|Family History Notes||Members of the Griffin family in Maryland and Delaware were i. Joseph1, a "Black Man" head of a Transquakin Hundred, Dorchester County household of 9 "Negroes" in 1776 [Carothers, 1776 Census of Maryland, 48], head of a Kent County household of 6 "other free" in 1800. ii. Peter, "Negro" head of a Kent County household of 5 "other free" in 1790 and 4 in 1800 [MD:161]. iii. Ann, born say 1755, had an illegitimate male child by Nehemiah Hanser in Dover Hundred, Kent County, Delaware, about January 1774 [DSA, RG 3505, MS case files, February 1775 indictments]. 1 iv. Robert, born say 1775. v. Joseph2, head of a Charles County household of 2 "other free" in 1800 [MD:161]. vi. Catherine, head of a Kent County household of 2 "other free" in 1800 [MD:172]. 1. Robert Griffin, born say 1775, was free and married to Priscilla Griffin on 10 March 1821 when his son Matthew obtained a certificate of freedom in Dorchester County. Robert and Priscilla were the parents of i. Matthew, born about 1799, obtained a certificate of freedom in Dorchester County on 10 March 1821: of a yellow complection ... free born, was raised in Dorchester County and is the son of Robert and Priscilla Griffin who were both free, aged about 22 years [Certificates of Freedom for Negroes 1806-64, 43].|
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