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Re: Giffens - Belmont County & Big Spring reply
Posted by: Terry Magyar (ID *****9104) Date: June 03, 2002 at 19:40:35
In Reply to: Re: Giffens - Belmont County & Big Spring by Jenni McKeever of 2189

Thank you for the inquiry. I have photographed most of the dark tombstones, at High Ridge. I have not done the white stones yet. I have been trying to match the stones to additional records. Some of these names and dates are referenced in the Giffen Blue Book. Many of them are not.

Esther W. Powell made a list of many Belmont County tombstones. She transcribed High Ridge in 1966. She reported the cemetery in poor condition and covered with
poison ivy. You can order a copy of her records or review it at the library. Presently, High Ridge is in good condition and well cared for. She doesn't list a Hugh GIFFEN, but she does list Jane GIFFIN, 1891 age 79. (stone on ground)

This stone must not have been face down, for she was able to read it. She didn't list all the stones, for I have found ones omitted from her list. Of course these may have been face down or covered with poison. All the good photos have been posted at the virtual cemetery.

I have a photo of a white tomestone inscribed as follows: Jane wife of John Giffen Died Apr. 22, 189_, Age 79 y, 6M, 24D

I couldn't make out the late number of the year. I assummed it was 1891,per E. Powell's records. I was thinking this was the wife of John Giffen Jr. s/o John & Elizabeth Morrison Giffin b. 2/28/1806. Married Jane Gordon and reared a large family. He died in 8/26/1881 in Cadiz, OH. Jane lived until 1891. Ref. page 72 of the Giffen Blue Book. Perhaps she moved back to Belmont County, to be with relatives ? I admit, I really don't know. From memory, this tombstone was not next to Hugh GIFFEN.

If Hugh has a white stone, I have not photographed it. I plan to make rubbings of the white stones.

I don't believe I have a photo of Hugh Giffen's tombstone or the one next to it. I'll check with my brother. He took some last summer. I'll be visiting Belmont Co. in a few weeks. I hope to visit High Ridge again. I'll specifically look for Hugh and neiboring stones. What do you know about Hogh GIFFEN ? Birth ? death ? I try to get a new photo or rubbing of his tombstone.

I believe Hugh & Isabelle GIFFIN are buried at Rock Hill.

I don't believe any of this is much help to you. I plan to photograph or rub all the Giffen/Giffin tombstones at High Ridge. I would like to cross reference these photos with additional records. I would welcome your assistance.

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