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Stephen Luther Griswold was born November 1828 in New York, and died November 27, 1912, in Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI, at age 84. He is the son of Unknown.

Clarissa H. "Clara" 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 is the daughter of John Nelson Armstrong of Caintown, Upper Canada, and Mary B. "Polly" Wood of Connecticut.

Stephen Luther Griswold (about age 27) and Clarissa H. "Clara" Armstrong (about age 17) were married 1855 in Portage, Columbia Co., WI.

Stephen Luther Griswold and Clarissa H. "Clara" (Armstrong) Griswold had five children:

  1. Ellen O. Griswold: Born April 23, 1857, in Baraboo Twp., Sauk Co., WI; Died October 1, 1857, in Baraboo Twp., Sauk Co., WI (age Infant).
  2. Adora Josephine Griswold: Born about January 1859 in Baraboo Twp., Sauk Co., WI; Died August, 1927, in Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI (age 68). 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, Sauk Co., WI (age 80). His parents: Barzilla Ellis Jr. from near Fredonia, NY, and Electa Elizabeth Fuller.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Luther Stephen "Louis" Griswold: 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).



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Ontario was known as: "Upper Canada" from December 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 great-grandchildren.


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 County, Wisconsin

Petitioner: Electa E. Ellis of Baraboo, Sauk County, Wisconsin, mother

Court 27 Sep 1864, value of estate $721.36

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 F. Warren

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 occasion. 

 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 way rejoicing. 

 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 exertion.

 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.


Stephen Luther Griswold was born November, 1828, in New York.

Clarissa H. "Clara" Armstrong was born July 22, 1838, in Lansdowne, Leeds Co., Upper Canada.

Stephen Luther Griswold and Clarissa H. Armstrong were married 1855 in Portage, Columbia Co., WI.

The 1855 Wisconsin State Census taken on June 1, 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 Female.

The 1860 U. S. Census taken on August 28, 1860, shows 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 Wisconsin.

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 1, 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 Females.

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 20, 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 20, 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, 1895 shows 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, 1880, shows 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 Wisconsin-born parents.

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 Keeper.

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 Keeper.

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 H. Gibbons.

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 died November 27, 1912, in Baraboo, Sauk Co., WI, at age 84.

Clarissa H. (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, Section E
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, NW 1/4
Griswold, Luther S., b. 1867, d. 1929, s/w S. Luther Griswold, Section E
Griswold, S. Luther, b. 1828, d. 1912, Section E