The Chariton Leader, Chariton, Iowa Thursday, February 1, 1906
WILLIAM GRIFFIN died suddenly at his home in English Township on Sunday morning, January 28, 1906, at 6:30 o'clock, with heart trouble. He had been ill for a few days but his condition had not been considered alarming and his sudden death came as a severe shock to his family and friends. Funeral services conducted by Rev. Hutchins of Lucas were held at the family home on Tuesday afternoon at one o'clock after which interment took place in the Brownlee Cemetery.
WILLIAM GRIFFIN was born in Ohio on October 15, 1834. His father died when he was a mere lad and he soon afterwards moved with his mother to Eagleville, Mo. He was married there about forty-seven years ago to PARTHENIA UNDERWOOD, who survives him. They were the parents of thirteen children, ten of whom are living. They are MRS. W.B. FOULKS, MRS. DAISY SARGENT, HARRY, R.L., CHAS., WEAVER and JESSE, all of English Township; MRS. G.H. SMITH of Frederick, MRS. WM. HASELTINE and MRS. PETER HASELTINE of Ottumwa, all of whom were present at the last sad rites. MR. GRIFFIN is also survived by three sisters and one brother, MRS. CAROLINE MORGAN of this city, MRS. SARAH HUNT of Council Bluffs, MRS. LOUISE HASELTINE of Scranton, Kas., and MORTIMER GRIFFIN of Thornburg, Neb.
When the Civil War broke out, deceased enlisted and served his country faithfully until the close of the war. Soon afterwards he moved with his family to this county, locating in English Township and that place has since been their home. About twenty years ago he united with the Christion Union Church and held his membership in that organization until his death. He was a kind neighbor and friend and his sudden demise is mourned by all who knew him. The sorrowing relatives have the sympathy of many friends in their bereavement.