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Most likely whoever reported the names of his parents (on his death certificate?) was slightly in error. The 1861 census shows Abraham Gifford, 58, born United States, with wife Elizabeth, 41, born in Lower Canada, living in Huntingdon Township, Hastings County, Ontario. You will need to search local records for more information on Abraham. He was probably descended from William Gifford, who came to Massachusetts in the 1640s, but unfortunately Abraham will undoubtedly be hard to place. If his birthplace could be narrowed down to New York or Vermont, for example, it might be a little easier.