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My Great Grandfather was Ethan Akin, III who settled in Carroll County, Iowa in 1879 with his new wife, Mary Foster Akin.  About one year later Mary Foster Akin died in childbirth.  Two years after her death, Ethan met and married Charity Ella Griffith Hatch, a young widow with two children.  The marriage took place on 14 November 1882 in Carroll, Carroll County, Iowa.   Charity, or Ella as she liked to be called, had been the wife of Ed Hatch, a very brilliant young attorney from Sioux City, but the marriage had ended in divorce after two children had been born: Lena and Myrtle.

 

Charity Ella Griffith Image

Charity Ella Griffith

 

Charity’s ancestors, the Griffith Family, were pioneers who lived in Virginia before undertaking a westward migration that crossed half of the continent.   What follows is a glimpse at the highlights of this migration and the people who made it happen.

 

Several years ago, I made contact with a member of the Griffith family – Rev. Tom Griffith who lives in California.  Tom’s great grandfather, Eli Griffith, was Charity Griffith’s brother and was a frequent visitor to Ethan and Charity’s home.  Tom and I have interacted over the Internet for many years, and Tom was good enough to provide me with the following narrative.  It is a combination of five separate email messages that I received from Tom several years ago.  In addition to the material in these emails, he also provided me a detailed family tree for the Griffith family for which I am grateful.  To this material, I have added information that I have found in other sources about the Griffith family.  Tom graciously gave me permission to use his material here, and his narrative follows as he wrote it.  My comments are within brackets.

 

Beginning Quote.  “I have a deed where he [John Griffith (circa 1770-1816) who is the earliest Griffith in our particular line] bought a lot in Berkeley County, West Virginia in 1790, but have not been able to find anything about his heritage, other than (by the name) he probably was Welsh. It turns out that Griffith is the second most common Welsh name, and John Griffith was the most common male Griffith name! I have found three John Griffiths, and a Samuel Griffith who had a brother named John Griffith, all in Berkeley or Frederick Counties, VA in the 1790’s. One of them is our ancestor. There are no researched lineages on him. There are researched lineages coming out the ears on all of the others!”  [A paper reproduced from the MabelGriffith papers indicates that John Griffith’s father was a Harold Griffith which legend says is of the Welsh royal family.]

 

“‘Our’ John Griffith married Hannah Thornburg in 1794.  [Mabel Griffith says 06 Nov 1794.]  Hannah was born 14 Nov 1772 and came from a VERY active Quaker family that had been members of the Hopewell Monthly Meeting in Berkeley County, West Virginia.  That is, they were active Quakers until her father and his third wife divorced over the issue of a ‘reputed child’ some time.  (Apparently, some woman had a baby and claimed Benjamin Thornburgh, Hannah’s father, was the baby’s father.)  The whole family literally disintegrated in a two-year period and all moved to other places.  The Thornburg Genealogy says that Hannah’s mother was Mary Brooks, Benjamin’s second of three wives.”

 

“Hannah, who was a teenage girl at the time, went to live with relatives in Pennsylvania for two years, and then returned to Berkeley County.  Brothers and sisters scattered to other places.  In 1794, Hannah married John Griffith, and because he was not a Quaker, she was ‘read out of meeting’ from the Hopewell Friends Monthly Meeting. We have no records of Hannah ever joining a Quaker Monthly Meeting again. Some of her brothers, sisters, and children became active members of Quaker fellowships, some did not; but all of them taught their children very definite Quaker values.”

 

“In 1800, John and Hannah (Thornburg) Griffith sold their property in Berkeley County, West Virginia – John’s lot and some lots which Hannah had inherited from her father.  I can’t place them again until 1809, when they show up in Cabell County, West Virginia.  He is on a grand jury list, and purchased a farm in Cabell County in 1810. John died, reputedly from being kicked in the head by a horse, in 1816. Cabell County records have the inventory and appraisal of his estate.”

 

“In 1819, Hannah lost the family farm due to faulty title on the property which her late husband, John, had purchased in Cabell County in 1810. Strangely enough, the property had been purchased from the man who was the County Clerk!  There apparently was a court case, because Hannah received $400 from this man in settlement of her claim against him for selling property without clear title.  Since Hannah had to do a lot of raising of her children as a single mother, she began to move where her brothers and sisters were settling.  In 1820, she bought an 80-acre farm across the Ohio River in Lawrence County, Ohio. She lived there until 1828. During that period of time, some of Hannah’s brothers and sisters and many of her children were moving to a section of southwest Ohio, within a three-township strip: Silver Creek and Caesar’s Creek Townships in Greene County, Ohio; and Union Township of Clinton County, Ohio. (On a map, they are right in a north-south line, and the county line just happens to pass through the group.) Hannah bought property there in 1829, having given a Power of Attorney to her son, Benjamin Thornburg Griffith, to sell her Lawrence County property.  Southern Greene County, Ohio joined with northern Clinton County, Ohio, was a definite Quaker enclave. Wilmington College in Wilmington, Clinton County, is (and was) a Quaker school. This patch of Ohio which is maybe 20 miles square was heavily populated by Quakers.  After most of her kids left that area (in the mid-1840’s, she moved to Wilmington, Clinton County, Ohio, and was instrumental in helping to start a Baptist (!) church there.”

 

“In late 1856, Hannah moved to Mahaska County, IA to live with her son, Isaac Newton Griffith. At this time she was 84 years old. Six weeks later, she died.  She is buried, along with Isaac Newton Griffith’s first wife, Paulina, in Tilford Cemetery, Union Township, Mahaska County, IA.

 

“John and Hannah (Thornburg) Griffith had ten children, two of whom died in infancy. The oldest was Margaret (a.k.a. ‘Peggy’), who married a Daniel R. Neal in Cabell County, West Virginia in 1810. By 1820, they were farming across the Ohio River in Lawrence County, Windsor Township, Ohio. By the 1830 census, I have no record on them; nor on their family. I do have a cryptic reference in a copy of a letter which Isaac Newton Griffith wrote to his family telling them of the death of his first wife, referring to a ‘Noah Neal’.  Other than that, I can tell you nothing about her.”

 

“The second child was Mary Ann, (a.k.a. ‘Polly’). She married a Joseph Day in Cabell County, (W) VA in 1817. I can definitely place them, from the late 1820’s through about 1840, in Greene County, Ohio. I have nothing on their descendants.”

 

“The third child was John L. Griffith. He married a Mary (or Polly) Gwynn (or Gwyn or Guinn or Guin) in Cabell County, West Virginia in 1819. I have a listing of some of his descendants I found in the L.D.S. genealogical library system, but have not actively pursued this line. He and his wife moved to Clinton County, Ohio in the 1820’s, and then in the early 1830’s, they moved back to Lawrence County, Ohio, where they farmed for many years in Windsor Township. Then, they moved to live near their kids in Dubois County, IN, and they died there.”

 

“The fourth child was Nancy Griffith. She married a Patrick Collins in Lawrence County, OH in 1818. They moved in the mid-1820’s to Greene County, Ohio and were there at least through 1850. From the 1850 census, I have the names of three of their children, but no other info.”

 

“The fifth child was Louisa, who died in infancy.”

