Matthew Grant was Windsor Connecticut’s first surveyor and the second town clerk He was born on October 27, 1601, probably in England, and died December 16, 1681 in Windsor. A
Matthew Grant is best remembered for creating three sets of records:
- Reports to the Colony, particularly the births, marriages, and deaths entered into Volumes 1 and 2 of the Colony Land Records to comply with Connecticut’s Code of 1650.
- The “Old Church Record” – more accurately a catalog of church members and their baptized children, begun about 1668 at a time when there were divisions within the Windsor church concerning the “Half-Way Covenant.”
- The “Matthew Grant Diary,” a personal diary
For specific information about the collection of Matthew Grant’s records and diary, please visit the Connecticut State Library website