John Gilmore Griffin
Eleanor "Nellie" Sarah Pelan
|Born: October 23, 1858 Corrinary, Co. Monaghan
|Born: December 1863 in Lurgen, Co. Armagh
|Died: July 16, 1912, Goragh, Co Armagh
||Died: February 16, 1955 in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Toronto,
|Father: Philip George GRIFFIN
||Father: John PELAN
||Mother: Eleanor HAZELTON
Married: April 16, 1888 in Londonderry
NEWS FLASH: I
now have proof that John Gilmore GRIFFIN was the twin brother
of Frederick Richard GRIFFIN. I will update this page as soon
as I can get to it.
UPDATE: There is
now compelling circumstancial evidence that John Gilmore GRIFFIN and
Frederick Richard GRIFFIN were brothers. On my last trip to Ireland,
I collected a scan of a letter from Frederick to his future wife,
Mary (JACKSON) MENARY. The home address for the two men is the same
and more to the point, Frederick mentions his brother "Johnny".
The fact that there were so many saved letters and photographs speaks
to the strong likelihood of this circumstantial evidence being accurate.
The May 5 1886 letter is at: Frederick
Richard GILMORE to Mary MENARY
Now here is another intriguing possibility to open things up even
more. Sarah JACKSON (1774-1828) married a Phil GRIFFIN and they had
a son whose name I don't know. But the name "Phil" is intriguing
since the father of John Gilmore GRIFFIN was Philip George GRIFFIN.
Mary (MENARY) JACKSON was the great-grand-niece of Sarah JACKSON and
if my hunch proves out, then Frederick Richard GRIFFIN would be the
great-grand nephew of Phil GRIFFIN. Are you with me? This is complicated
without the tree in front of you (although you can see my tree at:
which might help). The intriguing thing is that this kind of looping
back and intermarrying within the same family was very common in this
time and place and class.
The next avenue to pursue will be the middle name of GILMORE - given
its constant presence in the JACKSON family of Armagh.
Sharon Oddie Brown, June 24, 2005.
NOTE: I am indebted to Walter Richardson who recently passed on information
relating to dates and ancestry shown above. SOURCE: Email from Walter
Richardson, February 20, 2004.
See also Griffin
Family Photos and Griffin
Eleanor S. GRIFFIN widow of John Gilmore GRIFFIN
emigrated to Canada in 1912 with her 6 sons. Lived at Laurel Apartments,
104 Kippendavie Avenue, Toronto, Canada.
THEIR SIX SONS WHO CAME TO CANADA
From left to right (my best guess, going
from later photos of them): John "Jack" Pelan Griffin,
Sydney Herbert Griffin, father John Gilmore Griffin, Frederick
Gilmore Griffin, Gerald Walter Griffin, mother
Eleanor S. Griffin, Victor Ernest Griffin, Philip "Pat" George
Griffin. The photo likely dates from about 1907 (given the age
of Gerald - the youngest).
Oddie Brown, December 31, 2003.
Identifications updated January 10, 2007 thanks
to Victor GRIFFIN.
Frederick Gilmore GRIFFIN was born March 5th, 1889 in
Newry, Co. Armagh and died 1945 in Toronto, Canada at age 56 (A heart
attack sustained after shovelling snow.) He was the author of “Soviet
Scene” & “Variety Show”. Jeannie MOORHEAD's memorabilia
box contained a full page newsclipping relating to his death, another
relating to his daughter Mary who was in the R.C.A.F. wireless school,
as well as a copy of a letter from the Prime Minister of condolences to
Niagara Falls Gazette
Jan 17 1946 HEART ATTACK FATAL: Frederick Griffin, for 30 years a top-ranking newspaper writer, who suffered a heart attack at his home in Toronto, Ont., and died at the age of 56. He was overseas for five years, covering nearly every phase of Canada's fighting forces Born near Newry, Co Down, Ireland, he came to Canada at the age of 23.
Thanks to transcription by Nan Brennan
John "Jack" Pelan GRIFFIN of Toronto The following
newsclippings were scanned at Gilford Castle.
|Griffin-Govier – June 25, at St. James
Square United Church, Toronto, Canada, John Pelan, second son of the
late John Gilmore Griffin, Newry, and Mrs. Griffin, Toronto, to Ethel
Adella, daughter of the late Mr. And Mrs. R.A. Govier, Clinton Ontario.