 

“The sixth child was Benjamin Thornburg Griffith (named after Hannah’s father.)  He was married in 1825 to a Susannah Faulkner. This marriage deserves some explanation.  One of Hannah’s sisters married a David Faulkner.  David’s brother, Jesse, Jr. had a daughter who was the Susannah Faulkner that married Benjamin T. Griffith. Benjamin seemed to be the one who was the responsible party in the family. He was the one who had power of attorney in 1828 to sell his mother’s farm in Lawrence County, OH. He was one of the earliest of the family to move to Greene or Clinton County, OH. (If you look at the maps, you will see that the County line between these counties simply got in the way: they all lived in a row of three townships, never more than 15 miles apart.) He became an active Methodist, and became a Methodist preacher in 1835 in Indiana. He died in 1849 in Dearborn County, IN. His wife showed up in a county, mid-state in 1850, and then I lost track of her. They had no children.”

 

“Daniel was the seventh child, and died in Infancy.”

 

“William Brooks Griffith was the eighth child. He was a house painter by trade, and he settled in Wilmington, Clinton County, OH. His wife was Elizabeth Bevan.  I don’t have the date of their marriage. They had five children, but only one of them ever was married: the eldest child and daughter, Eliza E. Griffith. She married a John F. Peirce (yes, that’s the correct spelling of that surname) in Wilmington in 1859. They had two sons: William G. Peirce, who lived in Cincinnati in 1912 (according to probate records after their uncle’s death); and Dick (a.k.a. ‘Dicky’) Peirce, who was in Chicago in 1812 according to the same probate records.”

 

“William and Elizabeth had two sons, neither of whom ever married, both of whom continued to live in their parent’s house together until they died: Samuel B. Griffith and Francis Marion Griffith. A daughter, Priscilla, died at the age of 22, and another daughter, Lydia, died at the age of 2. All of their children, as well as the two of them, are buried in Sugar Grove Cemetery in Clinton County, OH.”

 

“I’II skip Isaac Newton Griffith as I have lots on him for another chapter of the saga.”

 

“The tenth child was Emily Griffith, born in 1816. In 1833, she married a John Griffith (no relation). This John Griffith was the grandson of a Samuel Griffith of Frederick County, VA, who was himself brother to the John Griffith who was from the same Quaker Monthly Meeting but not “our” John. This made her Emily Griffith Griffith! They had five children, but I don’t know a lot about them. John apparently died in the 1850’s, and Emily and one of her daughters who was either an invalid or mentally retarded moved to Montezuma, Poweshiek County, IA to live near her brother, Isaac Newton Griffith. Emily died in Poweshiek County, IA.

 

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Isaac Newton Griffith

“Isaac Newton Griffith was born 3 Mar 1813 to John and Hannah Griffith, the ninth of ten children (eight of whom survived childhood. The story that Isaac was born in Harper’s Ferry, VA is based on an error by my late uncle, Roy Lester Griffith, who somehow got the assumption that Isaac had ties to that place. I suspect this may have been a little bit of family legend, because Isaac’s children claimed that the infamous John Brown had visited their farm in the late 1850’s, and that Isaac was a Pacifist who did not believe in war or slavery. Legend has it that he was part of the “Underground Railway” in Iowa before and during the Civil War. Since John Brown was one of the “biggies” in the Underground Railway movement and was hanged at Harper’s Ferry, VA, and that may be the source of the story.”

 

“Anyway, Isaac was born on a farm near modern-day Milton, West Virginia (about 20 miles east of Huntington, West Virginia), where his father had an 80-acre farm. His father, John, died when Isaac was only 3 years old, which may account for the fact that we have very little hard information about John.”

 

 “Isaac moved with his mother to Lawrence County, Ohio, and then to Greene County, Ohio. The family owned property in and near Jamestown, Silver Creek Township, Greene County. Title deed indices in that County for the 1830’s indicate that Isaac began a career of being something of a ‘wheeler-dealer’ with land while there. He bought and sold land, a lot, mostly on speculation.  The evidence I have found is that he lived with his mother, Hannah (Thornburg) Griffith until he married.”

 

“In 1834, Isaac married a local girl from a large dual-clan group of Quakers in Highland and Greene Counties, Ohio: her name was Paulina P. Johnson.  They were married by a Justice of the Peace.  Paulina was booted out of her Quaker monthly meeting for that sin. None the less, Paulina retained very definite Quaker values.  Paulina was the daughter of a Pleasant JOHNSON and his wife, Nancy MOORMAN. I have a bunch of info on Paulina’s ancestors from a lady in Virginia, which I can send you if you are interested.”

 

“The Quakers in America were undergoing a major split in the 1820’s to early 1840’s between the ‘Orthodox’ Quakers (who had no clergy, and where meetings were conducted in silence) and the ‘Hicksite’ Quakers, who started churches and began to develop clergy.  On the frontier areas, those who were ‘Hicksite’ in orientation found few if any Quaker meetings to attend.  So they began to attend primarily Methodist Churches, simply because they were about the closest thing to Quaker worship they could find.  Perhaps because of this, Isaac was Methodist until about 1862 when he was booted out of the Methodist Church (one of three denominations using that name at the time) because he would not affirm that ‘the Union Cause’ was God’s will (according to family legend which I haven’t been able to find a source for).  When he died, he professed membership in no church, but my father and aunt told me that their grandfather, Eli, had spoken of Isaac’s great desire to keep to Quaker values.  His migratory patterns can literally be accounted for by watching Quaker migrations.”

 

“Anyway, Isaac married the Quaker girl, Paulina. They had eight children, six of whom survived infancy.  Isaac farmed a little and traded land a lot in Greene County until 1844 or so. From the dates, we can infer that Isaac literally came of age in Greene County, Ohio. He bought his first parcel of land in about 1834, the same year he married Paulina, and he then continued to buy and sell farms like it was going out of style. Several of his children by his first wife, Paulina, were born while he was living in Greene County: Hannah Ann Griffith (Hestwood), Benjamin Brooks Griffith, John Harrison (or Horace) Griffith, Nancy Jane Griffith (died at the age of 1 month), William P. Griffith (died in infancy) and James Edwin Griffith were all born while Isaac and his wife lived in Greene County.”

 

Sometime between 1844-1846, Isaac and his family moved to Henry County, IA, near Mt. Pleasant. This move seemed to be tied to the move of some of Paulina’s relatives, as they all showed up in the same counties at the same time.  Apparently, Mt. Pleasant was a base from which Isaac and several men with whom he had been in business association in Greene County began to scout out land to homestead and/or buy in this relatively new territory west of the Mississippi. I have not done any research on his Mt. Pleasant period in deed history. I do know that Isaac and Paulina had one child while there at Mt. Pleasant: Eli Pamphlin Griffith, my great-grandfather.”

 

“In 1849, Isaac, his family, and several other families with whom he had association in Greene County, Ohio, moved to Union Township, Mahaska County, IA. (Remember, the county seat of Mahaska County is Oskaloosa, where you find yet another Quaker College!)  Isaac bought a little less than a Quarter Section, right on the county line with Poweshiek County, at a crossroads settlement known as ‘South Brown Town’. He also dabbled in land in the village of Union Mills, IA, a couple of miles away.  The farm in South Brown Town stayed in the family for a number of decades, but—virtually everything else he owned was bought and sold.”

