Welcome to the Descendants of Lunsford Griffin.
This web site is dedicated to the Descendants of Lunsford Griffin. Lunsford was born in 1800 in Nash County, North Carolina. We know a great deal about his descendants and his spouse, but the jury is still out on his ancestry. Some evidence suggests he is the son of Archibald Griffin and other clues suggest a name change early in his life. DNA points to some Griffins originating in Wales, so I tend to think Lunsford Griffin really is a Griffin.
You can search this web site to see if you are connected to the first three generations descended from Lunsford. Use the "Search this site" function (upper right hand corner of every page) or look through the 3 Generation Chart. The Lunsford Griffin tab has the same information as the 3 Generation Chart, but divided up and hyper-linked to other pages with a few photos and documents thrown in. You can also search the Family Tree for all living individuals connected in some way to Lunsford. If there is a connection, send a message to me via the Contact page and you will be given rights to view the complete Family Tree on Ancestry.com.
There is considerable confusion about free Ancestry.com accounts. If you don't already have an Ancestry.com account, if you go directly to Ancestry.com to create an account, they will require that you sign up for a free trial. They will charge your credit card if you do not cancel before the trial period is over. There is a way around this. Click here to go to Rootsweb.com then click on the "Sign in" link on the upper right corner of that page. Click on the "Register" button to create an account on Rootsweb. Be sure to follow all the directions. Since Rootsweb is sponsored by Ancestry.com, you can use your Rootsweb account to view and edit the Lunsford Griffin tree on Ancestry.com. Creating an account this way will not require a "free" trial and you will not have to give your credit card number.
If you hit a wall and can't trace your ancestors back more than a few generations, you might consider getting a DNA test. If you are male, your yDNA will be relatively unchanged for many generations. Don't bother with a 12 marker test, it's pretty much useless for tracing your ancestry. Start with a 37 marker test and you may very well make the connection you've been searching for. Get started by ordering a DNA testing kit through the Griffin Surname Project.
A crest is part of a coat of arms. Coats of arms do not belong to surnames and actually they don't belong to families, except maybe in Poland and France. Coats of arms were granted to or assumed by individual men. In England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland they are granted by the specific heraldry authority for those countries. In some continental countries they are assumed by individuals. There are numerous peddlers on the internet, at shopping malls, in airports, in magazines and recently I saw an ad on TV selling them like they belong to everyone with a particular surname and they don't. There are no laws regarding heraldry in the U.S. Therefore you are free to display any coat of arms you wish, but to do so without documented proof that you are entitled to it is taking on anothers identity. If you have pride in yourself and your family, you wouldn't want to do that. Anytime you go into someone's home and see one of those walnut plaques over their fireplace or on their den wall, you can pretty much be sure that it is one that belongs to someone with their surname and probably isn't evey related. What is so bad about these scam merchants that sell them is that a family history will usually come with them. That family history will not be the same family history for everyone with the same surname. A lot of people have been misled when starting their family history because of that. The only thing you can do is to trace your father's or your husband's family male line ancestry to see if either are entitled to one. Another thing you can design and have your own made up.
Family Crest - I get a lot of hits on this web site from people looking for the Griffin Family Crest or Coat of Arms. I found this web page at "Yahoo Answers" (see: Answers.Yahoo.com) and decided I couldn't have said it better myself. With the permission of "Shirley T", here is her response to a question about Family Crests:
The following DNA match from Ancestry.com is from a descendant of Aaron Griffin, born about 1812 in Burke County, Georgia. According to the calculations, a match this close indicates a common ancestor at around 150 years. Since Lunsford was born 209 years ago, Aaron must be a very very close relative of Lunsford's, maybe a brother or first cousin. This is very exciting news and another piece of the puzzle.