Andy Griffith

by madman on April 2, 2016

2nd Annual TV Land Awards

Birth Name: Andy Samuel Griffith

Date of Birth: June 1, 1926

Place of Birth: Mount Airy, Surry, North Carolina, U.S.

Date of Death: July 3, 2012

Place of Death: Manteo, North Carolina, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, small amounts of Irish, German, French, and Scottish, likely distant Welsh

Andy Griffith was an American actor, comedian, producer, gospel singer, musician, writer, and teacher. He is known for his roles in the film A Face in the Crowd and the series The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock.

Andy was the son of Geneva Nannie (Nunn) and Carl Lee Griffith. He was married to Cindi Knight, until his death. He had two children with his former wife, Barbara Bray Edwards.

Andy’s paternal grandfather was John D. Griffith (the son of William Martin Griffith and Charity A. Childress). William was the son of Eli Griffith and Margaret Griffith. Charity was the daughter of William Childress and Fannie Vest.

Andy’s paternal grandmother was Sarah Frances Taylor (the daughter of Henry Clayton Taylor and Rebecca Ann Simmons). Henry was the son of Thomas Taylor and Sarah E. Taylor. Rebecca was the daughter of Amos Amer Simmons and Nancy Emily Inman.

Andy’s maternal grandfather was Samuel Nunn (the son of John Nunn and Scenna Phillips). John was the son of William Nunn and Elizabeth.

Andy’s maternal grandmother was Jopina Frances Cassel (the daughter of Peter Cassel and Nancy Jane Rogers). Peter was the son of John Cassel and Mary Polly Gilbert. Nancy was the daughter of Hiram George Rogers and Elizabeth Saunders.

Andy’s surname, “Griffith”, is of Welsh origin, indicating that he might have had distant Welsh ancestry.

Sources: Genealogies of Andy Griffith –

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