 

“In the process of that move (according to ‘family legend’), a wagon in which Paulina was riding tipped over in a rain-swollen creek.  I received a copy of a letter from Isaac N. Griffith to his mother, brother and sister, telling of the last day (make that: night) of the life of his wife, Paulina (Johnson) Griffith. He was writing in the afternoon of the morning she died, and the letter is dated December 30, 1850.  I think that is reasonable proof of when she died.  (I got the copy of the letter from a distant cousin, sorry I can’t remember which one, I think one of the Winterbourne relatives).  She apparently had contracted pneumonia, if her symptoms were accurately described in the letter. At that time, he gave a post office address of ‘Union Mills, IA’, although that could have covered quite a postal area.”

 

“By this time, he had six small children (Eli and Helen having been born while in Henry County.) who were respectively: 15, 13, 12, 6, 3, and 1.  By September, 1851, Isaac had remarried to CORDELIA LAWRENCE. She got an instant family. Plus, she and Isaac had two additional children, one of whom (Charity Ella Griffith) was your ancestor.  The only thing I have found on Cordelia Lawrence is that she was the daughter of a Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan Lawrence of Chautauqua, NY; but I find no family by that name in Mahaska or Poweshiek Counties in the 1850 census. (I haven’t checked the NY census for that year, but I should.)  But she must have been one tough gal.  She stepped in at the age of 20, I think, to become the mother of six children, the oldest of whom was 16 at the time.  My father said that his grandfather, Eli Pamphlin Griffith, was born to Paulina Johnson Griffith, Isaac’s first wife, but she died when he was not quite four years old – so the mother he remembered was Cordelia.”

 

“In 1852, after Isaac married Cordelia Lawrence, they moved from Mahaska County, IA (right on the county line of Poweshiek County) to Marshall County, IA.  Isaac purchased a saw and grist mill there.  While there, Cordelia made the first bolt of cloth used in a mill in Marshall County.  From a “county history” of Marshall County, I read that Isaac missed being elected to some office by a small margin.  By 1857-58, they were back in Montezuma, Poweshiek County where Isaac was in the mercantile trade.  They lived in Montezuma until 1869, when they moved to Carroll, IA.  Supposedly he was the first mayor of Carroll, but I have no confirmation of that except for a newspaper article from my Grandmother’s scrap book which showed his picture.”  [I have confirmed that Isaac Griffith was the first mayor of Carroll.  His picture hangs in the Carroll City Hall along with pictures of other mayors of Carroll.]

 

[Departing from Tom Griffith’s narrative]  When Isaac Griffith came to Carroll, he sold the first dry goods that were sold in the town.  He had a large trade, his customers coming from Carroll, Sac, Crawford and Calhoun counties.  He bought large quantities of furs one season, about $10,000 worth.  In 1883, he retired from active business.  Politically, he was a Democrat and a strong Prohibitionist.  He was a member of the Masonic Order, Signet Lodge, No. 264.

 

[Returning to Tom’s narrative:] 

“They spent the rest of their lives there, he dying in 1890, she dying in 1892.  They are buried in Carroll.”

 

“Charity Ella Griffith was the ninth of the ten children of Isaac Newton Griffith.  Eight of the ten survived childhood.  Isaac’s first wife, Paulina Johnson bore eight of his children (two of whom died).  Cordelia Lawrence bore two children.  The oldest of these last two was Charity Ella, whom my late grandfather used to call ‘Aunt Ell’.  All I have on her is that she died in April of 1930, and was married twice.”  [This ends Tom’s narrative.]

 

To summarize Tom’s discussion about ISAAC NEWTON GRIFFITH, SR., he was born March 03, 1813 in Milton, (W.) VA, and died August 10, 1890 at his home on the corner of Court & 6th St., Carroll, IA.  He had two wives.  He first married PAULINA P. JOHNSON July 17, 1834 in Greene County, Ohio.  She was the daughter of PLEASANT JOHNSON and NANCY MOORMAN, and she was born August 10, 1815 in Ohio, and died December 30, 1850 in Tilford Cemetery, Union Township, Mahaska County, IA.  Isaac then married CORDELIA LAWRENCE on September 04, 1851 in Mahaska County, IA.  She was the daughter of JONATHAN LAWRENCE and CHARITY HATHAWAY, and was born between 1835 – 1836 in Chautauqua County, NY.  She died March 24, 1891 in Carroll, IA.

 

Children of ISAAC GRIFFITH and PAULINA JOHNSON are:

2.           i.   HANNAH ANN GRIFFITH, b. 29 Oct 1835, Jamestown, Greene County, OH; d. 25 Mar 1894, Indianola, IA.

3.          ii.   BENJAMIN BROOKS GRIFFITH, b. 01 Sep 1837, Jamestown, Greene County, Ohio; d. 16 Oct   1921, Montezuma, Poweshiek Co., IA.

            iii.   JOHN HARRISON GRIFFITH10, b. 22 Sep 1838, Jamestown, Greene County, Ohio; m. VIRGINIA FISHER.  Note: Middle name may be Horace.  They had 3 children.

            iv.   NANCY JANE GRIFFITH10, b. Jan 1841; d. Infant.

             v.   WILLIAM P. GRIFFITH10, b. Abt. 1842; d. Infant.

4.         vi.   JAMES EDWIN GRIFFITH, b. 04 Oct 1843, Jamestown, Greene County, OH; d. 08 Nov 1918,        Omaha, Douglas Co., NE.

5.        vii.   ELI PAMPHLIN GRIFFITH, b. 08 May 1846, Mt. Pleasant, Henry County, IA; d. 27 Sep 1932,        Villisca, IA.

6.       viii.   HELEN ELIZABETH GRIFFITH, b. 14 Aug 1848, Mahaska County, IA; d. Apr 1929, Carroll, IA.

 

     

Children of ISAAC GRIFFITH and CORDELIA LAWRENCE are:

7.         ix.   CHARITY ELLA GRIFFITH, b. 19 May 1857, Montezuma, Marshall County, IA; d. 28 Apr 1930, St. Anthony Hospital, Carroll, IA.

             x.   ISAAC NEWTON GRIFFITH, JR.10, b. 31 Jan 1860, Montezuma, Poweshiek Co., IA; d. 08 Jun  1933, Spokane, Spokane Co., WA11; m. GINEVRA MARTIN12, 01 Jun 1880, Carroll, Carroll County, IA13; b. Jul 1862, Ohio; d. 14 Nov 1953, Spokane, Spokane Co., WA14.

Newt lived in Carroll, Carroll Co., IA during the early part of his life.  He met and married Ginevra Martin in Carroll on 01 Jun 1880.  A copy of his marriage license issued on 31 May 1880 is in my library. The 1880 census was taken on 12 Jun 1880 and it shows Newt as a Grocery Clerk living with Ginevra at his father's residence along with his sister, Charity Ella and her husband, Ed Hatch.  His father, Isaac Griffith, Sr., was running a grocery store at that time.  Newt probably worked for his father.

 

By 1900, Newt's father, Isaac Newton Griffith, Sr., and his mother, Cordelia Lawrence Griffith have been dead for 10 and 9 years, respectively.  Newt's older sister, Charity has divorced Ed Hatch and remarried to Ethan Akin, III.  At this time, Newt is working for the railroad as a clerk.  He and Ginerva are living on Court Street in Carroll.

