Henry David GRIFFIN was the brother of my 2nd great-grandmother, Flora Ann GRIFFIN GRANT. This makes him my 2nd great grand uncle.
Henry was born 23 Jan 1858 in Marlboro County, South Carolina to William H GRIFFIN, Sr and Margaret PEARSON GRIFFIN. He attended school in Marlboro County and learned to read and write.
Sometime in the mid to late 1870’s, Henry left Marlboro County and headed to Columbia, the state capitol. In 1880, he was working as a teamster – someone who drove a team of draft animals, usually a wagon drawn by oxen, horses or mules. Also in 1880, 22-year old Henry married 18-year old Ann M. (Annie) WATTS.
Time marches on
Henry and Annie continued to farm in Lexington County through the next 20 years. The census shows them as owning a farm in Platt Springs in January 1920. Owned and free of a mortgage, even. Henry and Annie’s son, Bogan M. GRIFFIN, lived next door.
Henry takes sick
A few days after Thanksgiving that same year, Henry took sick with Bright’s disease. Bright’s disease is an old term used for kidney disease now called nephritis. Symptoms were severe back pain, elevated blood pressure, vomiting, fever, edema due to fluid retention causing restricted breathing, smoky or bloody urine, and high levels of albumin in urine.
Another of my 2nd great grand uncles, Jesse THOMAS, provided a prescription for Bright’s to my grandmother, Florrie THOMAS MARTIN in 1932: 1 half ounce of oil of cubabs. and one ounce of balsam copiava. Take one-half teaspoon before meals. Sounds pretty tasty to me…NOT.
(Balsam copaiba is a sap-like substance collected from trees belonging to the copaifera species. They are flowering plants in the legume family. The oil is useful for production of oil products like lacquers and biodiesel. Medicinally acts as a diuretic and it reduces inflammation.
Oil of cubebs or cubeba comes from the dried unripe berry of a tropical shrub of the pepper family (piper cubeba or tailed pepper). The oil causes a marked diuretic action and is an efficient disinfectant of the urinary passage.)
Henry passes away
Perhaps Henry’s doctor prescribed this same remedy for him, but whatever the doctor did, it didn’t help. Henry passed away early on 12 Dec 1920, just a few weeks after becoming ill. He was 62 years old. Henry was buried at Gaston First Baptist Church in Gaston, Lexington County, South Carolina.