Phoebe Ellen Gifford

1832–1863 (Age 31)
Ohio, United States

The Life of Phoebe Ellen

When Phoebe Ellen Gifford was born in 1832, in Ohio, United States, her father, Levi Gifford, was 35 and her mother, Patience Jaqua, was 26. She married William Stewart Fellows on 2 July 1851, in Huron, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. She died in 1863, in Michigan, United States, at the age of 31.

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Phoebe Ellen Gifford
William Stewart Fellows
Marriage: 2 July 1851
Martin Elmer Fellows
Levi Leonard Fellows
Elenora Phoebe Fellows

Spouse & Children

2 July 1851
Huron, Ohio, United States


  • Martin Elmer Fellows


  • Levi Leonard Fellows


  • Elenora Phoebe Fellows


Parents & Siblings



  • Margaret Ann Gifford


  • Bithynia Gifford


  • Female1832–1863Female

  • Abby Jane Gifford


  • Samuel Gifford


+1 More Child

World Events (7)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 0

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.
1836 · Kirtland Temple Dedicated

Age 4

On March 27, 1836, the Kirtland Temple was dedicated.

Age 14

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

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).

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Phoebe Grifford in entry for Elnora Harris, "Minnesota Deaths and Burials, 1835-1990"
  • Phebe E. Gifford, "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013"
  • Phoebe Gifford in entry for Levi L Fellows, "Minnesota Deaths and Burials, 1835-1990"

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