|Birth: ||Apr. 3, 1836|
|Death: ||May 18, 1911|
From the 1911 book Past and Present of Hardin County Iowa, pp. 822-823:
Rev. Charles T. Gifford
One of the most familiar figures of Union township is that of the Rev, Charles T. Gifford, who has been for many years a resident of the town which bears his name, and who during that time has been serving the people of the community as a minister of God's word, sharing in all its activities which lead to good, sympathizing with his people in their troubles, and comforting their sorrows, in all things their friend and brother, a man highly and most deservedly loved by those who know him, one whose full reward can never be received in this life, but shall later come from his Master.
Charles T. Gifford was born in Otsego county, New York, on April 3, 1836, the son of Henry and Clarissa (Robinson) Gifford. His father and mother were both born in Albany county, New York. In 1797 his grandfather, Elihu Gifford, came to Otsego county from Albany county, and there spent the remainder of his life. The parents of Charles Gifford both died in Otsego county. Charles lived in his native county until he was twenty. At the age of seventeen he began to teach school, and took his first charge in the ministry at Smithville, New York, in 1857, when he was not yet twenty-one. He taught several terms of school along the Susquehanna river. In 1875 he came to Hardin county, Iowa, and laid out and named the town where he now resides, which bears the name of Gifford, and erected the first building, a store, which was burned the same year. In 1876 he erected his present store building and has since kept a general store at Gifford. He takes an active interest in the doings of the old settlers of Hardin county, and has served charges and preached at several different places in the county, while he has married and buried more peoeple than any other parson in the county. His career as a minister has been long and varied, and full of usefulness. In politics Mr. Gifford has been a stanch Republican, with the exception of one year when he voted with the Greenbackers. He has been a notary public for many years, and for some time served as justice of the peace, and was postmaster at Gifford.
Rev. Charles T. Gifford was married first to Martha A. Morris, on September 29, 1857, who died on October 19, 1890. He was married a second time, on August 3, 1891, to Harriett D. Rowen, who was born in Union township. Mr. Gifford is the father of six children, Charles R., J. Luverne, Rhoda L., Mary M., Vivian Ruth and H. Beatrice.
Of strong and upright Christian character, the Rev. Mr. Gifford has stood unflinchingly in his life for the right, and has been steadfastly loyal to his convictions. Widely known in Hardin county, he is held in high favor by all.
Martha A. Morris Gifford (1834 - 1890)*
Harriet D Rowen Gifford (1867 - 1952)*
Plot: a, 9, 2
Created by: Becky Crout
Record added: Nov 05, 2011
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