James Willis Griffin

22 August 1908–14 September 1989 (Age 81)
Union, North Carolina, United States

The Life of James Willis

When James Willis Griffin was born on 22 August 1908, in Union, North Carolina, United States, his father, George Washington Griffin, was 30 and his mother, Martha Caroline Richardson, was 26. He had at least 1 son with Ivory Wilmetta Rogers. He lived in Buford Township, Union, North Carolina, United States for about 20 years. He died on 14 September 1989, in Monroe, Union, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Lakeland Memorial Park, Monroe, Union, North Carolina, United States.

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James Willis Griffin
Ivory Wilmetta Rogers
Thomas Dillon Griffin

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    Thomas Dillon Griffin


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World Events (8)

1909 · The NAACP is formed

Age 1

Organized as a civil rights organization, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is a bi-racial endeavor to advance justice for African Americans. It is one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the nation.
1918 · Fort Bragg Established

Age 10

Named after Confederate General Braxton Bragg, Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina was established on September 4, 1918. It was used as one of three training camps used during WWI.

Age 23

The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the national anthem.

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)

  • Willis Griffin in household of George Griffin, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Willis Griffin in household of George W Griffin, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Willis Griffin in household of George Griffin, "United States Census, 1930"

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