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**John Finley Griffin

Male 1805 - 1860  (55 years)


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  • Name **John Finley Griffin  [1
    Born 1805  Guilford, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Buried Jan 1860  Silvis, Hampton, Rock Island, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 6 Jan 1860  South Moline, Rock Island, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I159335  My Genealogy

    Father **George Finley Griffin,   b. Between 1766 and 1780, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1840, Washington County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years) 
    Mother Anne,   b. Abt 1780,   d. Bef 1814, Probably Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 33 years) 
    Relationship Stepchild 
    Married Abt 1800  1st Marriage; Possibly Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F9446  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family *Mary Jane Giles,   b. 1810, Randolph, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1871, Rock Island, Rock Island, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Married 24 Jul 1828  Pekin, Washington, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Martha Griffin,   b. 22 May 1829, Pekin, Salem, Washington County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jul 1910, Rock Island, Rock Island County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     2. William Franklin Griffin,   b. 5 Mar 1831, Pekin, Salem, Washington County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 May 1911, Minneapolis, Ottawa County, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     3. **Margaret Griffin,   b. 29 Oct 1832, Salem, Washington, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1907, Moline, Rock Island, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     4. George W. Griffin,   b. 13 Oct 1834, Rock Island, Rock Island County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1913, Rock Island, Rock Island County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     5. John Finley Griffin, Jr.,   b. 6 Nov 1836, Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 May 1913, Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     6. Barbara Ann Griffin,   b. 1839, Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Riley Griffin,   b. Oct 1839, Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1914, Rock Island, Rock Island County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years)
     8. Robert Griffin,   b. 25 Aug 1842, Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 May 1865, Mobile, Marine Hospital, Alabama In The Civil War Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 22 years)
     9. Asbury Asbery Canada Griffin,   b. 25 Aug 1843, Coal Town, South Moline Township, Rock Island County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 May 1933, Moline, Rock Island County, Illinois; Obit Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
     10. Sarah Jane Griffin,   b. 3 Dec 1846, Rock Island, Rock Island County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 May 1937, Rock Island, Rock Island County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F9435  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • SOURCE:http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/PatentSearch/Detail.asp?Accession=IL4300%5F%5F%2E491&Index=74&QryID=79111.02&PF=true
      Accession/Serial #: IL4300__.491 BLM Serial #: IL NO S/N
      Names
      Patentee: JOHN F GRIFFIN
      Survey
      State: ILLINOIS
      Acres: 40
      Metes/Bounds: No
      Title Transfer
      Issue Date: 8/4/1838
      Land Office: Galena
      Cancelled: No
      U.S. Reservations: No
      Mineral Reservations: No
      Authority: April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566)
      Document Numbers
      Document Nr.: 2668
      Accession/Serial Nr.: IL4300__.491
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      SWSE 5/ 17-N 1-W No 4th PM - 1815 Illinois IL Rock Island

      SOURCE:http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/PatentSearch/Detail.asp?Accession=IL4300%5F%5F%2E492&Index=75&QryID=79111.02&PF=true
      Accession/Serial #: IL4300__.492 BLM Serial #: IL NO S/N
      Names
      Patentee: JOHN F GRIFFIN
      Survey
      State: ILLINOIS
      Acres: 40
      Metes/Bounds: No
      Title Transfer
      Issue Date: 8/4/1838
      Land Office: Galena
      Cancelled: No
      U.S. Reservations: No
      Mineral Reservations: No
      Authority: April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566)
      Document Numbers
      Document Nr.: 2669
      Accession/Serial Nr.: IL4300__.492
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      NWNE 8/ 17-N 1-W No 4th PM - 1815 Illinois IL Rock Island

