Joshua Todd Griffith

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  • Born: April 1, 1861
  • Died: November 27, 1939

Joshua T. Griffith, Clerk of the Daviess County Court, Owensboro, son of Daniel M. and Virginia Shelby (Todd) Griffith, was born in Owensboro, April 1, 1861, and received his education in the schools of that city. During President Cleveland’s first administration he was deputy collector of Internal Revenue under Hunter Wood, collector of the Second district. He was elected clerk of the Daviess County Court, and is now serving his second term in that office, in which his faithful attention to business and gentlemanly demeanor have won for him a popularity which few men in the county enjoy. He was married June 11, 1891, to Jettie Rothchild, and has one child, Virginia Griffith, born January 29, 1895.

Mr. Griffith is a descendant of a long line of ancestry on both sides of the family, who figured conspicuously in the early history of the Republic, state and county; and he reveres the names and deeds of his noble ancestry, whose lives were unblemished by word or act, while he cherishes the laudable ambition to emulate their good works and to preserve their name unspotted before the world, as becomes the scion of a noble ancestry. William Griffith, the first of the name to come to America, arrived from London, England, in June, 1675, and settled on the Severn River in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. He was married to Sarah Maccubbin, daughter of John and Elinor Maccubbin, and had the following children, viz.: Orlando, born October 17, 1688; Sophia, born April 27, 1691; Charles, born January 20, 1693; William, born April 15, 1697. William Griffith died 1699, leaving a will, proved at Annapolis, Maryland, October 23, 1699.

Sarah Griffith, his widow, married Thomas Reynolds, sheriff of Anne Arundel County, Maryland, and died April 22, 1716. Orlando Griffith, born October 17, 1688, eldest son of William and Sarah, married June 6, 1717, at Annapolis, Maryland, Katherine Howard, daughter of John and Mrs. Katherine Greenberry Ridgely, and had the following children, viz.: Sarah, born May 13, 1718; Nicholas, died in infancy; Henry, born February 14, 1720; Greenberry, born December 31, 1727; Joshua, born January 25, 1730; Benjamin, born November 22, 1732; Lucretia, born February 5, 1739; Orlando, Jr., born April 27, 1741; Charles Greenberry, born May 17, 1744. Orlando Griffith died March, 1757, leaving a will dated April 8, 1753; proved April 25, 1757, at Annapolis, Maryland. His wife, Katherine Howard Griffith, died February, 1783. Henry Griffith, born February 14, 1720, son of Orlando, married second time—June 4, 1751—Ruth Hammond, daughter of John and Ann Hammond, and had the following children, viz.: Samuel, born May 7, 1752; John H., born April 20, 1754; Philemon, born August 29, 1756; Charles, born December 16, 1758; Ann, born February 24, 1762; Joshua, born March 25, 1764; Eleanor, born March 9, 1766; Elizabeth, born December 16, 1768, and Ruth. Henry Griffith died September 28, 1794. His will was probated at Rockville, Maryland, October 10, 1794. Ruth, his wife, died January 27, 1782.

Source: Biographical Cyclopedia of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. John M. Gresham Company, Chicago, Philadelphia, 1896.