"In all of us there is a hunger, marrow deep, to know our heritage - to know who we are and where we came from.
Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is still a
vacuum, an emptiness, and the most disquieting loneliness." -- Alex Haley, Roots
"Do not remove the ancient landmark that your ancestors set up." King James Bible, Proverbs 22:28
"To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain perpetually a child. For what is the worth
of a human life unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?
- Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106-43 B.C.
.........I have had an interest (obsession?) in genealogy for several years, and it has been a fascinating journey of discovery.
Who am I? Where did I come from? Who were my ancestors? What did they do? All these aspects are fascinating.
To see how our ancestors lived, loved and struggled (at times), is a real study in people striving to overcome
adversity, provide for their families, and following their dreams (as they saw them). I try not to make the
mistake of judging their actions, using the standards of the 21st century. The lure of freedom and land is a
powerful motivator to people that have neither. A future based on an individual's ability, is all that some asked.
Others were soldiers, lords, Crusaders and Knights. Some were very wealthy, others extremely poor.
Some died in battle defending their home, faith or country and others of disease. Very few lived to an old age.
One has to be impressed at the youth of which major events occurred; marriage, child-bearing, becoming a soldier, etc.
Again, I do not think it fair to judge them by 21st century standards, but to try to see life as they saw it.
Until the 1500s, devotion to the Catholic Church was, if not the most important, certainly a very important influence.
During the Protestant Reformation, some families remained staunchly Catholic, others became Protestant.
The struggle to decide whose side God is on continues on even today.......
My Dad fought as an American soldier in WWII, my GGGrandfathers fought as Confederate soldiers from Georgia and Mississippi.
My GGGGGrandfathers fought in Revolutionary War units from Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Connecticut.
I have discovered an absolutely incredible heritage, rich in American, English, Irish, Celtic, Anglo, Saxon, Norman, and Western European history.
Since almost 460 years (950 A.D.-1410 A.D.) concern my Molyneux and Le Strange lineage, originating in Normandy
and Brittinany, coming to England in 1066 with William the Conqueror, I am devoting a separate page
to that line HERE!
I am active on Ancestry.com, and have a Public Family Tree at Griffin Family Tree
I am also an "indexer" for FamilySearch.org (we take data from written records, and turn it into text).
The Griffin Family crest is an ancient Irish crest, using the mythical Griffin, griffon, or gryphon (Greek: gręphon, or
grępon, early form gręps; Latin: gryphus) is a legendary creature with the body of a lion and the head
and wings of an eagle. As the lion was traditionally considered the king of the beasts and the eagle was
the king of the birds, the griffin was thought to be an especially powerful and majestic creature. The griffin was also
thought of as king of the creatures. Griffins are known for guarding treasure and priceless possessions. The surname
"Griffin" has two primary Gaelic sources in Ireland, which pertain to the towns of Ballygriffey in County Clare, and
Ballygriffin in County Kerry. The spelling "Ó Gríobhtha" is associated with the County Clare family, whose surname
was also anglicised as "O'Griffey" or "Griffey". "Ó Gríofa" translates to English as "descendant of the Griffin-like".
The griffin, Grijp in Dutch, Grip in Swedish and Griep in the old Low-German language, is an animal that only exists
in the mythology: it's half a lion and half a bird of prey. He mostly is portrayed as a winged animal, the upper part
of the body being an eagle, and the lower part of the body being a lion.In the middle ages, the griffin was considered
to be one of the symbols of Christ (two natures in one person), of the Church (the religious and the secular power)
and the pope (the king of all priests).
Without further research, I can only go back to the 1700's on my Father's side, John Griffin (married Sarah Kelley) born in
On my mother's side, I can go back over 1,000 years to about 950 A.D. in Normandy! (my 34th great grandfather)
It is of locational origin from a place in the departement of Seine-Maritime, in the province of Normandy, called Moulineaux,
and is so named from the plural form of the word "moulin", meaning a mill. The surname was introduced into England
both by the Normans in 1066, and later by the Protestant Huguenots of the 17th century. It is particularly well recorded
in Lancashire from the beginning of the 12th century, when the family were granted the manor of Sefton by Roger de Poitou.
