*According to an account by one of their grandsons, Fred Griffin of Canada, he may have been born at his mother's childhood home at Liscalgot, a townland just outside Crossmaglen: grandmother had come home to Liscalgot to bear the twins, Father and Uncle Richard, walking miles of country road to reach there in an exhausted state.. Her parents were Samuel GILMORE (17895-1868) and Jane COULTER (1801-1866). John GRIFFIN (1858-1912) had a twin brother, Frederick Richard GRIFFIN (1858-1890) who married Mary JACKSON (1844-1921) of Urker.
NOTE:: The first clue that I had that John Gilmore GRIFFIN and
Frederick Richard GRIFFIN were brothers.was in a letter from Frederick to his future wife,
Mary MENARY née JACKSON.. Both brothers lived at Corrinary, and more to the point, Frederick mentions his brother "Johnny".
Photographs of both of them are also part of the archive.
See May 5 1886 lettert: Frederick
Richard GILMORE to Mary MENARY
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
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 his wife.
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.
John "Jack" Pelan GRIFFIN of Toronto The following newsclippings were scanned at Gilford Castle.
Gerald Walter GRIFFIN of St. John, NB. b. December 2, 1900.
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.
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.
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.
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