William R. Grifith, deceased, was born Feb. 28, 1794, in Maryland, and was brought, by emigration of the family, to Ohio County in 1805. He was the first County Clerk of Daviess, which office he held for many years; and he was widely esteemed for his many excellent traits, and possessed abilities of no common character. He recorded the first deed ever made in the county, which transfer was made June 12, 1815, of 100 acres of land, by Adam Jourdan to Moses Gwyn, for the consideration of $350. This tract of land is said to be still in cultivation, but has not enhanced much in value. He afterward studied law and was admitted to the bar. His practice was successful and his business, largely consisting in land claims, was straightforward and reliable. In some portions of the latter business he was in partnership with Phil Triplett. Mr. G. was a Whig in his party affiliations. He died in December, 1848; two of his children survive – Daniel M. and Clinton, both well-known citizens of Owensboro.
Source: History of Daviess County, Kentucky. Chicago: Interstate Publishing Co., 1883. Print.