      SOURCE:http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/PatentSearch/Detail.asp?Accession=IL4300%5F%5F%2E493&Index=76&QryID=79111.02&PF=true
      Accession/Serial #: IL4300__.493 BLM Serial #: IL NO S/N
      Names
      Patentee: JOHN F GRIFFIN
      Survey
      State: ILLINOIS
      Acres: 80
      Metes/Bounds: No
      Title Transfer
      Issue Date: 8/4/1838
      Land Office: Galena
      Cancelled: No
      U.S. Reservations: No
      Mineral Reservations: No
      Authority: April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566)
      Document Numbers
      Document Nr.: 2670
      Accession/Serial Nr.: IL4300__.493
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      WSE 4/ 17-N 1-W No 4th PM - 1815 Illinois IL Rock Island

      SOURCE:http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/PatentSearch/Detail.asp?Accession=IL4320%5F%5F%2E410&Index=77&QryID=79111.02&PF=true
      Accession/Serial #: IL4320__.410 BLM Serial #: IL NO S/N
      Names
      Patentee: JOHN F GRIFFIN
      Survey
      State: ILLINOIS
      Acres: 80
      Metes/Bounds: No
      Title Transfer
      Issue Date: 10/1/1839
      Land Office: Galena
      Cancelled: No
      U.S. Reservations: No
      Mineral Reservations: No
      Authority: April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566)
      Document Numbers
      Document Nr.: 3664
      Accession/Serial Nr.: IL4320__.410
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      WNW 13/ 17-N 1-W No 4th PM - 1815 Illinois IL Rock Island

      SOURCE:http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/PatentSearch/Detail.asp?Accession=IL4360%5F%5F%2E047&Index=78&QryID=79111.02&PF=true
      Accession/Serial #: IL4360__.047 BLM Serial #: IL NO S/N
      Names
      Patentee: JOHN F GRIFFIN
      Survey
      State: ILLINOIS
      Acres: 40
      Metes/Bounds: No
      Title Transfer
      Issue Date: 5/20/1841
      Land Office: Galena
      Cancelled: No
      U.S. Reservations: No
      Mineral Reservations: No
      Authority: April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566)
      Document Numbers
      Document Nr.: 5253
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      NWNE 11/ 17-N 1-W No 4th PM - 1815 Illinois IL Rock Island

      Name: John Finley GRIFFIN
      Given Name: John Finley
      Illinois Public Domain Land Tract Sales Database
      http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/GenealogyMWeb/PublicLandSalesNameServlet
      24 July 2006; SLJuhl, compiler genealogist
      Name of Purchaser: Legal Description, Section, Township, Range,Meridian, Date Purchased, County
      GRIFFIN JOHN F W2NW 13 17N 01W 4 03/16/1836 ROCK ISLAND
      GRIFFIN JOHN F NWNE 11 17N 01W 4 07/12/1836 ROCK ISLAND
      GRIFFIN JOHN F W2SE 04 17N 01W 4 10/15/1835 ROCK ISLAND
      GRIFFIN JOHN F SWSE 05 17N 01W 4 10/15/1835 ROCK ISLAND
      GRIFFIN JOHN F NWNE 08 17N 01W 4 10/15/1835 ROCK ISLAND
      Circuit Clerk of Rock Island County
      Rock Island County Building
      1504 Third Avenue
      Rock Island, Illinois 61201

      UPDATE: SOME TIME AGO THE INFORMATION BELOW WAS WRITTEN. SINCE THATTIME, A LOT MORE ABOUT THE FAMILY'S ANCESTRAL HISTORY IS NOW KNOWN ASIS INDICATED BY THE GENEALOGY REGISTER REPORT.

