Biography of John Griffin
Marin County, CA Biographies





John Griffin. The subject of this sketch, whose portrait will be found in this work, was born in the county Limerick, Ireland, in 1830. When seventeen years old he emigrated to the United States, where he had a brother and sister residing. Thomas Griffin, his brother, served with the Union Army, and now lives in Indiana. Settling in the State of Massachusetts, he commenced life by teaming for Messrs. Phillips, Goodier Boker, at Salem, in that State, although previous to his working for these parties he had lived a short time in Savannah, Georgia. In 1852 he came to this State via the Nicaragua route, and arrived in San Francisco November 20th of that year. He proceeded to Mariposa county, California, and commenced mining on Sherlock's creek, where he remained in this employment for three years; then returned to San Francisco. He only sojourned in that city about two months, and started to look for a suitable location to settle. After spending ten months traveling over California he came to and settled on a portion of his present ranch in November, 1856, purchasing at that time three hundred and twenty acres of land. He now owns ten hundred and thirty five acres. The place where he lives is known as "Griffin's" valley. It will be seen from the above that Mr. Griffin has been twenty four years in Tomales township, and these years have been full of manual and mental toil, not only to add to the comfort and happiness of his family and friends, but to add to the wealth and prosperity of the county of his adoption. On June 2, 1877, Mr. Griffin was elected one of the Directors of the Bank of Tomales; reelected on June 1, 1878, and again on June 7, 1879. He married Ellen Malone, January 1, 1856. She was born in Ireland. By this union they have: Katie, Mary, Ella, James, Lizzie and Fannie.

From:
History of Marin County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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