John Pelan & Ethel Adella Griffin -
photo enclosed in letter of 1928 from Nellie Griffin to Mollie Wright
Gerald Walter GRIFFIN of St. John, NB. b. December
|Griffin-Davidson – October 15 at St.
Clement’s Church, North Toronto, by Rev Canon Fidler –
Gerald Walter, youngest son of the late John Gilmore Griffin, Newry,
and Mrs. Griffin, Toronto, to Marguerite Palmer, daughter of Captain
J.R. and Mrs. Davidson, Glen Goval, Methel Scotland. NOTE: Date
was likely 1929
|GRIFFIN – On 6th October, 1932
at the private Pavillion to Mr. And Mrs. Gerald Griffin (née
Marguerite Davidson) 168 Courcelette road, a son, Michael Philip.
Gerald Walter Griffin - photo enclosed in
1928 letter from Nellie Griffin to Mollie Wright
Philip G “Pat” GRIFFIN In a letter from
Mary GRIFFIN to Sally WHITESIDE (MCCULLAGH) 17July 1918, “Cecil
Major Kathleen, Johnny's daughter's husband is in the thick of it also
Russell Jackson and Philip Griffin.” A newsclipping Toronto Star,
August 6, 1942 reports: Lieut-Col Philip (Pat) Griffin, who is reported
seriously ill overseas. A trooper in the last war, he was commissioned
on the field in 1916, served in Canada's armed forces until 1930. He re-enlisted
in 1940 and went overseas in 1941. Frederick Griffin, Starr staff writer,
a brother, is also in Britain.
|Griffin-Atkinson – July 4, 1936
at Shaughnessy United Church, Vancouver, Canada by Rev H. Smith, DD
– Captain Philip George Griffin, late Lord Strathcona’s
Horse (Royal Canadians) son of the late Mr. John Gilmore Griffin,
Newry, and Mrs.Griffin, Toronto to Florence Marie Atkinson, R.N. daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Atkinson, Claresholm, Alberta, Canada.
Sydney H. GRIFFIN, MC. Died April 15, 1941 while commanding
internment camp in Quebec. A undated news clipping (likely from the Toronto
Daily Star) reports: Major Sydney H. Griffin, M.C. died early today,
aged 46 at St. Anne's military hospital, Montreal as the sequel to an
attack of coronary thrombosis suffered in December. He was commandant
of an internment camp in Quebec. Born in Ireland and known to many veterans
as "Paddy" Griffin, he was an "original" of the last
war, one of four brotehrs who served at the front in the C.E.F., Victor
being killed in action at the SOmme. He went overseas from Toronto in
August 1914 as a private in the 3rd Battallion. Given his commission on
the field in 1915, he was posted to the 4th Battallion, became adjutant,
was mentioned in dispatches, won the Military Cross. For some time after
his return from overseas he was second in command of the Toronto Regiment;
then, going to live in Montral, gave up army connections. Last year he
donned khaki again and was posted to special duty. A brother, Philip G.
Griffin, also rejoined the army and is now on active service with the
Fort Gary Horse in the armoured division. Surviving are his wife, Mrs.
S.H. Griffin, three sons and two daughters, all of 4443 Old Orchard Avenue;
and his mother, Mrs. J.G. Griffin, 48 Columbine Ave., Toronto, as well
as Frederick and John P. Griffin of Toronto and Gerald W. Griffin of Saint
John, N.B., brothers. Word is being awaited of funeral arrangements.
Nellie Griffin is standing at the rear.
The man is presumably Sydney Griffin and the children Jack, Desmond
& Eleanor. This photo was in the 1928 letter from Nellie Griffin
to Mollie Wright
Victor Ernest GRIFFIN b. 1897 d. 15 Sept. 1916, age
19 (see Commonwealth War Graves Commission). Served in the 18th Bn. Canadian
Infantry (Western Ontario Regiment) Killed at Courcellette. Memorialized
on the Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. In a letter from Mary GRIFFIN
to Sally WHITESIDE (McCULLAGH), 27Jan1917 “Victor Griffin was the
only one killed so far. His death was instantaneous being killed by a
mine explosion.” He served as a private.