Levi J. Griffith [RG2020.AM]


RG2020.AM:  Levi J. Griffith, 1834-1912

Paper: 1903

Nehawka, Cass County, Nebraska

Size:  One folder; two items


Born in Pennsylvania in 1834, Levi J. Griffith worked as a plasterer for a time.  He married Eunice Bennett in 1867, and by 1870, the couple lived at Avoca, Cass County, Nebraska, where Levi had taken up farming.  The couple had seven children, five of whom lived to adulthood.  Over the next several decades, the couple moved around Cass County, first living at Liberty and then Nehawka.  Levi J. Griffith died at Weeping Water, Nebraska, in 1912.  He is buried in Oakwood Cemetery at Weeping Water, Nebraska.


This collection consists of one folder containing a handwritten paper/address entitled, “Our Antiquities.”  The paper discusses an address delivered before the Nebraska Farmers Institute about a Nehawka gold mine.  Griffith goes on to describe various archeological investigations into supposed buffalo wallows and what he determines is a flint mine first started by a “mysterious ancient American civilization.”  A typescript copy of the paper is also included.


“Our Antiquities,” by L.J. Griffith, 1903

Typescript copy


Subject headings:

Archaeology — Nebraska

Cass County (Neb.) — Antiquities

Flint mines and mining, Prehistoric

Griffith, Levi John, 1834-1912

Indians of North America — Nebraska

Mines and mining — Nebraska


TMM     09-29-2020


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