|Birth: ||May 16, 1839|
|Death: ||Apr. 17, 1934|
Shortly after Mary Jane died, the following Obituary appeared in a local newspaper, The Devine News.
LARGE FUNERAL PIONEER LADY 95 YEARS OLD
Mrs. Mary Jane Griffin, 95, widow of the late Hezekiah Griffin, quietly fell asleep, without a struggle, at the home of her son and daughter, near Shook, on the evening of April 17, 1934.
Her maiden name was Stevens, and she was a native of Jonesboro, Tennessee, though her parents moved towards the west, stopped two years in Arkansas, and then came to Burleson County, Texas in 1859. [This statement is incorrect - Mary Jane came to TX from Arkansas traveling with the Wilson Family, leaving her mother and 5 siblings in Arkansas. Her father died previously in 1845 in Arkansas.]
In 1861, about the break of the Civil War, she was married to Hezekiah Griffin, and soon they came west, locating on the Verde Creek, below Bandera, but the Indians, in a battle with Mr. Griffin and his brothers, shot Silas [Hezekiah's younger brother] six times with arrows, burned their barn and took away all their horses and saddles. They moved soon to Bandera town, a few miles west from Devine, 63 years ago , having lived in Medina County, and near Devine, all this time, and in Texas, 75 years.
She is survived by 130 living descendants, as follows: 8 children lived to rear families (three are dead), leaving J. S., D. H., and E. S. Griffin, sons; and Mrs. L. A. Moss, of San Antonio, and Miss Mollie Griffin, of Devine, now surviving; 42 grand-children, 68 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren, fifth generation. One brother, William Stevens, now resides in Elmo, Oklahoma, is 92 years old, and a sister recently passed away at 91. There is also a very large number of relatives of the family and friends without number.
The funeral Thursday afternoon, at the old cemetery at Black Creek, was largely attended, many from San Antonio, Hondo, and other places.; conducted by Editor W. L. DuBose, Rev. Cocreham, and Rev. Elmer Mullins, taking part; and the grave was literally piled with beautiful floral offerings. The active pall-bearers were to be six great-grandsons (something we never heard of before) but some of these could not be present and their places were filled with grandsons - three grandsons and three great-grandsons. She was for fifty years a consistant member of the Primitive Baptist Church at Black Creek.
The actiivebearers were Elbert, Claude and Arnold Griffin, Eugene, Raymond and Ralph Bendele. Our reporter did not get names of honorary bearers.
Father: David Stevens (1794-1845)
Mother: See Mother's Memorial Link Below
Mary Jane's parents were married 21 Jul 1831 in Washington Co, Tennessee
In addition to siblings shown below with memorial links, Mary Jane had two additional siblings w/o Memorials as follows:
Hannah Eliza Stevens (born: 1836 in Jonesboro, Washington Co, Tennessee)
Louisa Eveline Stevens (born: 1841 in Arkansas; died: 1932 in Rush Springs, Grady Co., Oklahoma)
Elizabeth Bacon Stevens Pickett (1812 - 1900)
Hezekiah Griffin (1829 - 1910)
Laura Alice Griffin Moss (1862 - 1953)*
Leona Elizabeth Griffin Crutchfield (1864 - 1902)*
William Albert Griffin (1866 - 1933)*
John Silas Griffin (1868 - 1959)*
Mary Evelyn Griffin (1871 - 1963)*
David Hezekiah Griffin (1874 - 1959)*
Ezra S. Griffin (1876 - 1955)*
Charles Franklin Griffin (1879 - 1925)*
John Dillingham Stevens (1833 - 1920)*
Mary Jane Stevens Griffin (1839 - 1934)
William H Stevens (1843 - 1937)*
Caswell Pickett (1850 - 1893)*
GPS (lat/lon): 29.11312, -99.00893
Maintained by: Gringo1868
Originally Created by: Russell Speir
Record added: Aug 11, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 74791181