William Homer Clifford

17 July 1862–31 March 1939 (Age 76)
Wood River, Hall, Nebraska, United States

The Life Summary of William Homer

When William Homer Clifford was born on 17 July 1862, in Wood River, Hall, Nebraska, United States, his father, Henry Clifford I, was 29 and his mother, Ann Clayfield, was 30. He married Lois Melissa Bingham on 1 January 1883, in Saint David, Cochise, Arizona, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in Salem, Utah, Utah, United States in 1880 and Utah, United States in 1925. He registered for military service in 1890. He died on 31 March 1939, in Safford, Graham, Arizona, United States, at the age of 76, and was buried in Safford Cemetery, Safford, Graham, Arizona, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Homer Clifford
Lois Melissa Bingham
Marriage: 1 January 1883
Rozetta "Zettie" Clifford
Asahel Clifford

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    1 January 1883Saint David, Cochise, Arizona, United States
  • Children


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    +1 More Child

    World Events (8)

    Age 1
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
    Age 12
    Historical Boundaries 1874: Pima, Arizona Territory, United States 1881: Graham, Arizona Territory, United States 1912: Graham, Arizona, United States
    Age 24
    Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

    Name Meaning

    English and Irish: habitational name from any of various places called Clifford in Devon, Gloucestershire, and Yorkshire, and in particular Herefordshire. The placename is derived from Old English clif ‘slope’ + ford ‘ford’.Irish: adoption of the name in 1 above as Anglicization of several Irish names, especially Ó Clúmháin ‘descendant of Clúmhán’, which was the surname of an ecclesiastical family in Sligo and can be traced back to the 12th century. The personal name meant ‘little hairy one’, a diminutive of Irish clúmach ‘hairy’, from clúmh ‘feathers, plumage, down; hair or fur’. Clifford was also adopted for Coleman and in Fermanagh for Crifferty, Clifferty, and Cliffordy, which are Anglicized forms of Mac Raibheartaigh (compare Rafferty ).History: A powerful Anglo-Norman family of this name in England and Ireland trace their descent from Walter de Clifford, who took the name from Clifford (Castle) in Herefordshire in the 12th century, after acquiring the Clifford barony by marriage.

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

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    Sources (17)

    • William Homer Clifford in entry for Asabel Clifford, "Arizona, Birth Certificates and Indexes, 1855-1930"
    • William Reed in household of Ann Reed, "United States Census, 1870"
    • W H Clifford, "Arizona, County Marriages, 1871-1964"

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