Name origin: In Welsh Griffin, a man having a crooked nose, like a hawk's beak. Griffyn, Cornish British, signifies to give.

Hugh/Humphrey Griffin of Ipswich, MA; parents ukn
d.June 21, 1656 Sudbury, MA
m.1634 Ipswich, MA Elizabeth Andrews
b.d/o Robert and Elizabeth Andrews of Ipswich, MA or d/o Elizabeth by a previous marriage
she m.(2)Feb. 10, 1662 Hugh Sherratt of Haverhill

CHILDREN included:

  1. Elizabeth Griffin m.March 3, 1660 in Ipswich, Edward Deare
  2. John Griffin m.Sept. 17, 1663 Lydia Shatswell
  3. Shemuel/Samuel Griffin
  4. Nathaniel Griffin m.prob.Aug. 26, 1671 in Andover, Elizabeth Ring
  5. Lydia Griffin

NOTES: Humphrey was also known as Hugh. He was refused admission to the town of Ipswich in 1639 "the town being full". He was finally admitted as a formal resident on Jan. 1, 1641. He was a butcher. On 18 Jan 1641, Robert Andrews (Elizabeth's father) witnessed a deed from Daniel Denison to Humphrey Griffin of a dwelling house and two acres of land, a meadow, and a planting field near the mill. He was often a guest of the court system, being charged for "reviling his mother-in-law, drinking, profaning the Sabbath by working before sundown and fined for "undue pride" by allowing his daughter to wear a silk hood.

From Directory of Ancestral Heads of New England Families 1620-1700 by Holmes: HUGH freeman at Sudbury, Mass., 1645. HUMPHREY, b.Eng.1605, at Ipswich, Mass., 1641.

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Shemuel/Samuel Griffin

b.Jan. 9, 1645 Sudbury, MA s/o Hugh/Humphrey and Elizabeth (Andrews) Griffin
m.abt.1666 Lydia Younglove, d/o Samuel Youngblood of Ipswich
she m.(2)Oct.23, 1691 Henry Witham of Annisquam
d.Nov. 1, 1702 Gloucester, MA

CHILDREN included:

  1. Elizabeth Griffin d.Ipswich Oct. 2, 1684
  2. Samuel Griffin b.Dec. 6, 1686 Charlestown, Suffolk Co., MA

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Samuel Griffin

b.Dec. 6, 1686 [or Dec. 6, 1693?] Charlestown, MA; s/o Shemuel and Lydia (Younglove) Griffin
m.Dec. 15, 1703 Amesbury, MA Elizabeth York

CHILDREN included:

  1. Daniel Griffin
  2. Samuel Griffin b.Apr. 30, 1705 Gloucester, MA d.Jan. 15, 1781 m.(1)Oct. 28, 1729 Margaret Burnham; m.(2)Jan. 1, 1736 Mary York
  3. Elizabeth Griffin b.Sept. 10, 1707 Gloucester, MA d.Sept. 11, 1779 Gloucester, MA m.Jan. 6, 1725 at Gloucester, MA Benjamin Lane
  4. Lydia Griffin b.June 19, 1717 Amesbury, MA
  5. Adoniram Griffin

SOURCE used for some information: Massachusetts and Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis by Davis; Vol. II, pages 58-61.

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