I believe I found the mother and father of Frank Griffin.
As i've said before, Frank Griffin (My mother and grandmother have called him Benjamin Franklin Griffin, yet he comes up on census records as "Frank Griffin", even with the correct info for all of the other household members.), is my great grandfather on my grandmother's side. I previously was having trouble searching for the Griffin side. But I used some of my crafty ingenuity to at least narrow things down to a few names.
For the most part, unless a family is wealthy enough to accrue the cost of travel, a few generations ago most families tended to stay in one place. Not necessarily the same house but quite often the same county or town.
So I searched for a "Frank Griffin" born in 1902 in South Carolina anywhere near either "Saluda" or "Ward", South Carolina (I didn't narrow it down to those names, but I was consciously looking for that connection).
Since a lot of the (Accepted) information I had already found came up under the regular search (All census'), I decided to narrow down my search to just the 1910 Census. Thankfully only a few Frank Griffins came up with the exact info that I needed.
I know that he wouldn't have even been on the census in 1900s, not having been born, so I scratched that one off immediately.
Some of the Frank Griffins were white, black, and at least one mulatto. But only 3 were born near Ward, South Carolina.
The Frank Griffin who is listed as a mulatto was listed as having been born in Saluda.
|His info:||1920 Census (Born in 1905) - Township 7, Saluda, South Carolina|
While a Frank Griffin listed as black is listed in the 1910 Census (Born in 1904) for Wise, Edgefield, SC
I ended up choose another Frank Griffin who was listed as black and lived in 1910 at:
Ward, Edgefield, South Carolina
Which is about 2 hours and 10 minutes from Ward, Saluda. (Where he and Dora Griffin lived with their children).
I also found mention of him in the 1920 census in which, unsurprisingly he is still living at his parents house. He was born to an Elbert and Virginia Griffin.
Most interestingly in the 1920's his last name is spelled "Griffins". Even though it is the same person in the 1910 census. Even more interesting, my ancestor's last name (Also Frank Griffin) is also spelled "Griffins" in the 1930 census. I believe that this is a mistake that was never rectified. But might have helped me to retrace his footsteps.
For example on the census, Frank Griffin's name is presented as:
P.S I'm going to have to do some more research cause i'm not sure if it's him. Though I believe I am close.