family home and farm purchased by Richard Griffiths after he arrived
from Wales. Census records state that he purchased the farm, about 60 acres, shortly
after he arrived in Poultney in the 1880s, and the house was reputed to
be over 100 years old then. Today, the house has been resided and
restored, and looks like new from the outside, and it is still part of
a farm with a barn and sheds and a pond. The house stands at 3460 Upper
Road, South Poultney, Vermont. It can be found on the map HERE
All four brothers worked in the slate quarry with their father from
about the age of 8 or 9, or perhaps even younger. The first job they
had was to call out when slate cars came around the corner so quarrymen
wouldnt get run over. They also helped their father with the 60 acre
farm. One family story records the fact that the brothers were able to
hand walk the beam at the center of the barn, supporting their weight
by pinching the beam with their fingers. They had phenomenal
strength in any case, having worked both Slate Quarry and Farm from the
youngest age. There were also two daughters born, Catherine and
Margaret, who was born two weeks before her mother, also Margaret died.
I cannot find a picture of her, but a picture of Catherine is on the
Granville page, where she lived many years.
On the left is Studio picture of the family in 1887. Richard Griffiths, Wife Margaret,
John, and Hugh Sr who was born in May of the same year in Poultney
shortly after the family arrived from Wales.
On the right is a picture of the Four Griffiths Brothers in Poultney Vermont
around 1895. Top left : John Top Right: Morris Lower Left:
Richard (Dick) Lower Right: Hugh.
LEFT: Richard Griffith (b. 1893) and dog
RIGHT: Richard Griffith (b. 1958) and wife Kimberly in front of the
same house his Great Grandfather bought when he moved to the United
States in the 1880s. This picture was taken in October 2000. There have been four Richard Griffiths in four generations.