Gerald Griffin
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Gerald William Griffin (1909 - 1971)

Gerald William "Cooney" Griffin
Born in Shelby Township, Jefferson, Indiana, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 23 Feb 1928 (to before 1968) in Carrollton, Carroll, Kentucky, United Statesmap
Husband of — married 22 Jun 1968 in Madison, Jefferson, Indiana, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 61 in Kings Daughters Hospital, Madison, Jefferson, Indiana, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 26 Jun 2020 | Last significant change: 24 Nov 2022
14:44: Marc Griffin J.D. edited the Death Place for Gerald William Griffin (1909-1971). (updated place of death) [Thank Marc for this]
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Native Hoosier (born and died in Indiana)
Gerald was a tobacco farmer.
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Gerald Griffin has English ancestors.
Danish Roots
Gerald Griffin has Danish ancestors

Gerald William Griffin was born on July 12, 1909 in Canaan, Jefferson, Indiana, United States. His parents were Joseph Franklin Griffin (1869 - 1938) and Loura Myrtle (Lemen) Griffin (1888 - 1916).[1],[2]

His siblings were...

  1. Clennie Hobert Griffin (1898 - 1978)
  2. Delbert Lewis Griffin (1905 - 1965)
  3. Dana May (Griffin) Wyne (1907 - 1994)
  4. Wilber Franklin Griffin (1912 - 1930)
  5. Raymond Lee Griffin (1915 - 1926)

Cooney married Wauneta Opal Jackson (1911 - 1991) on February 23, 1928 in Carrollton, Carroll, Kentucky.[3] Wauneta was 16 and Cooney was 18. Indiana law required a person to be 18 to be married without parental consent. So, they eloped and drove across the Milton-Madison Bridge to be in Kentucky where the law allowed marriage at 16 without parental consent. They were second cousins once removed via their common ancestors, his great-grandparents and her 2-great grandparents, James E. Griffin and Mary Ann Griffin.

Their children were...

  1. Delmar Wayne Griffin (1928 - 2002)
  2. Eldon Leon Griffin (1930 - 1936)
  3. Donald Loyd Griffin (1933 - 2002)
  4. Jan Harlan Griffin (1942 - 2007).

Cooney married Hazel E. Kinman (~1916 - ~1993) on June 22, 1968 in Madison, Jefferson, Indiana.

Cooney died on May 12, 1971 in Madison aged 61.[4] He is buried in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Canaan, Indiana.[5]

DNA Records

  • 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 grandson of Gerald Griffin, the son of Joseph Griffin, the 5x great grandson of the common ancestor William Griffin.[6]
  • Paternal relationship is confirmed by an autosomal AncestryDNA test match between Marc Griffin and Lisha (Shanks) Lambert, his 3rd cousin . Their most recent common ancestors (MRCA) are John Griffin and Eliza Ward, the great great grandparents of both Marc Griffin and Lisha (Shanks) Lambert. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: 2nd cousin 2x removed, based on sharing 214 cM across 12 segments. DNA test taker Marc Griffin is the grandson of Gerald Griffin, the son of Joseph Griffin, the son of the common ancestors John Griffin & Eliza Ward.


  1. Indiana, U.S., Birth Certificates, 1907-1940 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2016.
  2. See attached image
  3. See attached image
  4. Indiana Archives and Records Administration; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Death Certificates; Year: 1971; Roll: 07
  5. Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed 15 October 2020), memorial page for Gerald “Coonie” Griffin (1909–1971), Find a Grave Memorial no. 8349532, citing Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Canaan, Jefferson County, Indiana, USA
  6. FamilyTreeDNA Griffin Y-Chromosome DNA surname project [1], Griffi(th)(n)(s)(ng) DNA Surname Project [2]

See also:

  • Census Records
    • Year: 1910; Census Place: Shelby, Jefferson, Indiana; Roll: T624_359; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 0098; FHL microfilm: 1374372
    • "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 24 June 2017), Indiana > Jefferson > Shelby > ED 98 > image 4 of 14; citing NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
    • Year: 1920; Census Place: Milton, Jefferson, Indiana; Roll: T625_441; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 107
    • Year: 1930; Census Place: Pleasant, Switzerland, Indiana; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 0006; FHL microfilm: 2340365
    • Year: 1940; Census Place: Madison, Jefferson, Indiana; Roll: m-t0627-01058; Page: 14B; Enumeration District: 39-12
    • Year: 1950; Census Place: Shelby, Jefferson, Indiana; Roll: 4055; Sheet Number: 7; Enumeration District: 39-33
  • U.S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • U.S., Select Military Registers, 1862-1985 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors.
  • U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015.

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