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Collection Number RG1041.AM
Collection Name RG1041 Griffing, Rev. James S., 1822-1882
Identifier Letter
Size and Materials 1 folder
Title James S. Griffing collection
Date or Date Span March 3, 1903
Date 03/03/1903
Year Range from 1903
Year Range to 1903
Admin/Biographical History Born at Owego, New York, in October of 1822, James S. Griffing was the son of John and Lydia (Redfield) Griffing. James attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree. After receiving a license to preach, Griffing was appointed in 1854 as a Methodist missionary to the Indians at Wyandotte, Kansas, where the Rev. W.H. Goode served as superintendent of the mission.

In 1856 Rev. Griffing became a member of the Kansas and Nebraska Conference. Between 1856 and his 1882, Rev. Griffing served numerous congregations throughout Kansas and Nebraska, including: In 1856, Topeka; 1857, Fremont; 1858, Indianola; 1859, Big Springs; 1860, Tecumseh; 1861-2, Auburn; 1863, Tecumseh; 1864-6, Seneca; 1867, Centralia; 1868, Junction City; 1869, N. Lawrence; 1870-1, Riley; 1872-3, Blue Valley; and 1874-1882, Manhattan.

Rev. James S. Griffing died on April 3, 1882 and was buried in Sunset Cemetery at Manhattan, Kansas. He was survived by his wife, Jemima Augusta (Goodrich) Griffing; and two sons, John and William. A daughter, Sarah, preceded him in death.
Scope & Content The collection consists of a 15 page letter written by William J. Griffing (Rev. Griffing's son) dated March 3, 1903. The letter contains extracts of several letters written by Rev. James S. Griffing from Seneca, Kansas, in August of 1864. In these letters, Rev. Griffing details movements of a militia company of settlers organized to combat Indian depredations along the Republican River. A typed transcription of the 1903 letter is also included.
Creator Griffing, William James, 1860-1910
Other Creators Griffing, James S., 1822-1882
Finding Aids Rev. James S. Griffing finding aid
Existence of copies Online transcriptions of these and other James S. Griffing letters are available at:
Subjects Frontier & pioneer life
Indians of North America
People Griffing, James S., 1822-1882
Griffing, William James, 1860-1910
Search Terms Frontier and pioneer life -- Kansas
Indians of North America. Wars, 1864
Kansas -- Militia