From "Patronymica Britannica, a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom" by Mark Antony Lower:
MOLINEUX. MOLYNEUX. This family came from Molineaux-sur-Seine, not far from Rouen, celebrated for the ruins of an
ancient fortress popularly called the Castle of Robert le Diable, which was destroyed by John Sans-Terre, but re-built
in 1378 by the King of Navarre. Itin. de la Normandie. The noble family trace an unbroken male descent from William de
Molineux, lord of Sefton, co. Lancaster, one of the followers of William the Conqueror. Courthope's Debrett.
From: "History, genealogical and biographical, of the Molyneux families (1904)" by Nellie Zada Rice Molyneux:
LINEAGE OF THE ENGLISH BRANCH, MOLYNEUX
In 1066, among the noble attendants of the Conqueror was William de Molins, a person of noble extraction, as
appears from the roll of Battle Abbey in which list his name stands 18th, in order; and to the said William,
Roger de Poictiers (by consent of the Conqueror) gave the manor of Sefton, Thorndon and Kemdon, in the County
of Lancaster of which Sefton became his chief seat. To him succeeded Vivian, his heir, who bore a cross Moline
for his arms, and was father to Adam de Molines; who married Annota dau. of Benedict Garnet, Lord of Speke
in Lancastershire, and had three sons of which Robert s. and m. Beatrix de Villers, heir to Pagan de ViUers, Lord of Little
Crosby in the Co. of Lancaster, with whom he had the Lordship, and by her had a son Eichard, who m.
Edith, sister to Alenerice de Botiller of Wernington, and was father of Adam de Molins who s. at Sefton, and in
the reign of Henry III, was made Forrester, in the Co. Lane. ; he m. Lettice de Brenley, by whom he had a son
Sir William who m. Margret, dau. to Alan de Thornton, of the Co. Leicester and had Richard his successor, who by
Emma Donne his wife had Sir William, his heir; who m. Isabella Scarsbrick of Scarsbrick. He was made Banneret
in Gascoigne by Edmund Couchback, Earl of Lancaster, second son of King Henry III. and dying in 1289, left Sir
Richard his heir; who by Agatha dau. and heir to Sir Roger Kyralon of Lardbrook, Knt. had six sons and two........
From "History of The County Palatine And Duchy of Lancaster" By Edward Baines, ESQ. MP, Published in 1836 By Fisher,
Son, & Co., London, Paris and New York
The Molyneux family traces its descent from William des Molines, so named from Moulins, a town of Bourbonnois,
in France, who is mentioned, in the Norman Chronicles before the Conquest, as a man of noble origin, held in high esteem
by the Duke William. In the roll of Battle Abbey his name stands the eighteenth in order; and soon after the Conquest he
acquired, by gift of Roger de Poictou, the lordship of Sephton, Thornton, and Kerden, and made Sephton his chief seat.
According to others, it was to Vivian, his son, that these manors were given. However this may be, Adam de
Mulyneus (son of Vivian and his wife Sywarde) held half a knight's fee in Centon,1 and gave lands to the Abbey
of Cockersand under the seal of the cross moline.
I have discovered that some of my ancestors came over on the Mayflower in 1620. (Capt. Miles Standish).
My ancestors came to Plymouth Rock, Virginia, the Carolinas and Georgia. I am very fortunate, in that
one of my Mother's relatives, had done a lot of work on the family tree, and had given her a copy in 1948.
What an incredible resource it has turned out to be!...I am a lucky guy........................
This is the oldest lineage: instead of repeating "about" previous to the years of birth/death, I used the most probable:
Notice that the "De" disappears in the 1400s. Surnames previous to the 1500s are incredibly difficult to dicipher, or were
not used, or had meaning specific to an individual.
