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This collection contains deeds, financial records, and miscellaneous papers of the Joseph Griffith family, residents of Pulaski County.

Biographical/Historical Note

Joseph Griffith, son of Henry Griffith and Mary Boyd, was born July 5, 1845 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He enlisted as a private in Woodruff's Battery on June 19, 1862, where he served for a few months as an artilleryman before being stationed at Tyler, Texas, in the ordnance department for the rest of the duration of the Civil War. After the war, Griffith worked with Thomas Scott, the Little Rock city collector. He was elected as Constable of Big Rock Township, Pulaski County, in 1876 and served for two years. In 1878, he wa selected County Treasurer, where he served until 1888. In 1889, he began selling insurance with John M. Brisbin, which he continued until his death. He was a member of the Pat Cleburne Fire Company for twenty-two years and acted as secretary for the Arkansas Nursery Company .He married Charlie Olina Hite, daughter of William Hite, on May 15, 1872. They had several children, Daisy, Nellie, Mamie, Ruby, Annie, Edward Parker, Florence, and John, who died during childhood. Joseph Griffith died October 19, 1902. His wife, Charlie, died July 16, 1937. They are buried at Mount Holly Cemetery. Daisy, the oldest daughter of Joseph and Charlie, was born in 1875 and married John Nelson Bethea and died in 1963. Edward Parker Griffith was born in 1886 and died in 1959.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas; Texas





Resource Type



Griffith family papers, SMC.008.013a


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Griffith family papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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