The Griffith Monument is a favorite here at Green-Wood, both for its beauty and touching story. It was created in memoriam to Jane Griffith (1816–1857), though you may know her better as “Jane, My Wife,” from the monument’s inscription. It was erected by her loving husband Charles (1813–1882), who now rests with her at Green-Wood. Uniquely, the monument depicts the last moment in which Charles saw his beloved wife. On the morning of August 3, 1857, in a typical domestic scene of the time, she stood on the steps of their wisteria-covered brownstone at 109 West 13th Street in Manhattan, with a cast iron fence marking their lot, dog at her side, bidding her husband goodbye as he headed off to the waiting Sixth Avenue horsecar that would take him downtown to work. Sadly, when Charles returned home that evening, he found Jane dead of a heart attack. Jane was just 41 years old when she died. The monument is located in Lot 10850, Section 106.
At the lower right corner of the relief there appears a faded signature of the sculptor—Patrizzio Piatti (1827–1888). A Green-Wood resident himself (Lot 9457, Section 41), Piatti was an Italian immigrant and sculptor of cemetery monuments. He also created at least two other beloved Green-Wood monuments: those to Colonel Abraham Vosburgh and John Correja, the latter being better known as the “Sea Captain’s Monument.”
For directions to this monument, please stop by our Administrative Office at 25th Street and Fifth Avenue, just off of our Main Entrance Arch. Our staff will be happy to help you locate it.