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Saturday, February 17, 2024 – 1:30 p.m.
In-person/hybrid at the CSG Library
175 Maple Street, East Hartford, CT

The Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Inc. presents

“Prince Crosley, Enslaved to a Governor and a Patriot Ancestor” with Keith Wilson

Prince Crosley was enslaved to Governor Matthew Griswold of Lyme, Connecticut, sold to Samuel Platt of New Milford, and he later enlisted as a Revolutionary War soldier to obtain his freedom. Keith will discuss his research and the use of available records to have Prince Crosley approved as a Patriot ancestor in the Sons of the American Revolution.


Keith Wilson has been researching his family since 1976 and was President of the Mansfield Historical Society from 2012 through 2017. He is a member of NEHGS and Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor. Keith is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and retired from the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services after twenty-eight years of service. The majority of his ancestors settled in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Ancestors include Mayflower lines, Great Migration Immigrants, Slovaks and Prince/Prentiss Crosley, a slave of LT. Governor (Later Governor) Matthew Griswold of Lyme (Now Old Lyme). Prince/Prentiss Crosley served in the Revolutionary War and earned his freedom. Since 2008, Keith has taken Y-DNA, Mitrochondrial DNA and Autosomal DNA tests. Keith manages over twenty DNA kits for his family and his wife, Marjorie’s family. He is the Administrator of the John Daniels of New London CT DNA project at FamilyTree DNA, a Y-DNA/Autosomal DNA project and has also organized an annual Daniels day in the greater New London area for his descendants to meet and share their genealogy.


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This event will take place at the CSG Library and virtually on Zoom. The event is FREE, but registration is required.

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