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Re: William Martin family
Posted by: Joe Griffith Date: October 30, 2000 at 20:57:06
In Reply to: William Martin family by Philip Martin of 467

My great grandparents were John Griffith (b. 1820) and Rachel Margaret Jones Griffith (b. 1820). They were married in Monroe County, Virginia in 1845. They are listed in the 1850 Monroe County Census. They were members of the Old Greenbrier Baptist Church. In 1858, they resigned from the church, sold their 100-acre farm on Griffith Creek and migrated with theirr family and some friends and relatives to Putnam County. They settled there at Hurricane Bridge and in 1860 they were founding members of the Hurricane Bridge Church, which later became the First Baptist Church of Hurricane. They later purchased a farm on Bridge Creek where they raised their family which included my grandfather James Remley Griffith and later his son Luther Dennis Griffith, my father. William Martin, who was married to Mary Griffith also went to Putnam County at the same time and William Martin was also a founding member of the Hurricane Bridge Church in 1860. It appears that John Griffith (b. 1820) and Mary Griffith Martin (b. 1810) were siblings. What I have not been able to verify is who the parents of John and Rachel Griffith were. I know there was a John Griffith living in Monroe County in the 1830 and 1840 Monroe Census, but in those days, the other members of the family were not listed by name so I don't know John Griffith's (b. 1820) mother's name assuming his father was the John Griffith listed as the head of household in the 1830 and 1840 Monroe Census. I know by the 1850 Census of Monroe County that William and Mary Griffith Martin (house number 491) were nieghbors of John and Rachel Griffith (house number 470) at Santifee on Griffith Creek, Wolf Township of Monroe County prior to their move to Putnam County in 1858. I have looked at Hannah Griffith as the possible wife and widow of the John Griffith, father of John Griffith (b. 1820) and Mary Griffith (b. 1810), but I can't find her first name, Hannah, or her maiden name listed as his wife in any record, so far. Perhaps Hannah was the wife and widow of John Griffith, assuming he died prior to 1850, and mother of John Griffith (b. 1820), but I can't verify that. If you have information of the parents of John Griffith (b. 1820) or Rachel Margaret Jones Griffith (b. 1820), I would greatly appreciate the info to help me push back my Griffith line.. Also, according to Putnam County Marriage Records, William Martin (age 21) married Susan L. Jones (age 27) at Putnam County on 9/29/1859. William Martin's parents were listed as William and Mary Martin and Susan Jones's parents were E. & M. Jones. I have not been able to identify E. & M. Jones. Any help there would also help me push back my Jones line. It appears that the Martin, Griffith, and Jones families were related by marriage and migrated to Putnam County together in 1858.



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