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Mary Elizabeth Findley Griffith
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Birth: Mar. 12, 1805
Westmoreland County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Jan. 6, 1874
Union Point
Linn County
Oregon, USA

Elizabeth Findley Griffith 1st daughter of David Findley, Sr. and Janett Ritchie was born near Greensburg, Pennsylvania in 1806. When 3 years of age her parents emigrated to Clark County, Indiana, where at the age of 18 she married Elisha Griffith, 7/1/1824. Two children were born in Clark County before they emigrated to Warren County, Illinois with other members of their family. Five more children were born in this county before they emigrated to Oregon in 1845. Another daughter was born on their treck to the Oregon country. They arrived in Oregon late in the fall where they had to build rafts to float down the river and the members of the train endured much hardship and suffering on this part of the journey. The rafts were landed and unloaded when they reached the Sandy River, some of the caravan stopped at the Whitman Mission but those that continued with the wagon train went on from the Sandy River overland. Griffith was a millwright and soon found employment with Dr. McLaughlin in his mill--later took a contract to build another mill the spring following the arrival of the Findley wagon train. In the fall of 1847 many of the Findleys and other members of their wagon train went up to the Calipooia River and located their Donated Land Claims. Elisha Griffith and Daniel Putman located theirs next to Dexter, now in Lane County. Norris Griffith, their oldest son married Nancy Spores, a pioneer daughter. Norris assisted his father in running the farm and in time built it up until it was one of the best farms in that locality. Lydia, the daughter born on the plains died, but most of the others married and moved to better localities. Sarah, their oldest daughter married William Hawk and they raised a large family. Both he and Norris Griffith were Indian War Veterans having served as volunteers during the Indian Wars.

NOTE: BLM Records indicate that Elisha & Elizabeth had a DLC a few miles south of Brownsville, in the vicinity of Union Point, about 4 miles north of the cemetery where they are buried. Daniel Putman had a DLC about 2 miles south of the cemetery. In 1870 (shortly before their deaths) Elisha & Elizabeth are at Brownsville. Dexter is some 40 miles south, well up the Middle Fork of the Willamette River. It is my opinion that the references to Dexter are mistaken. 
Family links: 
  Elisha Norris Griffith (1802 - 1871)
  Sarah Ann Griffith Hawk (1832 - 1916)*
  Mary Melvina Griffith Couey Waters (1836 - 1900)*
  Delilah Elizabeth Griffith Barrett (1839 - 1911)*
  Emery West Griffith (1841 - 1933)*
  Lydia M. Griffith (1846 - 1847)*
*Calculated relationship
Aged 68 yrs. 9 mos. 25 ds.
Wife of Elisha Griffeth
Note: This data is taken from a transcripton of Leslie Haskin's 1939 WPA survey of the cemetery which was published at but is now only available via the I. A. Wayback Machine. Supplemented from other sources.
White Cemetery
Linn County
Oregon, USA
Created by: Bob Wilson
Record added: Dec 07, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 81664102

- lee robertson
 Added: Apr. 5, 2014

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