THE LEADING CITIZENS OF MADISON COUNTY

CONTENTS
Preface
Names Index
Portrait Index


  CORNELIUS GRIFFIN, one of the oldest citizens of the town of Eaton and a representative of one of the pioneer families of this part of the State of New York, was born in the town of New Berlin, Chenango County, January 30, 1818, and was named after his father. Cornelius Griffin, Sr., was born in Dutchess County, N.Y., whence he removed to the town of New Berlin, Chenango County, and after a short residence there came to the town of Eaton, Madison County, in 1832, where he purchased a farm at Pierceville. Here he lived the remainder of his life, dying in 1863, at the age of eighty-seven, his wife having died in 1855, at the age of seventy-three years. They reared a family of nine children, three of whom are still living, namely: Richard, who lives at Pierceville; Cornelius, the subject of this sketch; and Sarah A., widow of Sylvester Holt, of Rochester, Minn. In politics the father of these children was a Democrat, and was an honest, industrious, highly reputable man.
  Cornelius Griffin, son, the subject of this sketch, lived in the town of New Berlin until he was eleven years of age, and then went to the town of Lebanon. When twenty-one years of age, he started out in life on his own account, and for some years worked by the month at rather small wages compared with what are now paid for the same kind of work. Returning home, he took charge of his father's farm, which he purchased after occupying it for some years, his parents living with him until their death. He was married April 10, 1867, to Lovina Tuckerman, who was born May 18, 1829, in the town of Eaton, the second of the two daughters of Jacob and Delia (Blakeman) Tuckerman. Her grandfather, Jacob Tuckerman, Sr., was one of the early settlers in the town of Eaton and a soldier in the War of 1812-15. He came to this State from Massachusetts, and died in Clintonville. The father of Mrs. Griffin was also a hard-working farmer of the town of Eaton, where he owned and managed a farm of one hundred and ten acres. In politics he was a Democrat of the early Jeffersonian type. Mrs. Griffin has no brothers. Her only sister, Rosanna, wife of Adon Brown, lives on the old homestead, where the father and mother both died, he at the age of sixty-four years, she much younger --at thirty-five. Mrs. Tuckerman was a faithful member of the Congregational church.
  After marriage Mr. Cornelius Griffin, the subject of this memoir, removed to the village of Eaton, where he has continued to live, and in which he owns considerable real estate, including several tenant houses, besides his pleasant home. Mr. and Mrs. Griffin have no children. Mr. Griffin has now nearly completed his seventy-fifth year, and is still strong and sprightly, possessing his mental faculties unimpaired--the result of his life of active usefulness, healthful exercise of brain and muscle, without overwork. No longer engaged in hard manual labor, he finds sufficient occupation in the care of his property. His life-span has covered a most interesting and important period of the world's history--a period remarkable for scientific discovery and industrial development, and for the enlarged recognition of human rights. Mr. Griffin has been a diligent worker and an intelligent observer of the progress of the age, no doubt lending his influence to promote what he conceives would result in the greatest good to the greatest number.

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