Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Gifford Family

The Gifford Family:

First Generation

1.  John Gifford Sr. was born circa 1696 in England.1 He died on 23 Aug 1743 at the age of 47 in Perth Amboy, Middlesex Co., New Jersey.1 John Gifford was a merchant in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. An ad in the New York Weekly Journal of 30 June 1740 noted that the following items were sold in his mercantile: cutlery, hardware, kitchen utensils, etc.
His wife Catherine died in 1741 at age 50. John died in 1743 at age 46. Gifford's estate was inventoried on 27 January 1745/6 by administrators John Gifford Jr. and son-in-law Samuel Burrowe, husband of Anne Gifford. The inventory listed debt to Charles Gifford of London. Charles may have been a brother or cousin to John.
[Gifford Immigrants to North America:]
There are three entries for John Gifford in the St. Andrew Holborn, London, City of London records: John - christened 10 December 1696, parents John Gifford, glazier, Southampton and Sarah
John - buried 7 March 1697, father John
John - baptized 17 June 1698, parents John Gifford and Sarah
[London, England Baptisms, Marriages & Burials 1538-1812: Ancestry,com]

It would appear that John and Sarah had a son John, born in 1696, who died during March of the following year. They then baptized a second son named John in 1698. This would have been the John who was the Perth Amboy merchant.

There is also a marriage between John Gifford and Sarah Weston on 17 May 1794 at St. James Dukes Place, London, London, England [FHL film# 374449]
The names and time fits for this couple to be John's parents.
John Gifford Sr. and Catherine Borrows were married before 1717 in New Jersey.12 Catherine Borrows, daughter of Samuel Borrows, was born circa 1691.1 She died on 15 Aug 1741 at the age of 50 in Perth Amboy, Middlesex Co., New Jersey.1

John Gifford and Catherine Borrows had the following child:

              2              i.   Sarah Gifford, born ca 1718, New Jersey; married Walter Brock, 25 Nov 1756, New York City, New York; married Henry / Hendrick Dally, aft 9 Nov 1739, Perth Amboy, Middlesex Co., New Jersey.

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