Alexander Viets Griswold
was born on 22 April 1766. He was the son of Elisha Griswold
and Eunice Viets
. Alexander Viets Griswold was baptized on 25 May 1766. He married Elizabeth Mitchelson
on 6 May 1786 at Scotland (now Bloommfield), CT. Alexander Viets Griswold died on 15 February 1843 at Boston, Suffolk Co., MA, at age 76.
Dorothy Viets Schell quotes the Dictionary of American Biography
". . . Alexander's early years were spent on his father's farm, but when he was ten years old, since he displayed more interest in books than in agriculture, his uncle, Roger Viets, then rector of the Simsbury parish, took him into his own home. He now assisted in the cultivation of the parish glebe, but had the advantage of his knowledge of the classics and mathematics besides much general information. The impoverishment of his father who endeavored to remain neutral during the Revolution, the removal of his Loyalist uncle to Nova Scotia after the war, and his own early marriage to seventeen-year-old Elizabeth Mitchelson in 1785, prevented him from entering Yale as he had planned. Until he was twenty-eight years old he cultivated a small farm, and read law though without expectation of practising it. Persuaded by his friends who believed his character and abilities fitted him for the ministry, in 1794 he offered himself as a candidate for orders. In 1795 he was made deacon, and alter i the same year was ordained priest by Bishop Seabury at Plymouth, Conn. For ten years (1794-1804) he served a the same time the churches in Plymouth, Harwinton, and Northfield, eking out his small salary by farming and teaching. In 1804 he became rector of St. Michael's Church, Bristol, R. I. He was elected bishop of the Eastern diocese May 31, 1810, and was consecrated at Trinity Church, New York, may 29, 1811. He continued to serve as rector at Bristol until 1830 when he took charge of St. Peter's Church, Salem, Mass., and it was not until five years later that he devoted himself wholly to his episcopal work. "