Sunday, May 22, 2011

Thomas Griffith & Mahala Hutchinson

Image Courtesy John C. Anderson 5/27/2010

The image to the left was found at Find A Grave.  It is actually listed under "Mahalia Griffith" and it reads "With Thomas".  On Thomas' page, it only lists his birth & death dates.

Thomas and Mahala GRIFFITH are my paternal 4th great grandparents.

A Note About Thomas & Mahala
I was stumped for a long time on these two.  I couldn't find one shred of evidence that the 1850 US Census was the same family as the 1870 US Census.  You see, in 1870, Thomas and Mahala are listed as "John & Halie", but they still have the three children Joshua, Caroline and Daniel at home, but no one else.  It wasn't until I found the 1860 US Census that those three children were listed with Thomas & Mahala, as well as the other children, with coordinating ages and states of birth for all.

     b. Aug 1813 Shelby, Kentucky
     d. 1904
Buried: Albright Cemetery, Kokomo, Howard, Indiana with wife Mahala
Father:  William Jackson GRIFFITH
Mother: Catherine SIGMUND*
*I have also seen her surname as "Sigmon" and "Sigman" in the same document as "Sigmund"

married 17 Dec 1841 Switzerland County, Indiana to

b. 18 Jun 1822 North Carolina
d. 10 Mar 1910 Howard, Howard, Indiana
*I have not researched into her mother & father.  The names below are unconfirmed by myself.
Father: David HUTCHINSON
Mother: Ann UNKNOWN

1.)  Sophronia Ann GRIFFITH
        b.  9 Oct 1843 Switzerland, Indiana
        d. 11 Mar 1880 Prairieville, Tipton, Indiana
2.) William Newton GRIFFITH*
        b.  abt. 1844 Indiana
        d. ?
3.) William GRIFFITH*
        b.  abt 1845 Indiana
        d. ?
4.) Catherine E. GRIFFITH
        b. abt. 1846 Indiana
        d. ?
5.) Almanda GRIFFITH
        b. Oct 1847 Switzerland, Indiana
        d. 13 Mar 1936
        m. Francis M. PHILLIPS in 1866
6.) Mary Susan GRIFFITH
        b. Sep 1849 Indiana
        d. ?
        m. Daniel M. ALLEY 8 Jun 1869
7.) Caroline GRIFFITH
        b. abt 1852
        d. ?
8.) Joshua D. GRIFFITH (click me!)
9.) Daniel GRIFFITH
        b. abt 1856
        d. ?

*I'm almost 100% positive these are the same Williams.  However, I'm going to leave them listed as such until I find a definitive answer.  This is what I mean about being creative with your naming!

1850 US Census
1860 US Census
1870 US Census
1880 US Census
1900 US Census
1910 US Census
1920 US Census
Indiana Deaths, 1882-1920
Indiana Marriage Collection, 1800-1941


  1. Hi. Don't know if you still access this but this is my family line as well. My great grandmother was Hester Campbell(Dillman). Her mother was a Phillips. Hope to hear back from you. :) Trista Hopkins

    1. Hi Trista! Yes, I still access this page, though it's been a while. I go in spurts with my genealogy searches otherwise the information just gets crowded and convoluted in my head. Have you researched the Griffith end of your lineage at all? If so, does the information I have posted match up with yours?

      My "grand plan" was to eventually find out all the various lines of the family "one day", to see how far spread we all were. Unfortunately, my frustration with being unable to afford documentation & research for such a task lead me to searching Google Books, which can be quite interesting, if not a bit repetitive. Talk to you soon! ~Becky