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**George Finley Griffin

Male 1780 - Abt 1840  (~ 74 years)


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  • Name **George Finley Griffin  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Born Between 1766 and 1780  Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Abt 1840  Washington County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I159348  My Genealogy

    Father Griffin **Esquire William Griffen of Virginia, Esquire,   b. Abt 1730, Listed With Sons Of Liberty, 14Th August 1769, Boston, Massachusetts; Has Land In VA. 1764; Possibly Ulster, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1810 and 1820, Guliford County, North Carolina; Not In The 1820 Census Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years) 
    Family ID F6020  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Anne,   b. Abt 1780,   d. Bef 1814, Probably Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 33 years) 
    Married Abt 1800  1st Marriage; Possibly Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Henry Porter Griffin,   b. North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1839, Florence, Switzerland County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. George Washington Griffin,   b. 1800, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Rock Island, Rock Island County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [Stepchild]
     3. **John Finley Griffin,   b. 1805, Guilford, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jan 1860, South Moline, Rock Island, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)  [Stepchild]
     4. Robert Griffin,   b. 1809, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown  [Stepchild]
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F9446  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Anna Annie (Fields),   b. Between 1786 and 1794, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1816 and 1820, Guilford County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 30 years) 
    Married 27 Jul 1814  Guilford County, North Carolina; North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868, Bond # 002581, Record # 01 178 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • It has not been proven that this is the second marriage of GeorgeFinley Griffin to date.
    Children 
     1. Willis Griffin,   b. Abt 1814, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Matilda Griffin,   b. Abt 1816, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 24 Jan 2013 
    Family ID F9447  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Question? The information on the children John, Robert, and George'sbirth indicates that their mother's name was Anne from the years1805-1809 in North Carolina. There is a marriage listed for GeorgeGriffin 27 July 1814 in Guilford County, North Carolina, and anothermarriage listed for George Griffin 27 Aug 1816, and both women hadfirst names of Anna. Is it possible that George Washington Griffinhad an early first marriage at 16 years of age? For now I have placedit as that way in the genealogy line until a copy of the marriagelicense information can be obtained or proven differently. The reasonfor doing that is, there is no wife or female age 16 - 45, or over 45years listed for George Finley Griffin in the 1820 Federal Censusrecord in Guilford County, North Carolina.

      SOURCE: 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, ETC...."
      "FAMILY LORE
      Family tradition maintains that our Griffin line descends from thefour Griffin brothers who emigrated from Ireland to Boston in thelatter half of the 1700's. Two of them, James and William, settleddown there and were on the tax rolls. They built Griffin's Wharfwhere the Boston Tea Party took place and, after the wharf burneddown, James stayed in the area, but William disappeared. It is thenthought that William went to Virginia where John Finley was born in1802 (census reports contradict the date and area)(We know it to beNorth Carolina now). Unfortunately, documentation for this story hasyet to be found.
      William Maurice Ferry said that his mother Blanch Griffin Ferry(granddaughter of Finley) said the brothers were kicked out of Irelandfor stealing sheep. She never wanted to discuss it because it was notconsidered "nice."
      Donald Alton Griffin (great-grandson of Finley) said, no, they werekicked out of Kentucky for moonshining. He might have been thinkingabout Finley and his brothers coming across Kentucky from NorthCarolina to Indiana. They might have paused to make moon shine, butit seems unlikely. Brother Robert, however, made a trip to Kentuckyafter his move to Illinois--a daughter was born there before hisreturn to Illinois. He may have indulged in a little free enterpriseand been asked to leave. Interesting to contemplate.
      Another interesting theory is the following article written by cousinand fellow researcher B. Edna Park Waller..." See John Finley GriffinNotes as well.
      [Transcribed 16 April 2007, SLJuhl, compiler]

      SOURCE: Internet Web Site: http://www.rootsweb.com "Family Trees""RootsWeb's World Connect Project" Search under surname "Griffin":Compiled by, Thomas Fout who may be contacted at E-mail address:nwfouts@msn.com
      SOURCE: Information on the Griffin Family also provided by familymembers, Penny Sue Park Wethington and Marcella Mae Griffin Park.
      From what I have learned, the Griffin Family may have first hailedfrom Wales. I would like to refer you to the pages directly beforethe Register Report on this family in the updated Wethington Book.[SLJuhl, 12 Aug 2005]

      Source: Updated: Mon Sep 22 07:45:01 2003 Contact: Edna ParkWaller
      Name: George GRIFFIN
      Given Name: George
      Surname: Griffin
      Sex: M
      Change Date: 17 Sep 2003
      Note:
      This record refers to the George Griffin who is shown as the father ofJohn Finley Griffin, George Griffin, Robert Griffin, and others. Theproblem here is that there is very little that can be proven aboutthis individual.
      We do not know if he had one or two wives. If the North CarolinaGrooms List record showing a marriage between one George Griffin andAnne Fields dated 27 Jul 1814 refers to this individual, then thiswould be the Annie referred to in the Indenture. It would alsoindicate that George had another wife who was the mother of the olderchildren. If there was another wife, we do not know her name.
      We do know that as of 1830 this George Griffin lived in WashingtonCounty, Indiana with his wife. From an Indenture dated about 1839 weknow that his wife's name was Annie. We do not know Annie's maidenname. Based upon the North Carolina Grooms List record, it couldpossibly be Fields, but we do not know that for sure. We do know thather maiden name was not BURKETT. The people who are thought by some tobe her parents, James Burkett and Eliza Cousins, were younger thanboth George and Annie and therefore could not have been Annie'sparents.

