Mary Cordelia Stearns

1849–4 January 1926 (Age 77)
New York, United States

The Life of Mary Cordelia

When Mary Cordelia Stearns was born in 1849, in New York, United States, her father, Daniel Stearns, was 50 and her mother, Elizabeth Martin, was 39. She married Robert Addison Griffin on 16 September 1868, in Grandville, Kent, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. She lived in Big Rapids, Mecosta, Michigan, United States for about 20 years and San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States in 1900. She died on 4 January 1926, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Robert Addison Griffin
Mary Cordelia Stearns
Marriage: 16 September 1868
Minnie Louise Griffin
Fannie J. Griffin

Spouse and Children

16 September 1868
Grandville, Kent, Michigan, United States


    Minnie Louise Griffin


    Fannie J. Griffin


Parents and Siblings

    Daniel Stearns


    Elizabeth Martin




    George Foster Stearns



    Frances Celesta Stearns



    Daniel Ezra Stearns


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World Events (8)

1850 · California Is Admitted to Union

Age 1

California was admitted into the Union on September 9, 1850, and became the 31st state.
1850 · Los Angeles Is Incorporated

Age 1

Los Angeles was incorporated as a municipality on April 4, 1850.
1872 · The Modoc War

Age 23

Hostilities between Modoc Indians and white settlers resulted in the Modoc War during 1872-1873. A Modoc band of nearly 200 people, led by Captain Jack Kintpuash, was fleeing a forced relocation to a reservation occupied by their enemies, the Klamaths. The band had returned to their former land on Lost River, which now had white settlers occupying the area. The conflict erupted on November 29, 1872, when 40 troops were sent to move the Modocs back to the reservation. An argument erupted and shots were fired. Several were killed and the Modocs fled to “The Stronghold,” a large, cavernous lava bed. The holdout went on for months with several clashes. On April 11, 1873, General Edward Richard Sprigg Canby and Reverend Eleazar Thomas were killed by the Modocs during a negotiation. The Modocs lacked resources and supplies and eventually surrendered on July 4. In total, 2 Modocs and 71 enlisted military men lost their lives.

Name Meaning

English: patronymic from Stern 2.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Mary C Griffin in household of Robert A Griffin, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Mary C Griffin in household of William O Franklin, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Mary C Griffin in household of Robert A Griffin, "United States Census, 1880"

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