Biography - Holland S. Griffith

HOLLAND S. GRIFFITH, was born in DeWitt County, Ill., January 3, 1867. His father was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, was reared there, and married. From thence he came to Illinois in an early day, remaining for a time in Macon County, after which he removed to DeWitt County. He took up a tract of Government land, living on the same for two years before entering it. This land was located eight miles northeast of Clinton. He was a very enterprising man of good judgment and consequently was very successful. He also entered land in DeWitt County, besides going quite extensively into real estate in Kansas, owning one thousand acres in Chase County. Mr. Griffith was also engaged in stockraising there. In 1880, accompanied by his family, he started West with a team for Kansas and traveled quite extensively, there living one year on his land in Chase County. Afterward, in 1882, he returned to his home in DeWitt, residing there until his death, which took place November 16, 1890.

Mr. Griffith was married a second time choosing as his wife Miss Sarah Reed, of Steuben County, Ohio, and who became the mother of our subject. She has five children living: Byard, Dell, Holland, Nellie and Melvin. Our subject was reared to agricultural pursuits and was educated in the public schools of DeWitt County, and resided with his parents whom he assusted on the farm, until he was twenty-three years of age when he settled on the farm where he now resides on section 21, Todd's Point. It is a well-cultivated farm of one hundred and sixty broad and fertile acres.

Extracted 25 Apr 2020 by Norma Hass from 1891 Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties Illinois, pages 680-681.

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