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Griffiths, John W.


Age: 0, credited to Poultney, VT
Unit(s): USN
Service: USN, Pawnee, 2nd class fireman (coal heaver) enlisted as John Williams

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Birth: 1833, Unknown
Death: 1887

Burial: Poultney Cemetery, Poultney, VT
Marker/Plot: G
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: Williams, John
Pension?: Yes, widow Annie Griffisha, 3/18/1891
Portrait?: Unknown
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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Poultney Cemetery, Poultney, VT

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A Fatal Accident

On Friday last a fatal accident occurred to John W. Griffith while at work in one of Auld & Conger's slate quarries in the south part of Poultney. A large mass of stone and earth came crashing down, a portion of which caught the unfortunate man inflicting injuries from which he died on Monday. His arm was fractured one inch above the elbow and also four inches below, his collar bone and ribs were were also fractured the latter being so severe as to teat the pleura and the substance of the lungs thus admitting air into the cavity of the chest as well as the cellular tissue of the neck and lungs and producing what the doctors call “general emphysema.” From the first the result was but a question of a few days, but his strong constitution protracted the final issue until Monday, a period of eighty-six hours after the injury. Mr. Griffith has lived in this vicinity for many years, was respected by all who knew him, and was an honest, hardworking man. He leaves a wife and a large number of small children in destitute circumstances. He serve his country faithfully during the war, and was one of the gallant crew of the war vessel “Pawnee,” became quite deaf while in the service, from which he never fully recovered his hearing, received an honorable discharge after peace was declared in 1865. He was born in Bethesda, North Wales, in 1833 was consequently fifty-four years old, came to this country when a young man. The citizens have contributed liberally to relieve the family of their present necessity through the instrumentality of M. J. Jones and Captain W. H. Jones. At the time of the accident Owen R Roberts was also injured by the same stone which scraped his leg nearly the whole length, but not seriously. The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon and was very largely attended, the Rev. E. H. Randall officiating.

Source: Poultney Journal, April 8, 1887.
Courtesy of Tom Boudreau.