Griffin, Alfred B.
Age: 23, credited to Whitingham, VT
Unit(s): 16th VT INF
Service: enl 9/3/62, m/i 10/23/62, Pvt, Co. F, 16th VT INF, dis/dsb 2/13/63
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Birth: 06/20/1838, Whitingham, VT
Burial: Jacksonville Cemetery, Whitingham, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Bob Edwards
Findagrave Memorial #: 120672550
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Ellen M., 08/05/1863
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Jacksonville Cemetery, Whitingham, VT
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Alfred B. Griffin
Vermont Journal, January 3, 1913
Wife Shoots Veteran
In Jericho, as the result of a quarrel over the servant question, Mrs. A. B. Griffin, about 60 years old, last week Sunday, tried unsuccessfully to kill her husband, a G.A.R. veteran, and then inflicted a fatal injury to her self with an old revolver. She died at the Fanny Allen hospital in Burlington from a bullet wound in the head. The husband, who was shot through the neck, will survive, it is said. He is at the home of a neighbor in Jericho.
While Mr. Griffin, age 75, was warming his hands over the kitchen stove, his wife, with a revolver in one hand, crept silently up behind him. She aimed the weapon at his head and fired. The aged veteran clasped one hand to his neck and felt warm blood. Then he ran to the backyard and around to the highway, crying loudly for aid. Mrs. Griffin pursued him for a short distance, firing twice as she ran. The shots went wild. Then the woman retraced her steps to the kitchen and standing in front of the stove she placed the muzzle of the revolver to her own head and pulled the trigger. With the report of the gun she fell upon the floor unconscious, blood streaming from an ugly scalp wound. The bullet had ploughed a furrow along one side of her head.
For several days, it is said, Mr. and Mrs. Griffin quarreled over the family servant question. The wife wished to have a local woman, reside at the house and help with the household duties. The husband, it is said, was averse to the arrangement because of the added household expense it would entail.
The couple resided in Jericho for many years. Mr. Griffin receives a pension. He enlisted in Company F. 16th Vermont, September 3, 1862, at Whitingham, and was discharged for disability on October 23, of the same year. His home is located just north of Jericho.
Contributed by Cathy Hoyt