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Dr John Strother Griffin
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Birth: Jun., 1816
Botetourt County
Virginia, USA
Death: Aug. 23, 1898
Lincoln Heights
Los Angeles County
California, USA


Dr. John S. (Strother) Griffin was a native of Virginia -- he went to school at University of PA , then joined US Army as surgeon (and came to California in 1846 with General Kearney). In addition to his brother-in-law being Confederate General Albert Sydney Johnston, the #2 ranking general in 1862 (ahead of even Robert E. Lee at that time), Griffin's uncle was William Clark (of Lewis and Clark). On the Strother side Griffin was also related to General (later Pres.) Zachary Taylor, and thus to Jefferson Davis (whose first wife was Taylor's daughter, Sarah). Through Strothers he was also related to Pres. John Tyler.
Created the first East Los Angeles "suburb", now known as Lincoln Heights. In 1863, he purchased 2,000 acres of ranch land for $1,000 and in 1870, Griffin and his nephew, Hancock Johnson, built homes there. In late 1874, they offered an additional 35 acres for sale, subdivided into 65 by 165 foot lots for $150 each. County Coroner (1862-1865).
Griffin was also a surgeon for Brigadier General S. W. Kearny's command on its march to California in 1846, a veteran of the Mexican War. Griffin became one of California's outstanding medical men. He was one of the three pioneer physicians in the pueblo of Los Angeles.
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  Louisa M. E. Hayes Griffin (1821 - 1888)*
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Evergreen Cemetery
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Created by: Joe Walker
Record added: Apr 21, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26178936
Dr John Strother Griffin
Added by: Hal Eaton
Dr John Strother Griffin
Added by: Joe Walker
Dr John Strother Griffin
Added by: Joe Walker
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Rest in Peace.
- cstreip
 Added: Feb. 27, 2017
Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice+ 29 and come out... John 5:28,29
 Added: Oct. 9, 2014
thanks for helping biddy Mason. Dr. griffin gave Biddy a job as midwife and nurse after she'd won her freedom in 1856. Her wages were $2.50 per day! Most folks didn't make that much in a week.
- Sara Henderson Lerma
 Added: Nov. 18, 2010
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