconsin State Census taken on June
1855, shows S. Griswold is the Head of Household and is living in the Town
of Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI. Living there: 1 Male and 1
The 1860 U. S. Census taken on August 28,
L. S. Griswold (age 31) born in New York with
personal estate of $150 is a Laborer and is living in Baraboo Twp., Sauk Co., WI. Living
with him are: Clara Griswold (age 22) born in New York; Josephine
Griswold (age 1) born in Wisconsin; and Ellen Griswold (age 3/12) born in
The 1870 U. S. Census taken on July 20, 1870, shows
Luther Griswold (age 41) born in New York with real estate of $3,000 and
personal property of $600 is a Farmer and is living in Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI. Living
with him is Clarissa Griswold (age 33) born in New York, who is Keeping House.
Also living there are Griswold children, all born in Wisconsin: Josephine
Griswold (age 11); Ethlion Griswold (age 10); Laura Griswold (age 8); and
Stephen Griswold (age 3). Also living there are: Samuel
Armstrong (age 47) born in Canada with father and mother of foreign birth, a Wood
Farmer; Cora Armstrong (age 4) born in Wisconsin with father of foreign birth;
and Clarissa Armstrong (age 2) born in Wisconsin with father of foreign birth.
Also living there is a Home Laborer, Mary Houghton (age 18), born
in New York. Leigh Larson note: A few houses away live: Dililah Armstrong (age 29) born in New York,
who is At Home;
and Mary Armstrong (age 7) born in Wisconsin with father of foreign birth. Mary
Ann Houghton will later in this year marry
George Washington Armstrong.
The 1875 Wisconsin State Census taken on June
1875, shows Luther Griswold is the Head of Household and is living in the
Town of Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI. Living there: 10 Males and 6
The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 2, 1900, shows
Luther Griswold (age 51) born in New York to New York-born parents is a Brick
Maker and is living in Baraboo Twp., Sauk Co., WI. Living
with him is his wife, Clara Griswold (age 42) born in Canada, who is Keeping House.
Also living there are his unmarried Griswold children, all born in Wisconsin to New
York and Canadian-born parents: Laura Griswold (age 18); and
Stephen Griswold (age 13). Six Laborers are also Boarding in the Household.
The 1885 Wisconsin State Census taken on June
1885, shows L. Griswold is the Head of Household and is living in the Town of Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI. Living there:
8 Males and 2
Females. 5 were born in the United States; 1 in France; 1 in Great Britain; and
3 in Holland.
The 1895 Wisconsin State Census taken on June
1895, shows L. Griswold is the Head of Household and is living in the 3rd
Ward, City of Baraboo, Baraboo Twp., Sauk Co., WI. Living there: 1 Male and 3
Females, 3 were born in the United States.
The 1895 Wisconsin State Census taken on June 20,
S. Luther Griswold is the Head of Household and is living in Baraboo Twp., Sauk Co.,
WI. Living there: 1 Male and 1 Female, both born in the United States.
The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 22,
Luther S. Griswold (age 71) born November 1828 in New York to New York-born
parents is a Farmer owning his own farm with a mortgage and is living in Baraboo
Twp., Sauk Co., WI. Living
with him is his wife of 44 years, Clarissa H. Griswold (age 64) born in English
Canada, with 3 of the 5 children born to her still alive.
Also living there are: his granddaughter, Lora M. Jones (age 22) born March 1878
in Wisconsin to New York and Wisconsin-born parents and married for 4 years,
with the only child born to her still alive; and his great-grandson, Walter D.
Jones (age 3) born September 1896 in Wisconsin to Pennsylvania and
The 1905 Wisconsin State Census taken on June 1,
1905, shows S. B. Armstrong (age 82) born in New York to Canadian and
Connecticut-born parents is a Retired Farmer owning his own home free of a
mortgage and living in Baraboo Twp., Sauk Co., WI. Living with him is his wife,
Lois Armstrong (age 74) born in Michigan to Ohio-born parents, who is a House
The 1905 Wisconsin State Census taken on June 1,
1905, shows L. Griswold (age 77) born in New York to New York-born parents is a Farmer owning his own home free of a
mortgage and is living in Baraboo Twp., Sauk Co., WI. Living with him is his wife, Clarisy Griswold (age 70) born in Canada to Canadian-born parents, who is a House
The 1905 Wisconsin State Census taken on June 1,
1905, shows Phil Gibbons (age 46) born in Wisconsin to English-born parents is a
Blacksmith owning his own home free of a
mortgage and is living in the 1st Ward, City of Baraboo, Baraboo Twp., Sauk Co., WI. Living with him is his wife,
Inez Gibbons (age 36) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin and Ohio-born parents. Also
living there are his two unmarried daughters, both born in Wisconsin: Edith
Gibbons (age 18) born to Wisconsin-born parents, a Clerk in a Millinery Store;
and Grace Gibbons (age 6) born to Wisconsin and Ohio-born parents.
Leigh Larson note: Inez Jones was her maiden name. Philip
The 1910 U. S. Census taken on April 20, 1910, shows
Luther S. Griswold (age 84) born in New York to New York-born parents owns his own
Farm free of a
mortgage and is living in Baraboo Twp., Sauk Co., WI. Living with him is his wife
of 54 years, Clarissa Griswold (age 75) born in English Canada to English
Canadian-born parents, with 3 of the 5 children born to her still alive. Also
living there is his unmarried granddaughter, Edith Gibbons (age 23) born in
Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents. An unmarried Farmer, Fred Bittrich (age 26)
also lives in the household.
Stephen Luther Griswold
November 27, 1912, in Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI, at age 84.
(Armstrong) Griswold died May 13, 1917, in Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI,
at age 78.
Leigh Larson visited Walnut Hill Cemetery on
September 17, 2008. Both sides of the same gravestone are shown.
Walnut Hill Cemetery (Baraboo Cemetery)
Baraboo, Sauk County, Wisconsin
Griswold, Anna E., b. 1881, d. 1924, s/w S. Luther Griswold, Section E
Griswold, Clarissa (Armstrong), b. 1838, d. 1917, s/w S. Luther Griswold,
Griswold, Della, d. Nov 11, 1902, 26y 2m 5d, w/o L. Griswold, Jr., s/w S.
Luther Griswold, Section E
Griswold, Ellen O., d. Oct 1, 1857, 5m 8d, d/o L. & C., South Division,
Griswold, Luther S., b. 1867, d. 1929, s/w S. Luther Griswold, Section E
Griswold, S. Luther, b. 1828, d. 1912, Section E