 

                

 

By 1910, Newt and Ginevra had moved to Kansas City, Jackson Co., MO where Newt was still working for the railroad as a clerk.  By 1920, he had moved to Spokane, Spokane Co., WA where he was a railroad clerk for the Great Northern Railroad according to his obituary.  He and Ginevra were living on Cleveland Street according to the 1920 census.   The 1930 census shows them still living on Cleveland Street at that time, but they are retired.  A 17 year old grandson named George G. Barthouer (?) is shown living with them and working as a Western Union Messenger.  Newt and Ginevra had no children as far as is known.  Was George adopted?  Newt died in Spokane in 1933 and was buried at the Riverside Cemetery.  Ginevra lived for another 20 years until she died in Spokane in 1953.  She is also buried at the Riverside Cemetery.  [The above was gathered from the U.S. Censuses for the various years and from their obituaries found in Spokane by Charles Hansen.]

 

 

More About ISAAC NEWTON GRIFFITH, JR.:

Burial: 12 Jun 1933, Riverside Park Cemetery, Spokane, Spokane Co., WA15

Occupation 1: 1880, Grocery Clerk (Father's Grocery Store?)16

Occupation 2: 1900, Cashier for the railroad17

Occupation 3: Bet. 1910 - 1920, Clerk for the Railroad18

Occupation 4: 1920, Clerk for the Great Northern Railroad19

Residence 1: 12 Jun 1880, Carroll, Carroll Co., IA20

Residence 2: 12 Jun 1900, Court Street, Carroll, Carroll Co., IA21

Residence 3: 30 Apr 1910, Kansas City, Jackson Co., MO22

Residence 4: 03 Jan 1920, Spokane, Dwight Precinct, Spokane Co., WA23

Residence 5: 12 Apr 1930, Spokane, Spokane Co., Ward 5, Block 844, Spokane Co., WA24

Residence 6: 1933, 729 W. Cleveland, Spokane, Spokane Co., WA25

 

More About GINEVRA MARTIN:

Burial: 17 Nov 1953, Riverside Park Cemetery, Spokane, Spokane Co., WA26

Residence: 1953, 2330 E. Dalke, Spokane, Spokane Co., WA26

 

 

Generation No. 2

 

2.  HANNAH ANN4 GRIFFITH (ISAAC NEWTON3, JOHN2, HAROLD1)28 was born 29 Oct 1835 in Jamestown, Greene County, OH, and died 25 Mar 1894 in Indianola, IA.  She married JOHN CLIFFORD HESTWOOD, JR.28,29 11 Oct 1855.  He was born 24 May 1834, and died 04 Sep 1897 in Indianola, IA.

 

Children of HANNAH GRIFFITH and JOHN HESTWOOD are:

              i.   MARY LUELLA5 HESTWOOD30, b. 09 Nov 1859, Webster, Hardin County, IA; d. 07 Dec 1940,       Des Moines, IA; m. LEROY MASON LINDERMAN30, 29 Sep 1880, Cass County, IA30; b. Aug 1859, IA31; d. Aft. 193032.

             ii.   WILLIAM LINDLEY HESTWOOD33, b. 12 Jun 1861; d. 07 Dec 1933; m. MAE ADAMS.

            iii.   ARTHUR BRAZEE HESTWOOD33, b. 19 Jul 1863, New Jefferson, IA; d. 17 Jun 1933, St. Joseph,     MO; m. MAY LANK, 19 Nov 1887, Dexter, IA.

            iv.   SAMUEL HESTWOOD33, b. 26 Mar 1868, Winterset, IA; d. 17 Dec 1905; m. ETHEL GILBERT33.

             v.   GERTRUDE HESTWOOD33, b. 12 Jun 1874, Stuart, IA; d. 02 Apr 1894, Indianola, IA.

 

 

3.  BENJAMIN BROOKS4 GRIFFITH (ISAAC NEWTON3, JOHN2, HAROLD1)33 was born 01 Sep 1837 in Jamestown, Greene County, Ohio, and died 16 Oct 1921 in Montezuma, Poweshiek Co., IA.  He married ELIZABETH FERNEAU33,34,35,36 14 Apr 1859 in Montezuma, Poweshiek Co., IA37,38, daughter of LEVI FERNEAU and ELIZABETH TAYLOR.  She was born 22 Sep 1841 in Paxton Twp., Ross Co., OH, and died 27 Jun 1921 in Montezuma, Poweshiek Co., IA.

 

Text Box:  
Benjamin Brooks Griffith
(Courtesy of Alice Enfield)
The following is from [http://www.grinnell.lib.ia.us/Obit/G/GriffithBenjaminB.pdf]:

 

[QUOTE BEGINS]

 

BENJAMIN B. GRIFFITH

 

Benjamin B. Griffith, a pioneer of 1845, has now for sixty-six years been a witness of the development of the county and in substantial measure has aided in its progress and improvement, Success has come to him as the years have passed by, enabling him now to live retired.  He was born in Jamestown, Ohio, September 1, 1837, and is a son of Isaac N, and Paulina P, (Johnson) Griffith.  The father was born in Virginia, March 3, 1813. The mother was born in Ohio, August 10, 1815, of English parentage, while the father of Isaac N, Griffith was a native of Wales and his mother was of Pennsylvania German birth. In the year 1845 Isaac N, Griffith and his wife came to Iowa, settling in Henry county, and throughout his remaining days he was a resident of this state, his death occurring in Carroll county, August 10, 1890. He had entered land in Henry county, where he lived for two years, and later entered land in Mahaska, Poweshiek and Marshall counties, After living in Henry county for two years the family in 1847 settled on the boundary line between Mahaska and Poweshiek counties and here Benjamin B, Griffith has since made his home.

 

Benjamin B. Griffith was but ten years of age when the family took up their abode on the Poweshiek county farm, He rode horseback from here to Iowa City, remaining in the saddle from sunrise to sunset in order to enter a piece of land which his father had staked out, wishing to secure the claim before it could be entered by another man who desired the same property, The entire distance covered by Mr. Griffith in his ride was sixty miles. At the family home were six children born of the father's first marriage: Hannah Ann, now the deceased wife of Rev. John Hestwood; Benjamin B.; John, living in Chicago; James E., a resident of Carroll, IA; Eli P., of Fort Dodge; and Helen, the wife of Louis Barger, of Carroll. The mother of these children passed away in Henry county, December 30, 1850, and the father afterward married again. By this second marriage he had two children: Isaac Newton, now living in Kansas City; and Mrs. Ella Aiken, of Glidden, IA.

 

The boyhood experiences of Benjamin B. Griffith were those which usually fall to the lot of farm lad. He aided in the arduous task of developing a new farm, the difficult work of breaking the sod and preparing the fields for cultivation early falling to his lot. At sixteen years of age he began working his way through school, desirous to enjoy a better education than had been accorded him in the public schools, He attended the state normal at Oskaloosa for a time and later spent two years in Western College at Tama, IA. His broadening knowledge better equipped him for life's practical duties and for six or seven years he engaged in teaching in the country schools of Poweshiek and Mahaska counties for a part of the time, devoting other portions of the year to farming.

 

On the 14th of April, 1858, Mr. Griffith was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Ferneau, who was born in Ohio, September 15, 1841, and in 1856 came to Iowa with her father, Levi William Ferneau. The children of this marriage were ten in number: Mrs. Ada L, Mullen, who is now living with her father and had two children, of whom one is yet living, Hugh E., who is engaged on the construction of the Panama canal; Frank E., of Des Moines; Maude N., who became the wife of Charles Brooks and died, leaving three sons, Ross, William and Mark, who are living with their grandfather; Blanche Paulina, the wife of C. L, Harris, of Montezuma, and the mother of two children, Elizabeth and Larid; Ralph H., who is principal of the schools at Thornton, IA, and has three children, Lihl, Louise and David; Kate Anna, the wife of C, W, Manatt, of Carroll. and the mother of two children, Naomi and Kathryn; Dick Carl, living in Montezuma; Hugh Bush, who has one son, Gerald, and makes his home in Montezuma; and two children who died in infancy.

