1871 - 1956

Amy Frances Whidden / Griffin - 84
  Funeral services for Mrs. Amy Frances Griffin, 84, a lifelong resident of this area were held at the Westside Baptist Church Tuesday afternoon. Officiating at the services were the Rev. F.W. Brocksmith, the Rev. Herman Collins and the Rev. H. Morgan Radford. Mrs. Griffin was one of the original members of Westside Baptist Church.
 Mrs. Griffin died at her home on Hesperides Road Monday after a long illness. Born December 16, 1871 at Loftman, Mrs. Griffin was the widow of the late James Madison Griffin, another of Polk County's pioneer citrus growers. Her father, James Whidden planted the first citrus in this area on what is now the Albritton grove near West Lake Wales.
 Her survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Wilda Hires, Tampa, Mrs. Amanda Martin and Mrs. Hattie Godwin, both of Lake Wales; one son, J.L. Griffin, Lake Wales; one brother, Noah Whidden, Lake Wales; and two sisters, Mrs. Amanda Tucker and Mrs. Beulah Collier, Lake Wales. There are also 12 grandchildren.
 Draper funeral home was in charge of the arrangements and internment was made at Lake Wales Cemetery. ( aka: Pleasant Gardens Cemetery )
 Thursday, July 12, 1956 THE LAKE WALES NEWS
>  I found an Amy Whidden married to a James Madison Griffin, they applied for the marriage on May 11, 1889 and married May 15, 1889 in Polk County, Florida.
> James Madison Whidden
b: July 12, 1866  -  d: Feb. 25, 1926

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