From: "Histoire de la Corporation de la Cite de Montreal Depuis
on Original Jusqu'a Nos Jours"
By J. Cleophas Lamothe, Montreal Printing and Publishing Company Ltd. 1903
Mr. James Griffin was born in Newbridge, county Kildare, Ireland, on november 17th, 1836. His parents were Patrick Griffin and Mary Dillon, middle farmers, near the town of Newbridge. Mr. James Griffin was educated at the National school of his native town. In 1854, he emigrated to Canada and began his life connection with the Road Department in July, one month after he had touched Canadian soil.
Thirteen years later he became foreman of the West End division of the Road Department and worked faithfully under six successive city surveyors; Messrs James A.B. McGill, John P. Doyle, P.McQuestin, George D. Ansley, Percival W. St. George and John D. Barlow. He is now superintendent of the division.
In 1861 he married Miss Margaret McGuire and they had thirteen children, only two boys and two girls are now living. His wife died on April 12, 1902.
Mr. Griffin is a prominent member of the Catholic Mutual Benevolent Association, and of the Order of Knights of Columbus. He is a very competent officer and shows great tact in directing men in connection with the working of the Department.