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SINCE the American branch of the representative in the General AssemGriggs family settled in New Eng- bly three sessions ; selectman five land over two centuries ago it has years; three children.
5. Ichabod, never failed to produce worthy repre second child of foregoing (June 7, sentatives in every generation, and 1744-September 30, 1770); ensign in its chief representative in this genera the war of the revolution; died and tion is no exception to the rule. was buried in New Rochelle, New Chauncey Wright
Griggs is the York; married Mary Hatch, daughter fourth and next to the youngest son of Joseph Hatch, Jr.; home in Tolof Chauncey Griggs, born in Tolland, land, Connecticut; five children. 6. Connecticut, April 10th, 1795, and who, Stephen, third child of foregoing in 1822, married Hearty Dimmock, (October 3, 1769-December 14, 1856); daughter of Capt. Daniel Dimmock, married, March 18, 1792, Elizabeth also of Tolland county.
Lathrop, daughter of Solomon Lalines of ancestry C. W. Griggs is throp, of Tolland; selectman one therefore connected with that fine year; captain of a militia company; old New England stock"in whose home in Tolland; six children. 7. tombs scandal never slept.”
Chauncey (C. W. Griggs' father), secOn his father's side the chain of ond child of foregoing; lived till late descent is : I. Thomas Griggs, at in life in Tolland; removed thence to Roxbury, Mass., in 1639. 2. Joseph, Detroit, Michigan, where he had livyoungest son of foregoing (1625- ing two sons and a daughter, and 1715), lived at Muddy Brook, then a where he died December 11, 1866, at part of Boston, was selectman of the the home of his daughter, widow of town two terms; served as member Gurdon O. Williams, a wealthy and of town committees, etc.; eight chil respected citizen of Detroit; repredren. 3. Ichabod, youngest son of sentative in General Assembly two foregoing (1675-1718), lived in Brook sessions; judge of the Probate Court line and Roxbury; married Margaret for the district of Tolland two years, Bishop, of Ipswich, Mass.; nine chil and hence often called Judge Griggs; dren. 4. Ichabod (1718-May 9, 1790), also, for fourteen years a justice of lived at Norwich, Connecticut; re the peace; captain of a militia commoved to Tolland, Connecticut, about pany formed for service in the Dorr 1744; deacon of the church there; rebellion,
On his mother's side the chain of married Anna Wright, of Mansfield. descent is as follows: Elder 7. Hearty Dimmock, December 24, Thomas Dimmock, first settler of 1794, C. W. Griggs' mother, that name, and common ancestor of After about 1750 the Griggs family the Dimmocks of New England; was identified with the history of Tolthrough him they trace their kinship land, Connecticut, as was the Dimto the Dymockes, of England, a name mock family with that of South applied to the hereditary champion Coventry. Both families were promiof English kings, and through him nent in the civil, military and ecclealso C. W. Griggs is one of the heirs siastical life of their times and places, to the Dimmock estate of
so much so that we expect to find C. £19,000,000, now held in the Bank of W. Griggs, as by right of birth, a England; died at Barnstable, Massa worthy civilian, a prominent churchchusetts, 1658; "he was identified with man, and a soldier, and such he is in the early history of town (Barnstable), history. the leading man, and in some way It was in Tolland county that C. connected with all of the acts of the W. Griggs passed the earliest years first settlers; assistant justice of the of his life, where he received a County Court; one of the Council of rudimentary education in the pubWar, lieutenant of the militia, ruling lic school. Even as a child he diselder of the church, the town's first played amazing industry, and as he representative" (see Amos Otis in his advanced in years his genius for “History of Barnstable"). 2. Deacon mathematics was the wonder of his Shubael Dimmock (1644-1732); select- teachers. At the age of fourteen he man and deputy of the County Court became a clerk in an office in Ohio, of Barnstable for two years; also en but later on he was sent to Monson sign of the militia; later, selectman, to continue his education. He then deacon, and otherwise prominent in became a teacher at Palmer, Mass., Windham, Massachusetts, where he where by his tact and kindliness he died, 3. Capt Thomas Dimmock endeared himself to all with whom he (1664-1697), killed in the French and came in contact. But the quiet and Indian wars at battle of Canso, Sep- laborious life of a teacher did not suit tember 9, 1697, a gallant and fearless the enterprising spirit of young officer. 4. Ensign Thomas Dim- Griggs. He desired to follow a busimock (1698-1741), died in the king's ness career, and to prepare for it he service at Cuba. 5. Desire Dimmock, repaired to Detroit, Mich., where in who married her cousin, Timothy an incredible short time he graduated Dimmock, of South Coventry, Con in the business college of that city. necticut. 6. Capt. Daniel Dimmock When leaving college he foresaw that (1767-1833), lived at South Coventry; his best business chance would be
found not among slow New England as foremost among the business men folks, but in the new country to the of the young city. It was then, when west. He consequently secured em success was assured, that he married ployment as a clerk in a banking the one of his choice, a lady whom he house in Detroit. His fine qualities had known and loved in his old home were soon recognized, and won him a in Connecticut, and who was brave reputation among the business men enough to share his crude frontier of Ohio and Iowa, where he was sub life in the then thinly populated west. sequently engaged in mercantile pur Miss Martha A. Gallup was the daughsuits. From Iowa he returned to ter of the Rev. Timothy Gallup, pastor Detroit to a partnership with his of the Congregational Church of Ledbrother in the furnishing business, yard, Connecticut. She was a memand remained there till 1856, when he ber of the family of Milton Gallup, formed a resolution to go still further of revolutionary fame, and she inwest, to the outskirts of civilization, herited the strength of character and where he might grow rich with a new worth of her Puritan ancestry. She country, and aid in its upbuilding. was also connected with the heroic He was then but twenty-two, in the revolutionary family of Stanton. They very prime of youth, full of energy were married in April, 1859, and their and worthy ambition. He located at marriage was followed by more than St. Paul, Minnesota, and opened a a year of true and quiet happiness. general store. Minnesota was then a Then came the great crisis in the nahowling wilderness, and St. Paul was tional life of America. In the hour a village in the midst of the wilds, of his country's needs Chauncey where a few thousand adventurers or Griggs heard the call of duty, and optimists had gathered to await the abandoned his business, his home, coming of prosperity. Chauncey his young wife, to range himself in Griggs nerved himself for the effort the forefront of the nation's deof his life. Around a great fenders. He enlisted in 1861 as country whose virgin soil was prolific private in the Third Minnesota Inof untold wealth. But to harvest fantry, but was immediately promoted the riches of the soil railroads were to the rank of captain. Bidding necessary, and young Griggs set him farewell his devoted wife, he self, with all his wonted activity, to marched to the front, and was promote the building of the railroads gaged around Nashville. During the and the settlement of the lands. In operations of Grant before Vicksburg, addition to his general merchandise his regiment was constantly engaged. business, he became a railroad con It was then in command of Col. Lestractor, and a coal and lumber mer ter, a good parade officer, but utterly chant, and he was soon marked out lacking in soldierly qualities. Capt.
