David Gifford

4 March 1841–4 January 1933 (Age 91)
Lyndon Township, Washtenaw, Michigan, United States

The Life of David

When David Gifford was born on 4 March 1841, in Lyndon Township, Washtenaw, Michigan, United States, his father, Ira Gifford, was 34 and his mother, Abigail Grimes, was 24. He married Mary Ellen Chapell on 2 September 1866, in Dansville, Ingham, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Pasadena Judicial Township, Los Angeles, California, United States in 1900 and Edendale, Stevens, Washington, United States for about 10 years. He died on 4 January 1933, in Gifford, Stevens, Washington, United States, at the age of 91, and was buried in Gifford, Stevens, Washington, United States.

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Family Time Line

David Gifford
Mary Ellen Chapell
Marriage: 2 September 1866
Orla L. Gifford

Spouse and Children

2 September 1866
Dansville, Ingham, Michigan, United States


    Orla L. Gifford


Parents and Siblings

    Ira Gifford


    Abigail Grimes




    John W. Gifford


    Phoebe Ann Gifford



    James Oscar Gifford


    Francis H. Gifford


+1 More Child

World Events (8)


Age 5

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1847 · Moving the State Capital

Age 6

The capital of Michigan was moved from Detroit to Lansing on March 17, 1847. The capital was moved to be further away from Canada, to encourage settlement and boost economy toward the inner regions of the state, and to make to capital more accessible to everyone statewide.

Age 24

Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

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)

  • David Gifford, "United States Census, 1930"
  • David Gifford, "United States Census, 1900"
  • David Gifford, "United States Census, 1870"

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