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GRIFFITH, Abner


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    Johnstown Daily Tribune, 17 Apr 1900, Contributed by Brian Cartwright

Abner Griffith - The subject of these lines, whose death was announced in the paper last evening passed away at the home of his son-in-law and daughter - Mr. and Mrs. James D. Penrod - in Stonycreek ___ ___ ___ ___ yesterday afternoon of ___ ___ in advanced age. Mr. Griffith was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Abner Griffith, since being deceased, and was born in Jenner Township, Somerset County, September 26, 1814. He resided in Somerset County following the life of a farmer until 1856, when he ___ ___ and removed his family to Conemaugh Township, Cambria County and there he spent the remainder of his life. Some time after establishing his home there, Conemaugh Township was divided and that part in which his was situated became Stonycreek Township. Upon moving to the ___, Mr. Griffith erected new house ___ ___, and it was this structure, as ___ one evening that was destroyed by fire about a year ago, only last fall a new dwelling was completed and occupied. On August 13, 1853, Abner Griffith and Miss Mary Reighart, of Jenner Township, were united in marriage by Rev. David Law, then pastor of the Jenner Free Will Baptist Church, and to this union were born eleven children: four of whom survive -N. R. Griffith, of Walnut Grove; Emily A., wife of Louis Von Lunen, of the Seventeenth Ward; Merilla, wife of James D. Penrod, who resides on the old homestead in Stonycreek Township; and Hugh A. Griffith, who lives on a portion of the homestead farm. The dead are: Dave, Mary, and Elizabeth; Cyrus, who starved in a Southern prison during the Civil War and died at a hospital in Annapolis. Md.; Elias, who was a soldier and was killed at the Battle of New Market; Annie, wife of Edward Dietzler, who died in Pittsburgh; and William, who departed this life on a farm close to the homestead. Mrs. Griffith, the wife and mother, died April 23, 1891. Mr. Griffith is also survived by two brothers: Levi Griffith, of the Eighth Ward, and Eli Griffith, of Stonycreek Township; and by thirty-six grandchildren and thirty-one great grandchildren. Two brothers, four sisters, seven grandchildren, and twelve great grandchildren of Mr. Griffith are dead. The deceased, who was a farmer all his life, was a loving husband and kind father, an exemplary citizen who held the esteem of all who knew him, and a staunch Republican who was proud of his record of having voted at every Presidential election since that of William Henry Harrison; he was also a lifelong and earnest member of the Free Will Baptist Church. The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock from the late home of the deceased, the services being conducted by the Rev. T. W. Perks, pastor of the Walnut Grove United Brethren Church and the Rev. S. T. Mitchell, pastor of the Franklin Street Methodist Church. The remains will be interred in Grandview Cemetery.

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