Thomas GRIFFIN Sr.

Thomas GRIFFINAge: 7218151887

Name
Thomas GRIFFIN
Birth about 1815
Note: Census records of 1861 and 1881 indicate that he was born about 1815, not in 1809 as had been reported on his death record. The Coolatin Estate Residents book puts his birth year as about 1816.

Death of a paternal grandfatherJohn GRIFFIN
before 1834 (Age 19)
Note: The Tithe Applotment for Knocknaboley in 1824 lists John Griffin as John Griffin Reps - and has Tho…
Death of a fatherThomas GRIFFIN
before 1839 (Age 24)
Note: The 1839 Tenants Book for Knocknaboley on the Coolatin Estate shows that Thomas may have already die…

Death of a motherMargaret
after 1839 (Age 24)
Note: Margaret Griffin, age 65, was living on the Kemmitt,Griffin,Pollard Lease in 1839 - a widow, according to the Account of Residents Book of the Coolatin Estate - MS 6082 of NLI. She had exactly 2 sons - presumably Peter and Thomas Griffin who took over the lease in Knocknaboley in 1843. Margaret probably had died by 1843.
MarriageJane SAUNDERSView family
April 11, 1844 (Age 29)
Birth of a son
#1
John GRIFFIN
February 5, 1845 (Age 30)
Birth of a daughter
#2
Margaret Jane GRIFFIN
November 17, 1846 (Age 31)

Residence 1848 (Age 33)
Note: Thomas Griffin(the elder) supplanted John Griffin on his lease in Knocknaboley by 1830. The followi…
Residence

Note: The marriage record for John Griffin and Mary Giles indicates that either Thomas or John Griffin lived at Conc 13 Lot 22 in Huron Co.
Property
Kemmitt/Griffin/Pollard Lease
1848 (Age 33)
Note: By 1848 Thomas and Peter Griffin assumed the old John Griffin portion of the lease on the Coolatin estate. They replaced Margaret Griffin and William Griffin respectively, who had replaced Thomas Griffin on the lease in the early 1840s. It is thought that Margaret was the wife of the elder Thomas and the mother of Peter and Thomas. William was the elder Thomas' brother.
Birth of a daughter
#3
Mary Ann GRIFFIN
June 8, 1849 (Age 34)
Immigration May 30, 1851 (Age 36)
Note: Note: Transcribed from the manuscripts of the Fitzwilliam estate in the National Library of Ireland,…
Note: The GLENLYON, a ship of 909 tons, was built in Saint John New Brunswick, by Hugh Irvine and his brothers (?). She was launched in August 1841, and registered in November 1841, at first by R.D. Wilmot, and later in the month by Stephen and AugustusWiggins. Sold by the latter firm to London owners. Samuel Robert Graves registered the GLENLYON in Liverpool in 1851, but the next year re-registered her in Ross [Scotland] for other members of the Graves family. She was abandonded in sinking state in January 1861, on a voyage from Savannah to Liverpool.
Birth of a son
#4
Thomas GRIFFIN
March 19, 1852 (Age 37)
Note: Thomas was probably born in Cartwright Township, Durham Co Ontario. His parents had immigrated from Ireland just a year before his birth and were living in Cartwright in the 1851 and 1861 censuses.
Birth of a son
#5
Peter GRIFFIN
October 24, 1854 (Age 39)
Note: Entry from Record Book of St John's Parish, Blackpool, Cartwright Township found in the Anglican Arc…
Residence 1861 (Age 46)
Address: Lot 3 Concession 2
Note: Extract from Archeologist's Report on Cartwright:
(Partial) Archaelogical Report on Old James Saunders Land

Note: The following report was prepared by SCARLETT JANUSAS ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND HERITAGE CONSULTING AND EDUCATION, 269 Cameron Lake Road Tobermory, Ontario N0H 2R0 as partial fulfillment of a study done for Skypower Limited. The full report gives history of lots, maps, etc for land where James Saunders and William Darcy settled.

Marriage of a childEzekiel PhairMargaret Jane GRIFFINView family
February 13, 1866 (Age 51)
Birth of a son
#6
Albert James GRIFFIN
May 31, 1866 (Age 51)

Marriage of a childJohn DYNESMary Ann GRIFFINView family
1875 (Age 60)
Note: Name of Groom: John Dynes
Marriage of a childThomas GRIFFINEllen MILNEView family
January 29, 1878 (Age 63)
Marriage of a childPeter GRIFFINJane Maud “Jennie” MILNEView family
July 15, 1880 (Age 65)

Property
Conc 13 Lot 22

Note: Thomas bought 1 acre of land in Howick Township, Huron County in 1869.
Death July 29, 1887 (Age 72)
Family with parents - View family
father
mother
-1 years
elder brother
Family with Jane SAUNDERS - View family
wife
 
Marriage: April 11, 1844Co Wicklow, Ireland
10 months
son
21 months
daughter
3 years
daughter
3 years
son
3 years
son
12 years
son

Birth

Census records of 1861 and 1881 indicate that he was born about 1815, not in 1809 as had been reported on his death record. The Coolatin Estate Residents book puts his birth year as about 1816.

