Clay County

Biography - Matthew Griffin

MATTHEW GRIFFIN, deceased, late of Louisville, was born September 29, 1828. He was brought up on the farm, and educated at Shurtleff College, Upper Alton, Ill. He taught school a few years, then read law, and was admitted to practice in the Supreme and lower courts of Illinois. He was married first to Adaline, daughter of Hon. Dr. P. Green, deceased. They had two children, one living - Martha (Olmsted). Mrs. Griffin died, and Mr. Griffin married Mrs. Mary Finch, by whom he had one child - Effie May (Watson). Mrs. Griffin's first husband, Dr. James A. Finch, was a graduate of Rush Medical College, Chicago. By him she had two children - Emily and James A., both deceased. The latter was an attorney in Louisville. Dr. Finch was born in Indiana September 20, 1826. Mrs. Griffin's father, Rev. John M. Griffith, deceased, settled in Oskaloosa Township, this county, in 1830. He was a local Methodist preacher, and nearly all the old pioneers of Clay and Wayne Counties have heard him preach.

Transcribed by Laurel White from 1884 History of Wayne and Clay Counties, Illinois, Part IV, pages 150-151.

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