William M. Gifford, (seated)(l-r standing behind him are Benjamin F. Gifford(1892) and Mary Frazier Gifford(1894) seated in front (l-r) John Henry Gifford(1900), Loy Gifford(1902) and James Dewey Gifford(1898).
Best we could determine this photo was taken some time between 1903-1905, possibly soon after William's wife Mary Elizabeth Blankenship died since she is not in the picture. The other children are not in the picture possibly due to already being gone from home. The next two that would have been older were Hugh (1888-possibly died at birth or as young infant) and Eddie (1890- possible same circumstances as Hugh). After that the next oldest was Betty Gifford(1887) who would have been between 15-18 when this photo was taken. William was Katie Belle's(who married Ben Ike Shirey) father.
This photo and information was contributed by Tami (Shirey) Crawford
1. Americus Gifford born abt. 1819 in TN and died Apr. 13, 1868 in Cherokee Co. TX. He was married first to Sarah Caroline Gant daughter of John Gant & Sarah Ashley. She was born abt 1824 in Bedford Co. TN and died abt. 1852 in Cherokee Co. TX. He was married second on Jan. 6, 1852 in Cherokee Co. TX to Sarah A. Looney the daughter of Joseph Looney & Martha Unk. She was born abt. 1831 in TN. He was married third on Oct. 5, 1859 in Cherokee Co.TX to Charlotte Unknown. She was born abt. 1830 in AL. He was married fourth on Jane 20, 1863 in Cherokee Co. TX to Mary Rozell. He was married fifth on Nov. 6, 1864 in Cherokee Co. TX to Malinda J. Johnson daughter of Alvin Johnson & Rebecca Unk. She was born June 22, 1842 and died Mar. 19, 1912 in Cherokee Co. TX.
Children of Americus Gifford & Sarah Gant
2. i. Louise Jane Gifford born July 25, 1840 in Bedford Co. TN and died Apr. 1868 in TX.
3. ii. Edward Lawson Gifford born 1843 in TN and died Jan. 30, 1871 in TX.
4. iii. John E. Gifford born Mar. 25, 1846 in TN and died July 26, 1916 in TX.
5. iv. William M. Gifford born Aug 4, 1848 in TN and died Nov. 10, 1913 in TX.
Children of Americus Gifford & Sarah Looney
6. i. Nancy Ann Gifford born abt. 1853 in TX.
7. ii. Mary Francis Gifford born abt. 1855 in TX.
8. iii. James Alexander born abt. 1858 TX.
Children of Americus Gifford & Malinda Johnson
9. i. Martha Rebecca Gifford born Aug. 12, 1864 in Cherokee Co. TX and died July 20, 1939 in Nacogdoches Co. TX.
10. ii. Charles A. Gifford born Oct. 1, 1868 in Cherokee Co. TX and died Aug. 1, 1937 in Cherokee Co. TX.
Last updated Feb. 22, 2019