William Riley Griffin

20 January 1849–18 May 1934 (Age 85)
Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of William Riley

When William Riley Griffin was born on 20 January 1849, in Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Tyler Perry Griffin, was 26 and his mother, Mehitable Douglas, was 31. He married Eva Adaline Martin on 13 November 1875, in Monroe Township, Benton, Wisconsin Territory, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Lincoln, Monroe, Wisconsin, United States for about 30 years and Grant, Monroe, Wisconsin, United States for about 10 years. His occupation is listed as farmer in Greenfield, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. He died on 18 May 1934, in La Crosse, La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Tomah, Monroe, Wisconsin, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Riley Griffin
Eva Adaline Martin
Marriage: 13 November 1875
Charles E. Griffin
Lettie C. Griffin
William Leroy Griffin
Richard Elricher Griffin
Estella Mae Griffin
Phoebe L. Griffin

Spouse and Children

13 November 1875
Monroe Township, Benton, Wisconsin Territory, United States


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings



    Hannah Marilla Griffin



    Bertha Jane Griffin


World Events (8)


Age 14

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1863 · Battle of Gettysburg

Age 14

The three day Battle of Gettysburg was one of the bloodiest of the American Civil War. Between the Confederates and Unions, somewhere between 46,000 and 51,000 people died that day.
1872 · The First National Park

Age 23

Yellowstone National Park was given the title of the first national park by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant. It is also believed to be the first national park in the world.

Name Meaning

1 Welsh: from a medieval Latinized form, Griffinus, of the Welsh personal name Gruffudd ( see Griffith ).2 English: nickname for a fierce or dangerous person, from Middle English griffin ‘gryphon’ (from Latin gryphus, Greek gryps, of Assyrian origin).3 Irish: Anglicized (part translated) form of Gaelic Ó Gríobhtha ‘descendant of Gríobhtha’, a personal name from gríobh ‘gryphon’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • William Griffin in household of Tyler P Griffin, "United States Census, 1870"
  • William R Griffin in household of Tyler P Griffin, "United States Census, 1880"
  • W Griffith in household of T Griffith, "United States Census, 1850"

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