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Notes for Catherine Isabella GRIFFITH:
Catherine (or Isabella) Griffith(s) was likely English or Irish. A Welch heritage is the family tradition of James Hayward's descendants. At this time, we have no knowledge of her birthplace. We know that she gave birth to her eldest son George in late 1773/early 1774 while living in Ireland where husband Henry was stationed with the British Army. Ireland, therefore, cannot be ruled out as a possible birthplace. Her name is shown as "Catharine" on son George's baptismal record 20 March 1774; Nova Scotia records indicate her name as Isabella or "Izzy," although it is also possible that the latter was a second wife. This possibility is strongly supported by the 8 year difference in age between the second and third surviving children. However, if wife Catherine did not travel to America with the army during the Revolution, this too would account for the gap in children's births.
Women did often accompany British regiments during their tours of duty. The following are some relevant notes from "The British Army in North America, 1775-1783," Robin May & G. A. Embleton, London, 1974:
-- "Written permission was needed from an officer for...private soldiers to Marry...In barracks at home - though true barracks only date from the 1790s - husbands and wives were entitled to screened-off beds in barrack-rooms." (pg. 10)
--"Women, whether wives or 'wives,' acted as laundrymaids and sometimes as nurses on campaign. They and their children were fed from the public stores, and clothed as well. There was at least one near mutiny at Cork when a ship without women did not set out because the redcoats aboard threatened to desert unless the matter was put right. Sadly little is known of the ordinary women who went to America..." (pg. 18)
Catherine allegedly died in Brooklyn, NS, located about 10 kilometers SE of Windsor, NS, at the junction of Trunk highway #14 and Collector Hwy #215 in Hants Co. (5 km east of Provincial Hwy 01 off exit 5). There is a Brooklyn Riverview Cemetery; could she be buried there? She is more likely buried at the "Old Parish Burying Ground," Windsor, NS, per Eunice Franks nee Hayward, of Regina, Sask., Canada. There is another Hayward family tradition that she died in Brooklyn, NY, rather than Nova Scotia. This is indeed a possibility as her husband's regiment did serve in Brooklyn, NY during the Revolution and requires more research.
Henry HAYWARD and Catherine Isabella GRIFFITH S
They had the following children:
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