Samuel Ross Griffith, a well known farmer and stockman of Knoxville township, was born at Mount Morris, Pennsylvania,
June 4, 1867, a son of Samuel and Juliana (Burns) Griffith, both of whom were born near Morgantown, West Virginia.
The father's natal day was September 30, 1814, and the mother's January 9, 1829. They were married at Mount Morris,
Pennsylvania, and the father farmed in that state until 1868, when the family removed to Pella, Marion county,
Iowa. The following December they located in Wayne county, this state, and remained there for three years, after
which they returned to this county and the father purchased the land now owned by our subject. He was a soldier
of the Civil war and was faithful in the discharge of all duties. He died on the 6th of August, 1888, and his wife
passed away on the 7th of July, 1907. Further information concerning them is found in the sketch of S. J. Marsh,
published elsewhere in this work.
Samuel Ross Griffith was about a year old when brought by his parents to this county and the greater part of his
boyhood was passed upon the farm where he still resides, although he lived for three years in Wayne county, this
state. He was educated in the common schools and his training thus acquired was supplemented by a practical knowledge
of agriculture gained by assisting in the cultivation of the home farm. Since starting out in life for himself
he has devoted his time and energy to the work of the fields and has gained an enviable reputation as a successful
farmer and stockman. He owns two hundred and thirty eight acres on section 5, Knoxville township, and as the land
is fertile and everything about the place is kept in good condition the property is a valuable one.
Mr. Griffith is a republican but has never aspired to office, preferring to concentrate his attention upon his
agricultural operations. Fraternally he belongs to the Loyal Order of Moose at Knoxville and he attends the Methodist
church. His life is guided by honorable principles and he is recognized not only as a successful man but as an
upright and conscientious citizen.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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