Griggs had just been promoted to prises were daily started, and Col. be lieutenant-colonel when the pusil- Griggs was the supporter of every lanimity of Col. Lester brought dis enterprise that had the development aster on the regiment. During some of the country at heart.
He was manæuvres at Murfeesboro Lester's director of the First and Second Nacommand became isolated, and was tional Banks, and vice-president of attacked by Gen. Jackson. The at the St. Paul National Bank. He was tack was gallantly repulsed, and the also president of the Lehigh Coal regiment would have been able to and Iron Company, and president of hold out till reinforced had not Les the Beaver Dam Lumber Company. ter overridden the prayers, entreaties He was a member of the State Legisand even threats of Col. Griggs and lature for two years, and of the Senthe other officers and disgracefully ate of Minnesota for seven years. In surrendered. He was a prisoner for politics he was a Democrat, and was four months in a cotton mill at Madi esteemed a leader of his party in the son, Georgia, when he was exchanged. State. It was then that his attention Lester was at once court-martialed, was directed to the new territory and expelled the army, and Griggs opened up by the Northern Pacific was immediately appointed colonel. Railroad in the far northwest. In He handled his regiment with ex his youth he had come west and traordinary bravery and skill, and found fame, wealth and fortune. He became the idol not only of his own was fifty-five now, but he was induced troops, but of that portion of the to visit Washington Territory and the army. At one time he was in charge wonderful region of Puget Sound. of four regiments, but, robust as he The marvelous resources, the unparwas, his health gave way, and in July, alleled grandeur, and the unrivaled 1863, he was compelled by sickness to beauties of that country filled him resign and quit the army. He did with astonishment and wonder. He not recover sufficiently to share in the had shared in the growth and develconcluding battles of the great strug- opment of the great State of Minnegle, but immediately after the war sota, but to the astonishment of every we find him as active and enterpris one he now resolved to leave St. Paul ing as ever among the business men and fix his abode at Tacoma. He of St. Paul. He was the moving had sailed upon that wonderful inspirit of the house of Hill, Griggs & land sea of Puget Sound, and he saw Co., which subsequently became the the boundless possibilities for a great firm of Griggs & Johnson, and finally city on its shores, and he resolved of Griggs and Foster. All this time that he and his family should have a St. Paul was growing with amazing hand in the upbuilding of the same. rapidity, new banks and new enter In conjunction with Henry Hewitt,
of Chicago, and George Browne, of comparable man of business, and Col. New York, he formed a corporation Griggs, the guiding spirit, is as clean known as the St. Paul & Tacoma cut, as far seeing, and as skilled a Lumber Company. They established business manager as ever handled an mills and offices at Tacoma, and pur- enterprise. He is tall and handsome, chased 80,000 acres of timber land robust and stout, with an aldermanic from the Northern Pacific Railroad. air, but with a charming and captiThey subsequently purchased a coal vating manner. There is a kindly mine for $80,000, and the company look in his grey eye, and a
warm have become the principal stock smile that wins and pleases, and he holders, in a large smelter built at need not be seen twice to know that Tacoma. Railroad contracts,
vast he was born to be a leader of men. real estate deals, and enterprises of In politics he is a Democrat of the every kind are engaged in by this Jeffersonian school. He believes that corporation, and they are each day the liberty and prosperity of the naextending their sphere of operations. tion depends more on local effort They are about to build a line of ships than on the paternalism of the for the South American trade, and national government. In religion he when they are built they will ship is a liberal. Broad-minded and free coal and lumber by their own vessels from the conceit and pettishness of to Chili and Peru, and these vessels small minds, bigotry or intolerance will return laden with the rich ores find no place in his creed. The altar of gold and silver with which the at or the church in which others wormountains of the Cordellieras are ship is of small concern to him. His stored. Col. Griggs is president of numerous family share the virtues, this company. It is to-day the great grace and affability of their parents, est business concern in the northwest, and while his sons give promise of and there cannot be a doubt but that emulating the career of their father, in a generation it will be one of the his daughters are the delight and richest corporations in the world. happiness of the social circles in Its three principal owners are monied which they move. kings, each in his own sphere an in