Fulbert de Falaise (b. ?-Falaise, Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France d.1045 Falaise, Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France)
is my 34th great grandfather
Walter De Falaise (b. 960-Normandy, France d.-? Y, Somme, Picardie, France)
William De Falaise (b. 980-Falaise, Calvados, Normandy, France d. ? Moulins, Calvados, Normandy, France)
Robert De Molyneux (Moulins, Moline, Molins, Mulyneus) (b.999-Normandy, France d.-? )
William De Molyneux (b.1030-Normandy, France d.1069-Sefton, Lardboork, Lancashire, England)
Son of Robert
Sir William de Molyneux, 2nd Earl of Sefton (b.1065-Normandy, France d.1081-Lancashire, England )
Son of Robert
Vivian DeMolyneux (b.1081-Sefton, Lancashire, England d.1107-Sefton, Lancashire, England)
Son of Sir William
Adam De Molyneux (b.1107-Sefton, Lancashire, England d.1162-Prescot, Lancashire, England)
Son of Vivian
Robert De Molyneux (b.1135-Sefton, Lancashire, England d.1158-Warrington, Lancashire, England)
Son of Adam
Lord Richard De Molyneux (b.1159-Little Crosby, Sefton, Lancashire, England d.1211-Little Crosby, Sefton, Lancashire, England)
Son of Robert
Sir Adam De Molyneux, 7th Earl of Sefton (b.1185 -Sefton, Lancashire, England d.1247-Sefton, Lancashire, England )
Son of Lord Richard
Sir William More De Molyneux (b.1210-Sefton, Lancashire, England d.1289-Canterbury, Kent, England)
Son of Sir Adam
Sir Richard Lord of Sefton de Molyneux (b.1232 -Sefton, Lancashire, England d.1320-Sefton, Lancashire, England)
Son of Sir William More
Sir William Molyneux (b.1263-Gascony, Lancashire, England d.1335-West Derby, Lancashire, England)
Son of Sir Richard Lord of Sefton
Sir Richard Molyneux (b.1285-Sefton, Lancashire, England d.1363-Sefton, Lancashire, England)
Son of Sir William
Ellen Molyneux (b.1329-Lancashire, England d.1380-Lancashire, England -Ellen m. Richard Bold, of Bold Lancashire, Esq.)
Daughter of Sir Richard
John de Bold (b.1360-Bold Manor, Lancashire, England d.1410-Bold Manor, Lancashire, England )
Son of Ellen
Richard de Bold (b.1380-Bold Manor, Lancashire, England d.1438-Bold Manor, Lancashire, England )
Son of John de
Sir Henry De Bold Knight (b.1401-Lancashire, England d.1478-Prescot, Lancashire, England)
Son of Richard de
Sibella de Bold (b.1440-Standish, Lancashire, England d.1506-Standish, Lancashire, England-Sibella m. Alexander Standish)
Daughter of Sir Henry De
Alice Harrington (b.1471-Standish, Lancashire, England d.1537-Standish, Lancashire, England-m. Gilbert Standish )
Daughter of Sibella de
Robert Standish (b.1495-Ormskirk, Lancashire, England d.1529-Ellenbane, Isle Man, Lancashire, England)
Son of Alice
Huan Standish (b.1515-Ellanbane, Isle Man, Lancashire, England d.1572-Ellanbane, Isle Man, Lancashire, England)
Son of Robert
John (Sir) Standish Col. (b.1538-Ellenbane, Isle Man, Lancashire, England d.1603-Ellenbane, Isle Man, Lancashire, England)
Son of Huan
John Standish (b.1557-Ellenbane, Isle Man, Lancashire, England d.1602-Ellenbane, Isle Man, Lancashire, England)
Son of John (Sir)
Myles Standish Capt. (b.1584-Ellanbane, Lancashire, England 1656) (Came over on Mayflower 1620) d.3 Oct. 1656-
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
Son of John
Alexander Standish (b.1626-Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts d.6 July1702-Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts)
Son of Myles
Lydia Standish (b.1672-Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts d.09 Mar. 1750-Middleboro, Plymouth, Massachusetts)
Daughter of Alexander
