Benjamin Griffith: b. Oct. 13, 1821, Juniata County, Pa.; d. Oct. 24, 1893, Upland, Pa.; . . . appointed by the Maryland Baptist Union Association as a missionary to Cumberland, Md., where he entered upon his duties in June 1847; here he organized a church and became pastor at its constitution, July 22, 1847-Apr. 1851, while also preaching at Eckhart, Md., Sept. 5, 1850 ff., pastor, New Market Street (or Fourth) Baptist, Phila., (elected Feb. 17, accepted Mar. 1), entered on his duties, Apr. 6, 1851-May 29, 1857, corresponding secretary, American Baptist Publication Society, May 12, 1857-Oct. 24, 1893, while a member of Tabernacle Baptist, Phila., -1893. A memorial service for him was held at the Tabernacle Baptist Church, Nov. 6, 1893. His wife Elizabeth Griffith was for many years president of the Board of Managers for the Baptist Orphanage in Phila. He was laid to rest in the cemetery at Upland, Pennsylvania. . . .“He was a most prominent figure in Baptist circles, honored, respected, loved. His service as secretary of the American Baptist Publication Society, from 1858  to 1893, a period of thirty-five years, during which he had built up the Society to its present giant proportions, was most honorable, distinguished and valuable”—Baptist Home Mission Monthly, Dec. 1893.