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  • ID: I5980
  • Title: Dea.
  • Name: Samuel Parker GRIFFIN
  • Given Name: Samuel Parker
  • Surname: Griffin
  • Sex: M
  • Change Date: 09 JUL 2012
  • Religion: Seventh-day Baptist
  • Birth: 27 OCT 1821 in Laurel Co., Kentucky
  • Event: Member 1863 Pardee, Atchison Co., Kansas
  • Note: SDB Church - constituent member
  • ORDN: 1876 Pardee, Atchison Co., Kansas
  • Note: SDB Church
  • Census: 1880 Nortonville, Jefferson Co., Kansas
  • Note: age 58, grocer 1
  • Death: 16 SEP 1901 in Nortonville, Jefferson Co., Kansas
  • Event: Obituary 07 OCT 1901
  • Note:
    "The Sabbath Recorder", Vol 57, No 40, p 629, Oct. 7, 1901.
    Hon. Samuel Parker Griffin was born at London, Laurel county, Kentucky, Oct. 27, 1821, and died at his home in Nortonville, Kansas, Sept. 16, 1901, after an illness of several weeks.
    While a young man, the subject of this sketch located at Farmingham, Ill., where, in 1848, he married Eliza, oldest daughter of Deacon Dennis Saunders. The widow, two sons and one daughter remain.
    With his family he came to Kansas during the stormy days of the growth of the territory into statehood so familiar to every student of American history. Brother Griffin served three terms as a Member in the House of Representatives of the Kansas Legislature and also one term in the State Senate.
    In the early beginnings of Nortonville he, with his son, U. S. Griffin, established the strong and reliable mercantile house known in business circles as Griffin & Son, of which he was the senior member at the time of his death.
    His career was marked by scrupulous fidelity to all the many interests entrusted to his care. In young manhood he became a Christian, and the principles and habits of Christian loyalty adopted by him then were richly blessed by his Saviour in molding his life in its noble, manly characteristics. In legislative halls, in business, in society and in church life he was ever the same conscientious Christian gentleman, never hesitating to say and do what he believed to be right.
    In 1876 he was ordained to the office of Deacon of the Seventh-day Baptist church of Pardee, Kansas, which has since come to be known as the Nortonville church. Church interests and work were dear to him, and none were more regular in attendance at Sabbath services than he until failing health prevented. When he was absent from service, his pastor knew, without inquiry, that it was caused by a physical inability. For a long term of years he was the senior member of the very noble Board of Deacons with which this church has been so richly blessed and who constitute the pastor’s advisory council.
    No one outside of the immediate family will miss this veteran of the cross so much as his pastor, who always found him a safe and wise advisor, a very loyal and constant friend, always ready with cheerful and encouraging words and a helping hand. So even and sunny a disposition as his is very rarely found.
    The place where his strong, noble, yet gentle, manhood manifested itself in its greatest splendor was in the home. The bereavements and cares that came to him in his home life were borne with remarkable Christian fortitude. His dear ones that remain in the broken family miss him most, yet an unusually large circle of relatives and friends share in their bereavement.
    Truly, a strong man is gone, yet his manly influences linger like the fragrance of a crushed flower to sweeten and ennoble other lives, and to point the way to the source of all true greatness in human endeavor. He was called to his reward “in a full age, like as a shock of corn coming in in his season.” Geo. W. Hills




    Father: Samuel GRIFFIN b: in Connecticut
    Mother: Elizabeth HARRIS b: in Virginia

    Marriage 1 Eliza SAUNDERS b: 01 JUN 1828 in Berlin, Rensselaer Co., New York
    • Married: 20 MAR 1848 in Farmington, Fulton Co., Illinois
    Children
    1. Has No Children Charles Truman GRIFFIN b: ABT 1849 in Farmington, Fulton Co., Illinois
    2. Has No Children Edgar A. GRIFFIN b: ABT 1851 in Farmington, Fulton Co., Illinois
    3. Has Children Uberto S. GRIFFIN b: 21 FEB 1857 in Farmington, Fulton Co., Illinois
    4. Has No Children Lyman H. GRIFFIN b: 20 SEP 1863 in Nortonville, Jefferson Co., Kansas
    5. Has No Children Lillian Gertrude GRIFFIN b: 23 SEP 1870 in Nortonville, Jefferson Co., Kansas

    Sources:
    1. Title: 1880 Census , Url: http://www.familysearch.org/Eng/Search/census/main_census.asp?
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