Biography of Andrew J. Griffin
Howard County, IN Biographies





ANDREW J. GRIFFIN, born in North Carolina, February 16, 1837, is the son of William and Mary (Perry) Griffin, natives of North Carolina There his mother died, and in 1850 his father located in Henry County, Ind., on a farm, where he died a few years later. Andrew J. Griffin worked on the farm and went to school until his father's death, and at the age of seventeen began to work for wages. August 11, 1862, he was mustered into service at Indianapolis, in the Thirteenth Army Corps, Company I, Sixty ninth Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infitntry, as a private. His regiment participated in the following hard fought battles Richmond, Chickasaw Bluff, Arkansas Post, Port Gibson, Champion Hill, Black River R. R. Bridge and siege of Vicksburg, where his regiment was ordered to meet Gen. Johnston at Black River. After the siege, his regiment joined the main army, and drove Gen. Johnston into Jackson, where after three days' fight he evacuated Jackson in the night, and the Thirteenth Corps returned to Vicksburg, thence to Carroliton, La. Subsequently they went to Indianola, after which they joined Gen. Banks, on Red River; later, they were on detailed duty for four weeks to keep open the Mississippi River. They engaged in the siege of Mobile Bay, after which they captured the city on a charge. After visiting a num ber of places, they returned to Mobile, where they were discharged July 5, 1865. Mr. Griffin was promoted as First Corporal in March, 1863, and the following April, was promoted as Fourth Sergeant, and Second Sergeant when he was mustered out. He returned home to Henry County, where he worked on the farm until August, 1860, when he took a con tract to build a turnpike of one mile. January 1, 1867, he purchased a drug and grocery store in Greentown, and soon added boots and shoes and notions, carrying a stock of $4,000. He was quite successful in business, and May, 1882, he sold out, and now owns a good farm near Kokomo, and one in Clinton County, having accumulated about $1,800 worth of property. Mr. G. was married, in 1868, to Miss Sarah Willits, daughter of James and Rebecca (Lindley) Willits. They have four children; Florence A., Oliver Oren, Albert L. and William Franklin. Mr. Griffin is a Republican in politics, and a member of the Masonic fraternity and I. O. O. F. He was Post Commander of the G. A. R. He is a worthy citizen, and a liberal supporter of all public enterprises. Mrs. Griffin is a prominent member of the Christian Church.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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