Tolbert T. Griffin died in the Cottonwood Community in northeastern Dallas County on December 31, 1911 at 34 years of age. He leaves a widow and five small children He was born August 1870 in Limestone County, Alabama. He was the fifth of six children born to Joseph and Minerva Elizabeth Glaze Griffin. The blonde hair and blue eyed young man married Cary Cordelia “Delie” Barnes. Delie was born in Alabama on December 1, 1873.
Delie was the fifth child of thirteen born to Francis Marion and Mary Jane “Mollie” Clem Barnes. She was a lovely lady with dark brown hair and eyes. Tolbert and Cordelia moved first to the Rockwall area in 1894 and then to the Cottonwood community about three years later where they farmed and raised some of the finest horses in the area. He also had some of the most gorgeous bridles, harnesses, and saddles in that part of the country. Her sister, Mary Kate, married Doc Ross. Children of T. T. and Cordelia were:
1. ELLA M. born December 1894 in Tennessee and married Lonnie Huddleston.
2. JAMES L. Griffin, born December 1896 and married Clara.
3. JACK Ashbury Griffin, born 1899 in Texas and married Mary.
4. IDA Rene, born August 4, 2900 and married Tom Burns. She died in 1943.
5. LILLIE, born August 3, 1902 and married Bill Covington.
6. WALKER (Harvey) Griffin, was born in 1905.
7. FRANK Griffin, born in 1907.
8. IVY born in 1909 and married William (Bill) Minyard.
Tolbert T. Griffin died from Meningitis on December 31, 1911 and was buried at Cottonwood Cemetery. This left Cordelia to raise five small children. She took the children and moved into Dallas where she worked in a laundry. She never married again. Cordelia died in 1959 and was buried at Laurel Land Cemetery in Dallas with all of her children except Ida, who was buried in the Wylie Cemetery.
By Gail Dempsey Clemmons.