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.

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Comment by Laurie Davis on July 21, 2011 at 4:17pm


I looked quickly and did not even see him listed... but thought I would share so you can browse...

Comment by Paul Hines on August 11, 2011 at 6:33pm

This from The Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire:

"PHILIP, in Portsm. from Salis. 1659, soon went to Scarb. where assoc. with Wm. Snell in dealings with Henry Watts and Robt. Jordan.  Lists 323, 326a.  K. by lightning (Hoyt), tho a Griffin MSS attributes this fate to s. John.  Adm. gr. Oct. 1667 to Rich. Foxwell and Christo. Pickett, again 6 July 1669 to John Budezert who had m. the wid. Agnes by 27 Oct. 1668;  inv. incl. ho. and land.  She d. 24 Nov. 1682 in Salis., where ch, rec:  Hannah, b. 12 Mar. 1653-4.  Mary, b. 24 Apr. 1655.  John, b. 4 Nov. 1656, cooper.  At Portsm. 17 Mar. 1692-3, describ. hims. as form. of Blue Point, he sold his fa.'s 100 a. there to Robt. Elliot.  M. 1st (int. 17 Sept. 1695) Susannah Brown, 2nd 28 Mar. 1706 Hannah Davis.  Will 1730-1734.  Ch:  5+5, incl. Philip, b. 16 Aug. 1696, m. 21 Dec. 1721 Sarah Brown (11), and liv. in Hampt. and Chester;  Mary, b. 16 Oct. 1697, m. Benoni Fogg (6);  Hannah, b. 25 Mar. 1702, m. Philip Dow (8);  Phebe, b. 8 Oct. 1704, bp. Hampt. F. 2 Jan. 1714-5, being presented by Jacob Freese (2)."


Hope it's useful! - Paul

Comment by Laurie Davis on August 11, 2011 at 8:36pm

LOL....he married a relative of mine....?  it is a small world...


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