Monday, July 8, 2013
Captain Edward Griffin land record from Colebrook
Captain Edward Griffin set aside funds in his will for the purchase of a farm for his wife Submit. Submit choose to purchase that farm in Colebrook, Litchfield County. In the church records we find her name along with that of her youngest child Edward. The farm was to be divided between the children when they reached the age of 21. Part of the farm was to remain in Submit’s name until her death. The deed records from Colebrook show Charles N. Griffin buying each of his siblings portion when they came of age. In 1819 Submit gives her portion to her children. This deed provided the clues that allowed us to find her adult children. It’s discovery opened the door to our research on Edward Griffin’s family. The deed identifies Timothy Gaylord 2nd and his wife Polly (Griffin) of Norfolk, Lyman and Fanny Dowd of Guilford, Martin Lawrence and his wife Submit (Griffin) of Colebrook. It also names Charles and Julia Griffin of Colebrook. Conspicuous by his absence is Harry Allen. The deed reads in part “Estate that our mother Submit Griffin had her Dower upon from the estate of her husband deceased”. Submit kept a home lot of one acre. A few years before her death we find a deed record in which Submit deeds her home and property to Augustus Elmer, her daughter Julia’s husband, in exchange for his pledge to support her for her remaining days. In relative terms the current value for the property portions of Edward’s will has a value of over $800.000.00. In the ‘” Find a Grave” internet site for Colebrook you can find a picture of Submit Griffin’s headstone in the Beach Hill Cemetery.