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James C. Griffin: One Early Death Becomes Two

When I notice an early death in family history records, I’m always saddened. But I’m always curious, too. When I saw that my first cousin, thrice-removed, James C. “Jim” GRIFFIN (1895-1922) died from a boiler explosion I looked for a newspaper article, and I found one. I found something unexpected, too. Jim’s Early Life Jim. […]

Henry L. Griffin – Lost in World War 1

Henry Lee GRIFFIN was born 29 Apr 1892 in Platt Springs, Lexington County, South Carolina. His parents were Henry David GRIFFIN (1858-1920) and Annie M. WATTS GRIFFIN (1862-1938). His grandfather, William Harris GRIFFIN, Sr. (1820-1870’s) was my 3rd great grandfather. This makes Henry Lee my 1st cousin thrice removed. Early Life On the 1900 and […]

The Seven Civil War Sons of Allen Miles, Sr.

A recent theme for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks was Large. I thought my 3rd great-grandfather, Renatus THOMAS of Richland County, South Carolina (1799-1874), won the prize in my family tree for having the largest number of sons who served in the Civil War. Five in total: James S. (1828-1912), Renatus Jr. (1832-1863), Shadrack (1835-?), […]

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