there till after the death of his wife, 1822, when he brought back his three oldest children, Anna, Rachel and Levi Griffin, to Bland Co., Va., to his grandfather, John Hearn, who raised them. The three younger children he left in Gallio with the relatives of their mother, married second wife Miss Pettigrew of Gallio, She died and he married Miss Dix of Gallio. There were some children by both these marriages but we have no record of them. After his last marriage he removed to Maqua, Knox Co., Ill, where he died 1858. Anna, his daughter, married Wm. Martin, a local Methodist preacher, and located near what is now Athens in Mercer Co., W. Va., and bought a farm of several hundred acres. Children: John D., born Nov. 18, 1837, married Lena G. Gibson and raised a family of six children, James B. W., born Jan. 2, 1839, died a soldier in Confederate army, Sept., 1861. Henderson F., born May 30, 1841, married Nancy E. Fanning. Seven Children: Hester Annie, born May 31 1843, married first John Parkins. He died and she married Nathan King; had eight children: William A., born Mar. 8, 1849, married Virginia Wiley. They had two children, one of whom, Eliza M., married Andrew B. Pettry and raised ten children. Sarah T. King, born 1851, married Guy Hughes and had one child. Mr. Hughes died and she married S. H. Bennett, and had two children.
LEVI GRIFFIN, son of James and Esther Griffin Hearn, born in Burk's Garden, Tazwell Co., Va., June 27, 1816, married Aura White Aug. 25, 1836. He bought fifty acres of land which he improved and lived on it, and bought other land adjoining till he had one thousand acres, of mountain land, and was a sucessful farmer. At the age of fourteen he joined the Methodist Church, and was a consistent and active member all his life. He was an independent voter, sometimes Democratic and sometimes republican, voting for the best men. He died June 27, 1890. His wife Aura White, was of English extraction and born Mar. 30, 1816. She, like her husband, lived a noble Christian life, and still lingers on the shores of time in her ninetieth year, with her mental faculties unimpaired, and can read ordinary print without glasses. To this union were born seven sons and five daugters. William, eldest son, born Aug. 2, 1837. He is a genius and natural mechanic.
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