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John and Ida (Brown)(Manley) Griffin

Mrs. Rachael Griffin married Jonas A. Herring on April 23, 1855 in Warren County, Illinois.
In 1860 Warren County, Rachel "Herron" is 23, Frank 4, Aurelius 2. John Griffin is 7, James 6. So Rachael was apparently twice widowed.

In 1870 Warren County, Rachael "Bowlby" is 33, John Griffin 17 is a "tel officer", James Griffin 16, Francis Herring 13, and Orelious Herring 12.

Mrs. Rachel A. Bowlby married C.C. Munford on July 11, 1871 in Warren County.

Rachael was in Saunders County, Nebraska, in 1885, 45, married to C.C. Munford 53.
Buchanan Michigan, February 2, 1888 "Mrs. J.E. French received a telegram from Wahoo, Nebraska, announcing the death, on January 27, of her only sister, Mrs. Rachel Munford.

Harriett Jane (Parrish) French 1838-1915 is buried in Buchanan 48332612.

"Daughter of Archibald Parrish (who was born in Virginia).
She was reared however, by Frederick Howe Sr. and his wife Polly (Bliss) Howe.

Harriett was married on Feb. 14, 1860, to James Edgar French, the son of Titus French Sr. and his wife Elizabeth ("Betsey") Thayer."

C.C. Munford married Elizabeth about 1890, and they're in Lincoln in 1900.

John born at Roseville, Illinois, son of J. B. Griffin and Rachael Ann Parish, married Ada Manley in Adams County, Iowa Nov 8, 1881.
Ada was the daughter of William Brown and Mary Kane, born at Marysville, Missouri about 1863.
She might be in 1880 Taylor County, Iowa, Ida Brown is 17, a "dining room girl" in a hotel. George Hauer is the cook, 28, with Lizzie P. 24. Joseph Markley 39 and Ann 48 are the hotel keepers, both born in Pennsylvania.

In 1886, a lot in Blandinsburg, Illinois " was owned by Aaron Griffin. When he died, his brothers and sisters inherited it. They [W. A. Griffin, et al.], in turn, heired it to Emerson G. Griffin for $700, except that part sold off to the U. B. Church and Isabel Mercer. Aaron's brother, W. A. Griffin and his wife, Mary J., of McDonough County, were the only local heirs, who signed, sealed, and delivered the deed on 24 April 1886. Other heirs (each had to sign a notarized form) were:

Celestia Carter of Smith Co KS.
James B. Griffin, of Black Hawk Co IA.
A. L. Wiltse, Decatur Co KS.
John A. Griffin, Yuma Co CO.
Olive, Clarissa F., and Milton B. Griffin, City of Erie Co NY.
A. C. and Lottie E. Griffin, Barber Co KS."

In 1886 the Wray Rattler listed "John A. Griffin, Justice of the Peace."
The Wray Republican newspaper was established by J.E. Pettingill, who sold it to W.C. Emmons. John Griffin later moved it to Eckley – beofre 1897.

1891 McCook, Nebraska - railroad news section -

February 1897 Canadian Patents

John A. Griffin cash-claimed a quarter in 12, 1N 44W - just west of Wray - in 1899. This is likely his widow's making the claim.

Jim Bramble, a family researcher, wrote "John A Griffin
Birth 25 JAN 1853 • Roseville, Warren, Illinois
Death 21 MAR 1897 • Eckley, Yuma, Colorado
Burial McCook, Red Willow County, Nebraska Find A Grave Memorial# 65974982"

June 1899 "Mrs. J. A. Griffin is somewhat under the weather and was a caller at Dr. Gardner's Sunday."

August 1899 "Miss Nessie Griffin of Eckley, is attending the teachers examination in Wray. She is the guest of Mrs. DeHaven."

In 1900 Yuma County - probably Eckley town - Ida Griffin is running a boarding house, with a dozen railroad workds, including a telegraph agent. She's widowed, born November 1861 in Missouri, with Nessie O. August 1883 Nebraska.

February 1900 "Mrs. J. Griffin and sister, Miss Mary Harmon, of Eckley were shopping in Yuma the fore part of the week."

Mary was the Eckley postmistress from March 7, 1888 to September 27, 1892.

Mary O. Harmon proved up a quarter in sections 27 and 34, 2N 46W - on the southwest corner of the town of Eckley - in 1896.

Mary O. Harmon, age 32, married C.L. Walker, 37 on February 27, 1901 in Lancaster County, Nebraska.

