William Henry Griffin

Male, #11454, (20 Oct 1847 - 21 Feb 1924)
Birth*20 Oct 1847 William was born at Lafayette, Chambers Co., Alabama, on 20 Oct 1847. 
Census*1850 He listed as son(s) in the census report at Chambers Co., Alabama, in 1850. 
Census20 Aug 1860 He was listed as a resident in the census report at Lafayette P.O., Chambers Co., Alabama, on 20 Aug 1860. 
Civil War*between 1864 and 1865 He served in the War Between the States between 1864 and 1865

     Billie served as a private in Company D, 3rd Alabama State Troops.1 
Marriage*24 Oct 1867 He married Clarissa Eugenia Culpepper at near Pinckneyville, Clay Co., in||, Tallapoosa Co., Alabama, on 24 Oct 1867 at age 20. 
Photographed*circa 1870 He was photographed circa 1870 at Good Hope (near Lineville), Clay Co., Alabama.2
Wm. H. & Clarissa (Culpepper) Griffin with daughter Dora
Birth of Son30 Jan 1871 His son James Olin Griffin was born on 30 Jan 1871 at Good Hope (near Lineville), Clay Co., Alabama
Birth of Son27 Sep 1872 His son Robert Lewis Griffin was born on 27 Sep 1872 at Good Hope (near Lineville), Clay Co., Alabama
Birth of Son11 May 1876 His son John Thomas Griffin was born on 11 May 1876 at Good Hope (near Lineville), Clay Co., Alabama
Birth of Son20 Jul 1880 His son Joseph Albertus Griffin was born on 20 Jul 1880 at Good Hope (near Lineville), Clay Co., Alabama
Birth of Son6 Jun 1882 His son George William Griffin was born on 6 Jun 1882 at Good Hope (near Lineville), Clay Co., Alabama
Birth of Son12 Feb 1889 His son Herman Milton Griffin was born on 12 Feb 1889 at Good Hope (near Lineville), Clay Co., Alabama
Photographed*say 1890 He was photographed say 1890 at Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama.3
William Henry Griffin
Death of Son3 Jun 1890 His son Herman Milton Griffin died on 3 Jun 1890 at Clay Co., Alabama
Photographedsay 1920 He was photographed say 1920 at Clay Co., Alabama
Death of Son23 Jun 1922 His son John Thomas Griffin died on 23 Jun 1922 at Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama
Death*21 Feb 1924 He died at Olive Branch, Clay Co., Alabama, on 21 Feb 1924 at age 76. 
Burial*23 Feb 1924 His body was interred on 23 Feb 1924 at Old Lineville City Cemetery, Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama.4 
Biography* Census: 1870 Coppermine P.O., Clay Co., AL. \p. 236 (Wm. H. Griffin 22 AL $100 real estate)\ Census: 1880 Lineville, Clay Co., AL. \p. 3 #20 (W. H. Griffin 32 AL NC GA)\ Census: 1900 Clay Co., AL. \(William Griffin Oct 1847 AL)\
      According to an entry for his son, James O. Griffin, on p. 253 of Vol. 2 of the 1927 edition of the History of Alabama and Her People published by the American Historical Society, Inc., William Henry Griffin grew up in Chambers Co., AL and then moved to Clay Co., AL where he farmed in Lineville until 1920 and then moved to another farm near Ashland, AL. "He was a democrat, held office of the Justice of the Peace for many years, and at the time of his death was a member of the Clay County Board of Education. He belonged to the Missionary Baptist Church and the Knights of Pythais...." Mrs. J. W. (Lena Whatley) DeVaughn wrote 4 Dec 1978: Granddaddy Griffin was a man of medium height with brown eyes and hair. He was secretary at his church for 50 years or more. Also, he served as Justice of the Peace for at least 50 years. Was Chairman of the Board of Education for Clay County for 35 years. He was a very active democrat. He was a carpenter and a farmer. He grew all varieties of fruit and shared it with friends. Also, he served in the Civil War.
      Mrs. DeVaughn continued in a 2 Jan 1979 letter: Grandpa Griffin as far back as I can remember at church never sat on a bench at church. He always sat on the edge of the pulpit, leaned back against the wall of the church. The church was one large room. The men sat on one side of the pulpit on benches but he didn't.... The women sat on the other side of the pulpit. I can just see in my mind Grandpa sitting there.
