Biography of Benjamin L. Griffin
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Griffin, Benjamin L., Enfield. - William H. Griffin, a son of William and a native of Westchester county, N. Y. was a soldier in the war of 1812 and drew a bounty. He came to Enfield about 1816, followed farming, and died here in the spring of 1868. He married Joanna Byron, who died March 22, 1873, aged nearly seventy four. Their children were Deborah (deceased), Hetty (deceased), George (deceased), Mary, Stephen (deceased,) Benjamin L., Albert and Jane. Benjamin L. Griffin was born in Enfield, April 2, 1832, was reared a farmer, and on August 27, 1863, enlisted in Co. E, 140th N. Y. Vols. With his company he joined the regiment at Culpepper, and during the ensuing seven months participated in eleven engagements, including the Wilderness. June 2, 1864, at the battle of Cold Harbor, he was taken prisoner, and for five months and eighteen days was incarcerated in the rebel prison pen at Andersonville, where he suffered indescribable privations and became emaciated to almost a living skeleton. In November he was paroled and on Christmas day reached home on a furlough. Sixty days later he returned to Annapolis and was transferred to Co. K, 5th N. Y. Zouaves, with which he served, notwithstanding his ill health, in the closing scenes of the war around Richmond, being in the front line on the day of Lee's surrender. He then went with his regiment to Hart's Island, where he remained until his discharge. August 21, 1865. Since the war Mr. Griffin has been an invalid and for nine years has not left his bed. The terrible exposure in prison completely ruined his once robust health, shattered his once strong physique, and undermined his once hardy constitution. Excepting two years spent in Westchester county, he has always resided in Enfield.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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