 

Mr, Griffith engaged in farming for two years after his marriage.  He  put aside all business cares and considerations, however, at the time of the Civil war and from the schoolhouse where he was teaching he enlisted on the 14th of August, 1862, as a member of Company B, Fortieth Iowa Volunteer Infantry. He was on active duty for fourteen months and was then honorably discharged on account of disability. He has since resided in Montezuma, where he has followed merchandising most of the time. After the war, however, he established a barber shop and his two suns living in Montezuma are now engaged in the same business. In his political views Mr. Griffith is a democrat but has never sought nor desired office. He belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and to the Grand Army of the Republic and his brethren of those fraternities entertain for him warm and kindly regard. During his long residence here he has become very widely known and his many good qualities have gained him the friendship and esteem of all. The story of Poweshiek county's development is a familiar one to him. He came here when Montezuma had no existence, when only here and there had a settlement been made, much of the land being still in possession of the government. The broad prairies were starred with a million wild flowers in June and in winter were covered with an unbroken, dazzling sheet of snow. One could ride a long distance without coming to a fence or house to impede progress and the most farsighted would scarcely have dreamed of the wonderful development which was to take place. making this one of the prosperous and popular counties of the state.

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Notes for ELIZABETH FERNEAU:

There is a note in an addition sheet written by Dr. Hugh E. Mullen, Montezuma, Ia., 1967 to the book The

Descendants of William and John Johnson, Colonial Friends of Virginia by Lorand V. Johnson, M.D. that states: Elizabeth (Ferneau) Griffith, Hillsboro, Ohio, was daughter of Elizabeth (Taylor) Ferneau, a relative of Zachariah Tylor, Pres. of U.S.A.  It also states that she was apprenticed to a baker during her childhood in Ohio.

 

While she may very well have been apprenticed to a baker, she is almost certainly not a close relative to President Zachary Taylor.  Her Mother was Elizabeth Taylor, but this Taylor line went back to a family that lived in Ross County, Ohio for several generations.  None of President Taylor's brothers had children named Elizabeth who were born in Ohio that I could find.  While there may be a relationship more distant, there does not seem to be a close one.

 

More About ELIZABETH FERNEAU:

Burial: I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Montezuma, Poweshiek Co., IA39

     

Children of BENJAMIN GRIFFITH and ELIZABETH FERNEAU are:

              i.   ADA LILLIAN5 GRIFFITH42, b. 13 Aug 1861; m. JOHN E. MULLEN.

             ii.   FRANK EDWIN GRIFFITH42, b. 23 Oct 1865; d. 12 Feb 1926; m. DORA HOLDEFER.

            iii.   MAUD NAOMI GRIFFITH42, b. 08 Oct 1868; d. 22 Mar 1902; m. CHARLES BROOKS.

            iv.   BLANCHE PAULINA GRIFFITH42,43,44, b. 16 Jul 1870, Montezuma, Poweshiek Co., IA44,45;         d. 22 Feb 1955, Chatfield Nursing Home, Ottumwa, Wapello Co., IA46; m. CLEMENT VALANDINGHAM HARRIS47, 09 Sep 190347,48,49; d. Aug 1944, Ames, Story Co., IA50.

 

More About BLANCHE PAULINA GRIFFITH:

Date born 2: 16 Jul 1876

Burial: 25 Feb 1955, Ames Municipal Cemetery, Ames, Story Co., IA50

 

             v.   RALPH HORACE GRIFFITH54, b. 08 Dec 1871, Montezuma, Poweshiek Co., IA55; d. 30 Jan 1955, Pasadena, Los Angeles Co., CA55; m. ELPHA M. IRVIN56,57, 05 Oct 1898, Montezuma, Poweshiek Co., IA58,59; b. Feb 187460; d. 1947.

 

More About ELPHA M. IRVIN:

Name 2: Elpha M. Irwin60

 

            vi.   GEORGE GILBERT GRIFFITH62, b. 29 Sep 1873; d. 12 Mar 1894.

           vii.   KATE ANN GRIFFITH62, b. 21 Mar 1875; d. 14 Dec 1898; m. CHARLES W. MANATT.

 

Notes for KATE ANN GRIFFITH:

Lived at 92015 Grand Ave., Cedar Rapids, IA

 

          viii.   CARL DICK GRIFFITH62, b. 14 Apr 1877.

            ix.   HUGH BUSH GRIFFITH62, b. 29 Dec 1879; m. JENNIE F. STEPHENSON, 20 Jul 1909.

             x.   BESSIE MARIAM GRIFFITH62, b. 12 Feb 1885; d. 05 Apr 1902.

 

 

4.  JAMES EDWIN4 GRIFFITH (ISAAC NEWTON3, JOHN2, HAROLD1)62 was born 04 Oct 1843 in Jamestown, Greene County, OH, and died 08 Nov 1918 in Omaha, Douglas Co., NE.  He married HORTENSE TUTTLE62 31 Oct 1869 in Malcom, IA62, daughter of JOHN TUTTLE and RACHEL COLYER.  She was born 13 Jan 1851 in New York, and died 13 Dec 1929 in Omaha, Douglas Co., NE.

     

Children of JAMES GRIFFITH and HORTENSE TUTTLE are:

              i.   JR. JAMES EDWIN5 GRIFFITH62, b. 01 Feb 1872, Carroll, IA; m. LAURA MUSSON, 15 Jul 1903, Carroll, IA; b. 12 Aug 1873, Audubon, IA.

             ii.   NELLIE VIOLA GRIFFITH62, b. 09 Apr 1875, Carroll, IA; m. HOWARD T. DRAKE, 31 Oct 1895, Malcolm, IA; b. 08 Aug 1872, Foxboro, MA.

 

 

Text Box:  
Eli & Julia Griffith
5.  ELI PAMPHLIN4 GRIFFITH (ISAAC NEWTON3, JOHN2, HAROLD1)62 was born 08 May 1846 in Mt. Pleasant, Henry County, IA, and died 27 Sep 1932 in Villisca, IA.  He married JULIA ANN FERREN62 15 Jun 1878 in Carroll, IA62.  She was born 20 Feb 1857 in Canada, and died 14 Oct 1930.

 

More About JULIA ANN FERREN:

Burial: Forest Lawn Cemetary, Glendale, CA

     

Children of ELI GRIFFITH and JULIA FERREN are:

              i.   CHARLES EVANS5 GRIFFITH62, b. 29 Feb 1880, Carroll, IA; m. MABEL SHEEHAN62, 20 Jul        191062; b. 16 Feb 1886.

             ii.   VIDA MAY GRIFFITH62, b. 19 Nov 1882, Carroll, IA; m. FERNANDO GLEN KUNCE; b. 14 Aug    1886, Maywood, CA.

            iii.   ROY LESTER GRIFFITH62, b. 22 May 1887, Carroll, IA; d. 08 Jan 1934; m. ANGELA SCHULTE; d. 29 May 1918.