Residence

Thomas Griffin(the elder) supplanted John Griffin on his lease in Knocknaboley by 1830. The following justifies the claim that he is our ancestor.

In the 1839 Rental Book (NLI, MS 6082) Thomas Griffin's part of the lease was occupied by Margaret (30 acres) and William (20 acres). Margaret was probably Thomas' widow, age 65 with 2 sons and 1 daughter. William was 60 and had no wife and unknown children.

By 1848 Margaret and William were replaced by Peter and Thomas (junior) respectively. In fact the entries in 1848 were:

Peter Griffin, age 30, wife age 25, 1 son and 1 daughter. Thomas Griffin, age 32, wife age 25, 1 son and 1 daughter. and Samuel Fisher, age 30, wife age 26.

The 1850 Tenant census was similar and shows Thomas' family just before they left for Canada. This record shows that this particular Thomas Griffin is the same man who moved to Durham Co Ontario in 1850, because Samuel Fisher gave his immigration ticket to Thomas, according to the Emigration records of the Coolatin Estate.

Residence

The marriage record for John Griffin and Mary Giles indicates that either Thomas or John Griffin lived at Conc 13 Lot 22 in Huron Co.

Property

By 1848 Thomas and Peter Griffin assumed the old John Griffin portion of the lease on the Coolatin estate. They replaced Margaret Griffin and William Griffin respectively, who had replaced Thomas Griffin on the lease in the early 1840s. It is thought that Margaret was the wife of the elder Thomas and the mother of Peter and Thomas. William was the elder Thomas' brother.

Immigration

Note: Transcribed from the manuscripts of the Fitzwilliam estate in the National Library of Ireland, as part of Jim Rees's research for his book, SURPLUS PEOPLE.

Fitzwilliam Tenants - Family Group ID: 508 Parish Kilcommon Year Listed: 1851 Surname Griffin Reference No. 57 Group Members: Thomas 35, Jane 29, John 6, Margaret 4, Mary 2. Townland Knocknaboley

Original Record in National Library Ireland, MS 4975, EMIGRANTS ASSISTED 1851.

Thomas' family was listed along with his neighbor John Kimmitt. The Kimmitts and Griffins had shared a 100 acre farm lease for over 70 years in Knocknaboley.

Ship Glenlyon Departure New Ross, Co Wexford, Ireland. April 15, 1851 Arrival Quebec. May 30, 1851 Holding Chest/Graves in side column.

Immigration

The GLENLYON, a ship of 909 tons, was built in Saint John New Brunswick, by Hugh Irvine and his brothers (?). She was launched in August 1841, and registered in November 1841, at first by R.D. Wilmot, and later in the month by Stephen and AugustusWiggins. Sold by the latter firm to London owners. Samuel Robert Graves registered the GLENLYON in Liverpool in 1851, but the next year re-registered her in Ross [Scotland] for other members of the Graves family. She was abandonded in sinking state in January 1861, on a voyage from Savannah to Liverpool.

Residence

Extract from Archeologist's Report on Cartwright:

West Half of Lot 3 Conc 3

On March 30, 1855, William Darcy signed over the south 50 acres (~20 ha) of the west half of lot 3 to his sister-in-law, Catherine Darcy, who was the widow of his brother Benjamin (Deed #661). She immediately transferred the 50 acres to her son John who, for a number of years, rented it out to area farmers (Deed #663). The agricultural census for 1861 showed THOMAS GRIFFIN occupying and farming 30 (~12 ha) of the 50 acres (~20 ha) while later maps showed James Miller and later Peter Darcy as the occupants. On September 10 1864, John Darcy transferred ownership of the 50 acres to his brother Thomas (Deed #3800) who transferred it on October 7, 1869 to Alice Darcy. William Darcy held title to the north 50 acres (~20 ha) until his death on December 20, 1877 when he bequeathed it to his son Thomas (Will #1272). The census for 1851 shows the William Darcy family occupying a one-story log house and the agricultural census of 1861 shows both the north and south halves of the west half of lot 3. Thomas Darcy is shown as owning part of Lot 3, Concession 2. The northwest half of Lot 3 is owned by William Darcy and the southwest half of Lot 3 is owned by James Miller. No structures are indicated for the study area on the Tremaine map. The east half of Lot 3, Concession 3 is owned by James Saunders. No buildings are depicted on the 1861 Tremaine map.

