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Terry Magyar (#47053508)
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Bio Photo My brother "Skip" and I enjoy genealogy. He's my expert regarding Belmont county, OH. We both take photos of tombstones, especially of family members. Some of the surnames are Bain, Bane, Blaine, Budd, Curtis, Giffen, Giffin, Griffith, Haines, Hepburn, Hinkle, Keyser, Long, Milligan, Pond, Spears, Shahan, and Terrill.

UPDATE: Skip started a GIFFEN DNA Group.

In addition to Belmont county, OH, we explore Ohio and Brooke counties in WV. I travel between Belmont Co and Columbus, OH. So, I make a few stops along the way, such as Cambridge or Zanesville.

I look for family tombstones across the country and try to link them back to Belmont Co., OH, Ohio Co., WV, and PA.

I have several GIFFEN / GIFFIN family trees at There's my Giffen family which started with Robert and Mary (Bane) Giffen. Plus a family tree for the Andrew Giffin family. I recently started a Simon Giffin tree.

My tree name is "Terry Magyar"

More recently, I've added family trees for Giffens/Giffins in the following Ohio counties; Athens, Butler, Coshocton, Licking, Miami & Hamilton, and Ross County. Many of these Scotch-Irish lines can be followed back to the late 1700s, in Penn.

I presently live in Franklin Co., OH, but grew up in Belmont Co., OH.

Please contact me (use the EDIT function) if need an item corrected of if you have additional information regarding any of the these families.

I highly recommend the Cumberland Trail Genealogical Society's book "Your Guide to Belmont Co. Cemeteries". ($20 + shipping)


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John Giffen (1831-)
This was your letter to me: "I sent u an edit for the spelling of this surname and I doubt his son was the John A Giffin, he is linked to. John A. Giffin was born in PA. This John Giffen was from NY."

Your requested changes were made. I am sorry they were not in the timely fashion you expected.

The memorial that comes up on my screen, Find A Grave Memorial# 97278992, John Giffen, does not link any family members, a bio or any notes concerning any family members, so I cannot help you with that part of your request.

If have any further changes, please let me know.
Cheri Skow
Added by cskow on Mar 29, 2015 1:03 AM
Margaret Holtz
Gladly transferred. :)
Added by Timeless on Mar 25, 2015 10:44 AM
Nancy Neuman
RE: GIFFEN photos
You are welcome! For once there is no snow covering the cemetery :-)
Added by Nancy Neuman on Mar 24, 2015 7:19 PM
Glenn, Rose & Barbara Giffen
Terry, I just saw that a contributor posted headstone photos for the Giffens in Santa Cruz. His photos are excellent. Very timely. My email addy has been down for a week, so this is the only way I can communicate for now. Something about my provider changing over to U-verse. Back soon, I hope. Later, M.
Added by Forestier on Mar 16, 2015 9:10 PM
Glenn & Rose Giffen
Terry, I thought I'd let you manage these two memorials I just entered. I will be managing their daughter, Barbara at least until such time as I can find her actual resting place. Regarding Helen, she was not buried along side her husband, Guy, as a volunteer photo taker discovered the other day. Perhaps your newspaper connection can turn up her elusive obituary, ref: San Jose Mercury News, Oct. 30, 1987, 522, vol III. Cheers, M.
Added by Forestier on Mar 12, 2015 3:42 PM
C. Wayne Austin
RE: East Cyruston Cemetery
Yes Terry that cemetery is not in the Lincoln Co Marsh book on Cemeteries that I can find, so it has either been over looked, is going by another name or is an African American cemetery which the Marsh book did not cover as far as I can tell. I have been passing by that cemetery for years thinking I would stop and survey it and maybe the time has come. I have no idea what I will find but the marking of the cemetery on Google maps looks authentic. It is next to a major farm operation of silos etc. so permission is a must with all that expensive equipment around. The cemetery on Google & looks large and well defined east/west rectangle, but covered in brush. Maybe there are lots of graves. Often if an old cemetery is African American there could be old white settlers buried there too as in the many instances where a white plantation family starts a graveyard. They all die out or leave town and the remaining black families around take over the graveyard and add their own to the graveyard in the adjoining perimeter of the cemetery. So as for the East Cryuston who knows. Maybe your Millicans are in that situation. If they were large slave owners this situation has a higher probability. About the only clue of the above is the settlers grave stones are sometimes 90 to a 100 years earlier than the predominate
surrounding tombstone and that is no absolute proof either.

Hope this helps but probably not much.
Added by C. Wayne Austin on Mar 10, 2015 8:59 PM
Bonnie Morris Conrad
RE: John Giffen/s of Cole, MO
I typed that wrong, should have been 1784. None of my Giffin's have done a DNA test. Uncle Ross is dead and my cousins don't seem to be interested in my genealogy. You are doing good work. I'm big into research documentation so I don't change info without documentation. Sometimes family researchers just don't understand, but if they did research for Linage societies they would understand how important it is.
Added by Bonnie Morris Conrad on Mar 10, 2015 12:05 AM
Bonnie Morris Conrad
John Giffin (Giffen)
Hi Terry,

I was recently up in your neck of the woods and visited Columbus where many of my family are buried. I was so sad to see my McNamee-Hite Cemetery vandalized and in horrible shape. I do know that John's stone could very well be Jan but it is not legible which brings to mind, "Where did you prove the 1789 date from?" I will check out the other things you noticed. Niece of Ross Giffin, cousin of Reggie Giffin, Douglas, and Roger Giffin.
Added by Bonnie Morris Conrad on Mar 09, 2015 6:36 PM
Gina Nicholson
RE: pending request
Thank you, I will email you once it warms up!!
Added by Gina Nicholson on Mar 05, 2015 6:04 PM
Peggy Bargen Duey
Martha Giffen
A Giffen married a great-aunt of mine so I will be retaining this memorial.
Added by Peggy Bargen Duey on Mar 05, 2015 3:25 PM
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