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John L. and Hannah (Griffin(g)) Griffin(g) family, Flanders, LI, NY
Posted by: Roberta Lader (ID *****3603) Date: July 27, 2002 at 10:36:17
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I am looking for information on and/or descendants of the family of John L. and Hannah Amanda Griffin(g) Griffin(g) of Flanders, Suffolk Co., Long Island, NY.

The family ran a farm adjoining Flanders Bay from about 1840 into the twentieth century. It is shown on old maps available on under the name “J. Griffin” and “J. Griffing.” John L. Griffin(g) was born on March15, 1815 in Connecticut. According to a book written about 1895 about Suffolk Co. and its prominent men, his father’s name was Henry, also b. CT. Both Henry and John himself spent time at sea before settling down as farmer fishermen. John Griffin(g) married Hannah Griffin(g) (her maiden name) sometime before 1839. Hannah was born in New York, most probably Suffolk Co, on August 28, 1817. John died September 6, 1898, and Hannah died July 13, 1899. They are buried in Flanders Cemetery.

Child 1: Oliver Cassandre Griffin(g) b. c. 1839, d.c. 1920, who married first Hattie Conklin of Good Ground, then Fannie Ella Pollard of Stonington, CT, was captain of the steamer Massachusetts and settled in Stonington. Two children: William Pollard Griffin, b.c.1880, Grace Pollard Griffin, b.c. 1884 , one known grandchild, William Griffin.
Child 2: Hannah Amanda Griffin(g) b.c.1841, d.c.1824, married E.W. Phillips of Quoque, two known children: Burt Phillips, Edward Phillips.
Child 3: John H. Griffin(g) b.c.1844, d.c.1880, married Susan H. Wells, lived near his father in Flanders. Two known children: Herbert W. Griffin(g) b.c. 1864, Annie Griffin(g)b.c. 1874. Herbert W. Griffin(g) married Elizabeth Mitchell.
Child 4: William E. Griffin(g) b.c.1847 d. young.
Child 5: Charles F. Griffin(g) b.c. 1848, married Ellen E., 2 known children: Leroy b.c. 1884, and Edith L. (Nettie) b.c. 1887. Found in Riverhead census.
Child 6: Joseph b. September 1851, married Annie L. Benjamin. Found in Southampton. 3 known children: Vesser b.1886, Jannie, b. 1889, and Louis Samuel, b. 1894. Vesser appears to have had a son named Vesser who died 1991 in Arkansas. Louis m. Myrtle Claire Ritch. They are listed as having one living child.
Child 7: Samuel S. Griffin(g) b.c. 1853, d. 1922. Married Anna E. Squires. Two children: Blanche m. Thomas Havens and Fannie (never m.). Samuel went to sea early, then returned home c. 1885 and ran the farm. He ran it as a duck/poultry farm until he was aged, then the farm was run by Thomas and Blanche Havens.
Child 8: Mary Rebecca Griffin(g) b. Oct. 24 1854, d. 1936. Married Edwin F. Cory and lived in New Haven, CT. Children: George, Frank, Elsie (my grandmother), Ida, Ruth, Marian. Frank m. Anna and had a daughter Luree. Ruth m. Frank Thorall, daughter Ann. Elsie m. George R. Craig, daughter Janet, sons Wilmot, George.
Child 9: Franklin b. 1859 d. young.

I would be interested in sharing information about this family. I am trying to trace the lineage of both John and Hannah. Hannah may have Riverhead connections. I can find no trace of a Henry Griffin or Griffing in CT who has a son named John who fits these facts, and am wondering if that name is accurate.

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