2012 November 17



Portrait of Henry Grant

Henry Gran (Elliot’s great-great-grandfather) immigrated to the United States in 1869 because he hated Sweden. The surname Gran means a spruce tree in Swedish, probably related to the German grün and English green (as in an evergreen tree). Sometime after 1880, Henry changed it to Grant in an effort to excise any vestigial Swedishness.

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