      All researchers still showing the name BURKETT for George's wife Annieshould correct their records.

      In addition, the George Griffin who married Hannah Albright inRockridge, Virginia about 1803 is a different individual from thisone. I have been in contact with a descendant of that couple and hehas ample documentation of the fact that they never left Virginia andare buried there. Researchers showing Hannah Albright as a member ofthe Griffin family in this database should remove her from theirrecords.

      ***The Notes Section of this record is protected by copy write of B.Edna Park Waller

      GEORGE FINLEY GRIFFIN
      Birth: ABT 1775 in North Carolina 1
      Death: ABT 1840 in Washington County, Indiana
      Marriage 1 Unknown UNKNOWN
      Married:
      Children
      Henry Porter GRIFFIN
      John Finley GRIFFIN b: ABT 1805 in North Carolina
      Robert GRIFFIN b: ABT 1809 in North Carolina
      George Washington GRIFFIN b: 1813 in North Carolina
      Marriage 2 Annie (FIELDS?) b: ABT 1775
      Married: 27 JUL 1814 in Guilford County, North Carolina
      Note:
      It is not certain that this record refers to our ancestor, GeorgeGriffin. If we could find proof of this, the matter of Annie's maidenname would be solved at last. This would also answer the question ofwhether or not George had two wives.
      Children
      Willis GRIFFIN
      Matilda GRIFFIN
      PRIMARY SOURCE: Obtained: 27 January 2006; Edna Park Waller;aewaller@bellsouth.net; at www.RootsWeb.com [Transcribed 27 January2006, SLJuhl Compiler]

      EXAMPLES OF LISTED SOURCES: Also see end notes and referencesspecific to individuals in their notes.
      1). Family source: Edna Park Waller; aewaller@bellsouth.net ; Edna isa direct descendant of the Hunter family as well as the Griffin andPark families.
      http://www.RootsWeb.com ; The WorldConnect pages of the Internet site.
      2). Internet Site: http://www.Ancestry.com ; census, birth, death,military, immigration, marriage, trees, records available on the site.
      3). Interviews & written correspondence with immediate familymembers; Records kept in Park & Griffin Volumes of the family. Mustcontact the compiler or a family member for further information.sljuhl1234@yahoo.com or sljuhl1234@msn.com
      Note: No information on living individuals will be given out except bypermission of that individual.
      4). Illinois web State web site:http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/riprob.html#about
      5). Internet Site: http://www.findagrave.com
      6). Internet Site://www.RootsWeb.com; Illinois Maps
      7). Book Source: Atlas if Henry County, Illinois, Warner & BeersPublishers, Chicago, 1875.
      8). Internet Site: http:www.houseofnames.com
      9). Atlas of Rock Island County, Illinois; Moline Public Library,rock Island County, Illinois; Iowa Publishing Company, Davenport,Iowa, 1905. Reprint 1976.
      10). The Art Of Heraldry, An Encyclopedia Of Armory, By A.C.Fox-Davies, Bloomsbury Books, London; Moline Public Library, RockIsland County, Illinois.
      11). Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia; Infopedia 2.0 CD; A Complete 29Volume Encyclopedia Plus 7 Essential Reference Books-1992-1995 SoftKeyMultimedia Inc., Cambridge, MA. 02142 USA.
      12). Internet Site: http://en.wikipedia.org
      13). Internet Site: http://www.ednet.co.uk/~jeanmoore/names.html
      AND MANY MORE SOURCES.
      Please check this: CONC Per SLJuhl Compiler, EDNA PARK WALLER -- direct family member E-mail:
      CONC aewaller@bellsouth.net From: www.RootsWeb.com Must contact compiler or
      CONC family for more information if needed. Note: Living persons
      CONC information will not be given out to any one unless a well known
      CONC family member.

  • Sources 
    1. [S2986] GRIFFIN FAMILY, Obtained: 27 January 2006; Edna Park Waller at www.RootsWeb.com; Per SLJuhl (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S2987] Internet & Family Source For The Griffin Family.

    3. [S2988] George Finley Griffin, 27 January 2006 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S2989] The GRIFFIN, PARK, AND HUNTER FAMILIES, Obtained: 27 JANUARY 2006; Per SLJuhl Compiler (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S2990] GRIFFIN's In Rock Island County.