Griffen, Reed Burret
Reed B. Griffen was born in Westerlo, Albany County, NY on February 4, 1832. His surname was spelled Griffin by Robert Keating in the book Carnival of Blood.
Reed Griffen was born in Westerlo on February 4, 1832, a son of John Griffen and Rebecca Haines  After the death of his father, his mother married Roswell Castle.
Marriage & Children
Reed married Belinda B. ______ at about 1872 and had two children:
- Elmer Griffin or Griffen born at about 1873
- Cora Griffin or Griffen born at about 1877
Reed worked as a farmer before he served in the Civil War.
|Residence at Enlistment:||Westerlo|
|Place of Birth:||Westerlo, NY|
|Date of Birth:||4 Feb 1832|
|Names of Parents:||John (Griffen) and Rebecca Haines|
|Term of Enlistment:||3 years|
|Enlistment Date:||6 August 1862|
|Enlistment Place:||Westerlo, New York|
|State Served:||New York|
|Regiment:||7th Regiment NY Heavy Artillery|
|Hospitalized:||12 May 1864|
|Discharged for Disability on:||29 May 1865|
|Discharged at:||Satterlee Hospital, Philadelphia, PA|
|Additional Remarks: Enlisted at age 30. He never saw action." Was with his Reg in Fort Reno untill about the 12th of May 1864 was then taken sick and remained in the Hospital untill he was Discharged May 29, 1865"
Born in Westerlo, NY, Age 30, Single, Farmer, Blue eyes, Light hair, Light complexion, 5'10 tall.
|Sources Used: 1890 Veterans Census; American Civil War Soldiers, Ancestry.com; Keating, Robert, Carnival of Blood: The Civil War Ordeal of the Seventh New York Heavy Artillery, Published by Butternut and Blue, Baltimore, Md 1998; Annual Report of the Adjutant-General of the State of NY for the year 1897; Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War|
Reed died at about 1879 and is probably buried at the Rensselaerville Cemetery, but no marker exists. His widow applied for his Civil War Pension on February 22, 1879
Belinda, his wife, died on December 4, ____ age 74 years. The photograph of the marker is barely legible, but does contain the name of her husband and has a flag and veteran insignia, so it was likely provided by the military.
Additional Research Notes
- NY Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts, Ancestry.com Military databases
- Keating, Robert, Carnival of Blood: The Civil War Ordeal of the Seventh New York Heavy Artillery, Published by Butternut and Blue, Baltimore, Md 1998
- Town and City Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War
- Annual Report of the Adjutant-General