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The Griffis Family of Texas

Updated September 6, 2000

James Griffis Dougherty

P.O. Box 1192

Austin, TX 78767-1192

512 451-0637

Fax: 512 451-8705

The ALAXANDER MALAKI GRIFFIS Family arrived in Texas about 1858 from near Montgomery, Alabama and settled near Avinger. The family, prior to living in Alabama, resided in Georgia and before that, Four Holes, Orangeburg County, South Carolina. The family, it is believed, fled Wales during the anti-Baptist movement of the 17th century.
Research indicates that two brothers, JOHN and SAMUEL Griffis took their families from Georgia to new frontiers. Samuel took his family south to Florida, while John moved to Alabama.

The family under John Alexander Malaki and his wife ALIA CONNELL had the good fortune to leave Alabama prior to the War Between the States. Guided by two brothers named BOLTON, John and Alia crossed Mississippi and Louisiana with their children, field hands and household property following Trammel's Trace to cheap land in the new State of Texas. The old family place is located near Avinger, Texas at the convergance of Morris, Cass and Upshur Counties. One of the guides, BRYANT BOLTON, stayed and married the eldest daughter.

I am particularly interested in confirming information I have and am willing to share on the Griffis lines in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. Also Alia Connell's family (father and grandfather named Thomas) who were people of property near Montgomery, AL. My particular line also includes the DOCK BERRY SUMMERLIN family, which also settled within 5 miles of the Griffis family on property donated by the State of Texas to the heirs of A. SPAIN SUMMERLIN for service in the Texian Army and death benefit from the Alamo.

Thank you,
- Jim Dougherty

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