Bessie C Gifford

15 April 1885–about 1985 (Age 99)
Bedford, Calhoun, Michigan, United States

The Life of Bessie C

When Bessie C Gifford was born on 15 April 1885, her father, Dr. David S. Gifford, was 46 and her mother, Mary Elizabeth Stanton, was 39. She married Harley Burns Gerould on 24 June 1903, in Bedford, Calhoun, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. She lived in Bedford Township, Calhoun, Michigan, United States in 1900 and Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan, United States for about 10 years. She died about 1985, at the age of 100.

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Family Time Line

Harley Burns Gerould
Bessie C Gifford
Marriage: 24 June 1903
Donald H Gerould
Gifford Gerould

Spouse and Children

    Harley Burns Gerould



24 June 1903
Bedford, Calhoun, Michigan, United States


    Donald H Gerould


    Gifford Gerould


Parents and Siblings

    Dr. David S. Gifford


    Mary Elizabeth Stanton




World Events (8)


Age 1

Statue of Liberty is dedicated.
1887 · The Bagley Memorial Fountain

Age 2

"The Bagley Memorial Fountain was erected in 1887 with funds from the estate of John Judson Bagley. Bagley's will ordered the construction of the drinking fountain which would provide the people of Detroit ""water cold and pure as the coldest mountain stream."" H.H. Richards was the architect for the Romanesque-style, pink granite, lionhead fountain. It is engraved with the words, ""TESTAMENTARY GIFT FOR THE PEOPLE FROM JOHN JUDSON BAGLEY A.D. MDCCCLXXXVII""."
1912 · The Girl Scouts

Age 27

Like the Boy Scouts of America, The Girl Scouts is a youth organization for girls in the United States. Its purpose is to prepare girls to empower themselves and by acquiring practical skills.

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)

  • Bessie C Gerould in household of Harlan B Gerould, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Bessie Gerould in household of Burr Gerould, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Bessie C Gifford in household of Elizabeth Gifford, "United States Census, 1900"

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