The Morgan family and the Griswold family had ties in Massachusetts. Isaac Morgan, the father of
Justin Morgan, lived in West Springfield Massachusetts and Joseph Griswold, lived across the Connecticut
River in Chicopee Massachusetts.
Joseph Griswold, while swimming in the river with a friend drowned and was pulled to shore. Griswold was nursed back to health by an Indian medicine man and his daughter, Marjorie who was also a medicine woman.
They fell in love and married, but white mans medicine became popular making the Indians medicine no longer in demand so Joseph Griswold and Marjorie made the difficult trip to Vermont. They acquired one hundred acres of free land in the original settlement of Randolph, Vermont agreeing to clear at least five acres of land.
Joseph and Marjorie Griswold had five children, one of whom
was named Frederick. He later became a judge and purchased land just below his parents in Brookfield Vermont.
Griswold was not only Morgan's closest neighbor, but also a great friend who leased horses to Morgan for his travels as a singing school teacher and it was the judge who Morgan asked to come see his colt when he first arrived home from Massachusetts with Figure in 1792.
In looking for the Morgan home site the location of Judge Fredrick Griswold's home would be a critical factor in my search for the spot Morgan and his family had settled.
After years of speculating sites that past historians determined were where Justin Morgan had settle, we did in fact prove that Justin Morgan and The Morgan Horse were "Living On The Town Line".
The Morgan Home Site
Home Of The Morgan Horse.