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Agnes Sarah "Aggie" Black Griffin
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Birth: Feb. 11, 1859
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Feb. 17, 1930
Tulsa
Tulsa County
Oklahoma, USA

Aggie was the youngest daughter of 15 children when she was born. She had 6 siblings and 8 step-siblings, with cohesive family relationships. The United States was expanding rapidly and Oregon would become the 33rd state on Feb 14, 1859, 3 days after she was born. The Civil War was on the horizon, and Abraham Lincoln became the 16th President of the United States when she was 2 years old. She was raised in the Roman Catholic faith and personally remained a devotee her entire life, though she did have one brother who became Presbyterian, and another brother who became Methodist.

It would seem that early in her life she manifested some endearing qualities that were identified by her step-siblings because when she was eleven years old, both Bell and Joseph named their daughters after her. When she was eighteen she moved from her family farm to Bradford, PA. Her brothers had moved to Bradford when they left home to obtain employment in the oil fields, so although she was on her own supporting herself as a seamstress, she would be under their vigilant eyes in the city. She continued with this work for 10 years before marrying Timothy Charles Griffin on October 20, 1877 in Armstrong Co., PA. Agnes was 28 years old when she married. Four years later her father Patrick died. Her mother was 73 years old at the time, and frail. Arrangements were made for her mother Elizabeth to move in with Aggie and Timothy.

Timothy worked in the oil fields, and Aggie's brothers had moved to Findlay, OH. The first oil well in Findlay, the Mathias, had been drilled in 1885. A gas well, the Osterlan, was drilled only the year before, and Findlay quickly became a bustling oil and gas town. The old homestead had been sold, and Findlay was the logical place for better lives, so in the late 1890's Timothy brought Aggie and Elizabeth to live in Findlay near her brothers and where there was evidence of more stable employment. They rented a house at 218 West Street and Timothy continued his work as an oil driller. Later they moved to South Miami Street where in 1905, when Aggie was 46 years old her mother Lizzie died.

Shortly after her mother's death Aggie moved with Timothy to Tulsa, Oklahoma. There had been oil found in Tulsa County; Red Fork in 1901 and in Glenn Pool in 1905. Tulsa was in the beginning phase of becoming the new "Oil Capital of the World". On November 16, 1907 Oklahoma became the 46th state to enter the union making the scene even more attractive. Aggie's brother John had moved his family to the area, and her brother Joseph and his sons worked there frequently. Timothy's brother Thomas moved his family to Tulsa and shortly his brother John brought his family with him to Tulsa.

Aggie and Timothy never had children of their own, although they were blessed with many nieces and nephews on both sides of the family that lived near them. WWI broke out and the US entered the war in 1917. Timothy was 55 by then, so he was not a part of the war, but they did have nephews that left their work to serve in the military.

By 1920 Aggie and Timothy had their own home and took in two lodgers to live with them.

When her mother Lizzie died, the only inheritance any of the children received was land inherited by Aggie. This was 32 acres of land in Pennsylvania that Lizzie had inherited and rather than divide it further, she chose to leave it to Aggie. It did not seem like any of her children needed the land, and only a couple of them still lived in Pennsylvania when she died. On Feb 7, 1927, when she was 68 years old Aggie had a deed drawn up transferring ownership of the property to the Catholic Church for $1.00. It is difficult to imagine how a positive action turns into a negative experience, but that appears to be the chain of events that occurred in Aggie's life her last few years. From a Tulsa researcher we hear: "A probate file did exist for Agnes S. Black Griffin but the file was missing from the courthouse--it is suspected that someone from the family or their attorney stole the file to cover up a situation with a dispute over a piece of property." It is incomprehensible to me how anyone would presume that they should direct the disposition of property inherited by a spouse or in-law. It appears that Oklahoma courts followed through with Aggie's wishes after her death, despite protests from Timothy's family. I suspect her mother had requested she retain the property for her use should she ever need it, but deed it to the Catholic Church when she died, and Aggie simply complied with her mother's dying wishes.

Aggie died at age 71, and the property was officially transferred Jun 19, 1931. Timothy buried his wife's body in St. Patrick's Cemetery in PA where her parents were buried. Timothy himself died three years later and is buried in Tulsa with his brother and his family.


 
 
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 Parents:
  Patrick Black (1811 - 1891)
  Elizabeth Shields Black (1818 - 1905)
 
 Spouse:
  Timothy Charles Griffin (1862 - 1934)*
 
 Siblings:
  Sylvester John Black (1836 - 1905)**
  Margaret Alice Black (1838 - ____)**
  Mary Black (1840 - ____)**
  Anna Philamina Black Nugent (1842 - 1924)**
  Isabel J. Black Wilkinson (1845 - 1932)**
  Joseph James Black (1847 - 1931)**
  Katherine Black (1848 - 1916)**
  Michael F. Black (1850 - 1927)*
  James S. Black (1852 - 1893)*
  Mary Alice Black Bostaph (1853 - 1938)*
  John Francis Black (1855 - 1916)*
  Margaret Black McKeever (1857 - 1913)*
  Agnes Sarah Black Griffin (1859 - 1930)
  William Patrick Black (1863 - 1923)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Saint Patricks Cemetery
Worthington
Armstrong County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Created by: Susan Roach
Record added: Aug 10, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 95135327
Agnes Sarah Aggie <i>Black</i> Griffin
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Rest peacefully Aggie
- Susan Roach
 Added: Jul. 30, 2015

- John P. Birosak
 Added: Jan. 21, 2015

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