Elihu R. Gifford, engaged in dairy farming at Westdale, was born in Florence township, Oneida county, New York,
March 20, 1868, his parents being Hamilton W. and Mary (Northrup) Gifford. The paternal grandfather, Elihu R. Gifford,
Sr., was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and on coming to the Empire state settled in Madison county, whence
he removed to Florence, Oneida county, on the 4th of March, 1824. He settled upon a farm and devoted his energies
to general agricultural pursuits during the remainder of his days, passing away on the 2d of March, 1883. Less
than a year he survived his wife, who died on the 10th of July, 1882.
Hamilton W. Gifford was born in Madison county, New York, near Peterboro, August 3, 1820, and was therefore but
four years of age when brought by his parents to Oneida county. His education was acquired in the schools of Florence
township and early in life he was inured to the arduous tasks of the farm as he assisted his father in cultivating
the fields of the home place. He elected to make farming his life work and year after year devoted his time and
energies to tilling the soil, following that pursuit until his life's labors were ended in death on the 29th of
November, 1902. His political support was given to the republican party which he aided in organizing in Florence
township He was reared in the faith of the Methodist Episcopal church, of which he was one of the early trustees.
His father had been a class leader in the church and the family were identified with the welfare and upbuilding
of this section. Hamilton W. Gifford was also a member of the Masonic lodge at Camden and in his life exemplified
the beneficent spirit of the craft. He first married Rosanna Plumb, who was born in Williamstown, New York, August
31, 1825, and died July 21, 1856. By that union he had four children, namely: Electa D., deceased; Royal, also
deceased; Sarah, the wife of John Taylor, of Westdale; and Eugenia, who married John Salladin, of Camden In 1857
the father was united in marriage to Miss Mary Northrup, who was born in Camden, June 5, 1831, and passed away
on the 5th of September, 1893. Five children were born to them, namely: William H., deceased; Henry N.; Rose, the
wife of John Veiteh, of Johnstown, New York; Elihu R., of this review; and Thomas, of Utica, New York.
Elihu R. Gifford, whose name introduces this review, was educated in the publics schools of Camden and afterward
worked upon his father's farm. Upon the death of his father he and his brother Henry inherited the old home place
and together engaged in dairy farming and shipping butter and cream each day to New York city. They keep a head
of forty Jersey cows and have a splendidly equipped dairy, every consideration being paid to sanitary conditions,
and the excellence of their product insures a ready sale on the market. The business is ably managed and the care
and energy displayed by Mr. Gifford and his brother have gained them a place among the prosperous representatives
of agricultural life in Oneida county.
On the 12th of October, 1893, Mr. Gifford was united in marriage to Miss Lena W. Leigh, a daughter of Dempster
and Susan (Streeter) Leigh, of Sandy Creek, New York. Mrs. Gifford was born in the town of Camden, Oneida county,
November 25, 1873. Her father was a carpenter in early life but afterward took up the occupation of farming. He
voted with the republican party and his religious belief was indicated by his membership with the Methodist Episcopal
church. Mr. and Mrs. Gifford are the parents of three children: Herman L., born May 7, 1895; Gordon E., born February
9, 1901; and William H., born November 21, 1902.
The parents hold membership in the Methodist Episcopal church and Mr. Clifford is serving on the board of stewards.
He is also a worthy exemplar of Masonic principles and his political views are in accord with the principles of
the republican party. Diligence and determination constitute the keynote to his character and long experience in
the line of business which he has chosen as his life work forms the basis of his growing and well merited success.
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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