 

More About ROY LESTER GRIFFITH:

Burial: Villisca, IA

Text Box:  

Helen Griffith

 

6.  HELEN ELIZABETH4 GRIFFITH (ISAAC NEWTON3, JOHN2, HAROLD1)62 was born 14 Aug 1848 in Mahaska County, IA, and died Apr 1929 in Carroll, IA.  She married JAMES LOUIS BARGER62

     

Children of HELEN GRIFFITH and JAMES BARGER are:

              i.   DAISY5 BARGER62.  Died in Infancy

             ii.   EDITH BARGER62, d. Abt. 1946; m. JOHN WINTERBOURNE62.

            iii.   CLYDE BARGER62, Died in Infancy.

            iv.   MARGARET BARGER62, b. 03 Aug 1873, Carroll, IA; d. 17 Jan 1942, Princeton, IL; m. CLYDE       BRIGGS, 08 Apr 1903.

 

7.  CHARITY ELLA4 GRIFFITH (ISAAC NEWTON3, JOHN2, HAROLD1)62 was born 19 May 1857 in Montezuma, Marshall County, IA, and died 28 Apr 1930 in St. Anthony Hospital, Carroll, IA.  She married (1) EDWIN LEMUEL HATCH63 16 Jun 187563, son of EDWIN HATCH and MARY FOSTER.  He was born 02 Sep 1855 in Rochester, NY63, and died 03 Jul 1886 in Sioux City, Woodbury Co., IA64.  She married (2) ETHAN AKIN III65,66 14 Nov 1882 in Carroll, IA67, son of ETHAN AKIN and SUSAN ST. JOHN.  He was born 25 May 1853 in Johnstown, Fulton Co., NY (Montgomery Co. Bef 1838)68,69, and died 20 Sep 1923 in Akin Homestead, Carroll, IA70,71,72.

 

Charity was the first of two children born to Isaac N. Griffith's second wife, Cordelia Lawrence Griffith.  She married Edward Hatch in 1873 and later divorced him.  The 1880 US Census shows Charity and Edward living together in Carroll in Isaac Newton Griffith's house.  She married Ethan Akin 3rd in 1882 so the divorce with Edward Hatch must have been between 1880 and 1882. She had two daughters while married to Hatch, Lena and Myrtle.  Myrtle married George Caldwell and one of their children, Howard, lived with Ethan Akin 3rd and Charity after they were married.

 

Howard (Brud) Caldwell remembers Charity as being a warm and caring grandmother.  She lived in Glidden later in life and my Dad, Robert L. Akin, used to stay with her when the weather was too bad to go home after school.

 

 

More About CHARITY ELLA GRIFFITH:

Burial: 30 Apr 1930, Westlawn Cemetary, Glidden, IA

 

Notes for EDWIN LEMUEL HATCH:

Edward L. Hatch was shot to death by one George Trout in a Gambling House in Sioux City, Woodbury Co., IA at 10:00pm.  Source: Coroner's Jury Report printed in the Sioux City Daily Journal on July 6, 1886.

 

The account of this incident published in Wild West Magazine and available on the Internet at: http://www.thehistorynet.com/WildWest/articles/1998/1098_text.htm reads as follows:

 

"In July 1886, two murders in Sioux City caused tensions to approach the breaking point. The first occurred on Saturday night, July 3, at Prescott's Gambling House, located over Uhlmer's Saloon at 513 Fourth St., and involved William Prescott's two partners, George Throut and Ed Hatch. The hard-drinking Throut got mad because Hatch was playing faro and winning against the house (and thus costing Throut money). Throut drew a revolver, fired point-blank into Hatch's chest, and escaped. (Although later captured, convicted of murder and given a life sentence, Throut was soon pardoned by the governor.)"

 

He had left Carroll, IA a few months prior to his death where he was an aspiring young attorney moving to Sioux City.  His wife, Charity Ella Griffith Hatch, accompanied him according to family stories.  She attended his funeral as did his mother, Mary Elizabeth Potts, who was then living in Atkinson, NE.

 

 

More About EDWIN LEMUEL HATCH:

Date born 2: 1854, Rochester, NY73

Burial: 06 Jul 1886, Buried in Floyd Cemetary, 513-1, Sioux City, Woodbury Co., IA

 

More About EDWIN HATCH and CHARITY GRIFFITH:

Death of one spouse: 03 Jul 1886, Edwin Hatch was killed in Sioux City, Woodbury Co., IA

Marriage 1: 16 Jun 187574

Marriage 2: 1873, Carroll, IA

 

Children of CHARITY GRIFFITH and EDWIN HATCH are:

              i.   LENA MABEL5 HATCH78, b. 28 Dec 1874, Carroll, IA; d. 09 Nov 1962, Miami, Florida; m.           RICHARD BURDETT BARBER78, 1891, Council Bluffs, IA; b. 08 Feb 1873, Carroll, IA; d. 08 Apr 1947, Carroll, IA.

 

             ii.   MYRTLE GENEVRA HATCH79, b. 10 Jul 1880, Carroll, IA; d. 19 May 1961, Tulsa, Oklahoma80; m. (1) GEORGE BACON CADWELL81; b. 02 Oct 1878, Logan, IA82; d. 22 Jan 1909, Dunlap, IA83; m. (2) EDWARD CHRISTY.

 

Notes for GEORGE BACON CADWELL:

George Cadwell was living in Coon Rapids, IA and decided to enter into a business partnership with his father in Dunlap, IA.  The business was dealing with law, land, and insurance.  George went to Dunlap to make arrangements and was found dead in a vacant lot.  The coroners inquest determined that he had committed suicide by drinking a dose of carbolic acid.   He was known to suffer from fits of depression and evidently the strain of setting up the new business was too much for him.  He was brought back to Glidden and the funeral service was held in the home of Ethan and Charity Akin (his in-laws).

 

The source for the above is a front page article in the Glidden Graphic dated Thursday, January 28, 1909.

 

More About GEORGE BACON CADWELL:

Burial: 24 Jan 1909, Westlawn Cemetery, Glidden, IA

     

Children of CHARITY GRIFFITH and ETHAN AKIN are:

            iii.   MAUD BUTTERFIELD5 AKIN84, b. 02 Sep 1883, Akin Farmstead near Carroll, IA85; d. 16 Aug 1961, Gilman, IA; m. HARRY E. JENKS86, 20 Jun 1906, Glidden, IA; b. 24 Apr 1884, Scranton, IA; d. 18 Jun 1959, Gilman, IA86.

 

Notes for HARRY E. JENKS:

Managed Grain Elevators at Gilman, IA.  He was a very active Shriner.

Info fm Robert Lawrence Akin & Alice Jenks Larkin.

 

            iv.   GRACE WELLS AKIN87, b. 02 Jan 1886, Akin Farmstead near Carroll, IA87; m. BENJAMIN B.  SKINNER.

 

Notes for BENJAMIN B. SKINNER:

Was a Civil Engineer who worked for the Government.  For one

assignment, he worked in Cuba laying out part of Havana.  When they

returned, they settled in Maplewood, NJ where they both died

 

             v.   EVA VIOLA AKIN87, b. 10 Apr 1888, Akin Farmstead near Carroll, IA87; m. WILLIAM H.           SCHNABLE88; b. 21 Dec 1884, Carroll, IA88.