      William Henry Griffin and Clarissa Culpepper began recording family records in a Bible. The Bible was published in 1870 by the National Publishing Company, Ziegler & McCurdy, Jones Brothers & Co., M. A. Parker & Co. In 1966, the Bible was in the possession of James M. Griffin and Ruth V. Griffin of Memphis Tennessee. The following is from Peter A. Brannon, Director of the State of Alabama Department of Archives and History in Montgomery, AL: William Henry Griffin... was living in Clay County in 1907-1908, and he certified to the tax collector there that he served as a private in Company D, 3rd Alabama State Troops; that he enlisted, 27 September, at Selma and was paroled 11 April 1865 at Selma. He further certified that he was born, 20 October 1847, in Chambers County, LaFayette, Alabama. His post office in 1907 was Lineville.
      A grandson, James M. Griffin, wrote that he was about 12 years old when his grandfather died: The last I remember of him before his death was a time when I was there and he was chopping stove wood. He was a farmer, carpenter, Justice of Peace, member of the school board, politician, a life long democrat, and at one time had some kind of a mine.
      According to the Certificate of Death, File No. 9869, W. H. Griffin died 21 Feb 1924 at 9:00 p.m. of Lobar Pneumonia. The doctor had been treating the pneumonia since 16 Feb. The following obituary is from an unknown source: W. H. Griffin, Prominent Citizen of the County Dead W. H. Griffin, Chairman of the County Board of Education, died at his home in the Olive Branch community between Ashland and Lineville Thursday night. He was one of the county's most highly esteemed citizens, his usefulness being recognized, in affairs of church and state. He was 76 years of age and was a veteran of the war between the states. In 1867 Mr. Griffin was married to Miss Eugenia Culpepper who still survives him. To them were born a large family of children, nine of whom are now living. They're Mrs. W. T. Dean, of Ashland; Mr. J. O. Griffin, of Eclectic; R. L. Griffin, of Montevallo; Mrs. Ike Reeves, of Lineville; Bert Griffin, of Birmingham; G. W. Griffin of Washington, D, C; Mrs. Robert Whatley and Misses Lela and Maude Griffin of Lineville. Funeral services were held at Lineville Baptist church Saturday morning and a very large congregation attended. Interment was in the Lineville cemetery. In Memory of W. H. Griffin The Death Angel has again visited Camp Pettus, this time claiming as his victim our beloved Lieutenant, W. H. Griffin. In the still hours of the night he came and stole his breath away and our comrade was left a lifeless lump of clay, but we feel proud to know he was found on guard and at his post of duty, both as a citizen and soldier, watching and waiting for the roll call. We mourn his departure, but are comforted with the thought that he has a better place on the other side with those that have gone on before. Sleep on dear comrade and we will try to live so as to be like you when our names are called to be at our post, and, like ex-President Wilson, to say "Ready." To his wife and children: you have the sympathy of Camp Pettus and we commend you to the loving care of Him who cares for His own. Trust in Him and lean on His promises for He promises to be a father to the fatherless and a husband to the widow. Farewell brother comrade till we meet you in the sweet by and by. Turner Wright, Secretary, Camp Pettus.
      Mrs. Charles (Margaret Whatley) Lee wrote in a 5 Mar 1979 letter that "the old [Lineville City Cemetery] is across from the old high school at Lineville... west of town." 


Clarissa Eugenia Culpepper (13 Apr 1848 - 29 Nov 1947)
Marriage*24 Oct 1867 He married Clarissa Eugenia Culpepper at near Pinckneyville, Clay Co., in||, Tallapoosa Co., Alabama, on 24 Oct 1867 at age 20. 
Last Edited24 Aug 2018


  1. State of Alabama Department of Archives and History Montgomery, AL.
  2. Ellaree Dean Speer records, Ellaree Dean Speer to Lew Griffin, 1977-1994.
  3. Joe Inzer Griffin, Irondale, AL.
  4. Clay County Alabama Historical Society, Cemeteries of Clay County, Alabama, La Grange, GA: Family Tree, 1987.
    p 217 and obituary.