Donald Griffin
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Donald Loyd Griffin (1933 - 2002)

Donald Loyd "Don" Griffin
Born in Shelby Township, Jefferson, Indiana, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of [private wife (1930s - unknown)]
Died at age 69 in Saint Francis Hospital, Center Township, Marion, Indiana, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 25 Jun 2020 | Last significant change: 24 Nov 2022
14:34: Marc Griffin J.D. edited the Biography for Donald Loyd Griffin (1933-2002). (Adding sources. ) [Thank Marc for this]
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Native Hoosier (born, married, and died in Indiana)
Donald Griffin is a Military Veteran.
Served in the United States Air Force 1952-1953
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Donald Griffin has Scottish Ancestors.
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Donald Griffin has English ancestors.
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Donald Griffin has Danish ancestors
Donald Griffin is the descendant of a Huguenot emigrant.

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Donald Loyd Griffin was born on January 30, 1933 in Shelby Township, Jefferson, Indiana, United States. His parents were Gerald William Griffin (1909 - 1971) and Wauneta Opal (Jackson) Griffin (1911 - 1991).[1],[2]

His siblings were...

  1. Delmar Wayne Griffin (1928 - 2002)
  2. Eldon Leon Griffin (1930 - 1936)
  3. Jan Harlan Griffin (1942 - 2007)

Don served on active duty in the Air Force of the United States from 8 April 1952 to 25 February 1953.[3]

Don married Alice Marie Baker (1935 - living) on June 26, 1955 in Greensburg, Decatur, Indiana.[4],[5],[6]

Their only child was their son Marc Lyn Griffin J.D. (1956 - living).

In 1974, he was appointed a Special Constable in White River Township, Johnson County, Indiana.

On 7 November 1978, he was elected a member of the township advisory board in White River Township, Johnson County, Indiana.[7]He was re-elected on 8 November 1982.[8]

Don died on November 6, 2002 in Saint Francis Hospital, Beech Grove, Marion, Indiana aged 69.[9],[10] He was buried in South Park Cemetery, Greensburg, Indiana.[11]

DNA Records

  • Paternal and Maternal relationships are both confirmed by an autosomal AncestryDNA test match between Marc Griffin and William Griffin, his 1st cousin 1x removed. Their most recent common ancestors (MRCA) are Gerald Griffin and Wauneta Jackson, the grandparents of Marc Griffin and great grandparents of William Griffin. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: 1st cousin 1x removed, based on sharing 459 cM across 22 segments.
  • Paternal relationship is confirmed through Y-chromosome DNA test results on Family Tree DNA. Marc Griffin, FTDNA kit # 101863, and his 7th cousin 2x removed, John Thomas Griffin, FTDNA kit # 48099, match at a Genetic Distance of 6 on 111 markers, thereby confirming their direct paternal lines back to their most recent common ancestor (MRCA) who is William Griffin, the 8x great grandfather of Marc Griffin and 6x great grandfather of John Thomas Griffin. DNA test taker Marc Griffin is the son of Donald Griffin, the son of Gerald Griffin, the 6x great grandson of the common ancestor William Griffin.[12]


  1. See attached image
  2. Indiana, Birth Certificates, 1907-1940 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2016.
  3. See attached image
  4. "Indiana Marriages, 1811-2019", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 3 August 2022), Donald L. Griffin, 1955.
  5. Newspaper wedding announcement: Publication Date: 7/ Jul/ 1955; Publication Place: Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; URL:,0.6420343,0.2526182,0.74724215&xid=3398
  6. See attached image
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  10. Indiana Archives and Records Administration; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Death Certificates; Year: 2002; Roll: 28
  11. Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed 15 October 2020), memorial page for Donald L. Griffin (30 Jan 1933–6 Nov 2002), Find a Grave Memorial no. 51729314, citing South Park Cemetery, Greensburg, Decatur County, Indiana, USA
  12. FamilyTreeDNA Griffin Y-Chromosome DNA surname project [1], Griffi(th)(n)(s)(ng) DNA Surname Project [2]

See also:

  • Census Records
    • "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 24 November 2022), Indiana > Jefferson > Madison Township > 39-12 Madison Township outside Madison City E of State Road 29 > image 28 of 31; citing Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012.
    • Year: 1950; Census Place: Year: 1950; Census Place: Shelby, Jefferson, Indiana; Roll: 4055; Sheet Number: 7; Enumeration District: 39-33
  • Social Security Records
    • U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015.
    • "United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 9 January 2021), Donald L Griffin, 06 Nov 2002; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).
  • U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 2 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.

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