Helen Gifford Stanley

12 October 1855–July 1884 (Age 28)
Lerwick, Mainland, Shetland, Scotland, United Kingdom

The Life of Helen Gifford

When Helen Gifford Stanley was born on 12 October 1855, her father, Alexander Stanley, was 29 and her mother, Catharine Gifford, was 22. She married Thomas Wyllie Smith on 7 April 1881, in Seafield, Yell, Shetland, Scotland, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. She lived in Lerwick, Mainland, Shetland, Scotland, United Kingdom in 1881. She died in July 1884, at the age of 28.

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Family Time Line

Thomas Wyllie Smith
Helen Gifford Stanley
Marriage: 7 April 1881
Arthur Alexander Wylie Smith
Helen Catherine Gifford Wylie Smith

Spouse and Children

7 April 1881
Seafield, Yell, Shetland, Scotland, United Kingdom


Parents and Siblings

    Alexander Stanley


    Catharine Gifford




World Events (5)

1857 · Police (Scotland) Act 1857

Age 2

The Police Act 1857 was an Act put into place by Parliament to establish a mandatory police force in every county of Scotland.
1868 · The Representation of the people (Scotland) Act 1868

Age 13

The Representation of the People (Scotland) Act 1868 was passed by Parliament and allowed for the creation of seven additional Scottish seats in the House of Commons. Along with the seats, Two University constituencies were created. These each returned one member to Parliament.
1874 · Patronage abolished in the Church of Scotland.

Age 19

The Church Patronage Act 1874 was passed by Parliament and amended and altered the laws relating to the Appointment of Ministers to Parishes in Scotland. Paragraphs spelled out definitions to prevent the Act being subverted by processes used by Patrons and clarified that the Church of Scotland would decide on the qualifications required for Ministers.

Name Meaning

1 English: habitational name from any of the various places, for example in Derbyshire, County Durham, Gloucestershire, Staffordshire, Wiltshire, and West Yorkshire, so named from Old English stān ‘stone’ + lēah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’.2 Americanized form of any of various like-sounding names in other European languages, for example Polish Stanislawski and Greek Anastasiou.

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

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Sources (2)

  • Helen Gifford Stanley, "Scotland Census, 1881"
  • Helen Gifford Stanley, "Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950"

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