Smith Griffin

Male 1772 - 1849


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  • Name  Smith Griffin  [1
    Born  09 Aug 1772  Nine Partners, Dutchess Co, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender  Male 
    Died  28 Sep 1849  Brantford, Brant Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    • According to his death notice, Smith was "raised amongst the Quakers, but joined the Methodist Church in his youth. At the time of the Revolutionary War, he came to Canada with his father. Later, he served as magistrate and a local preacher."
    Notes 
    • Smithville received its name from Smith Griffin, who was a son of Richard Griffin, and abrother of Aunt Polly, (Isaac Wardell's wife). The Griffin family was famous throughout the country.Later on Smith Griffin became the first general store keeper, and soon after he became the proprietorof a grist-mill, a saw mill and a tannery.His goods he got from Montreal. Following the lake he had to haul them all the way inwagons by way of Toronto. The trip was a most arduous one, occupying six weeks of time.As an illustration of Smith's shrewdness in business. He bought calico in Montreal for tencents per yard, and sold it in Smithville for fifty cents. However, the price was not so exorbitantwhen we consider that in those days four yards were enough to make a serviceable dress. He soonbranched out and had two stores, outside of Smithville, besides his many interests in the town.During the first year of the settlement of the Griffin family in Smithville, they were the solepopulation. The second year two new settlers arrived, the year following four more came. Afterthat they came thick and fast until Smithville was one of the most populous towns in the country.The Griffins were nearly all millers, so when they came to Canada they brought their stone withthem, for the mill. They built a tread mill at Smithville in 1810. The farmers brought their grain,drawn by oxen, and then the oxen were put on the tread mill to grind the grain. We mentionedbefore that Richard Griffin and his son Ned located a homestead of eight hundred acres. Thefollowing descendants of Richard Griffin, are living to-day on the old Griffin property. Mr. IsaacWardell, W. F. H. Patterson, Mrs. Eliza Patterson and Mrs. Phoeba Hill her sister. [5]
    Person ID  I26041  Bryant
    Last Modified  22 Jan 2006 

    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 1  Eleanor Culver,   b. 15 Jul 1780, Louth, Lincoln Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1812, Smithville, Lincoln Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1799  Grimsby, Lincoln Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F2147  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Harriet Douglas,   b. Abt 1797,   d. Oct 1847, Lincoln Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  06 Jun 1814  probably, Smithville, Lincoln Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F2148  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 09 Aug 1772 - Nine Partners, Dutchess Co, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1799 - Grimsby, Lincoln Co, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 06 Jun 1814 - probably, Smithville, Lincoln Co, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 Sep 1849 - Brantford, Brant 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. [S181] Annals of the 40, West Lincoln, Powell, R. Janet, (Grimsby Historical Society, Grimsby, Ontario, 1955), Griffin Family.

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

    4. [S183] Christian Guardian, Death Noti, McKenzie, Rev. Donald A., (Hunterdon House, Lambertville, NJ, 1982), p.136.

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


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