Martha Elizabeth Griffith

21 June 1849–23 September 1920 (Age 71)
Franklin Co, Virginia, United States

The Life of Martha Elizabeth

When Martha Elizabeth Griffith was born on 21 June 1849, her father, Sparrel H Griffith, was 32 and her mother, Mary E. Campbell, was 21. She married William Smith Surface on 27 October 1870, in Montgomery, Fayette, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Floyd, Virginia, United States in 1860 and Auburn Magisterial District, Montgomery, Virginia, United States for about 20 years. She died on 23 September 1920, in Roanoke, Virginia, United States, at the age of 71, and was buried in Fairview Cemetery, Roanoke, Virginia, United States.

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William Smith Surface
Martha Elizabeth Griffith
Marriage: 27 October 1870
John Floyd Surface
William Jefferson Surface
Mary L Surface

Spouse and Children

27 October 1870
Montgomery, Fayette, Virginia, United States


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World Events (8)

1861 · The Battle of Manassas

Age 12

The Battle of Manassas is also referred to as the First Battle of Bull Run. 35,000 Union troops were headed towards Washington D.C. after 20,000 Confederate forces. The McDowell's Union troops fought with General Beauregard's Confederate troops along a little river called Bull Run. 

Age 14

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1868 · Impeach the President!

Age 19

Caused by many crimes and breaking the Tenure of Office Act, Many Senators and House Representatives became angry with President Johnson and began discussions of his Impeachment. After a special session of Congress, the Articles of Impeachment were approved by the House and then the Senate. Making Andrew Johnson the first President to be Impeached.

Name Meaning

Welsh: from the Old Welsh personal name Gruffudd, Old Welsh Grip(p)iud, composed of the elements grip, of uncertain significance, + iud ‘chief’, ‘lord’.

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

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Sources (3)

  • Martha E Surface in household of William F Surface, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Martha E Surface in household of William S Surface, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Martha E Griffith in household of Sparrel Griffith, "United States Census, 1850"

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