Let me run something by you.......if you hear of this or find something that might be revelent, please let me know....I am researching a son of Anna Poyner Griffith & Harvey Griffith...Anna died in 1858...Harvey disappears presumed dead....the children were farmed out to friends & family (I've read the Harvey remarried & that after he died, the stepmother would not or could not take care of the children) Anyway this is what I do know.....Samuel Patrick Griffith (aka Griffey) traveled to Texas at age 12 (shortly after the Civil War) in the company of an unnamed man. As they reached Crandall, Tx the man died. Pat was taken in by a local family...somehow his name became Griffey not Griffith....He married one of the daughters eventually & became a wealthy farmer in the area. Only around 1915 did Pat become reunited with his brothers.
My theory is that the man he was traveling with was a relative and that they were going to Poyner relatives in Texas. I have found where some Poyners from Arkansas--Madison or Carroll Co.--left shortly before the Civil War for Texas. I think it's possible that Pat & the man (could he have also been a Poyner?) were attempting to find the other Poyners. At 12, Pat would have been too young to have been sent on alone, so he just stayed in Crandall.
There is supposedly an article written around 1915 about Pat and his early life in the Dallas Morning News. I have searching the archives but never found it (This info comes from my uncle who was Sam's grandson & remembers the article) I have an independent source who also states this info. I have several people looking for it. If you ever come across this info, please please contact me!
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