Established in 1983

Matthew Grant Diary

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

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