HENRY GIFFORD, a well-to-do and promiinent farmer, residing on section 5, Monroe Township, was born near Danville, Canada. Dec. 15, 1835, and came with his parents, Harvey and Elizabeth (DeLaire) Gifford, to Ogle County, Ill., when seven years of age. In the latter county our subject developed into manhood, there became acquainted with and married Mrs. Esther Carpenter, born in Pennsylvania, July 6, 1827.
In September, 1861, Mr. Gifford enlisted for three years in Co. M, 8th Ill. Vol. Cav., Capt. Austin. He participated in the battle of Gaines' Mill, seven days' fight at South Mountain, Antietam, first battle of the Wilderness, and fought valiantly and well until the expiration of his term of service, when he re-enlisted and served about a year longer, receiving an honorable discharge. He was twice wounded, but not seriously, and during his service was always found at his post. He is a member of the G. A. R., belonging to H. M. Miller Post, of Dysart.In 1874 Mr. Gifford moved to Black Hawk County, Iowa, where he resided until the spring of 1882, when he came to this county. He has 160 acres of good land under a high state of cultivation, and which is worth $45 per acre. He is meeting with success in the prosecution of his vocation, and is regarded as one of the best farmers in the community in which he resides.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 190.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on January 28th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.