Henry Alpheus Gifford

26 April 1852–3 November 1920 (Age 68)
Pigeon Hollow, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States

The Life Summary of Henry Alpheus

When Henry Alpheus Gifford was born on 26 April 1852, in Pigeon Hollow, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States, his father, Henry Dill Gifford, was 26 and his mother, Almira Ann Braffett, was 23. He married Mary Ellen Hale on 30 October 1876, in Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Desert Lake, Emery, Utah, United States in 1910 and Torrey, Wayne, Utah, United States in 1920. He died on 3 November 1920, in Salina, Sevier, Utah, United States, at the age of 68, and was buried in Torrey Cemetery, Torrey, Wayne, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Henry Alpheus Gifford
Mary Ellen Hale
Marriage: 30 October 1876
William Henry Gifford
Sarah Ann Gifford
James Alpheus Gifford
Mary Elizabeth Gifford
Samuel Gifford
Edith Gifford
George Dewey Gifford

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    30 October 1876Joseph, Sevier, Utah, United States
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    World Events (8)

    1857 · The State Capital moves to Des Moines
    Age 5
    The Capitol was located in Iowa City until the 1st General Assembly of Iowa recognized that the Capitol should be moved farther west than Iowa City. Land was found two miles from the Des Moines River to start construction of the new building. Today the Capitol building still stands on its original plot.
    Age 11
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
    1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment
    Age 18
    Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.

    Name Meaning

    English (of Norman origin): variant of Giffard, either from the Middle English personal name Gifard, derived from an Old French name of this form deriving from ancient Germanic geb- ‘give, gift’ + hard- ‘hardy, brave’, or perhaps sometimes a nickname from Old French gif(f)ard ‘chubby-cheeked, bloated’.

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

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    Sources (19)

    • Alfeos Gifford, "United States Census, 1880"
    • Henry Alpheus Gifford in entry for Samuel Gifford, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964"
    • Henry A Gifford in household of Henry Gifford, "United States Census, 1860"

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