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.

HOLLAND S. GRIFFITH. The owner of a fine farm in Todd's Point Township, Shelby County, Ill. The gentleman whose name is at the head of this sketch was born in DeWitt County, this State, January 3, 1867. He is a son of Baard Griffith, one of the noble pioneers of the State, of whose labor and struggles with early difficulties the present generation is in the enjoyment of the advantages that are the natural result thereof.

Our subject's father was a native of Pickaway County, Ohio, and was there reared and educated; there also he met and married his wife and soon afterward removed to Illinois. Their first home in this State was in Macon County and thence they moved to DeWitt County and located a tract of Government land residing upon it for two years. It was advantageously located being only eight miles northeast of Clinton; here our subject was born. Mr. Griffith Sr. was a very enterprising man and possessed of excellent judgment, and entirely suited to cope successfully with the difficulties of pioneer life. He entered and purchased other land in the county and became quite extensively interested in real estate in Kansas, where he became the owner of one hundred acres in Chase County and also became interested in the stock business there.

In 1880 our subject's father accompanied by his family, started overland for Kansas and in that manner traveled quite extensively through that state making a residence of one year upon his land there. In 1882 the family returned to their home in DeWitt County and there remained until the death of the father, his decease occurring November 16, 1890. The widow and the mother of our subject was, before her marriage, a Miss Sarah Reed; she was a native of Ohio and still makes her home in DeWitt County. She is the mother of five children who are still living. They are Byard, Dell, Holland, our subject, Nellie and Melvin.

Holland Griffith was reared on the home farm and early learned the duties incident to farm life. He attended school in the neighboring district and assisted with the farm labor in the intervals. He made his home with his parents until twenty-three years of age and then settled on the farm where he now resides. It is a beautiful tract on section 31, Todd's Point Township, and comprises one hundred and sixty-four acres of good and arable land. Here he devotes himself to general agriculture and his efforts thus far have been crowned with a pleasing degree of success.

Extracted 27 Sep 2020 by Norma Hass from 1891 Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties Illinois, page 726.

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