Noah Grant is Ulysses Grant’s paternal grandfather. Noah was born in Tolland, Connecticut on June 20, 1748 and his family soon after moved to Coventry, Connecticut, where he was raised.
Noah enlisted in the Revolutionary War, and he returned to news that his wife had died. He traveled west with one of his sons, Peter. His other son Solomon stayed in Connecticut to finish his education. Solomon then traveled to Demerara in Guyana, South America to manage a plantation. He was not heard of again, and it is assumed he died before 1798 of a tropical disease, common at that time.
Noah and his son Peter settled outside of Greensburg, Pennsylvania–sparsely inhabited and wild with plenty of bears. While there, Noah remarried. Noah’s wife Rachel (Miller) and he had a few children before Jesse Root Grant was born. Jesse, Ulysses Grant’s father, was named after politician Jesse Root of Connecticut, who had resided in Noah’s hometown.
Noah was described as a man of great conversational ability, and Jesse Grant also was much given to speech.*
View Travels of Noah Grant and Jesse Grant, Ulysses’s grandfather and father in a larger map
View A typical early journey from Connecticut to the Western Reserve (estimated from an 1810 journal of Margaret Van Hornin and google walking map)
Noah, with his growing family, followed the western expansion along the Connecticut Western Reserve. They moved to East Liverpool, Ohio in 1799, lived in Youngstown, Ohio between 1802-1804, and moved to Deerfield, Ohio in 1804. Rachel Grant died in Deerfield in April 10, 1805, and is buried there. There is mention that her small flax spinning wheel was kept in Deerfield after her death.
The family broke up, and Noah took the two youngest children to live with his son Peter Grant, who by this time was married and a successful businessman in Maysville, Kentucky. Noah Grant died in 1821, a year before Ulysses was born.
* Church, William Conant, Ulysses S. Grant and the Period of National Preservation and Reconstruction, The Knickerbocker Press, New York 1897. pg. 7