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William Gifford
Lodomillo Twp.

William Gifford, son of Justice and Phebe (Ecker) Gifford, of New York, was born in Nunda, Livingston County, N.Y., Nov. 13, 1829. His father died when he was about four years old, and his mother afterward married George Weatherly. Prior to his death Justice Gifford gave William to his sister, Mrs. Lydia Easton, with whom he remained, attending school and assisting on the farm, until he was nineteen years old. He then worked on a farm at $10 a month for six months, saving $50, with which he went to Oswego County, N.Y., and attended school one winter, then returned to his home in Livingston County. He was married in Wyoming County, to Jane Kingsley, Oct. 27, 1855. She was born in Perry, N.Y. Four children were born of this union-- Martha (wife of Henry Mimkin), Victor E., Eva (wife of Lorreston Easton) and Justice K. After his marriage Mr. Gifford went to Dodge County, Wis., in 1855, thence to Edgewood, Delaware County, Ia., in 1857, and remained there until the spring of 1865, and from there to Michigan, Macon City, Mo., and Pierce County, Wis.; at the last place he engaged in farming till he settled in Clayton County, Ia., in 1873. He purchased a farm of sixty acres on section 19, Lodomillo Township, which he still owns and resides upon. Mr. Gifford lost his first wife, Dec. 1, 1880, and he was again married on Oct. 27, 1881, to Hellen M. Woodworth, who was born in Pike, Wyoming County, N.Y., and was a daughter of Leonard Woodworth and Almaretta, nee Stuart. Mr. Gifford has held various local offices of trust, and in politics was a Democrat, but is now Republican.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 889-90
transcribed by Sally Scarff and Marlene Chaney


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