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G.L. Gifford
Cox Creek Twp.

G. L. Gifford hotel proprietor and farmer, Littleport, is a native of Sherburn, Chenango County, N. Y., born March 27, 1824, and is a son of Asa W. and Huldah (Pendle) Gifford, natives of Vermont. His father moved to New York in 1822 and in 1829 came to Clayton County. He entered a farm and resided here until 1851, when he went to California, remaining four years, then returned to Wyoming County, N. Y., where he still resides. He is eighty-four and his wife is eighty-two years old. G. L. Gifford came with his parents to this county in 1839. He was the recipient of a practical education and when twenty-one years of age entered 160 acres of land in Boardman Township. In 1852 he came to Cox Creek Township, and preempted 200 acres of land, and laid out the village of Littleport. He built a hotel, a number of public buildings and otherwise improved the town. In 1859 he visited Pike's Peak, Col., remaining one year. On July 13, 1848, G. L. Gifford and Clarinda Quigley were united in marriage. She was born in Indiana, Feb. 20, 1830, and was a daugher of Dennis Quigley of Kentucky, and Charity, nee Spoors, of Cattaraugus County, N. Y. Seven children have been born unto them, viz.: Esther, born Sept. 1, 1849, married John Gaylord; Amira, born May 14, 1851, married S. L. Palmer; H. L., born Aug. 19, 1855, is married and resides at Mederville; P. P., born Oct. 23, 1857, is married and lives on the old homestead; Ezra D., born Jan. 30, 1860, is attending the Theological Seminary at Hillsdale, Mich., preparing for the ministry; Annis, now Mrs. Michael Nelligan, was born June 24, 1862; and Socrates R., born in June, 1853, and died in July, 1859. Mr. Gifford resided in Independence, Ia., one year where he built a fine brick hotel, which he sold soon afterward. He has held many of the town offices, and in politics affiliates with the Republican party. He was Captain of the home guards during the war.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 744
transcribed by Sally Scarff and Marlene Chaney


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