William Riley Griffin

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

The Life Summary 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, Wisconsin, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Lincoln, Monroe, Wisconsin, United States in 1900 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

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  • Marriage
    13 November 1875Monroe, Wisconsin, United States
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    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

    Welsh: from the personal name Gruffin, Griffin, a pet form of Middle Welsh Gruffudd. In the Welsh border counties this name was introduced directly from Welsh, and in the eastern counties of England by Bretons from France who came over with the Norman conquest.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 (10)

    • William Griffen, "United States Census, 1880"
    • William Griffin in household of Tyler P Griffin, "United States Census, 1870"
    • William R. Griffin in entry for Ralph Brown and Stella Griffin, "Wisconsin, County Marriages, 1836-1911"

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