David Oliver Giffin

1838–1920 (Age 81)
Ohio, United States

The Life of David Oliver

When David Oliver Giffin was born in May 1838, in Ohio, United States, his father, Matthew Griffith, was 29 and his mother, Lucinda Stewart, was 22. He married Emily Holt Ray on 16 October 1869, in Mason, Illinois, United States. He lived in Argenta, Macon, Illinois, United States in 1900 and Friends Creek Township, Macon, Illinois, United States in 1910. In 1900, at the age of 62, his occupation is listed as merchant in Friends Creek Township, Macon, Illinois, United States. He died in 1920, at the age of 82, and was buried in Sedgwick, Kansas, United States.

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David Oliver Giffin
Emily Holt Ray
Marriage: 16 October 1869

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16 October 1869
Mason, Illinois, United States

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World Events (8)

1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 1

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.

Age 8

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1860 · Ohio supports the Union side of the Civil War

Age 22

Although divided as a state on the subject of slavery, Ohio participated in the Civil War on the Union's side, providing over 300,000 troops. Ohio provided the 3rd largest number of troops by any Union state.

Name Meaning

1 Irish: reduced form of McGiffin , an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mag Dhuibhfinn ‘son of Duibhfionn’.2 English: from a pet form of the Norman personal name Geffrei ( see Jeffrey ).

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • David Giffin, "United States Census, 1900"
  • David O Giffin, "United States Census, 1910"
  • David Oliver Giffin in entry for David Logan Giffin and Mabel A Eisenhuth, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"

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