SAMUEL YOUNG GRIFFIN GRAVESTONE PHOTOS
Independence Daily Reporter, Saturday, October 3, 1891, Pg. 3:
Mr. S. Y. Griffin died at 6:30 o’clock yesterday morning. The funeral will be held at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon at Krone school house, and will be conducted by Rev. S. S. Martin, of the M. E. church, to which Mr. Griffin belongs.
South Kansas Tribune, Wednesday, October 7, 1891, Pg. 2:
S. Y. Griffin, one of the brave boys of 61, of Co. F, 47 Reg. Ohio Vols. and since his discharge, an honored citizen, was mustered out on Thursday, while his comrades of McPherson Post No. 4, were enjoying a reunion held in Coffeyville. Mr. Griffin was among the pioneers of Sycamore township and while one of the quietest and most retiring citizens, was among the very best, and his voice and influence was always for the best interests of society. For a few years he has been living in District No. 58, southwest of the city, and had endeared himself to all of his acquaintances. He died of typhoid fever, aged 51 years, and was buried in the Sycamore Cemetery, with the honors of the Post and of the United Workman.
Samuel Young Griffin, oldest son of Wm. and R. M. Griffin, was born in Pocahontas county, West Virginia, on September 23d, 1840 and died in Montgomery county, Kas., October 2d, 1891.
During the war he served three years in Co. F, 47th O. V. I. At the close of the war moved to Iowa with his father’s family, and from there to Jasper county, Mo. He came to Montgomery county, Kansas, in October 1869, along with the last Col. Sam Young and located a claim north of what is now Larimer. In October 1873 he married Miss Elizabeth Terry, who survives him. He was the father of eight children, six sons and one daughter now living. His brothers are Andrew, Adam, Adonijah, John, William and Peter, and his sister, Mrs. Hugh McNutt, all living.
Funereal services were held in the Krone school house at 2 p.m. on Sunday, conducted by Rev. S. S. Martin, of the M. E. Church at Independence, of which deceased was a consistent member. Rev. Martin spoke from Rev. 14; 13: “And I head a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yes, said the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.” The funeral services at the grave was conducted by the A. O. U. W., of which order deceased was a member. He sleeps in the Sycamore Cemetery.
Contributed by Mrs. Maryann Johnson a Civil war researcher and a volunteer in the Kansas Room of the Independence Public Library, Independence, Kansas.
Photos provided by Daneille Grimes a descendent of Samuel Young Griffin.