 

Notes for EVA VIOLA AKIN:

When Ethan Akin 3rd died, Eva inherited the part of the farm across

from the Country Club.  She and Bill moved back to the farm and farmed

it until he died.  Eva then retired to Glidden.

 

            vi.   LOUIS LAWRENCE AKIN89, b. 29 Nov 1890, Akin Farmstead near Carroll, IA; d. 29 Jul 1984,        Carroll Health Center, Carroll, IA; m. CLARA MAY OLSON90, 20 Nov 1912, Goldfield, Wright County, IA91,92; b. 01 Apr 1887, Xenia, Woodward Co., IA; d. 21 Nov 1974, Carroll Health Center, Carroll, IA.

 

Notes for LOUIS LAWRENCE AKIN:

Louis had a best friend named Bernard Wheelen.   He was the brother of Jim Wheelen who lived near Akindale down by the railroad tracks.  Bernard was a Catholic Priest who was a missionary in China.  Bernard and Louis corresponded all their lives, and he visited Louis several times.  Once, Bernard brought Father Flannigan of Boys Town fame to Akindale for a visit.

 

More About LOUIS LAWRENCE AKIN:

Burial: 02 Aug 1984, Westlawn Cemetery, Glidden, Carroll County, IA

 

Notes for CLARA MAY OLSON:

Everyone's memories of Clara are of a very warm and loving woman.  She liked to hug those she loved and everyone felt warm and loved in her presence.  She was a good conversationalist and was genuinely interested in the lives of the person she was talking to.  She was well educated and could discuss any subject.  She was well read and took part in several women's clubs.  She was Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star in 1932.

 

Clara's Scandanavian heritage showed in her personality and mannerisms in many ways.  She knew a few Norwegian words and cooked some Scandanavian foods.  Another way was in her love of eating animal fat.  I remember her cutting the fat off her meat serving and saving it for last saying that it was the "best part".  Nina remembers her dipping a piece of fat out of the gravy and eating it calling it desert.

 

Clara was not known as a great cook, although when we visited Louis and Clara, she and my Mother would work in the kitchen and the resulting meals were good to me.  In later life, she did not cook but preferred to eat out.  When they moved out of their house on North Court Street, all that was in the pantry was a few cans of condensed milk.

 

She used to take naps in her little sewing room/sitting room across from the dining room of the house on N. Court Street.

 

Around 1925 or 26, Dick says that Clara was diagnosed with heart trouble.  In the early 60's, Clara had a mastechtomy on one breast followed a few years later on the other.  Nina remembers that the post operativie radiation turned Clara's whole side red and blistered.  To my memory, she never wore a prosthesis.  She died of colon cancer in the Carroll nursing home.  Louis was sharing the room with her when she died in her sleep.

 

More About CLARA MAY OLSON:

Burial: 23 Nov 1974, Westlawn Cemetery, Glidden, Carroll County, IA

 

 

Endnotes

 

10.  Tom Griffith, Descendants of Thomas Thornburg.

11.  Email, Charles Hansen dated 12/22/04, "Electronic," Charles cites death certificate #626 and the obituary for Newt.

12.  Tom Griffith, Descendants of Thomas Thornburg.

13.  Marriage License, Isaac Newton Griffith, Jr. to Genevra Martin.

14.  Email, Charles Hansen dated 12/22/04, "Electronic," Charles cites death certificate #20876 and her obituary in the Spokesman Review dated 15 Nov 1953, p. 7.

15.  "Obituary, Isaac Newton Griffith, Jr.," Spokesman Review dated 6/11/1933, p. 6.

16.  1880 U.S. Census - IA, Carroll Co., Carroll.

17.  1900 U.S. Census - IA, Carroll Co., Carroll.

18.  1910 U.S. Census - MO, Jackson Co., Kansas City.

19.  Email, Charles Hansen dated 12/22/04, "Electronic," Charles cites his obituary.

20.  1880 U.S. Census - IA, Carroll Co., Carroll, p. 383A.

21.  1900 U.S. Census - IA, Carroll Co., Carroll, p. 844 B, Census is marked Court Street on the page.

22.  1910 U.S. Census - MO, Jackson Co., Kansas City, Sheet 17A.

23.  1920 U.S. Census - WA, Spokane Co., Spokane, Dwight Pct., Sheet 2A.

24.  1930 U.S. Census - WA, Spokane Co., Spokane, Roll: 2515; Page:  235; Enumeration District: 27; Image: 1014.0.

25.  "Obituary, Isaac Newton Griffith, Jr.," Spokesman Review dated 6/11/1933, p. 6.

26.  "Obituary, Ginevra Griffith," Spokesman Review dated 11/15/1953, p. 7.

27.  Marriage License, Isaac Newton Griffith, Jr. to Genevra Martin.

28.  Tom Griffith, Descendants of Thomas Thornburg.

29.  Author of Book: Lorand V. Johnson, MD.  Additons by: Dr. Hugh E. Mullen, Montezuma, IA 1967, Additions to: The Descendants of William and John Johnson, Colonial Friends of Virginia..

30.  Tom Griffith, Descendants of Thomas Thornburg.

31.  1900 U.S. Census - IA, Cass Co., Enda, Sheet 6B.

32.  1930 U.S. Census - IA, Polk Co., Des Moines Twp., p. 193, Sheet 15A.

33.  Tom Griffith, Descendants of Thomas Thornburg.

34.  Author of Book: Lorand V. Johnson, MD.  Additons by: Dr. Hugh E. Mullen, Montezuma, IA 1967, Additions to: The Descendants of William and John Johnson, Colonial Friends of Virginia., p. 1.

35.  Alice Enfield, "Descendants of Levi Ferneau," p. 1, Alice cites Steve DeBoer, Ferneau - Cemetery - Obtituaries (The names & dates came from cemetery records and obituaries that Steve DeBoer collected.).

36.  Alice Enfield, "Descendants of Levi Ferneau," p. 1.

37.  Tom Griffith, Descendants of Thomas Thornburg.

38.  Alice Enfield, "Descendants of Levi Ferneau," p. 1, Alice cites Marriage Records, Poweshiek Co., IA.

39.  Alice Enfield, "Descendants of Levi Ferneau," p. 1, Alice cites Steve DeBoer, Ferneau - Cemetery - Obtituaries (The names & dates came from cemetery records and obituaries that Steve DeBoer collected.).

40.  Tom Griffith, Descendants of Thomas Thornburg.

41.  Alice Enfield, "Descendants of Levi Ferneau," p. 1, Alice cites Marriage Records, Poweshiek Co., IA.

42.  Tom Griffith, Descendants of Thomas Thornburg.

43.  Author of Book: Lorand V. Johnson, MD.  Additons by: Dr. Hugh E. Mullen, Montezuma, IA 1967, Additions to: The Descendants of William and John Johnson, Colonial Friends of Virginia., p. 3.

44.  "Obituary, Blanche Paulina Griffith Harris," Ames Daily Tribune, Ames, Story Co., IA dated 2/23/1955.

45.  Author of Book: Lorand V. Johnson, MD.  Additons by: Dr. Hugh E. Mullen, Montezuma, IA 1967, Additions to: The Descendants of William and John Johnson, Colonial Friends of Virginia., p. 3.

46.  "Obituary, Blanche Paulina Griffith Harris," Ames Daily Tribune, Ames, Story Co., IA dated 2/23/1955.

