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Robert Giffen and Hetty Harris, Ohio
Posted by: Scott E. Butler Date: February 24, 2001 at 06:13:44
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I am a descendent of a Robert Giffen. Most of my early information comes from my Great Uncle Ernest Giffen who did the much genealogical research over 50 years ago, and the book, History of Coshocton County 1881, in which Robert Giffen mentioned frequently. Some other older relatives added some, and I am now trying to bring it up to date. Per this work, my Robert Giffen was reportedly born in 1776 (Ernest Giffen said Scotland; the 1881 book says he was "originally from Virginia", then went to Belmont Co., OH and erected a set of mills; his third daughter said he was "of Scottish descent"). On April 18, 1803 (?) he married Hetty Harris in Belmont County, OH. His occupation was millwright, although he owned much land (4,000 acres) in Coshocton and Knox Co, OH circa 1810, and laid out New Castle, OH in 1808. He died 8/27/1847 and is buried in the lower New Castle Cemetery AKA the "Giffen Cemetery". Hetty Harris was born 1779 Virginia, d. 8/27/1851 and buried in the lower New Castle Cemetery. Hetty Harris was dau of Daniel Harris. The first child of Robert and Hetty was Mary, born in St. Clairsville, OH in Belmont Co. In 1814, Robert Giffen moved to Knox County (right across county line from New Castle). The 1881 book also quotes their third child, Mrs. Edy (Giffen) Stuart (still living at the time) as having been born in Belmont Co.

I don't know if my Robert is related to the Robert Giffen and Mary Bane mentioned on many postings, but the connection to Belmont Co, OH mentioned on some other postings on the Giffin forum seemed intriguing.

The New Castle, OH branch spelled the name both ways - Giffin and Giffen. I have seen it spelled both ways in the same family bible.

Many later descendents lived in western Coshocton County and eastern Knox County.

I would appreciate any information relating to connections of this line with other Giffin/Giffen in earlier generations.


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