Biography of Norman R. Gifford
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Gifford, Norman R., was born near Rensselaerville, Albany county, September 1, 1838. He was educated in the public schools and Rensselaerville Academy, and worked on his father's farm in Schoharie county until he came to reside in Trumansburgh in 1859. He then became a canvasser, and later a clerk in his cousin's drug store. October 1, 1861, he enlisted in Co. D, 10th N. Y. Cavalry, and held the position of orderly sergeant. He also acted as lieutenant, and was slightly wounded in the hand. He was honorably discharged July 24, 1865, and returned to Trumansburgh, where he has been employed in various occupations. He and his brother engaged in the drug business in Vineland until 1877. June 6, 1871, he married Annie E. Woodworth, of this village, and they have twochildren: Elizabeth W., who holds a position in Buffalo; and Lloyd H., who is now attending school. Mr. Gifford was appointed justice of the peace in 1891, and was elected in 1892 for four years. His father, Lloyd B., was born in Albany county, August 24, 1812, and married Martha A. Reeve, of Rensselaerville. They had five children: Norman R., William P., Alexander M., Melvin B., and Adelbert L. Mr. Gifford's ancestors were of Revolutionary stock, and on his father's side many of them were in the United States Navy, and on his mother's side all the sons were in the Revolution. Mr. Gifford was a charter member of the first post here, and is a member of Treman Post No. 572, G. A. R., and is commander of the post. Mr. Gifford is a member of the Baptist church and church clerk.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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