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GRIFFIN, John. Born Ireland 1829. Crawford County, Iowa, USA.
Source: History of Crawford County, Iowa... by F. W. Meyers.
2 vols. Chicago: S. J.
Although he has passed the eighty-first milestone on life's journey,
John Griffin continues to be quite actively engaged in general farming
and stock-raising on his excellent farm in Washington township. He was
born in Ireland in March, 1829, being the eldest child of Thomas and
Anna (Lillis) Griffin. The parents, who were also natives of the Emerald
isle, spent their entire lives in the land of their birth, where the
father engaged in farming. Five children were born to them, the other
four being as follows: Margaret, the wife of John McDonald, living in
the state of New York; Bridget, who married John Eustis, residing at
Pond Beach, New York; Kate, deceased; and Thomas, whose whereabouts
Mr. Griffin was united in marriage in 1862 at Memphis, Tennessee, to Miss Mary Carey, a native of County Clare, Ireland. Nine children were born of this union as follows: Thomas, who is living in Nebraska; Anne, residing in Council Bluffs; Mollie and Patrick, who are at home; John, a resident of Omaha, Nebraska; James, living at the same place; Margaret, the wife of Jesse Bennett; Katie, the wife of Willis Wiggins of Dow City; and Mitchell, deceased. Mr. Griffin also reared three children belonging to his son Thomas: John, Grace and Gertrude.
The family are communicants of the Roman Catholic church. Mr. Griffin has always been independent in his political views, giving his support to such men and measures as he has always felt were adapted to promote the best interests of the people. He has not been an aspirant for public office but is at present serving as a school director. During the long period of his residence in Crawford county he has shown himself to be a man well worthy of the esteem which is accorded him.
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