|Birth: ||Nov. 5, 1815|
|Death: ||Jan. 26, 1901|
Died at 85 years, 2 mo's and 20 days.
He was one of ten children. His parents, Obadiah Griffin, Jr., and Hannah (McIntyre) Griffin, held loyalist sentiments and went to Canada to escape. It was mostly an untamed area, and Jacob did not have many educational opportunities, but at age 16 years, he heard Rev's David Marks and Obadiah Jenkins preach; after the meeting he joined the Free Will Baptist Church there.
He began to preach in 1843, and ordained in Canada in 1844. At once he began in evangelizing and organizing churches.
On 06 Oct. 1836, he married Emeline WADE, and shortly thereafter, they migrated to Illinois.
He was useful there in that state, but moved back to Canada in 1852, remaining until 1867, when he accepted a call to Winnegago and Vineland churches in Wisconsin.
He was abundant in labors, pastoring and evangelizing in this region. Over 700 were baptized by him. He was a sympathetic friend, a true minister, who sought neither wealth nor the praise of men.
He was the father of eight children, two died in childhood, two, Bryant Wade, a lawyer in Vinton, IA, and Douglas Griffin, a farmer, died in active manhood.
His wife Emeline survived him; two sons, Rev. Z.F. Griffin of Keunka College, NY, was for ten yrs was a missionary in India; Norvell W. Griffin, a farmer in OK, and two daughters, Mrs. C.C. Pemberton, St. George, Ont., and Mrs. S.F. Briggs,(Emma) of Hortonville.
A short funeral service was held at his home, then his body was carried by train to the Free Baptist Church, in Allenville, where the Rev. J. M. Kayser, long-time friend, and fellow churchman, officiated at his service.
(more information can be found on the Wisconsin Free Will Baptist Historical Society web site, & History of Nebraska, Vol 3, by Julius S. Morton).
Jacob Griffin B.Minister Canada F.W.Bapt 46 M
Emeline Griffin Spinster Canada F.W.Bapt 44 M
Sabina F. Griffin U.States F.W.Bapt 17 S
Bryant W. Griffin U.States F.W.Bapt 14 S
Lemuel Griffin U.States F.W.Bapt 11 S
Douglas Griffin Canada F.W.Bapt 8 S
Cassius Griffin Canada F.W.Bapt 4 S
1870 > WISCONSIN > WINNEBAGO > CLAYTON
Series: M593 Roll: 1745 Page: 22
Griffin, Jacob 54 M W Clergyman 3000 800 Canada
Griffin, Emeline 53 F W Keeps House Canada
Griffin, Newell W 19 M W Works on Farm Illinois
Griffin, Emma 7 F W At School Canada
Wade, Nancy 78 F W No occupation Canada
Emeline Wade Griffin (1817 - 1906)*
Zebina Flavious Griffin (1844 - 1938)*
Cassius H Griffin (1858 - 1870)*
Emma Gertrude Griffin Alexander (1863 - 1952)*
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Record added: Mar 19, 2011
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