Methusalem Griffith family Bible record:
The information printed below is taken from a Welsh Bible that was used to record the family of our ancestor Methusalem Griffith.
( in Welsh language)….
Printiedig yn da or lundain, gan
Charles Bill, a Thomas Newcomb.
Printwyr I Ardderchoccaf
Fawrhydi y Brenin ar Frenhines
Here follows an account of Times of the Births of Children Born to Mathusalem Griffith of the cty of BuckS late living – Lucrecia Griffith his wife.
Morrie was b. anno in Aug. 2 day on Mon.
Elizabeth was b. the 6 or 8 day of Sept. 1734
Hanna was b. 16 February in 173..
Benjamin was b. November 18 – day Anno 1739
Lucrecia, daughter of Mathew Griffith and Lucrecia, his wife…
June 18 day Anno 1742 day of week near midnight
John son of M b. ….the day of December…..
Elizabeth the daughter of James Wilson and Lucrecia his wife
b. July 13 in the year 1761
Ann their daughter was born on June 3 1764
Lucrecia their daughter was born on January 17 1767
Mary their daughter was born June 4 1769
Benjamin Wilson their son was born Sept 6 1773
Jesse their son was b. February 10 1776
Hannah their daughter was born June 11 1779
Mathusalem Griffith was married to Lucretia Rees in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 2 Feb 1730 at Christ Church . The listing shows her name as Lyky Reece.
(Pa Archives, Second Series, Volume VIII, page 116).
Mathusalem Griffith and family moved sometime during the next fourteen years to Augusta County, Virginia, as his name is found on a list of buyers at Daniel Monahan’s estate sale on 13 December 1744 (Will Book One, Augusta County, VA, pg 89).
Mathusalem Griffith’s Will is recorded in Augusta County, Va., where he died in 1749/50 (Augusta Co VA Wills, Page 239; Will dated 11 Sept 1749; proven 22 May 1750).
His daughter Lucretia Griffith, born 18 June 1742 married James Wilson. His dates of birth and death are unknown (See Bible record above).
James Wilson’s sons and daughters are listed also in the bible record. Sons Benjamin Wilson (born 1773) and Jesse Wilson (born 1776) are on the Anderson County, Tennessee tax list of 1802. The boys’ sister Hannah Wilson (born 1779) is also in Anderson County in 1802, married to Thomas Frost Jr. We think another sister, either Mary (born 1769) or Lucretia (born 1767) is also in Anderson Co in 1802, as the wife of Joel Hancock, but this has not yet been proven. The other sisters, Elizabeth (Mrs. Jehu Lawler) and Ann (Nancy, Mrs. John Baker we believe) may be there also at one time. Most of the children ended up in Madison County, Alabama by 1810. Then Benjamin and Jesse and Hannah moved about 1816 to Shelby County, Alabama. Benjamin Wilson married Hannah Harless, daughter of Henry Harless Sr., another Anderson County resident on the 1802 tax list.
Submitted by Marshal Cunningham, 1998
[Courtesy of Brenda Foster]