Nellie Louise Washington


Personal and Family Information

Nellie was born on 6 JUN 1889 in Burlingame, Osage County, Kansas, USA, the daughter of James Washington and Harriet Jane Wilkinson.

She died on 23 NOV 1977 in Burlingame, Osage County, Kansas.

She had three marriages/partners. Her first husband was Edward Ferguson Hotchkiss, who she married on 6 DEC 1905 in Burlingame, Osage County, Kansas. Their nine known children were Cornelius S. (1906-1995), Harriet Elaine (1908-1961), Christina Josephine (1910-2000), Olive L (1912-1986), James Arthur (1914-1991), Virgene Emily (1917-2005), Maxine Carol (1920-1994), Anita (1922-?) and Esther H. (1924-1994).

Her second husband was LeRoy William Griffin, who she married on 30 JAN 1951 in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas. They had no known children.

Her third husband was Granville C. Griffin, who she married on 20 DEC 1961 in Burlingame, Osage County, Kansas. They had no known children.

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


Nellie Louise Washington


James Washington


John Washington


Thomas Washington




Mary Hersfield


Thomas Hersfield




Harriet Jane Wilkinson


William Harry Wilkinson


Hanah Barber



Birth6 JUN 1889
Place: Burlingame, Osage County, Kansas, USA
Death23 NOV 1977
Place: Burlingame, Osage County, Kansas
Place: Burlingame Cmtry, Burlingame, Osage County, Kansas


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!Notes: Nellie Washington was the eighth child in a family of twelve children born to James and Harriet Washington in 1889, at their home, one mile south and on mile west from the center intersection of downtown Burlingame Main Street. Nellie Washington attended school in Burlingame, Osage County, Kansas from September 1905 until she graduated from the eighth grade in 1902. Then she started working in various homes located in Burlingame, performing different types of housework, which was common in those days, until she met Edward F. Hotchkiss in 1904.

!P: They were married December 6, 1905 at Burlingame, Osage County, Kansas. To this union were born nine children. The story of this marriage is told under Edward Hotchkiss. At the time of Edward's death in 1947, Nellie was fifty-eight years old.

!P: At sixty-one, she was married to Roy Griffin, on September 1951. He died seven years later, on December 7, 1958.

!P: During February 1962, at the age of seventy-three, Nellie was married again, to Granville Griffin.

!P: By 1965 Nellie was suffering from hardening of the arteries and suffered from a light stroke, which effected her memory. During the following years, Nellie had several other strokes, which damaged both her physical and mental health, until she was paralized so that she could no longer take care of herself and required care twenty-four hours a day. It was fast becoming apparent that she would have to be placed under the care of a nursing home. She was first placed in the Osage City Nursing Home, and then in the Lyndon Nursing Home, then the Cotton Wood Falls Nursing Home, and finally the Burlingame Nursing Home. Esther Denny, her youngest daughter was an employee at this nursing home, and was with her a great deal of the time.

!P: Nellie's condition grew steadily worse until she could not move and had to be hand fed. She could no longer talk and either could not see, or just failed to recognise anyone. However, there were times when she heard the family talking, that tears would come to her eyes.

!P: Nellie died in her sleep at the Burlingame Nursing Home at the age of 88 years old, November 23, 1977. Funeral rites were held at the Burlingame Federated Church and she was laid to rest along side of Edward F. Hotchkiss in the Burlingame Cemetery.

!Obituary: [Burlingame Newspaper, Nov 1977] -- Nellie Griffin --

!P: Mrs. Nellie Hotchkiss Griffin, 88, Burlingame, died Wednesday, Nov. 23, in a nursing home in Burlingame where she had been several years.

!P: She was born June 6, 1889, at Burlingame and spent most of her life in the Burlingame community.

!P: She was married to Edward F. Hotchkiss Dec. 6, 1905, at Burlingame. He died Spet. 10, 1947. She later was married to William L. Griffin. He died Dec. 7, 1958. She was married to Granville Griffin in 1962. He survives. A daughter, Mrs. Harriet Ellis, died Nov. 10, 1961.

!P: Other survivors include two sons, Neal S. Hotchkiss, Burlingame, and James A. Hotchkiss, Rock Island, Ill.; six daughters, Mrs. Olive Anstaett and Mrs. Esther Denny, both at Burlingame, Mrs. Christine Arnold, Shawnee, Mrs. Virgene Gaines, Cottonwood Falls, Mrs. Maxine Adams, Lee's Summit, Mo., and Mrs. Anita Archibald, Wichita; a brother, Arthur Washington, Los Angeles; 21 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

!P: Services were Friday, Nov. 25, in the Federated Church at Burlingame. Burial was in Burlingame Cemetery.

!P: Carey Funeral Home at Burlingame was in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Federated Church at Burlingame, 66413. --

Notes: Funeral services were at 10:00 am. Officiant was Pastor William Young. Organist was Mrs. Thomas A. Black. Casket bearers were Fred E. Anstaett, Keith Anstaett, David Anstaett, Elmer Dean Arnold, Mark Archibald, and Darrel Hotchkiss.