Family Group Sheet
Family Group Sheet
NameGRIGGS, Thomas Cott Sr. , GG Grandfather
Birth19 Jun 1845, Dover, Kent, England
Death12 Aug 1903, Alta, Teton, Wyoming
Burial16 Aug 1903, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT
OccupationDry Goods Clerk
FatherGRIGGS, Charles (1812-1854)
MotherFOREMAN, Charlotte Willis (1818-1881)
Misc. Notes
T.C. Griggs was a polygamist with two wives, Jeanette Scott Ure and Mary Ann Ferguson Price. He fathered 20 children between the two wives.
The story goes that T.C. Griggs was setting up Sunday schools in Wyoming and he might have been up there when he died.
He and his mother (Charlotte Willis Foreman) emigrated to America, arriving in Boston in 1861 and arrived in Salt Lake City on 13 Sep 1861.
T.C. Griggs was involved in the "Mormon Tabernacle Choir" during part of his life. He wrote music, the first song that is sung on Sunday mornings, when the Tabernacle Choir is broadcast on the radio is "Gently Raise the Sacred Strain", he wrote the music to it and he wrote a lot of hymns that are in the music books of the LDS church.
There is a book out called "The Mormon Tabernacle Choir", written by Charles J. Calman that mentions T.C. Griggs in it.
--Charles Ure Griggs (son) died on a bar stool. He used to take his nephew (Lynn Griggs Varley) to the movies when he was a kid. His marriage didn't last long.
--James Foreman Griggs (son) was a musician, owned a music store in Sugar House. His nephew, Lynn Griggs Varley, used to take music lessons from him. He was very religious.
--Albert W. Griggs (son), his wife died in Santa Monica also. He worked for J.C. Penny's, was head comptroller, worked in New York City. He was very wealthy. There is a story about him and his brother-in-law, Thomas Varley. Albert W. Griggs had a daughter who was sick and lived in Denver and Albert W. Griggs couldn't get to her so Thomas Varley said he would go from Salt Lake City to Denver and be with her. He stayed with her for quite some time and when she got well, he came back to Salt Lake. Albert W. Griggs sent Varley a check with the money part left blank and Thomas Varley tore up the check.
--Robert Elmer Griggs (son) kept a ranch in Driggs, Idaho. He used to own all the land west of the Tetons in Idaho.
--Ivy Lorraine Griggs (daughter) and her husband were both deaf and mute and worked at a deaf & dumb school in Montana.
--Lester Ure Griggs (son) died in Hayward, CA and worked for J.C. Penny's. He had lots of money.
Died at his Teton ranch. Cause listed as Bright's Disease, w
Compiled by Robert Griggs, Jr.--Box 314, Driggs, Utah
Comiled by Lawrence P. Griggs--Driggs, Utah
Additional info comes from Robert L. Varley (ggson) and Lynn Griggs Varley (gson) of T.C. Griggs. Other info comes from T.C. Griggs' diaries. R.L. Varley has a copy of the diaries dated from 16 Aug 1863 to 8 Feb 1876. There are 3 books in the collection, all the while T.C. Griggs lived in Salt Lake City.
Marriage2 Feb 1870, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT
SpouseURE, Jeanette Scott , GG Grandmother
Birth27 May 1850, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT
Death17 Jul 1908, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT
Burial19 Jul 1908, Salt Lake City Cemetery, Salt Lake, Utah
FatherURE, James III (1817-1897)
MotherSCOTT, Janet (1818-1893)
1 MGRIGGS, Charles Ure , GG Uncle
Birth26 Apr 1871, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT
Death22 Aug 1931, Driggs, Teton, Idaho
SpouseMUIR, Mary Woodin (1878-1950)
2 MGRIGGS, Thomas Alma, GG Uncle
Birth31 Oct 1872, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT
Death19 Oct 1874, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT
3 MGRIGGS, James Foreman , GG Uncle
Birth9 Mar 1874, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT
Death2 May 1942, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT
SpousePRATT, Maude Eudora (1872-1925)
SpouseANDERSON, Cordelia Calista (1878-1961)
Birth22 Aug 1875, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT
Death14 Jul 1949, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California
SpouseHOCKING, Jessie June (1878-1932)
SpouseGROESBECK, Anna Louise (1878-1963)
5 MGRIGGS, Robert Elmer , GG Uncle
Birth7 Nov 1877, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT
Death28 Nov 1961, Driggs, Idaho
SpouseHENRIE, Estella (1883-1974)
Birth29 Dec 1878, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT
Death19 May 1915, Driggs, Teton, Idaho
SpouseEDDINGTON, Walter Naisbitt (1881-1952)
7 FGRIGGS, Charlotte Louise , G Grandmother
Birth14 Sep 1882, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT
Death4 Feb 1959, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT
SpouseVARLEY, Thomas , G Grandfather (1877-1952)
Birth16 Dec 1883, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT
Death16 Sep 1972, Portland, Multnomah, OR
SpousePHELPS, George Arthur (1882-1952)
Birth31 May 1885, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT
Death23 May 1886, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT
10 FGRIGGS, Ivy Lorraine , GG Aunt
Birth5 Oct 1888, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT
DeathOct 1978, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT
SpouseLOW, Frederick John (1888-1954)
11 FGRIGGS, Ethel Ure, GG Aunt
Birth27 May 1889, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT
Death20 May 1980, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT
SpouseSNOW, Moroni Murray (1883-1927)
12 MGRIGGS, Lester Ure, GG Uncle
Birth25 Sep 1891, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT
Death27 Jul 1965, Hayward, Alameda, CA
SpouseHANSEN, Agnes (1891-1968)
SpouseJOHNSTON, Blanche Elaine (1900-1978)
13 FGRIGGS, Hazel Ure, GG Aunt
Birth6 Oct 1895, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT
Death17 Apr 1985, Bountiful, Davis, UT
SpouseBARNES, Gordon Melvin (1901-1977)
Last Modified 29 Oct 1998Created 23 Jan 2020 using Reunion for Macintosh
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