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WELLINGTON H. GRIFFITH-Griffiths came to Chautauqua county with the earliest settlers. Jeremiah Griffith, of Madison county, N.Y., settling in 1806, in the now town of Ellery, at the old Indian fields at Griffith's Point. Many descendants sprang from Jeremiah Griffith, and a most valuable grist and flour mill was built in 1832 by Seth and Samuel Griffith, sons of Jeremiah Griffith, the first settler. Other sons of Jeremiah Griffith were: John, Jeremiah (2), and Alexander. All came to Chautauqua and helped to clear away its forests, found its communities, schools and churches, and on the foundation they laid the present prosperity of the county rests. On the paternal side the Griffiths are of Welsh ancestry.

Wellington H. Griffith, grandson of Jeremiah (1) Griffith, and son of Jeremiah (2) and Margaret (Loucks) Griffith. was born in Chautauqua county, N.Y., April 10, 1818. Wellington H. Griffith was a miller and learned his trade from Henry Baker. For many years he operated the old Grandin Mills. He was a member of the Masonic order in Jamestown, and far many years a member of the School Board. In religious faith he was a Presbyterian, and a man highly respected.

Wellington H. Griffith married, Oct. 29, 1846, in Jamestown, N.Y., Rhoda Bucklin born Jan. 15, 1823, died in December, 1856. Mr. and Mrs. Griffith were the parents of four children: 1. Frances Isabel, born July 22, 1848; married, Sept. 23, 1869, in Jamestown, William H. Shaw, who died Oct. 11, 1916, leaving two children: Ralph B. and Margaret Louise. 2. Georgiana Victoria, born Oct. 2, 1852; married (first) Sept. 10, 1873, Douglas W. Clark and to this union was born one child, Alice Gary Clark; he died Dec. 15, 1879; she married (second) Nov. 18, 1891, Smith T. Culver, who died July 18, 1916. 3. Laurence Wellington, born Nov. 22, 1856; married Jessie Button. 4. Florence Rhoda, twin with Laurence W., died July 22, 1859.

Anonymous. History of Chautauqua County, New York, and its people. Boston: American Historical Society, 1921, p. 481.



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