Came from England to Maryland before Jun. 18, 1675 as a settler transported by Michael Stuppel and Stephen Bernard. He was probably a minor, for he remained unmarried until about 1687, and did not receive a land warrant until 1694. William owned land between the South and Severn Rivers in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland. His will dated Aug. 31, 1699, and probated Oct. 23, 1699, names his wife Sarah and the four children. Some descendants show his birthplace as Cardigan, Wales, England.
In the Westminster Branch of the Carroll Co. Public Library, in Westminster, Maryland was a book, ca 1997, titled Genealogical Notes on the Griffith Family of Anne Arundel Co., Maryland, which we have not examined.
From WFT tree 3300, CD 9: "William Griffith was British, transported in 1675 while still a lad into the province of Maryland by Michael Stuppel and Stephen Bernerd, who applied June 18, 1675, for 1,750 acres for transporting 35 persons. The history of the Griffiths, of Wales, forms an exciting review of the feudal splendor of Griffith, Prince of Wales, but that history is too voluminous for quotation here. Their descendants in Maryland fought valiantly for American independence as did their sires in Wales. William Griffith took for his wife a daughter of another distinguished house in Scotland. She was Sara Mackubin, daughter of John Mackubin who came from the Lowlands, and claimed descent form the McAlpines, of the Highlands, who back to Kenneth II, the first King of Scotland. (Mackubin is the same name as cAlpin--Mackubin in the Lowlands and McAlpin in the Highlands.)"
Consider the notes above about the 1675 date of William's arrival: The book titled The Riggs Family of Maryland; a genealogical and historical record, including a study of the several families in England, by John Beverley Riggs, 1939, on pg. 105, has a note that quotes an 1849 letter from one J. Howard Griffith to his grandmother which mentions an old bible in the line of Joshua Griffith that says "the first Griffith that came to America was William. He was kidnapped in Wales & brought in company with William McElfresh to then British Plantations and landed in Maryland, about the year 1655 in the 12th year of his age." We think the above accounts showing the year 1675 are accurate, and are consistent with Maryland land records. We note that some descendants show William's birthplace as Cardigan, Wales, but none seem to have any information to support that.
William and Sarah may have had a first child named Henry, who married Sarah Warfield, though Henry is not named in his Elinor Howard's will. Children
William's will was dated Aug. 31, 1899, and was proved at Annapolis, Maryland Oct. 23, 1699: "The last will and testament of William Griffith of the County of Anne Arundel, in the Province of Maryland. Planter, made the 31st day of August in the year of our Lord God, 1699, in manner and form following, being weak of body, but of perfect memory. First, I bequeath my soul to God, that gives it to me, in hopes of a joyfull resurrection, in and through the merits of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, in whom I trust to have remission of all my sins, and as for my body, I commit it to the ground, to be decently burried at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named, and as for my worldly goods, I dispose of them in manner and form following. I give and bequeath to my wife Sarah Griffith, my home plantation and personal Estate, to her and her disposal. I give and bequeath to my son Charles and Sofiey my daughter, the land lying at ___?____ called "Griffiths Lot," to be equally divided between them. I give to my son Orlando one horse. William (his mark) Griffith (seal) Sealed, signed and delivered in the presence of us. William Maccubin, William Ridgely Jr., Thomas Macaley. (Book H, folio 302, Annapolis, Maryland)
See the book Genealogy of the Griffith Family: The Descendants of William and Sarah MacCubbin Griffith, by Romulus Riggs Griffith, 1892, 335 pp. We have adhered to that book closely in reporting the descendants of William Griffith. Another reference we have consulted is Our Maryland Heritage Book 33 - The Griffith Families of Maryland, 2002, by William Neal Hurley Jr.
William Griffith I. 
"Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:CVDH-1ZMM : 6 August 2020), William "The Immigrant" Griffith, ; Burial, Annapolis, Anne Arundel, Maryland, United States of America, Saint Anne's Cemetery; citing record ID 205391247, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.
Have you taken a DNA test? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.
William is 17 degrees from Sacagawea Charbonneau, 24 degrees from Barangaroo Cammeraygal, 26 degrees from Sadie Canning, 16 degrees from Hohepine Cooper, 19 degrees from Mateo Cariño, 20 degrees from Angel Decora, 20 degrees from Emma Naea, 18 degrees from Vi Hilbert, 20 degrees from Doreen Wanganeen, 18 degrees from Louis Riel, 14 degrees from Maria Tall Chief and 14 degrees from Teddy Odum on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.