JOHN GRIFFITHS 1842 – 1905

by Annette Edwards.

JOHN GRIFFITHS c 1842 – 1905

John Griffiths was born in the Mold area about 1842; and on 17 September 1867 he married Jessie Clark in All Saints Church, Runcorn.  John was a tailor of Wrexham; his father was Richard Griffiths a gardener. All we know of Jessie is that she was born in Scotland and that father was Alexander Clark, a saw miller and joiner. At the time of her marriage she was living in the Norton part of Runcorn but may have still been in Scotland in 1861 as she has not been found before her marriage.

Marriage Certificate 1867

They had a daughter Mabel Edith who was born in early 1869, but sadly she died aged just 5 weeks and was buried in Rhosddu Dissenters Burial Ground.

By 1871 the family are  living at 24 Yorke Street, John is working as a tailor and draper and they have another  young daughter Jessie, aged 14 months.  On 11 May 1873 little Jessie died and was also buried in Rhosddu with her baby sister. This was before Ruabon Road cemetery opened in 1876.

In 1881 John placed an advertisement in the Wrexham Advertiser, it ran for a few months.

There is a spelling mistake, I wonder if John spotted it?

May 1881 Wrexham Advertisement.

They stayed in York Street and in 1881 a widow named Sarah Griffiths aged 70 was also there, she was classed as a relative who was born in Trydden.  It’s not clear who she was.

Jessie died on 8 June 1882 and was buried in Wrexham Cemetery.

The inscription on her grave suggests she had been ill for some time.

“Afflictions sore long time she bore, physicians were in vain, till God did please to give her ease, and free her from her pain”

John remarried to Isabella McTavish on 7 August 1883 at Saint Anne Soho, Westminster.

Why they chose to marry all that distance away is a mystery.

They returned to Wrexham and back to York Street, John was tailor, Isabella aged 47 was born in Dundee, Fife, there were no children with them.

By 1901 John has retired and was living on his own means, they have moved to 17 Talbot Road, Isabella is there, but also a 16 year old girl Isabella Griffiths, daughter born Dundee.

She is a mystery girl, born 1885 but not found before 1901.

John died 20 February 1905 at Hazeldean House, Talbot Road, he had done very well and left Effects of £10364 1s 4d. Probate to Robert Stobo and John Craig drapers.



Isabella McTavish was born on 25 January 1844 in Dundee, Scotland; her parents were Duncan McTavish a carpenter and Euphemia Fernie who was a teacher.

In 1871 William Maxwell, Baronet & Landowner was at home in Fairfield, Moffat, Dumfries shire, one of his servants is Isabella McTavish aged 27 who is a cook.

In 1881 there is an Isabella McTavish employed as a housekeeper for Roger William Henry Palmer at Cefn Hall, Wrexham could that he her? She married John Griffiths on 7 August 1883 at Saint Anne, Soho, Westminster; the details name her father as Duncan McTavish.

In 1901 when she is with John they have a daughter aged 16, also named Isabella, who was born in Scotland, perhaps she went there to have the child, but this is the only time she is found. It`s a bit of a mystery.

After John died Isabella stayed at Talbot Road, and in 1911 there is only her and an unmarried companion, Mary Dobie aged 46 who was born in Woodchurch.

Isabella died 20 January 1913, she also made a will, probate to Enoch Moss MD and Robert Stobo. Effects £2817 7s 11d,

L-03393 Wrexham Cemetery 29/08/2018
L-03393 Wrexham Cemetery 29/08/2018

Researched by Annette Edwards, with help from Judy Roberts of Chirk. September 2018. Headstone photographs by Graham Lloyd.

Grave ref: Wrexham Cemetery L-03393