Fred R. Griffin


Fred was the youngest of the male children born to Albert and Maude Griffin. He was born in 1914 in either Clayton or Henry County, GA. His parents were in Clayton County in 1910 and Henry County in 1920.

About 1940, Fred and his brother Clay moved to Gilmer County and purchased land and a sawmill. It was at this sawmill that a boiler exploded and Fred was killed on 13 Oct 1941. He was 27 years old and unmarried. He is buried in the Ellijay Cemetery.

Due to Fred's unmarried status, it appears that Albert and Maude inherited his property and moved to Gilmer County at this time.

One of the elder Griffin descendants tells the story that Maude blamed Clay for the death of her baby and swore she would never speak to him again. I can not confirm this and can not remember this animosity when I was growing up. Clay only lived about a half mile away from Maude on the dirt road to our house.

bullet1920 -Federal Census, Henry County, GA
   5 year old Fred is listed with his parents and siblings.

Fred Griffin tombstone in the Ellijay Cemetery

Photo by Francis William Griffin, great nephew

An older picture of Fred, Maude, and George Griffin

Photo courtesy of the Brooks family

Fred, Buck, and Henry - probably the mid 20's

Photo courtesy of the Brooks family