In 1910 Nebraska City, Carroll F. Walker is 48 - second marriage of nine years to Mary O, 42 (her first). They have John C. 8 born in NEbraska.
November 6, 1913 Wray Rattler
We received this week the following announcing the death of Mrs. Mary O. Walker who was known in Wray in the early days as Miss Mary Harmon; The remains of Mrs. Mary O. Walker, aged forty seven, who died at Nebraska City last Friday, was brought to Lincoln, Saturday evening. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a. m. Monday. Burial will be at Wyuka. (# 74860578)
Mrs. Walker leaves her husband, C. L. Walker and one son, aged twelve years and her mother, Mrs. M. C. Harmon of Lincoln and a sister, Mrs. Ida Baker of Lincoln. Mrs. Walker was formerly Miss Mary Harmon. She lived in Wray, Colo., thirty years ago and later was postmistress at Eckley, for several years before coming to Lincoln."

May 1900 Yuma "Mrs. J.A. Griffin and brother, Nels Harmon, of Eckley were up buying supplies Monday."
In 1900 Yuma County, Ida, born November 1861 in Missouri, is running a boarding house with nine residents, widowed. Nessie Aug 1883 born in Nebraska, and Bertha Herring July 1896 Nebraska are with her.

September 1900 "Mrs. Ida Griffin and daughter, who have been running the section house at this place for the past two years, are about to bid farewell to Eckley. It is hoped they may find a brighter and better field of labor than the one they are leaving."

November 1901 "Miss Nessie Griffin formerly one of Eckley precinct's popular young ladies but now of Lincoln, Neb., was added to our subscription list this week."
" John Wesley Baker, born 1 Oct 1839 Jerusalem, Yates, New York - eldest child and son of Daniel Baker and Sarah Elizabeth Sheik. He enlisted on 4/30/1861 at Bath, Steuben, NY as a Private. On 5/16/1861 he mustered into "A" Co. NY 23rd Infantry. He was Mustered Out on 5/22/1863 at Elmira, Chemung, NY. His father Daniel Baker (1812-1873) is buried in the Prattsburgh Rural Cemetery in Prattsburgh, Steuben, New York. He is one of 5 surviving children: John W, Jack Willet (also served in CW); Ellen (on of 15 women who voted with Susan B Anthony in the 1872 election); Joel Warren and Emily, the last surviving ? who died in 1934 and her obit does not mention her brother, but there is an article from 1900 that’s states John left nearly 30 years ago and had not returned to Yates County and had last heard from him in Colorado."

John W. Baker, 64, son of Daniel Baker and Elizabeth Shiek, married Mrs. J.A. Griffin in Lincoln, Nebraska on May 1, 1902.
In 1910 Lincoln, Nebraska, Ida is married to John W. Bocker 72 - his third marriage of eight years - born in New York, a house contractor. Ida is 47, second marriage, and Nessie Griffin 26 is with them, born in Nebraska.

In 1920 Lincoln, John W. "Baker" is 83, Ida 57, and "Nettie Griffin" is 36.

In 1930 Lincoln, John W. Baker is 92, Ida 67.

In 1930 Lincoln, Fred Huber is 44, married nine years to Nessie 46, with Bertha 7, all three born in Nebraska.

1931 "Mrs. Nettie Huber, forty-five, Friend, was brought to Dr. Bailey's sanitorium suffering a double fracture of the pelvis received Monday afternoon when the car she was driving collided with another near Friend and overturned. Her daughter was only slightly injured. Mrs. Huber was brought to Lincoln by Dr. Joymer of Friend. The attending physician said her injuries would probably confine her to the hospital for ten weeks but barring complications her condition is not serious. Occupants of the other car were not injured, according to reports here. " "

January 10, 1938 Lincoln " Probate of the will of Ida Baker who died Jan. 2, is asked in a petition filed in county court. Her will left her property to Nessie Baker, a daughter. It is asked that she be named executrix."

Nessie O. (Griffin) Huber 1883-1958 is buried in Lincoln # 70412444.

Bertha I. Sears, 93, was born in Lincoln, NE to Fredinand and Nessie (Griffin) Huber on 6/26/1922. She died March 6, 2016 in Goodyear, AZ. She spent most of her life in Lincoln, NE, California and Arizona. Bertha attended Rokeby High School until 10th Grade. Bertha was a Homemaker, worked at Elgin Watch and was a school cook. She married Milton Clymer and they had 2 sons. Her second marriage was to William Sears on Nov. 26, 1954 and they had one son.

Survivors: Sons, William Clymer, Sacramento, CA, Larry (Sue) Clymer of Lincoln and John (Carol) Sears of Goodyear, AZ. 5 Grandchildren and 5 Great-Grandchildren. Preceded in death by: Husband, William Sears, Parents, Infant brother, John. Grandson: Terry Clymer and Daughter-in-law: Judy Clymer. Bertha enjoyed volunteering at church activities and giving time to those in need.

Bertha was the daughter of John Griffin's half-brother Frank Herring.

Wahoo Wasp; July 23, 1896

"DIED - July 21, 1896, Mrs. Agnes Herring, wife of Frank Herring, aged 40 years.

