Grant Family of Benson

This is NOT intended to be a COMPLETE record. It is however, a study of this family taken primarily from sources available online on various free and fee sites. Everything in this compilation should be checked against primary sources, where available, for the best accuracy. The authors of this work are not related to this family!

There is a lot of confusion in the census records with names and ages for certain members of this family. I tried to be as accurate as I can, but remember that none of this information is confirmed and that it is not a complete family record. There may very well be other children of each couple than what is presented herein!

1. Horatio Grant was born about 1799 in NY. He died between 1860 and 1870. He married Maria who was born about 1809 in NY. They are found on the 1850 Johnstown and the 1860 Bleecker, Fulton county censuses. After her husband's death, Maria is living with her son Horatio in Benson, Hamilton county, NY, in 1870.

      Horatio and Maria Grant had the following children:
        1.1.   Henry Grant, b. about 1831, in NY
        1.2.   Elisabeth Grant, b. about 1833, in NY
        1.3.   Emily Grant, b. about 1835, in NY
        1.4.   Seeley Grant, b. about 1837, in NY
        1.5.   Mariah Grant, b. about 1842, in NY
        1.6.   Alzima Grant, b. about 1843, in NY, married about 1866 to 
                 Robert King, living in Johnstown in 1910.
        1.7.   Horatio Grant, b. Feb. 1845, in NY
        1.8.   Pruella or Fredica? Grant, b. about 1847, in NY
        1.9.   Druella Grant, b. about 1848, in NY, working for others in 1860
        1.10.  Louisa Grant, b. about 1850, in NY, m. about 1877 to James H. 
                 Mills, living in Johnstown in 1910.
        1.11.  Herman Grant, b. about 1852, in NY

1.1. Henry Grant was born about 1831 in NY (age 19 in 1850 census, age 25 in 1860 census, age 43 in 1870 census, age 49 in 1880 census, age 76 in 1900). His age varies significantly throughout the census records. He married about 1854 to Sally who was born about 1843 in NY. He married second about 1877 to Harriet who was born May 1855 in NY. She had 4 children with 3 surviving at the time of the 1900 census in Gloversville. He was living in Salisbury, Herkimer county, NY in 1860, and in Benson in 1870, 1880, 1892 and 1900. In 1900 he was living with his son George while his wife was living with a few of her children in Gloversville.

  • Henry Grant filed for a pension on 8 Jul 1881 for service in Company D of the 97th NY Inf, application number 426120
  •       Henry and Sally Grant had the following children:
            1.1.1.  Cornelia J. Grant, b. about 1854, NY (not in the 1870 census)
            1.1.2.  George H. Grant, b. Dec 1857, NY
            1.1.3.  James Edward Grant, b. about 1859, NY
            1.1.4.  Colonel Ellsworth Grant, b. Oct 1863, NY
            1.1.5.  Nathaniel Grant, b. about 1865, NY.  He was listed as John in 
                      the 1870 census.
            1.1.6.  Samuel Grant, b. 1867, NY, died 1922, buried in Upper Bleecker 
                      Cemetery (A.K.A. Grant cemetery).  He was listed as "Herman" 
                      in the 1870 census.  He married Louise Schaeffer who is also buried there.
            1.1.7.  Frank Grant, b. about 1875, NY (not in the 1880 census - listed as a step son with Harriet in 1900).
          Henry and Harriet Grant had the following children:
            1.1.8.  Daniel Grant, b. Aug 1885, NY
            1.1.9.  Annie (Polly G.) Grant, b. May 1889, NY
            1.1.10.  Harriet M., b. Oct 1891, NY

    1.1.2. George H. Grant was born Dec 1857 in NY. He married about 1890 to Mary who was born Apr 1866. In the 1900 census she had 3 children with 3 surviving. He is living in Benson in the 1900 and 1920 census and listed as a farmer living on Benson Center Road for the 1905 census.

          George H. and Mary Grant had the following children:
    Bert Grant, b. 3 May 1893 or 1894, Bleecker, Fulton county, NY
    Bertha Grant, b. May 1893 or 1894, NY
    Sarah Grant, b. Dec 1896, NY, died 1973, m. Frank Young, both 
                        buried in Upper Bleecker cemetery (A.K.A. Grant cemetery)
    Clarence Floyd Grant, b. 13 Aug 1900, NY
    Lonsett? Grant, b. about 1906, NY (daughter)

    1.1.4. Colonel Ellsworth Grant was born Oct 1863. He married about 1886 to Carrie who was born Apr 1866. They had 5 children with 3 surviving in the 1900 census. She died between 1900 and 1910. He was living in Johnstown in 1910 with his sister Alzima and her husband. His son, Elmer, was living in 1910 with his mother's parents (but I can't read the last name) in Gloversville (supervisor's district 9, enumeration district 20, sheet 4, 5th ward of the city).

          Colonel Ellsworth Grant and Carrie had the following children:
    Ida V. Grant, b. March 1887, NY, m. about 1900 to George H. Yager
    Elmer P. Grant, b. Mary 1891, NY, m. about 1916 to Hazel
    Hazel M. Grant, b. Dec 1894, NY

    1.7. Horatio Grant was born about 1845 in NY. He possibly married Julia by 1870 who was born about 1853 (she is "housekeeping" in his home in the 1870 census in Benson). In the 1880 Benson census his wife is listed as Kathran (born about 1846). In 1900 he is widowed and living in Broadalbin, Fulton county, NY. In 1910 he is living with his sister Louisa and her husband in Johnstown. It is unknown whether or not he had any children.

  • Horatio Grant enlisted 7 Sep 1863 at Little Falls, NY, age 19 as a private in Co. B, 16th NY Heavy Artillery. He mustered in 26 Sep 1863 and was discharged for disability 11 Apr 1865 at Willits Point; from hospital.
  • He filed for an invalid pension 28 June 1871 Application #162811, Certificate #189395.
  • Sources:
    Various Fulton county and Hamilton county census records.
    Upper Bleecker cemetery listing, online Fulton County NYGenWeb
    Various WWI draft card registrations online at
    Service and Pension Records researched by Joanne Murray


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