Laura Litchfield

6 March 1820–14 December 1894 (Age 74)
Chesterfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Laura

When Laura Litchfield was born on 6 March 1820, in Chesterfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Ensign Lot Litchfield, was 41 and her mother, Mary Or Molly Hayden, was 39. She married Orson Mitchel Griffes on 1 January 1848, in Ellicottville, Cattaraugus, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Ellicottville, Cattaraugus, New York, United States in 1850 and Columbia Township, Jackson, Michigan, United States for about 20 years. She died on 14 December 1894, at the age of 74.

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Family Time Line

Orson Mitchel Griffes
Laura Litchfield
Marriage: 1 January 1848
Orlin Augustus Griffes
Louisa Griffith
Jeny J Griffith
Susan Maria Griffes
Amy J. Griffes
Ensign Beals Griffes

Spouse and Children

1 January 1848
Ellicottville, Cattaraugus, New York, United States



    Susan Maria Griffes


    Louisa Griffith



    Jeny J Griffith


+1 More Child

Parents and Siblings



+6 More Children

World Events (8)

1821 · Financial Relief for Public Land

Age 1

A United States law to provide financial relief for the purchasers of Public Lands. It permitted the earlier buyers, that couldn't pay completely for the land, to return the land back to the government. This granted them a credit towards the debt they had on land. Congress, also, extended credit to buyer for eight more years. Still while being in economic panic and the shortage of currency made by citizens, the government hoped that with the time extension, the economy would improve.
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 7

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.

Age 26

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Name Meaning

English:1. habitational name from Lichfield in Staffordshire. The first element preserves a British name recorded as Letocetum during the Romano-British period. This means ‘gray wood’, from words which are the ancestors of Welsh llŵyd ‘gray’ and coed ‘wood’. By the Old English period this had been reduced to Licced, and the element feld ‘pasture’, ‘open country’was added to describe a patch of cleared land within the ancient wood. 2. habitational name from Litchfield in Hampshire, recorded in Domesday Book as Liveselle. This is probably from an Old English hlīf ‘shelter’ + Old English scylf ‘shelf’, ‘ledge’. The subsequent transformation of the place name may be the result of folk etymological association with Old English hlið, hlid ‘slope’ + feld ‘open country’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Laura Griffith in household of Orson Griffith, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Laura Griffith in household of Orson Griffith, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Laura Griffis in household of Orson Griffis, "United States Census, 1850"

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