Mississippi Family Group Sheet for the William S. GRIFFIN Family


Husband: William S. GRIFFIN
Birthdate: January 29, 1831
Birthplace: Union Co., NC
Death date: December 23, 1872
Place of death: Alcorn Co., MS
Father: unknown GRIFFIN
Mother: Elizabeth BREGMAN

Marriage date: 1851
Marriage place: Probably NC?

Wife: Elizabeth Ann PARKER
Birthdate: 1831
Birthplace: NC
Death date: 1908
Place of death: Alcorn Co., MS
Father: William PARKER
Mother: Ellen unknown

CHILDREN

Child No. 1: William E. GRIFFIN
Sex: M
Birthdate: ca 1853
Birthplace: NC
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Child No. 2: Joseph GRIFFIN
Sex: M
Birthdate: ca 1855
Birthplace: NC
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Child No. 3: B.H. GRIFFIN
Sex: M
Birthdate: August 29, 1857
Birthplace: MS
Death date: March 24, 1868
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Child No. 4: James W. GRIFFIN
Sex: M
Birthdate: ca 1860
Birthplace: MS
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Child No. 5: John "Joe" Price GRIFFIN
Sex: M
Birthdate: March 18, 1864
Birthplace: Old Tish. Co., MS
Death date: January 14, 1945
Place of death: Corinth, Alcorn Co., MS
Marriage date: May 20, 1884
Marriage place: Alcorn Co., MS
Spouse's name: Georgia Anna MITCHELL
 
 
Documentation:
* 1860 Old Tish. Co., MS census
William Griffin age 28 male farmer 1000/600 NC
Elisabeth 28 female NC
Wm. E. 7 male NC
Joseph 5 male NC
B.H. 3 male MS
Jas. W. 10/12 male MS
* Also buried in the Griffin Cem. in Kossuth is: Elizabeth Bregman Griffin 1803-1858.
* Alcorn Co. Family History published in 1985 Written by Virginia Mae Griffin Odom.
William was the son of Elizabeth. Father's name is unknown. However, it is believed his paternal grandfather was Richard Griffin, a Revolutionary War soldier.
In 1851 William married his childhood sweetheart Elizabeth Ann Parker, daughter of William and Ellen Parker. They worked a small farm in Union Co. for four years. During this time, William and Elizabeth had two sons, William, Jr., and Joseph. In 1855, William moved his family, including his mother and brother-in-law Wilson Parker to Tish. Co., MS.
William purchased a farm in Tish. Co. on which he planted cotton with the help of his sons and brother-in-law. Elizabeth gave birth to two more sons, Everett and George.
In 1862 William joined the Rebel cause and enlisted in the Confederate Army. He served in the Cavalry for three years under Capt. Estes and Major Ham. While he was away, on the 15th of March, 1864, his fifth son, John Price was born.
After the surrender of the south William returned to his family in what was soon to become Alcorn Co. He and Elizabeth were blessed with two more sons, Wilson and Martin.
On Dec. 23, 1872 William went to town for groceries. While there he picked up a job of local whiskey. He indulged a bit heavily on the trip home and failed to notice the bridge across the Hatchie River had been washed away by a swift current. William was washed downstream. His body was not found for a week.
John Price Griffin was only 8 years old when his father's body was found. He and his six brothers worked hard to keep their farm producing. Slowly, as his older brothers moved away, John took over the farm. But John had a desire to go to Texas where the land was said to be bountiful. He finally decided to make his move. But he first wanted to marry his sweetheart, George Anna Mitchell, daughter of George Washington and Matilda Dickey Mitchell. They married on May 20, 1884. They left for Texas soon after.
John and George Anna didn't stay in Texas long. They returned to Mississippi in a covered wagon. The trip took 31 days. By the time their second child had been born, they were again living on a small farm in Alcorn Co. Within a span of 22 years, they were blessed with 10 children: William Alvie, Price Cleveland, Florence, Alice, Claude, Dora, Pearl All, Gurtrude, Dewey Sampson and Clarance Floyd.
As the children matured they moved away from home. But most of them remained in Alcorn Co.

Notes for John Griffin:
McPeters Funeral Home Records page 7, Joe Price Griffin
March 18, 1864 Alcorn Co., MS
Jan. 14, 1945 Corinth
arteros sclerosis
Wife: no name died Nov. 1938
daughters: Mrs. John Voyles and Mrs. Allen Voyles
son: Price Griffin
father: William Griffin born NC
mother: Elizabeth A. Parker born NC.
 

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