Mary Frances Gifford

12 February 1848–21 January 1909 (Age 60)
New York, United States

The Life of Mary Frances

When Mary Frances Gifford was born on 12 February 1848, in New York, United States, her father, Levi Gifford, was 29 and her mother, Alida Van Der Cook, was 23. She had at least 2 sons and 1 daughter with John Samuel Douglass. She lived in Pittstown, Rensselaer, New York, United States for about 5 years. She died on 21 January 1909, at the age of 60, and was buried in Pittstown, Rensselaer, New York, United States.

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John Samuel Douglass
Mary Frances Gifford
Eugene Levi Douglass
Minnie Alida Douglass
Orion J Douglass

Spouse and Children



Parents and Siblings

    Levi Gifford


    Alida Van Der Cook




World Events (8)


Age 15

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg

Age 15

The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.

Age 17

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)

  • Mary Douglass in household of John S Douglass, "New York State Census, 1905"
  • Mary H Douglass en la familia de John Douglass, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Mary F Douglas en la familia de John Douglas, "United States Census, 1880"

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