Americus Gifford and Descendants
Generation 1


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 (nee) Kelly. 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 Johnson daughter of Alvin Johnson & Rebecca Unk. She was born June 22, 1842 and died Mar. 19, 1912 in Cherokee Co. TX.

Notes about Americus Gifford

He is in the Land Records of Bedford Co. TN in 1842 & 1848.
He was in Co. H 9th Batalion TX Reserve Cavalry in the Civil War.
He is found in the 1850 & 1860 Cherokee Co. TX census.

Notes about Sarah Looney

Her marriage is listed in BK B-32 in Cherokee Co.TX.
She & Americus must have divorced as she is living in N. W. Looney's household in 1860
Cherokee Co. TX census and Americus had married Charlotte Kelly by then.
She is found in her son-in-law Charles Gardiner's household in 1870 & 1880 Cherokee Co. TX
census.

Notes about Charlotte Kelly

Her marriage is found in Bk. D2-147 in Cherokee Co. TX. Have copy of marriage certificate.

Notes about Mary Rozell

Her marriage is found in Bk. D2-260 in Cherokee Co. TX. Have copy of marriage certificate.

Notes about Malinda Johnson

Her marriage is found in Bk. D2-306 in Cherokee Co. TX. Have copy of marriage certificate.
She is found as a widow in the 1870 Cherokee Co. TX census.
She is found in her father's household in 1880 Cherokee Co. TX census.
She is found in her son Charles household in 1910 Cherokee Co. TX census.
She is buried in Shady Grove Cemetery 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. 7 or 9 1868 in Cherokee Co.

TX.
3. ii. Edward Lawson Gifford born 1843 in Bedford Co. TN and died Jan. 30, 1871 in Cherokee Co. TX.
4. iii. John E. Gifford born Mar. 25, 1846 in Bedford Co. TN and died July 26, 1916 in Cherokee Co. TX.
5. iv. William M. Gifford born Aug 4, 1848 in Bedford Co. TN and died Nov. 10, 1913 in Cherokee Co. TX.
6. v. Amanda Caroline Gifford born 1851 in Cherokee Co. TX and died in 1862 in Cherokee Co. TX.

Notes about Amanda Gifford

She is listed in her father's household in the 1860 Cherokee Co. TX census.
Her death is listed in her sister Louise (Gifford) Rogers' Bible Records.

Children of Americus Gifford & Sarah Looney
7. i. Nancy Ann Gifford born abt. 1853 in Cherokee Co. TX.
8. ii. Mary Francis Gifford born abt. 1855 in Cherokee Co. TX.
9. iii. James Alexander born abt. 1858 in Cherokee Co. TX.

Children of Americus Gifford & Malinda Johnson
10. i. Martha Rebecca Gifford born Aug. 12, 1864 in Cherokee Co. TX and died July 20, 1939 in Nacogdoches Co. TX.
11. ii. Charles A. Gifford born Oct. 1, 1868 in Cherokee Co. TX and died Aug. 1, 1937 in Cherokee Co. TX.

Last updated Dec. 30, 2013


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