Alden G. Gifford

21 November 1831–19 July 1911 (Age 79)
Otsego, New York, United States

The Life of Alden G.

When Alden G. Gifford was born on 21 November 1831, in Otsego, New York, United States, his father, John B. Gifford, was 31 and his mother, Deborah Freeman Gotham, was 25. He married Sarah J Keyes in 1860. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. He lived in Justice Precinct 2, Ward, Texas, United States in 1900 and Augusta, Oneida, New York, United States in 1910. He died on 19 July 1911, in Knoxboro, Augusta, Oneida, New York, United States, at the age of 79.

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Alden G. Gifford
Sarah J Keyes
Marriage: 1860
Ida Emma Gifford
Minnie Electa Gifford

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    Sarah J Keyes




    Ida Emma Gifford


    Minnie Electa Gifford


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World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 1

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1844 · German Immigration to Texas

Age 13

Over 7,000 German immigrants arrived in Texas. Some of these new arrivals died in epidemics; those that survived ended up living in cities such as San Antonio, Galveston, and Houston. Other German settlers went to the Texas Hill Country and formed the western portion of the German Belt, where new towns were founded: New Braunfels and Fredericksburg.

Age 32

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Name Meaning

English:1. habitational name for someone from Giffords Hall in Suffolk. It was originally named in Old English as Gyddingford ‘ford associated with Gydda’. Compare Giddens . 2. possibly in some cases a variant spelling of Giffard , which may derive from an Old German personal name, Gifard, or from a Middle English nickname from Old French giffard ‘chubby-cheeked’, ‘bloated’ (a pejorative of giffel ‘jaw’, ‘cheek’, of Germanic origin).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Alden Gifford in household of Emory T Stone, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Alden Gifford, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Alden Gifford, "United States Census, 1880"

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