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Mont Belvieu in Chambers County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Henry and Amelia Griffith

 
 
Henry and Amelia Griffith Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, January 18, 2022
1. Henry and Amelia Griffith Marker
Inscription.  The son of Joshua and Jemimah (Hazelton) Griffith, Pennsylvania native Henry Griffith (c. 1797-1869) moved to Johnson's Bayou near Opelousas, Louisiana, about 1819-20. There he met and married Amelia "Milly" Barrow (c. 1802-?), daughter of Reuben and Mary Jane (Johnson) Barrow, in 1824. Two years later they moved to this area, which was still under Mexican rule at that time.

In 1830, the Griffiths received a land grant in the Atascosito District, where they reared their family, farmed the land, and raised cattle and horses. In 1835, Henry Griffith sold 1,047 acres of his land to William Duncan, including the big hill on the property, also known as Barber's Hill, which the deed stated would hence be called "Mont Bellview." More than 50 years later, the area was settled enough to warrant a post office, which was named Mont Belvieu.

In 1865, reconstruction-era Governor A.J. Hamilton appointed Henry Griffith as sheriff, and he served until 1868, one year prior to his death. Amelia's death date is not known, and neither of their gravestones survives. Oral histories indicate that their burials are near this site, where the
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original Griffith House once stood. At least two other members of the family are known to be buried there.

As citizens of Texas under the flags of Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederate States and the United States, Henry and Amelia Griffith bore witness to important events and activities in Texas history. Their significance also lies in their early landholding of the property that became the community of Mont Belvieu.
 
Erected 2001 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12582.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1824.
 
Location. 29° 52.256′ N, 94° 50.819′ W. Marker is in Mont Belvieu, Texas, in Chambers County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Oak Ridge Drive and Canal Street. The marker is located on the east side of the Joe Mathhews Park near the playground. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4203 Oak Ridge Drive, Baytown TX 77523, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hartman Cemetery (approx. 0.9 miles away); Old River (approx. 1.1 miles away); First United Methodist Church of Mont Belvieu (approx. 1.8 miles away); St. Emily Methodist Church (approx. 2.3 miles away); First United Methodist Church and Cemetery of Mont Belvieu
The Henry and Amelia Griffith Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, January 18, 2022
2. The Henry and Amelia Griffith Marker
(approx. 3 miles away); Amos Barber Homesite and Cemetery (approx. 3.1 miles away); Barbers Hill Oil Field (approx. 4 miles away); Joseph Blancpain's French Trading Post (approx. 7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mont Belvieu.
 
The view of the Henry and Amelia Griffith Marker in the park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, January 18, 2022
3. The view of the Henry and Amelia Griffith Marker in the park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 21, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 21, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 322 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 21, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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