From THE VALLEY OF THE UPPER MAUMEE and ANNALS OF THE TOWNSHIPS, 1887 edition, reprint by      Brant and Fuller, Madison, Wisc., page 330-331


ALANSON C. GRIFFIN, of Perry Township, is a native of New York state.  He was born June 29, 1836, the son of JONATHAN and HULDA (DUDLEY) GRIFFIN.  The mother who is in her 81st year, is still a resident of New York state.  Mr. Griffin remained in his native state until 1864 when he settled in Allen County, and in March 1866 occupied the farm where he now lives.  He received a very limited education, his father having died when he was quite young, leaving much responsibility to him.  He began with his brother, when 17 years of age, the trade of a carpenter and joiner, which he engaged in after coming to Indiana.  He and his brother went to Canada in 1857 and built a house for one of his uncles. 


December 22, 1858, he was married to MARY J. daughter of CHARLES B. and ROSETTE (EDDY).  They had one child, VIOLA, born September 28, 1860.  MARY J. was born Feb. 8, 1836 and departed this life August 8, 1863.


December 31, 1865 he was married to HENRIETTE, daughter of JOHN and ELLEN SURFUS.  By her he had five children:


            EFFIE M., born May 6, 1867

            ANNA, born Sept. 13, 1869

            JOHN E., born Nov. 14, 1870

            ACLIE S., born Jan. 8, 1872

            JESSE, born May 14, 1876


The mother, born, March 25, 1844, and died May 18, 1876.  December 5, 1877 he was united in marriage with SARAH J., daughter of JAMES and REBECCA (TUCKER) VANDOLAH.  She is a member of the German Baptist church. 


Mr. Griffin was a member of the Masonic Lodge at Huntertown during its existence, and passed through many chairs.  He has a fine farm of 80 acres in Perry township, well improved and perfect arrangements for watering and supplying water to his house, and 160 acres in Kingman County, Kansas.  In connection with farming he also runs a repair shop for farmers. 



Obit of ALANSON C. GRIFFIN.......Rites Tuesday for 99 year old man...........1936


ALANSON C. GRIFFIN, oldest voter in Allen County, succumbs in this city.  Funeral services for Alanson C. Griffin, aged 99, who died of arterio sclerosis Sunday at 6:30 a.m. at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Celia Pepple, 1918 Crescent Ave., will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Pepple home and at 2 p.m. at the Cedar Chapel Church with Rev. Charles Hollopeter officiating.  Burial in the church cemetery.


Had Mr. Griffin lived until June 29th, he would have been 100 years old.  He was active until injured in a recent fall.  He was a member and past worshipful master of the Masonic Lodge at Huntertown. 


He was a Perry township pioneer.  Born in East Hamburg, New York, June 29, 1836, the deceased came to Indiana in 1864 and was a pioneer resident of Perry township, Allen County.  He was a carpenter and joiner when he came to this state having entered that work when 17 years of age.  He owned a farm in Perry township for many years.


Surviving are 4 daughters:


            Mrs. Viola Timberlin of Auburn

            Miss Effie Griffin of Pierceton

            Mrs. Anna Ruggman of Garrett

            Mrs. Celia Pepple of this city, Ft. Wayne

2 sons:

            John Griffin of Huntertown

            Jesse Griffin of Garrett

A brother, Dudley Griffin of West Falls, New York

16 grandchildren

30 great grandchildren

1 great great grandchild


The body was returned to the Pepple home at 2 p.m. today from D. O. McComb & Sons Funeral Home. 






The Griswold-Phelps handbook and guide to Fort Wayne, Indiana, for 1913-1914

Compiled by B. J. Griswold, page 233-234


JOHN E. GRIFFIN is the owner of the fine old homestead farm on which he was born and reared and which is eligibly situated in Section 2, Perry township, and is not only a scion of one of the honored pioneer families of Allen county but has also proved conclusively that to him is not applicable the scripture aphorism that “a prophet is not without honor save in his own country”, for, while claiming no prophetic powers, he has a secure place in popular confidence and esteem, as indicated by the fact that the year 1917 finds him the loyal and valued incumbent of the office of township trustee of his native township.  


On his present homestead farm MR. GRIFFIN was born, November 14, 1870, a son of ALANSON C. and HENRIETTA (SURFACE) GRIFFIN.     His father,


His wife was born and reared in Perry township and here passed her entire life, her parents having been numbered among the early pioneers of the county.   She was born in 1844 and was called to the life eternal in 1876, her lineage having traced back to German origin. 


The original American representatives of the Griffin family came from England and the paternal grandfather of the subject was a successful carpenter and contractor in Union county, New York.   His son, ALANSON C., likewise learned the carpenter’s trade, but the major part of his active career by close and successful association with agricultural industry, of which he became a leading exponent in Allen county.   JOHN E. GRIFFIN was the fourth in a family of six children, all of who are living.    John E. Griffin was reared to the sturdy discipline of the farm and acquired his early education in the schools of Perry township.   He continued thereafter to assist his father in the management and work of the farm until 1895, when he assumed control of its operation.   Later he purchased the place, which is well improved, and has proved himself one of the most vigorous, progressive and successful agriculture and stock-growing.     Mr. Griffin gives special attention to the raising of short-horn cattle and is actively identified with the Indiana Short-Breeders’ Association. 


He is affiliated with the Masonic fraternity and he and his wife are zealous members of the Church of God.   In 1895 was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Griffin to Miss ALDA LIGE, daughter of SAMUEL J. and NANCY JANE (BAILEY) LIGE, her father being a prominent farmer of Jackson township, DeKalb county.   Mr. and Mrs. Griffin have two children – VELMA M. and ERMA W.   Mr. Griffin is a loyal supporter of all measures and enterprises tending to advance the best interests of his home county, is a vigorous worker and sagacious man, and finds his chief recreation in occasional hunting and fishing trips and in enjoying with his family the business and pleasures afforded by his fine automobile.