Thomas Griffin was born on 5 July 1873 in Leveelick, Kilmovee, Co Mayo. He was the oldest child of Michael Griffin, a farmer, and his wife Mary Ann Caulfield. He grew up in Kimovee with his eight younger brothers and sisters, but times were hard in Ireland, even a generation after the Great Famine of 1845-1850, and by 1891, Thomas had joined the many Irish still flooding into England, and found work on Chorlton Green Farm as a "milk lad". By the time of his marriage in 1898, he was the farm dairyman and milk dealer.
Mary Ann Gregory was born in Wolverhampton on 11 February 1876, and was the daughter of Samuel Gregory, a gas tube fitter, and his wife Mary Ann Goodwin. Both the Gregory and the Goodwin families were originally from Shropshire.
Thomas and Mary Ann had six children:
After his marriage, Thomas worked for a local builder, contracting labour for drains and fences, among other things. He was a keen gardener, and outside his working hours was always smartly dressed, usually with a flower in his buttonhole.
Mary Ann was an army nurse during WW1, and after the war she set up her own midwifery practice in Old Trafford, Manchester. Although most women at this time gave birth in their own homes, the practice had a labour room and beds for three women, as well as rooms for pre- and post-natal clinincs. Mary Ann was a strong advocate of birth control and legal abortion, having witnessed all too often the disastrous consequences of the back street abortionists. Her daughters Norah and Rose worked with her, and she employed other women at times.
Thomas died in Stretford on 2 January 1937, and Mary Ann died in Hulme on 29 August 1952.
Norman Henry Griffin was born in Manchester in 1903. He had a horse-drawn vegetable round for some years, before going to work on the buses just before WW2. He married Alice Lodge in Manchester in 1925, and had nine children, all born in Manchester:
1. Vera Griffin
2. Joyce M Griffin
3. (possibly living)
4. (possibly living)
5. (possibly living)
6. (possibly living)
7. Frank Griffin
8. (possibly living)
9. (possibly living)
m. John Kirwan, 1951
Rose Angela Griffin ("Rosie") was born in Manchester on 3 June 1910. She was a nurse, and worked at Bootle, Liverpool General and Warrington Hospitals, becoming Theatre Sister and then Deputy Matron. She was on duty at St Mary's Hospital, Manchester the night of 23 December 1940 during the air raid known as the Manchester Blitz, when the operating theatre and nurses' quarters were hit by bombs. As her mother's house had also been detroyed in the raid, she and most of the family went to live with her married sister Lillian.
Rosie married comparitively late in life to William Stokes, a purser on the Ellerman line.
Edith Mae Griffin was born in Manchester in 1917, and married Francis Clarke. They had two children:
1. (possibly living)
2. William Samuel Clarke