Elizabeth Allen

1768–7 December 1836 (Age 68)
Westport, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States

The Life of Elizabeth

When Elizabeth Allen was born in 1768, in Westport, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Elisha Allen, was 46 and her mother, Elizabeth Fish, was 32. She married Wilber Gifford on 25 September 1789, in Westport, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. She died on 7 December 1836, at the age of 68.

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Family Time Line

Wilber Gifford
1764–1846
Elizabeth Allen
1768–1836
Marriage: 25 September 1789
Mary Ann W. Gifford
1790–1884
Thomas Gifford
1792–1887
Esther Gifford
1795–1858
Henry Gifford
1797–1868
Canaan Gifford
1801–1879
Elijah Gifford
1806–1884
Elizabeth Gifford
1810–1894

Spouse and Children

MARRIAGE
25 September 1789
Westport, Bristol, Massachusetts, United States
children

(7)

    Mary Ann W. Gifford

    Female1790–1884Female

    Male1792–1887Male

    Esther Gifford

    Female1795–1858Female

    Henry Gifford

    Male1797–1868Male

    Male1801–1879Male

+2 More Children

Parents and Siblings

siblings

(17)

+12 More Children

World Events (8)

1776

Age 8

Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
1776 · The Declaration to the King

Age 8

"""At the end of the Second Continental Congress the 13 colonies came together to petition independence from King George III. With no opposing votes, the Declaration of Independence was drafted and ready for all delegates to sign on the Fourth of July 1776. While many think the Declaration was to tell the King that they were becoming independent, its true purpose was to be a formal explanation of why the Congress voted together to declare their independence from Britain. The Declaration also is home to one of the best-known sentences in the English language, stating, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."""""""
1786 · Shays' Rebellion

Age 18

Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.

Name Meaning

English and Scottish: from a Celtic personal name of great antiquity and obscurity. In England the personal name is now usually spelled Alan, the surname Allen; in Scotland the surname is more often Allan. Various suggestions have been put forward regarding its origin; the most plausible is that it originally meant ‘little rock’. Compare Gaelic ailín, diminutive of ail ‘rock’. The present-day frequency of the surname Allen in England and Ireland is partly accounted for by the popularity of the personal name among Breton followers of William the Conqueror, by whom it was imported first to Britain and then to Ireland. St. Alan(us) was a 5th-century bishop of Quimper, who was a cult figure in medieval Brittany. Another St. Al(l)an was a Cornish or Breton saint of the 6th century, to whom a church in Cornwall is dedicated.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Elizabeth Gifford in entry for Elijah Gifford and Mary F Shockley, "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001"
  • Elizabeth in entry for Thomas Gifford and Rhoda Hathaway, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915"
  • Elizabeth in entry for Canaan Gifford and Mary Ann Pease, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915"

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