Property

Thomas bought 1 acre of land in Howick Township, Huron County in 1869.

Media object

The Griffins had a longterm lease on lots 118-138 in the townland.

Shared note

EVERETT Bolstad letter dated Aug 27, 2002 states that his funeral was at the Congregational Church in Howick.

Everett found a microfilm of death registrations - says that he died after being ill for 4 weeks.

1881 census in Howick (Huron North) Ontario list Thomas age 65, Jane age 60 and Albert age 15. Thomas and Jane b in Ireland, Albert in Ontario.

Note

1861 census record for Durham Co ONT, living next door to James Saunders family.

Name    Place   Gender  Occupation  Birth Place     Age
Thomas Griffin  Cartwright  m   farmer  -   47
Jane Griffin    Cartwright  f   -   -   39
John Griffin    Cartwright  m   labourer    -   16
Margaret Griffin    Cartwright  f   -   -   14
Mary Griffin    Cartwright  f   -   -   12
Thomas Griffin  Cartwright  m   -   Canada West     9
Peter Griffin   Cartwright      m   -   Canada West     6
Note

1851 Census Cartwright Township, Durham Co, Ontario page 47

Thomas Griffin 56?? Ireland English Church Jane Griffin 28 John Griffin 6 Margaret Griffin 4 Mary Ann 2 All born in Ireland. Living in "log shanty."

Note

The National Library of Ireland has many records from the Coolatin Estate that have been sifted and studied to produce the following description of the Griffin and Saunders families in Knocknaboley, County Wicklow.

Thomas Griffin and Jane Saunders came from the townland of Knocknaboley, County Wicklow - NW of the city of Tinahely. Thomas and his brother Peter evidently inherited the Griffin share of a lease from the Coolatin Estate about 1844. Peter actually took over a share of the "Kemmitt,Griffin,Pollard" lease of 100 acres that had originated by the 1770s on the Estate. John Griffin and his partner Thomas Kemmitt had a lease from as early as 1778, as recorded in 1796 in the Coolatin Estate Records. (NLI MS 6015 book.) In the 1820s John Griffin was replaced on the lease by Thomas Griffin, who was likely the father of both Thomas and Peter Griffin. Thomas the elder likely died circa 1840. In 1850 Thomas Griffin (the younger) elected to immigrate to Canada with other Coolatin Estate renters from Knocknaboley, including his in-laws, rather than stay in Wicklow.

Thomas and Jane sailed on the ship GlenLyon from New Ross Ireland to Quebec in 1851. They settled in Cartwright Township, Durham County Ontario. Their neighbors included the Darcy families and the family of Jane's parents, James and Mary Saunders, who had immigrated also. James gave over the lease of 12 Irish acres in Knocknaboley to a man named John Griffin before 1850, but it is not known when James' family came to Canada.

According to Canadian censuses, and the HURON COUTY HISTORICAL ATLAS, Thomas and Jane moved on to Howick Township of Huron County in 1863, but James Saunders and his family remained in Cartwright until his death in 1876.

BirthRoad sign to Knocknaboley, Wicklow -Thomas' birthplaceRoad sign to Knocknaboley, Wicklow -Thomas' birthplace
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BirthOne of the Ruined Griffin Houses in Knocknaboley, 1989One of the Ruined Griffin Houses in Knocknaboley, 1989
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ResidenceKemmitt/Griffin/Pollard Lease Tenants for 1850Kemmitt/Griffin/Pollard Lease Tenants for 1850
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PropertyKemmitt/Griffin/Pollard Lease on 1848Kemmitt/Griffin/Pollard Lease on 1848
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ImmigrationCopy of Immigration Ledger Entry from Coolatin Estate for Thomas and Jane GriffinCopy of Immigration Ledger Entry from Coolatin Estate for Thomas and Jane Griffin
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Residence(Partial) Archaelogical Report on Old James Saunders Land
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Note: The following report was prepared by SCARLETT JANUSAS ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND HERITAGE CONSULTING AND EDUCATION, 269 Cameron Lake Road Tobermory, Ontario N0H 2R0 as partial fulfillment of a study done for Skypower Limited. The full report gives history of lots, maps, etc for land where James Saunders and William Darcy settled.
PropertyDeed Recorded in Huron for Thomas' Purchase
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Note: The Griffins had a longterm lease on lots 118-138 in the townland.
Media objectThomas Griffin and Jane Saunders Griffin, circa 1883Thomas Griffin and Jane Saunders Griffin, circa 1883
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