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Bruce Grinnell, GFA Attorney and Director, Retiring; Replacement Sought PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Monday, 15 February 2016 01:41

Bruce D. Grinnell, GFA member number 84, has submitted his resignation as GFA Director. Bruce was instrumental in many major events in the GFA's history, including its incorporation as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, as a non-profit corporation under the laws of Rhode Island, getting the first by-laws written and approved, and perhaps most importantly, managed a cross-continent prosecution of a former GFA president and treasurer who, back in 1997, embezzled the GFA treasury to the tune of over $12,000. The former president was found guilty and convicted of the crimes.

Bruce established a working relationship with the Rhode Island law firm Corcoran Peckham Hayes & Galvin PC, who rewrote and updated our corporate by-laws a few years ago. This same firm has, for many years, taken care of the initial paperwork required for the annual filing of our non-profit corporation status paperwork with the State of Rhode Island.

We thank Bruce for his over 35 years of service to the GFA, and wish him a happy retirement.

This also means that the GFA is looking for a new attorney, preferably a Grinnell descendant, to serve as a director and legal advisor to the all volunteer GFA Board of Directors. Please contact GFA president David R. Grinnell at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are willing to take on this task.

Last Updated ( Monday, 15 February 2016 02:01 )
Scott Meyer, 72, Great-Great-Grandnephew of George Bird Grinnell PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Saturday, 13 February 2016 13:26

From the Poughkeepsie Journal

Millbrook - Scott Meyer of Millbrook, NY, passed peacefully on Sunday, July 19 at The Kent in Connecticut, after a 3 1/2 year battle with melanoma. He was born January 11, 1954 in Sharon, CT, son of the late Barbara and Schuyler M. Meyer Jr. He attended Dutchess Day School, graduating from Millbrook School (1973) and Franklin Pierce College in Rindge NH (1977), where he received a BA in Elementary Education/Archeology/Biology as an Independent Major. He graduated cum laude with honors in Elementary Education. He has described himself as a constant learner through voracious reading, and especially loved the history of science and technology. He had a genuine love always, of working with students. Scott wholeheartedly embraced each community in which he lived. Upon graduating from college he continued to teach elementary education (4-6th grade) for seven years in MA, first at the Winchendon School System, then at Applewild, a private school in Fitchburg MA. While teaching in Winchendon, he gathered interested students, as an extracurricular activity, to explore the world of archeology, and then brought the students at year's end to ply their skills in the backyard of his family farm in Millbrook. Coaching youth sports was one of Scott's passions, but especially soccer. He held a U.S. Soccer Federation coaching license. While teaching in Winchendon MA, Scott created a start-up program as the town's Director of Recreation (1977-1980), founding the Winchendon Soccer Association (1977-1981). In 1982-83, he coached All Star soccer, Central MA, for boys under 19 and girls under 16. In 1980 he became a certified coach for Special Olympic Soccer, something for which he was very proud. His goal, always, in coaching youth, was to work with each member of the team with a goal of bringing joy and enthusiasm to the game.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 13 February 2016 14:05 )
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Craftsmen Working in Colonial America and the New Republic PDF Print E-mail
Written by David L. Grinnell   
Sunday, 31 January 2016 17:53

by David L. Grinnell (GFA #95)

Three generations of the Dominy family of East Hampton, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York functioned as craftsmen from ca. 1760 to ca. 1850. Nathaniel Dominy IV (1737-1812) was a woodworker and metalworker producing tall case clocks, furniture, and repairing thousands of pocket watches. His son, Nathaniel Dominy V (1770-1852) practiced all forms of woodworking. His activity included work as a furniture joiner, millwright, house carpenter, cooper, and supplier of agricultural tools to farmers in East Hampton township – Sag Harbor to Montauk. Nathaniel V’s son, Felix Dominy (1800-1868) was trained to be a clock and watchmaker. He worked primarily as a maker of tall case clocks and repairer of pocket watches over a short time span of ca. 1815 to 1828 when technological unemployment forced him to forego craft activity and take a job as keeper of the Fire Island lighthouse.

Direct descendants of the Dominy craftsmen kept together and preserved the craftsmen’s shop equipment, tools, and manuscript material on their original site until 1946 thus preserving the only complete record of craftsmen working in colonial America and the New Republic.

The Dominy Craftsmen Collection will contain a revised and enlarged digital edition of With Hammer in Hand by Charles F. Hummel; the extensive collection of Dominy family manuscript material in the Joseph Downs Manuscript and Printed Ephemera Collection, Winterthur Library, Winterthur Museum, Winterthur, Delaware; a video-taped lecture about the Dominy craftsmen; and a brief description of books owned by the craftsmen and members of their families.

(The Dominy Craftsmen Collection

Last Updated ( Sunday, 31 January 2016 18:09 )
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GFA Announces New Officers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Saturday, 05 September 2015 16:41

At the recent Grinnell Family Association reunion, held at New Bedford, MA this past July, the board met and selected officers for the upcoming year (effective immediately). More details soon:


  • David R. Grinnell, President & Archivist
  • Lawrence J. Grinnell, Vice-president, Secretary, Webmaster & Genealogy Committee
  • Marjorie Grinols Murray, Vice-president, Newsletter Editor & Genealogy Chair
  • Catherine Franczek, Treasurer


  • Bruce D. Grinnell, Legal
  • Sue Grinnell Wilson, Membership Chair
  • Dr. Richard Burroughs III
  • Donald L. Grinnell
  • Laura G. Prescott

Immediate Past President

  • Kathleen L. G. Asbury

More details soon

Last Updated ( Sunday, 31 January 2016 12:54 )
Grinnell Genealogy Progress Report PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry Grinnell   
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 23:29

by Larry Grinnell, GFA Secretary and Webmaster (and editor of the 2015 edition of The Descendants of Matthew and Rose (French) Greenell)

Well, the reunion is almost here, and unfortunately, the book isn’t – or at least won’t be available at the reunion as I had hoped. In the closing weeks of this project, I encountered a number of technical hurdles that had to be overcome, and in the end, I ran out of time.

As it relates to the new Grinnell genealogy book, here’s what you will see at the reunion:

  • A final draft, printed by our friendly neighborhood Kinkos/FedEx office, using the same files that will be used to print the final book.
  • A general idea of what the cover artwork will look like.
  • A demo of what the final e-pub version (Kindle, Nook) will most likely look like.
  • A presentation of what it took to put this massive project together, at one of the banquets.


Our printer/publisher,, is busily working on the final product. At the time this blog is being written, we expect to be able to make available, within a month or two of the Reunion, an e-commerce website where you can order one or more of the following (prices not yet finalized):

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 30 June 2015 23:50 )
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