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GRIFFITH, Mary (Reighard)

    Johnstown Tribune, 23 Apr 1891, Page 1, Contributed by Brian Cartwright

Death of a Venerable Woman: Mrs. Griffith, of Stonycreek Township

Deeply Affected by the Demise of a Favorite Son

An Interesting Obituary

Mrs. Mary Griffith, wife of Abner Griffith, one of the old and stalwart citizens of Stonycreek Township, had a stroke of paralysis about two years ago and had been helpless ever since. Her left side was affected. She suffered no pain and but for the arm and leg being useless she was in good health, eating heartily, having full possession of her faculties, keeping track of all the children and even of the grandchildren, and mentally, was altogether herself. Yesterday morning she complained of a pain in her side, but the pain passed away. About 9 o'clock last night she went into a stupor from which she could not be wakened and about 3 o'clock this morning the worn body and the patient soul were parted. Her faithful husband, who has scarcely left her side since her prostration and her four surviving children were with her when she breathed her last. Mrs. Griffith's maiden name was Mary Reighard. She was a daughter of George Reighard, of Jenner Township, Somerset County. About fifty-four years ago she was married to Abner Griffith, also at the time a resident of Jenner Township. Thirty-three years ago the family moved to what was then Conemaugh Township, Cambria County, now Stonycreek, the district having been divided. The farm upon which they settled and where Mrs. Griffith died was formerly owned by Moses Hershberger. The farm lies about two miles south of the center of Johnstown on the Geistown road and is now almost within the limits of the city and very valuable. Mrs. Griffith was the mother of ten children, six of whom are dead. The living are Mr. N. R. Griffith, formerly of Conemaugh Township, now living on part of the homestead farm; Emily, wife of Louis Von Lunen; Morilla, wife of Mr. James Penrod; and Uriah A., also of Stonycreek Township. One of Mrs. Griffith's sons died only last Sunday morning not far from his mother's home. This was William, aged about forty-five years. William was a favorite son, and she lamented his death and especially the fact that his children were left without their protector. It is believed that her grief hastened the final dissolution. Three of Mrs. Griffith's sons served in the War of Rebellion. They were Elias, William, and Cyrus. All of these are dead. Elias was killed at the battle of New Market, Va., being shot through the head. His body was one of nine that were temporarily buried in a lime-kiln and were subsequently taken away and deposited no one knows where. Cyrus starved in one of the Southern prison pens. He was exchanged a short time before his death. His brother, Mr. N. R. Griffith, having heard of his being at Annapolis, went to his relief, but he was dead when the brother reached the city. William was in the nine-months service. Annie Griffith, the only daughter that lived to maturity, died in Pittsburgh about sixteen years ago. She was a wife of Ed P. Ditzler, formerly of Johnstown and who superindended the building of the stairways in the old Company store. Her husband died about nine months after her death. They left four sons, all living, who are in these parts and being looked after by relatives. Mrs. Griffith leaves thirty grandchildren and seven great-grand-children. The deceased was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church for about sixty years and a faithful adherent to its doctrines.

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