Mr. F. H. Griffin, a farmer of the Fourth District of Lake County, is the son of John T. and Miriam (Bailey) Griffin. The father was born in North Carolina October 12, 1803 and his mother in Madison County, Alabama in 1805. They were married in Madison County Alabama in January 1826, and had eight children, only two of them living to be grown: our subject and Martha J., who was born January 11, 1829, and married Mr. J. S. Williams, of Lake County, Tennessee, where she died in 1867. Mr. and Mrs. Griffin were devout members of the Christian Church. Mrs. Griffin died in May 1841, and Mr. Griffin was married twice afterward, and he died in April, 1850. In politics he was a Whig.
Mr. F. H. Griffin is of Welsh Irish descent, and was born in Madison County, Alabama, January 29, 1827; was raised on the farm, and received what was then considered a good education. January 25, 1855, he married Miss Susan C. Hopper, who was born in Williamson County, Tennessee, December 16, 1837. Three sons and four daughters were born to this union, three of them living. Mrs. Griffin was a member of the Methodist Church, and died, February 17, 1866, as she had lived, a Christian. July 13, 1870, Mr. Griffin married Miss L. J. Babb, who was born in Obion County, Tennessee, October 3, 1844. They have five children. Mr. and Mrs. Griffin are Methodists. He is a democrat and a Mason, being a Knight Templar, and has been a citizen of Lake County ever since its organization, being at the time elected a magistrate. He moved in 1848 to that part of Obion County that is now Lake County.
He commenced life without a dollar, and now owns 435 acres of good farming land, thus demonstrating the power of energy and determination to overcome all obstacles and attain success.