William E. C. Griffith

The History of El Dorado County, California by P. Sioli, page 246


William E. C. Griffith is of Welch ancestry. Was born on the high seas, February 12, 1817. Father's name was William, a blacksmith, who settled in Illinois in 1821. When a lad of about 18, the subject of this sketch learned the same trade and began work in a machine shop in St. Louis, Mo., after a while went as an engineer on a Mississppi river steamboat, made a two years' trip to the Rocky mountains with Van Bebber and Calloway on a trapping and hunting expedition. In 1846 enlisted for service in the war with Mexico, at close of the war he followed the river until 1852, when he came to California where he has since continued to live in El Dorado except a short time spent at Virginia city, Nev. Is a member of F. & A. M., a machinist and engineer by trade.

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