Griffith Family Papers

MC 2419

Special Collections
University of Arkansas Libraries

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Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
Phone: 479-575-8444

Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Katrina Windon, 2019.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Griffith family
Griffith Family Papers
Inclusive Dates
circa 1834-1948
MC 2419
0.75 linear feet (1 box)
Materials are in English.
Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries
Materials pertaining to the history of the Griffith family, particularly Marion P. Griffith, including ledger pages, memo books, notes, and war ration booklets.

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No use restrictions apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Acquisition Information

The Griffith Family Papers were donated to the Special Collections Department by Dewey Arch (Archie) Griffith of Winslow, Arkansas, on September 16, 2019.

Processing Information

Processed by Katrina Windon; completed in September 2019.

Preferred Form of Citation

Griffith Family Papers (MC 2419), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.

Biographical Note

Marion P. Griffith was born April 16, 1831. He was appointed postmaster of McDowell, Missouri in the early 1880s, and served in that position for at least 1884-1885 and 1889. He married Louisa Catherine Johnson Henson (1844-1919) in 1861. Their children included John Jay Griffith, William D. Griffith, James M. Griffith, Charles T. Griffith, Eugene A. Griffith, Odus A. Griffith, and Priscilla Griffith. Marion P. Griffith passed away August 17, 1898, in Winslow, Arkansas.

John Jay Griffith was born March 12, 1865, in Barry County, Missouri. He married Mary Ann Jones (1872-1924) in 1892; their children included Lester Griffith, Elmer Griffith, and Adjlum/Adjum/Adam Griffith. J. J. Griffith passed away August 4, 1904, in Winslow, Arkansas.

Adjlum/Adjum/Adam Dewey Griffith was born July 25, 1898, and passed away December 26, 1983. He married Clara Ethel Robinson (1897-1980) on September 21, 1918, in Washington County, Arkansas; their children included Dewey Archibald Griffith, Thelma Griffith, and Buford Griffith.

Dewey Archibald Griffith was born March 23, 1925, in Winslow, Arkansas, and passed away April 22, 1996. He married Naomi Walker (1928-) on August 22, 1946, in Steuben, Indiana. Their son, Dewey Arch (Archie) Griffith, the collection donor, was born May 18, 1966. He is an employee of the Washington Regional Medical Center and resides in Winslow, Arkansas.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains materials pertaining to the history of the Griffith family, particularly Marion P. Griffith. These include ledger pages, memo books, notes, war ration booklets, and other materials. Topics include the U. S. Civil War, orcharding, property transactions, and family genealogy.

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by format.

Subject Terms

The following persons, organizations, or topics are among those represented within the collection materials:

Barry County (Mo.)

Benton County (Mo.)

Military pensions--United States--Civil War, 1861-1865

Ration books

    Detailed Description of the Collection

    The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection:

    Box 1

    Box 1 Folder 1

    M. A. Jones (Roark, Mo.) note to Ruth, undated

    Box 1 Folder 2

    A. Dewey Griffith concealed carry license (Michigan), 1948

    Box 1 Folder 3

    Memo book, circa 1897-1899

    Memo book contains acounting notes and short diary entries on weather, daily activities, and apple blooms, in various handwritings. Names mentioned include William Bishop Walker of Fayetteville; George W. Oneal of Eureka Springs; M. P. Griffith; W. D. Griffith; and J. J. Griffith. At least one entry was written from Winslow, Arkansas. Memo book includes advertisements for the World’s Dispensary Medical Association, Dr. Pierce’s medications, and the American Engine Company.

    Box 1 Folder 4

    Memo book, circa 1896-1897

    Pierce's Memorandum Account Book containing handwritten notes on property transactions, an orchard, and an incident with Preacher Jo Waddell and a cow; other names mentioned include D. Russell; G. R. Russell; P. T. Bradsham[?]; and Col. E. G. Charles[?] of Fayetteville, Arkansas.

    Box 1 Folder 5

    Almanac/memo book, 1898-1899

    Mothers Weather Guide Almanac, including advertisements for C. F. Simmons Medicine Company of St. Louis, Missouri; handwritten memo entries, including purchase information and correspondence information. Places and people referenced include Frisco, Arkansas; C. W. O'Neal; and J. J. Griffith

    Box 1 Folder 6

    War ration books, 1942, undated

    Ration books for: Clare Ethel Griffith, Battle Creek, MI, age 17; Dewey Arch Griffith, Battle Creek, MI, age 17; Billy Jay Griffith, Winslow, AR, age 6; Buford Morgan Griffith, Battle Creek, MI, age 19; Adjlum [or Adjlam] Dewey Griffith, Battle Creek, MI, age 43

    Box 1 Folder 7

    United States Defense Savings Bonds stamp albums, circa 1941

    Box 1 Folder 8-9

    Ledger pages, circa 1881-1900 (Ledger pages are from a ledger with a broken binding, in two parts with some loose pages; cover and some pages are missing.)

    Ledger includes entries by multiple individuals on different topics, but appears to have been primarily compiled by Marion P. (M. P.) Griffith in his capacity as a notary public, church elder, and Postmaster of McDowell, Missouri.

    Contents include: accounting notes, circa 1881-1893, including for post office supplies, lumber for building materials, pills/medicine, clothing, and groceries; orchard planting notes; notes on Civil War pension claimants witnessed by M. P. Griffith, including Josh H. Johnson, Sarah Whittington, Mary Gantney; oath of office for M. P. Griffith as McDowell postmaster, 1889; Griffith family history and genealogy notes; land and property agreements by M. P. Griffith, circa 1890-1891; accounts of travels by M. P. and C. J. Griffith, circa 1891-1892, including accounts on or by C. J. Griffith regarding his travels through the Creek and Cherokee Nations and western states and territories, a cattle drive, temporary imprisonment in Utah for attempted murder of a Mormon, and employment as a camp cook for a survey expedition to Puget Sound and Alaska. Pension claimants appear to primarily be for veterans who served in Missouri and Arkansas regiments; one account describes Lieutenant A. Philips' service in Clarksville and Fort Smith, Arkansas, in 1865, and another includes notes on a horse involved in the Battle of Prairie Grove. Church records from McDowell, Missouri, circa 1884-1885, including notes on baptisms and confirmations. Names mentioned include William Larkin, Jasper Scott, M. E. Bruce; J. L. Larkin; James Chatham; Susan A. Acton; Maria K. Allcock; Dorah Burkhart; Fannie Burkhart. Power of attorney to M. P. Griffith by R. M. Hagler, 1887. Note by J. W. Allcock attesting to his service as a mail carrier in Barry County, Missouri, at age 15, followed up by note from M. P. Griffith, postmaster, attesting to same, 1888.

    Box 1 Folder 10

    Family genealogy notes, circa 1834-1897 (Loose pages originally stored at the front of a Griffith family Bible. Pages are torn and fragmented.)

    Notes include information about Griffith family births, deaths, and marriages. Names mentioned include: Andrew J. Griffith; Anglo L. Griffith; Adillia Griffith ; Priscilla Griffith; Isabell Griffith; Norah Griffith; Belle Griffith; Marion P. Griffith; Louisa C. Griffith; Sarah L. Griffith; Nora M. Griffith; William D. Griffith; John J. Griffith; James M. Griffith; Charles J. Griffith; Aquilla Griffith. Commonly mentioned places include Barry County, Missouri, and Benton County, Arkansas.

    Box 1 Folder 11

    Horse bill of sale, 1896

    Handwritten bill of sale for two horses from Marion P. Griffith of Frisco, Arkansas, to P. T. Bradshaim[?] of Roark, Missouri.


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