Minnie Dallas Strickland

Female, #11457, (26 Oct 1877 - 19 Jun 1950)
Father*Henry Ansel Strickland (17 Mar 1844 - 17 Aug 1914)
Mother*Julia Ann Halsey (15 Oct 1846 - 21 Sep 1887)
Birth*26 Oct 1877 Minnie was born at Standing Rock, Chambers Co., Alabama, on 26 Oct 1877. 
Death of Mother21 Sep 1887 Her mother Julia Ann Halsey died on 21 Sep 1887 at Chambers Co., Alabama
Photographed*say 1900 She was photographed say 1900 at Chambers Co., Alabama.1
Minnie Dallas Strickland
Marriage*16 May 1900 She married James Olin Griffin at Standing Rock, Chambers Co., Alabama, on 16 May 1900 at age 22.2 
Married Name16 May 1900  As of 16 May 1900, her married name was Griffin. 
Birth of Son6 Mar 1904 Her son Joseph Wyeth Griffin was born on 6 Mar 1904 at Hackneyville, Tallapoosa Co., Alabama
Census*1910 She was listed as a resident in the census report at Hackneyville, Tallapoosa Co., Alabama, in 1910. 
Birth of Son1 Jun 1913 Her son James Maurice Griffin was born on 1 Jun 1913 at Hackneyville, Tallapoosa Co., Alabama
Death of Father17 Aug 1914 Her father Henry Ansel Strickland died on 17 Aug 1914 at Chambers Co., Alabama
Birth of Son6 Oct 1915 Her son Lewis Wyman Griffin was born on 6 Oct 1915 at Hackneyville, Tallapoosa Co., Alabama
Death*19 Jun 1950 She died at Memphis, Shelby Co., Tennessee, on 19 Jun 1950 at age 72. 
Burial* Her body was interred at Memorial Park Cemetery, Memphis, Shelby Co., Tennessee
Biography* Mrs. C. W. (Marie Griffin) Middlecoff wrote in a 13 Feb 1995 letter: Mama was such a lady. She had a reputation of being an excellent cook. We think she was the best She was a quiet person, read her Bible + studied her Sunday School lesson each week. She would ask us if we had studied ours, especially Ralph [Vaughn] when he was here. Sometimes Ralph would ask her first - for fun. He is a big tease. She loved her family and home. She preferred staying at home except attending church. She was my Sunday School teacher when I was 11. She was active in PTA - mainly telephoning + attending meetings - not presiding as an officer. She had several operations including the removal of her right breast (cancer). It didn't spread. She died about 10 years later (Coronary Thrombosis). She would be an encourager to other women who had the same surgery (cancer). They would call her. Then she would tell them how to get back to "normal." She didn't talk about her childhood. Her mother died when she (Mama) was about 7 years old. Aunt Lanora (her oldest sister + her twin (died young, can't think of her name [Derah])) took care of her. She had sisters named Ollie and Peggy. Julius and Lewis were 2 of her brothers. Her father farmed. They had a nice white framed house. Ruth, James (a baby) (1914) and Mama rode the train to visit her father + those at their home. Aunt Lanora was still unmarried and living there. Aunt Peggy would come and stay with us for a while. SHe would help Mama sew. They made us some pretty dresses. She also took me to pick up hickory nuts - Then cracked + picked the nuts out of the sshell for me to eat. Several years later she married a widower with several children.
      The following obituary is from an unknown source: Mrs. J. O. Griffin Mrs. Minnie Strickland Griffin, wife of Dr. J. O. Griffin, on the staff at Oakville Sanatorium, died at 12:10 a.m. today at her home, 883 Hawthorne. Mrs. Griffin fell and broke her him several months ago and had never recovered from the effects of the fall. She was 72. She was born in Chambers County, Ala., moving to Memphis from Moulton, Ala., in 1928. A member of McLean Baptist Church, Mrs. Griffin was active in the Women's Missionary Society there. She leaves six daughters, [Mrs. R. W. Vaughn,] Mrs. H. M. Middlecoff Jr., and Miss Ruth Griffin, all of Memphis, Mrs. H. W. [read M.] Lewis, Quitman, Ga., Mrs. W. T. Duscoe, Union City, Tenn., and Mrs. Hez Brown, Chattanooga, Tenn; three sons, J. W. and L. W. Griffin, Leeds, Ala., and J. M. Griffin, Memphis; two sisters, Mrs. Mark Lane, Roanoke, Ala., and Mrs. G. C. Wright, Highland Home, Ala; and her brother, Lewis Strickland, Wichita Falls, Texas. Services at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at McLean Baptist Church. The body will be at the church by 9:30 a.m. Burial in Memorial Park. National Funeral Home in charge. 


James Olin Griffin (30 Jan 1871 - 31 Jul 1953)
Marriage*16 May 1900 She married James Olin Griffin at Standing Rock, Chambers Co., Alabama, on 16 May 1900 at age 22.2 
Last Edited7 Jan 2019


  1. Correspondence from James Maurice Griffin, 883 Hawthorne, Memphis, TN, to Lew Griffin, 1960-1980's.
  2. Alburt Burton Moore, History of Alabama and Her People, Chicago, IL: American, Historical, Society, Inc., 1927.