Isaiah Griffin

Male 1771 - 1865


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  • Name  Isaiah Griffin  [1
    Born  24 Apr 1771  Nine Partners, Dutchess Co, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender  Male 
    Died  12 Apr 1865  Waterdown, Halton Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • Isaiah Griffin son of Richard, was quite a witty fellow, and was noted for his quickness in repartee, and clever sayings. He was a shrewd business man as well. A most amusing incident is related of him in connection with the sale of a horse. The buyer asked him the age of the animal, Isaiah, who was inflicted with an impediment in his speech, a pronounced stammerer, replied, "Ers now--, now two--, ers now, now, two, ers, seven,-- seven, seven,-- years old." The purchaser well satisfied with his bargain, took the horse home. The next day he met a friend and neighbor, who to his surprise and consternation told him that the animal was at least twenty years old. Naturally he lost no time in finding Isaiah, and in a great rage shouted "Why man you told me that horse was only seven years old!" "Now hold on," said Isaiah, "not so fast, I said he was-- 'Ers now, Ers now-- that he was s-s-seven s-seven, s-seven years old,'--three sevens are twenty-one!"

      At another time when negotiating with the prospective purchaser of a yoke of oxen, and being asked if the beasts were "breechy" he said in his own inimitable manner, "Ers now, now, to Ers now,--now to,--I always find them, just where I leave them," which answer satisfied the gentleman, and the deal being consummated, the buyer took his oxen home with him, congratulating himself on what a pair of beauties he had so fortunately and cheaply secured. He turned them loose in a field over night. Next morning he found that they had thrown down the fence, and were free to wander all over the farm. Of course the owner went in hot haste to Isaiah with his woeful complaint "I thought you said they were not "breechy" he exclaimed,--Isaiah, like George Washington, had indeed told the plain unvarnished truth, "Ers now, now to --I never told you any such thing." "Ers now to"--I told you I always found them, where I left them!" "Where did you leave them?" asked the complainant, Isaiah replied, " I chained them up to a stump every night." [3]
    Person ID  I26040  Bryant
    Last Modified  24 Feb 2008 

    Father  Richard Griffin,   b. 22 Jun 1732, Nine Partners, Dutchess Co, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 08 Oct 1795, Grimsby, Lincoln Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Mary Smith,   b. Abt 1734, probably, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1780, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1757  Nine Partners, Dutchess Co, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F2036  Group Sheet

    Family  Susannah Culp,   b. 14 Dec 1777, Peddlehouse, Strasburg Twp, Lancaster Co, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Jul 1865, Waterdown, Halton Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1794  Grimsby, Lincoln Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F2146  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 24 Apr 1771 - Nine Partners, Dutchess Co, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1794 - Grimsby, Lincoln Co, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 12 Apr 1865 - Waterdown, Halton Co, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S72] Griffin-Smith, Fam. Group Shee, Linser, Jan, (P.O. Box 521, Cohasset, MN 55721, 10 May 1997).

    2. [S267] Griffin, Pioneer Family, Griffin, Justus A., (The Griffin & Richmond Co., Hamilton, Ontario, 1924), p.29.

    3. [S350] Wardell Family History, Smith, Gertrude P., (Jackson, Moss & Company, Printers, Toronto, Ontario, 1910).


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