      A Booklet belonging to Penny Sue Park:
      "JOHN FINLEY & JANE GILES GRIFFIN; Pages 1-17. Headstone Committee:
      Alice Hunter Anderson (MO), Thomas Fout (TX), Donna Thielen Goves (AZ)
      Minnie Mae Griffin Holman (IL), Beatrice Griffin Justice (KS), BonnieFerry Kipp (IL)
      Eunice Griffin Reehl (IL), B. Edna Park Waller (SC)
      Dedicated, this 18th day of July, 1992, a replacement headstone tomark the final resting places of JOHN FINLEY GRIFFIN and his wife JANEGILES, given with love and gratitude by their numerous descendants.Remarks by Rev. Glen W. Bocox of First United Methodist Church ofMoline, Headstone by Moline Monument company. Excerpts from thenarratives: Page 1: "Six days from now, July 24th, will mark the onehundred sixty fourth anniversary of the date young Jane Giles marriedJohn Finley Griffin in Pekin, Washington County, Indiana. No oneknows now whether or not they were admonished by the preacher to "goforth and multiply", but forth they went and multiply they mostcertainly did. We have only pieces of their story. They didn't writein diarys (diaries) or keep journals for future generations. Theysimply lived their lives as best they could and left it up to thedoggedness and ingenuity of those who came after to search andconjecture. The following pages contain thumbnail sketches of themand the people they came from. These stories are not complete norwill they ever be (perhaps), but the joy for those who search lies inthe discovery of small bits and pieces of information to add to thewhole. Page 3: THE GRIFFIN LINE - JOHN FINLEY GRIFFIN, was born inNC in 1805 (according to census records), but we have no definiteproof as to the exact area of his birth nor the names of his parents. If they followed the old country habit of naming children ( etc...),his parents may have been William and Margaret (much conjecture isstated here)...etc. The Griffins may have lived near the Giles familyin Randolph County, NC, because Finley (as he was called), along withbrothers Robert and George, appeared in Washington County, IN, aboutthe time the Giles' moved there. He married Jane Giles in Pekin inthat county in 1828 when he was 23 and she was 18. they settled in ornear Pekin where her grandfather William Bowman was a majorlandholder. Their first three children, Marth, William and Margaret,were born there.
      In 1833, the young family, along with Finley's brother George andJane's sister and brother-in-law, Polly and William Porter, moved tothe Moline area which had been opened up for settlement by thegovernment after the defeat of Black Hawk and his followers. Finley'sfirst land purchase was from the government in 18334, a 400 acretract, paying about one dollar an acre. He sold it the following yearfor ten dollars an acre. this tract was located where sixteenthstreet runs today, south from 23rd (Avenue of the Cities) Avenue and awidth of several blocks on either side. This area was later known asStewartville and was and is home to some of our Park relatives.
      Finley discovered coal on the south face of the Moline bluffs,overlooking the Rock River, and opened what was then the second coalmine in the area. This along with farming, became the business andmainstay of his and James's growing family. The home site in Coaltown was located just south and a little west of the present JohnDeere Administration Center, according to the Hunter genealogy,written by Allyn Hunter.
      By the time the Rock Island County census was taken in 1855, Finley atage 50 was a man of property and substance. His and Jane's childrennumbered ten and were beginning to be married, five of them toHunters. Life for that time must have been good. However, on 6January 1860, at the age of 55, John Finley Griffin died. He left awife who, unable to read or write, still had to raise the youngerchildren and try to keep things going.
      He didn't live to see five of his sons go off to serve in the CivilWar, nor to bear the grief of knowing one of them would never return.Jane did, and struggled through as women alone have always done. Wehave no record of her last years, but from the way her children turnedout, she must have been a strong woman and role model. She died in1871, aged 61."
      [Transcribed 09 April 2007, SLJuhl, compiler]
      Note: There is a good deal of early basic information on the familiesin this small family booklet, and it is kept in the Park Records.

  • Sources 
    1. [S2979] John Finley Griffin, Obtained: 27 January 2006; Edna Park Waller at www.RootsWeb.com; Per SLJuhl (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S154] John Finley Griffin Indiana Marriages, 1802-1892 Record, www.Ancestry.com, (Name: Family History Library Salt Lake City, utah; microfilm 1306388; www.Ancestry.com, John Finley Griffin Indiana Marriages, 1802-1892Record (Family History Library Salt Lake City, utah; microfilm1306388), Source Medium: Internet .).