My "brickwall" is the founding Griffin who appears in Salisbury MA around 1640 with wife Agnes (called Ann?) alongside. There he had three children, Hannah, Mary and John, and off to NH and Maine. (Well, you know, northern MA back then). Philip is killed by lightening in Scarborough in 1667 (Welcome to Pine Point, Mr Griffin!) and the wife wisely took the kids back to Massachusetts before the Indians razed the settlement. Later, John's children headed north and their many families became founders of towns throughout Maine and NH. But where did Philip come from? Three choices.... 1) Wales is the family story (one of 3 or 5 brothers -- all unnamed, of course), 2) "We're from France", my sister would tease me, or 3) A distant cousin offered this bad option: that Philip named himself after the ship "Griffin" he jumped on to get here. NOOOOOOO! Well, thanks for coming, Phil. America has been great for us! Clues and better options welcome.