Biography of Elihu R. Gifford
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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.

From:
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
Chicago 1912


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