47.  Tom Griffith, Descendants of Thomas Thornburg.

48.  "Obituary, Blanche Paulina Griffith Harris," Ames Daily Tribune, Ames, Story Co., IA dated 2/23/1955.

49.  Author of Book: Lorand V. Johnson, MD.  Additons by: Dr. Hugh E. Mullen, Montezuma, IA 1967, Additions to: The Descendants of William and John Johnson, Colonial Friends of Virginia., p. 3.

50.  "Obituary, Blanche Paulina Griffith Harris," Ames Daily Tribune, Ames, Story Co., IA dated 2/23/1955.

51.  Tom Griffith, Descendants of Thomas Thornburg.

52.  "Obituary, Blanche Paulina Griffith Harris," Ames Daily Tribune, Ames, Story Co., IA dated 2/23/1955.

53.  Author of Book: Lorand V. Johnson, MD.  Additons by: Dr. Hugh E. Mullen, Montezuma, IA 1967, Additions to: The Descendants of William and John Johnson, Colonial Friends of Virginia., p. 3.

54.  Tom Griffith, Descendants of Thomas Thornburg.

55.  "Obituary, Ralph Griffith," Ames Daily Tribune, Ames, Story Co., IA dated 2/2/1955.

56.  Author of Book: Lorand V. Johnson, MD.  Additons by: Dr. Hugh E. Mullen, Montezuma, IA 1967, Additions to: The Descendants of William and John Johnson, Colonial Friends of Virginia..

57.  1880 U.S. Census - IA, Poweshiek Co.,.

58.  "Obituary, Ralph Griffith," Ames Daily Tribune, Ames, Story Co., IA dated 2/2/1955.

59.  Author of Book: Lorand V. Johnson, MD.  Additons by: Dr. Hugh E. Mullen, Montezuma, IA 1967, Additions to: The Descendants of William and John Johnson, Colonial Friends of Virginia., p. 2.

60.  "Obituary, Ralph Griffith," Ames Daily Tribune, Ames, Story Co., IA dated 2/2/1955.

61.  Author of Book: Lorand V. Johnson, MD.  Additons by: Dr. Hugh E. Mullen, Montezuma, IA 1967, Additions to: The Descendants of William and John Johnson, Colonial Friends of Virginia., p. 2.

62.  Tom Griffith, Descendants of Thomas Thornburg.

63.  Frederick Clinton Pierce, Foster Genealogy,  (Chicago, W. B. Conkey, Co., 1899), p. 824.

64.  "Sioux City Daily Journal - July 6 - 7, 1886."

65.  Akin Family Bible.

66.  State of Illinois, Illinois Marriages, http://www2.sos.state.il.us/cgi-bin/marriage, Schuyler Co., Book C pg 121 license #6901-Ethan is listed as Jr..

67.  Ethan Akin & Charity Hatch Marriage License.

68.  Akin Family Bible.

69.  Gravestone of Ethan Akin, III, Akin, Ethan - May 25, 1853 - Sept. 20, 1923 - aged 70y 3m 26dPhoto of Gravestone in R. L. Akin Library.

70.  Akin Family Bible.

71.  Schuyler County Genealogical Society, Rural Cemeteries of Littleton Township, p. 7, Akin, Ethan May 25, 1852 Sept. 20, 1923 aged 70y 3m 26d,  This is an obvious misprint as he was born in 1853.

72.  "Rushville Times," September 27, 1923-Ethan Akin Buried at Bethany Sunday (9/23)-"The remains of Ethan Akin who died at Carroll, IA September 20 aged 70 were brought to Rushville on Saturday and on Sunday at 1:30.  Funeral services were held at Bethany Church conducted by Rev. George P. Snyder.  Interment was made in the cemetery nearby, where his wife is buried.  His son, Louis L. Akin of Carroll, IA snd son-in-law H. E. Jenks of Gilman, IA accompanied the body to Rushville and were joined by his daughter Mrs. B. B. Skiner of Maplewood, New Jersey.  Mr. Akin was a native of New York coming here when a young man locating in Chicago where he met Mary L. Foster and they were married in this county.  They young wife and mother died when her first child was born, now Mrs. Marcelles of Ithaca, NY and was buried in Bethany Cemetery.  At the funeral services Sunday several old time friends and neighbors were present who witnessed his marriage long years ago.

73.  Grace Cadwell Lafferty, Grace Cadwell Lafferty email, "Electronic," 7/8/2000.

74.  Frederick Clinton Pierce, Foster Genealogy,  (Chicago, W. B. Conkey, Co., 1899), p. 824.

75.  Obituary, Ethan Akin, III, "Electronic."

76.  "Rushville Times," September 27, 1923-Ethan Akin Buried at Bethany Sunday (9/23)-"The remains of Ethan Akin who died at Carroll, IA September 20 aged 70 were brought to Rushville on Saturday and on Sunday at 1:30.  Funeral services were held at Bethany Church conducted by Rev. George P. Snyder.  Interment was made in the cemetery nearby, where his wife is buried.  His son, Louis L. Akin of Carroll, IA snd son-in-law H. E. Jenks of Gilman, IA accompanied the body to Rushville and were joined by his daughter Mrs. B. B. Skiner of Maplewood, New Jersey.  Mr. Akin was a native of New York coming here when a young man locating in Chicago where he met Mary L. Foster and they were married in this county.  They young wife and mother died when her first child was born, now Mrs. Marcelles of Ithaca, NY and was buried in Bethany Cemetery.  At the funeral services Sunday several old time friends and neighbors were present who witnessed his marriage long years ago.

77.  Ethan Akin & Charity Hatch Marriage License.

78.  Author of Book: Lorand V. Johnson, MD.  Additons by: Dr. Hugh E. Mullen, Montezuma, IA 1967, Additions to: The Descendants of William and John Johnson, Colonial Friends of Virginia., p. 8.

79.  Grace Cadwell Lafferty, Grace Cadwell Lafferty email, "Electronic," 7/8/2000.

80.  Grace Cadwell Lafferty, Grace Cadwell Lafferty email, "Electronic," dated 7/21/2000.

81.  Grace Cadwell Lafferty, Grace Cadwell Lafferty email, "Electronic," dated 7/8/2000.

82.  "Glidden Graphic Newspaper," Issue dated 1/28/1909 - Page 1.

83.  "Glidden Graphic Newspaper," Issue dated 1/28/1909, Page 1.

84.  Alice Jenks Larkin Letter dated 11/92..

85.  Akin Family Bible.

86.  Alice Jenks Larkin Letter dated 11/92..

87.  Akin Family Bible.

88.  Lesley@centuryinter.net, Schnable Family Tree,  (Found at Ancestry.com), "Electronic."

89.  Akin Family Bible.

90.  "Obituary, Mrs. M. S. Olson."

91.  Carroll Daily Times Herald, Carroll, IA, "Obituary, Clara Mae Olson," date: Friday, November 22, 1974, Page 2..

92.  Carroll Daily Times Herald, Carroll, IA, "Obituary, Louis Lawrence Akin," date: July 30 or 31, 1984..

93.  Carroll Daily Times Herald, Carroll, IA, "Obituary, Clara Mae Olson," date: Friday, November 22, 1974, Page 2..

94.  Carroll Daily Times Herald, Carroll, IA, "Obituary, Louis Lawrence Akin," date: July 30 or 31, 1984..

95.  David Crane, "David Crane Family Tree."