Fayette County Genealogy Project
Contributed by Keely Deuschle
The pioneer of the Griffin family in Fayette county, Pennsylvania, was
William Griffin, who accompanied by his wife Rhoda settled on Georges
creek, Springhill township, where he followed his occupation of miller,
making a comfortable home for his family, which consisted of eight
children among whom was William Pearce, of whom further.
(II) William Pearce, son of William and Rhoda Griffin, was born
September 2, 1809, died March 1, 1901. He obtained a practical education
in the common and select schools of the neighborhood, and upon taking up
the active duties of life gave his attention to agricultural pursuits,
which line of work he followed successfully for the remainder of his
life. He was the owner of a well cultivated farm on which was located a
comfortable house and out-buildings, and the neat appearance of the
entire place evidenced the work bestowed upon it by its owner. He
faithfully performed all the duties of a loyal citizen, and during his
early life held the rank of lieutenant in the state militia. Two of his
sons, William L. and Charles A., served in the war of the rebellion. Mr.
Griffin and his wife were for many years members of the Baptist church,
but in 1868 the united with the Christian church, of which they became
honored and useful members, Mr. Griffin serving in the capacity of
elder. He married, August 28, 1816, a resident of Springhill township,
who bore him thirteen children among whom was George F. P., of whom
(III) George Franklin Pearce, son of William Pearce and Ann (Gans)
Griffin, was born April 12, 1852, in Nicholson township, Fayette county,
Pennsylvania. He attended the public school, Farimont Normal School,
Fairmont, West Virginia, and the Law School at Ann Arbor, Michigan, from
which he graduated in 1876. He practiced his profession in the west for
a number of years, but for the past quarter of a century has devoted his
entire attention to farming and fruit growing, which has proved
exceedingly profitable. He is a member and elder in the Presbyterian
church at Old Frame, and a Prohibitionist in politics. He married
(first) May 8, 1879, Josephine Lobingier, who died January 13, 1904.
Married (second) October 12, 1905, Mary Rebecca, born May 15, 1859,
daughter of John and Rebecca (Williams) Gans, residents of near
Morgantown, West Virginia. Children by first wife: John L., born
February 9, 1880, died July 13, 1896; Clement P., November 13, 1881,
died Marcy 29, 1897; William R., February 25, 1883, married Bess Colvin;
George M., April 4, 1884, married Lucile Crow; Chauncey, January 11,
1887, died August 6, 1887; Charles C., February 1, 1888, married Eva
Moser; Frances M., March 28, 1890, resides at home.
Source: Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County by John W.
Jordan, Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1912.
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