The funeral and interment took place the following day, Revs. Jonathan Edwards and Wimberly of the M. E. Church officiating.
Deceased was born in Scotland and moved to Nebraska with her parents when a mere child and experienced all the romance and privations incident to pioneer life in the west, at one time having to flee from the arrows of a band of Sioux Indians while two brothers and a sister were over taken and captured, remaining with the tribe many months before the government secured their release.
At the funeral were present, John R. and Peter Campbell, brothers, Mrs. Libbie Herring and Mrs. Dunlap, sisters, one brother and sister being too far away to attend Mrs. Charles Land at St. Louis, and Dan Campbell in Tennessee.
"Aggie" as every one knew her was a noble christian character, one who made the world brighter and better by her having lived in it.
Hers was an exemplary life, and though her voice is now hushed in death, the pleasant look, the kind words spoken while here on earth, can never be forgotten; they will live on forever. The whole community shares with the bereaved father and four little children this irreparable loss and drops a tear of regret and sympathy at this newly made grave. The weary one has been lulled to rest, and her pure soul wafted to that home of summer and song, where by the eye of faith and anchor of hope we may lift the veil, pierce the intervening mists and know as we are known."

Her father Peter Campbell # 53546339 is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Wahoo 1842-1875.
Her mother Agnes Campbell died in 1866 and is buried in Campbell Cemetery, Hall County, Nebraska # 34065656.
"My mother died the next year, 1866, and my father took an old wagon box and constructed a rude coffin. She now lies buried on the old farm in the valley."

Saunders County, Nebraska history tells the sad story of Bertha's mother
"Agnes Campbell, deceased, was the wife of F. F. Herring, and died in 1897, leaving four children : Gertrude, Owen, Grace, and Bertha - the last named was very small at the time of her mother's death, and now lives with a Mr. Griffin, at Eckley, Colorado, who is a relative of Mr. Herring."

In 1900 Yuma County, Ida Griffin born November 1861 in Missouri, has Nessie born August 1883 Nebraska. Bertha Herring July 1896 born in Nebraska is a "boarder."

In 1910 Lincoln, Bertha is living with Frank and Mary Herring. Frank's second marriage, Mary's third, just married.
Also in 1910 Lincoln "An order was issued in federal court today for the discharge of McLeod & Herrings, a Lincoln firm, in bankruptcy. The members of the firm were J. J. McLeod and F. F. Herring."

In 1920 Lincoln, Frank is a stationary fireman, born in New York, with mary , a maid born in Iowa, both 62. They're living in a big lodging house.

April 9, 1929 "Francis F. Herring, 70, died Tuesday morning at his home, 1102 Q street. He had lived in Lincoln forty years. He is survived by his wife, Mary; two daughters, Mrs. Gertrude M. Cloud (probably McLeod or McCloud) and Miss Grace H. Herring of Long Beach, Cal.; a son, Owen Heering of Oregon; and two grand- "

April 11, 1929 Lincoln, Nebraska "Funeral services for Francis F. Herring will be held at 2 o'clock Friday at Alba Brown's, in charge of the Salvation Army. Burial in Lincoln Memorial park."

Bertha D. Herring , daughter of Frances Herring and Agnes (Campbell) Herring, aged 18, married Edward L. Sappenfield in Butte Montana August 31, 1914.

Bertha died Nov 20, 1918, and is buried in Helena # 133796567 "Passed away in the flu pandemic."

Owen Francis Herring of 1158 West 10th Ave. passed away in Eugene, Oregon Friday, Nov. 10, 1950, at the age of 63.
He was born Dec. 28, 1886, at Weston, Neb., and came to Eugene in 1924. Mr. Herring was a member of the First Baptist Church in Eugene, the O.R.C. McKenzie River Mason Lodge No. 195, of which he was a charter and life member, the Scottish Rite Bodies and Shrine at Lincoln, Neb.

Mr. Herring had been a yard foreman of the Southern Pacific for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Lettie; 2 sisters: Grace Herring of Dayton, Ore., and Mrs. Gertrude McCloud of Denver; 1 nephew, Gilbert McCloud of Fallon, Nev.; an aunt, Mrs. Peter Campbell of Nebraska; many other near relatives. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18, 1950, at Veatch Hollingsworth England Funeral Home. Mr. Herring's body will be accompanied home to O'Neil , Neb., by his wife, leaving via Southern Pacific.

Owen is buried in O'Neill, Nebraska # 101969469.

1956 Dayton, Oregon "DAYTON - Mr. and Mrs. James Perkey of Dayton have marked their golden wedding anniversary. Mrs. Perkey la the former Carrie Burkand. They were married March 13, 1904. in Nebraska, and came to Dayton In 1936. They have four children, Mr. C. E. Voigt. Corvallls; Jamea. Dayton; Ellon, Los Angeles, and Harold, Medford.
Miss Grace Herring has also lived with the Perkeys since she was a small child."

Grace E. Herring, born June 21, 1893, died in Marion County, Oregon June 17, 1982.

Gertrude McLeod, born December 29, 1883, died in Alameda County, California December 26, 1974.

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