Isaac Sampson (b.18 Apr. 1688-Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts d.1749-Raynham, Bristol, Massachusetts)
Son of Lydia
Uriah Sampson (b.30 July 1717-Plympton, Plymouth, Massachusetts d. 9 July 1789-Middleboro, Plymouth, Massachusetts)
Son of Isaac
Ezra Sampson Rev. (b.12 Feb 1748 in Middleboro, Massachusetts d.13 Dec 1823-New York, United States)
Son of Uriah
Mary (Polly) Sampson (b.1784-Massachusetts d.14 Apr. 1850-Litchfield County, Connecticut)
Daughter of Ezra
George Adam PhD (b.17 Sept 1812-Canaan, Litchfield, Connecticut d. 4 Jan 1894-Canaan, Litchfield, Connecticut)
Son of Mary (Polly)
Mary Elizabeth Adam (b.31 Aug 1847-Canaan, Litchfield, Connecticut d. after 1920 [was on 1920 Census] )
Daughter of George
Samuel Charles "Carl" Noble (b. 26 Dec 1881-Connecticut [prob.Canaan, Litchfield] d.1 June 1947-Jacksonville, Duval, Florida)
Son of Mary Elizabeth
Aileen Butler Noble (b. 27 May 1917-Jacksonville, Duval, Florida [living] )
Daughter of Samuel Charles "Carl"
Cornelius John "Neal" Griffin Jr. (b. 24 June 1947-Americus, Sumter, Georgia [living]
I am the son of Aileen Butler -
Another GGGrandfather, James Wiley Castleberry (above, right)) (age 14 when joining) was with the 60th
Georgia Infantry (wounded 3 times). Above, left is my GGUncle, Alexander Edmond Edwards (age 11). With such boys
as these rested the hopes of the Confederate Army in stopping the Union's advantage in men and material. On my
Mother's side was GGGrandfather, Pvt. Seaborn Gardner of the 3rd Mississippi Infantry Battalion, an Army of Tenneessee
unit. It appears that my ancestors fought hard, and were brave men. Almost all were killed or wounded during the war......
It is a pleasure to research my family. I am very proud of the sacrifice and heritage of these people, that helped found, settle,
forge, and govern this great country. Their contributions are almost limitless. It is my hope that my children,
Cornelius John Griffin, III (Trey), and Kristy Nicole Griffin, as well as my two sisters, Jeanne Griffin and Elizabeth (Beth)
Alston, will appreciate the sacrifice, diversity, and uniqueness of our lineage.
If you need to contact me, my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, or simply click on Neal Griffin .
Questions or comments? I enjoy your emails, and will respond as time allows. Facebook fan? I can be contacted at:
"The Templars" by Piers Paul Read , 1999, De Capo Press, Cambridge, Mass., USA
Internet Medieval Sourcebook at: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/sbook.asp
"History, Genealogical and Biographical, of the Molyneux families " by Nellie Zada Rice Molyneux, 1904
Dictionary of Vexillology: Appendix VIII Crosses in Heraldry at: http://www.crwflags.com/fotw/flags/vxt!dv-8.html#moline Various Family Trees
The International Molyneux Family Association (IMFA) at http://www.mx-world.org/default.aspx
"Patronymica Britannica, a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom " by Mark Antony Lower, 1860
"History of The County Palatine And Duchy of Lancaster" By Edward Baines, ESQ. MP, Published in 1836 By Fisher, Son, & Co., London, Paris and New York
The Norman Conquest at: http://normanconquest.co.uk/
Moluneux Family website at: http://www.molineux.com/history/history.asp
A Renaissance History of Heraldry at : http://www.btinternet.com/~paul.j.grant/guillim/s2/gu_s2c7.htm
BBC History Online at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/normans/background_01.shtml
"The History of Sumter County, Georgia" by Jack F. Cox
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