Saturday, June 20, 2020

GRIFFITH – 3 Generations

GRIFFITH – 3 Generations

Joshua Griffith was the first member of his family to come to Kentucky.  After his wife died in 1797 in Maryland, Joshua and his remaining family left Maryland and arrived in the western section of Ohio County about 1805; they are shown living in Montgomery County, Maryland in the 1800 census and are shown living in Ohio County in the 1810 census.  Joshua was born in Anne Arundel County, Maryland 25 Mar 1764.  He married Elizabeth Ridgley about 1780; Elizabeth was born about 1765 and died about 1797.  Joshua died 25 March 1845 in Daviess County (their home was in the part of Ohio County that became a part of Daviess County when Daviess County was formed in 1815). Joshua is buried in Rosehill Elmwood Cemetery, Owensboro.  Joshua and Elizabeth had several children, including his youngest son, William Ridgley Griffith and several daughters.

William Ridgely Griffith, son of Joshua and Elizabeth Griffith, was born 28 Feb 1793, Montgomery County, MD, and died 7 Dec 1858, Daviess County.  Served in the War of 1812.  Served in the Kentucky Legislature.  First married Arria Moseley 13 April 1820, Daviess County.  Two children:  Daniel Moseley Griffith and Clinton D. Griffith.  Following Arria’s death in 1828 William Ridgely married Marsha Hopkins. No children were born of the second marriage.

(a)  Dr. Daniel Moseley Griffith was born 28 February 1826 and died 3 November 1893. Daniel Moseley married Virginia Shelby and they had ten children: Florence (Miller); Mary Ridgely (Ray); Clinton Griffith; Joshua Todd Griffith; Rose Burwell (Watkins); Letitia Shelby (Watkins); Charles Todd Griffith; Virginia Todd Griffith; Ruth Griffith; Daniel Moseley Griffith, II.

(b) Clinton D. Griffith was born 18 Oct 1828 and died 3 August 1896.  He married Mary Frances Crawford who died in 1865 - and they had one child: William Ridgely Griffith.  Second marriage in 1870 to Anna Bell Weir  and they had four children: Anna Rumsey Griffith; James Weir Griffith; Dewitt Clinton Griffith;  and Arria (McGinniss).

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