Page 832-833, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


J. J. Griffith, a prominent farmer and stockman of Rosalia township, is a native of Pennsylvania. He was born in 1847, and is a son of Benjamin and Margaret (Haird) Griffith, natives of Pennsylvania. The Griffith family came to Kansas in 1874, and located on a farm in Rosalia township, where the parents both spent the remainder of their lives. J. J. Griffith has made farming and stock raising his life's occupation and has met with very satisfactory success and is one of the substantial men of Rosalia township.

Mr. Griffith was united in marriage in 1868 to Miss Mary E. Gray, a native of Pennsylvania, and a daughter of Michael Gray. To Mr. and Mrs. Griffith have been born the following children: William J., El Dorado, Kans.; Samuel M., El Dorado, Kans.; Mrs. Bertha V. Boucher, El Dorado, Kans.; Mrs. Alice Hart, El Dorado, Kans.; Mrs. Maggie


Reed, Whitewater, Kans.; Rev., B. F., Winfield, Kans.; Mrs. May Burns, Keighley, Kans.; Mrs. Eva Nace, Emporia, Kans.; Mrs. Jessie L. Cannon, Rosalia, Kans., and Glen, Emporia, Kans.

Mr. Griffith is a man who has a deep comprehension of justice and always aims to stand for the right. His influence over his fellow men has been of a helpful and inspiring kind. He has given expression to the best that was in him, and in his happy and jovial way, he has always helped to make others happy and showed them the bright side of life. In the early days when there was much suffering and many hardships to be endured, he always kept up the same cheerful mood and looked forward to better days, which finally came. Mrs. Griffith was one of the pioneer women who patiently and courageously bore her part in laying the foundation for the future of Butler county and the great West. She is an ideal mother, who sought to instill into the hearts of her children the principles of the Christian religion, and she has no doubt succeeded in a full measure. Her children have all grown up to be worthy Christian men and women. One son, B. F., is a Methodist minister, and Glen is preparing himself with a view of being a gospel singer. Mr. and Mrs. Griffith are justly proud of their large family of boys and girls.

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