Stephen Gifford1,2,3,4,5

(circa 1641 - 27 November 1724)

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Relationship9th great-grandfather of The 3 Tracys
Family Group:Ohlheiser
Trees14 Generations of Our Ancestors
Our Ohlheiser Family Pedigree

Some Background

Though several genealogies provide parents for Stephen, none of them have, to date (Oct. 2017), provided verifiable evidence supporting any of the connections given. Stephen Gifford was also known as Steeven Gifford.6

Birth - Marriage - Death

ChildStephen Gifford was born circa 1641, in England. The year is based on his age (83 years) engraved on his headstone.7,2,1,8
GroomHe married Hannah Gore, daughter of John Gore and Rhoda (Rosa), on 1 May 1667 in Norwich, Connecticut Colony, New England.9
GroomHe married Hannah Gallop on 12 May 1672 in Stonington, New London Co., Connecticut Colony, New England. Hannah was the daughter of John and Hannah (Lake) Gallup.10
DeceasedHe died on 27 November 1724 in Norwich, New London Co., Connecticut.7,11,1,2
InterredHe was buried in Society Burial Ground, Norwich, New London Co., Connecticut Colony, New England. Stephen and his second wife, Hanna Gallop, were married for more than 50 years and died the same year 10 months apart. Their graves are marked with "Twin head-stones of rough granite...12 "

Children with Hannah Gore:

Children with Hannah Gallop:

Founder or First Settler

In 1660, Stephen Gifford was among the founders/first settlers of Norwich, Connecticut Colony, New England. Stephen is included among the 35 original proprietors of Norwich; Caulkins in her history of Norwich suggests that Stephen may have been a minor at the time the first deed for the town was signed, but that he was indeed one of the holders of an original home-lot and was granted all of the privileges of a first proprietor.13

Residences and Censuses

In 1672, Stephen Gifford lived in New London Co., Connecticut.3


Stephen Gifford prepared a will dated 27 March 1718 in Norwich, New London Co., Connecticut. Will was prepared 27 Mar 1718 and proved 20 Dec 1724.11

Sources - Citations

  1. [S210] Find A Grave, online at; Photographs and data are submitted by volunteer members - Text only data should be confirmed by additional sources.
  2. [S185] Connecticut Deaths and Burials, 1772–1934 - Index (Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2009, 2010). Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.
  3. [S259] Ronald V. Jackson - compiler, Connecticut Census, 1790-1890 (USA: Accelerated Indexing Systems, 1984). Compiled and digitized by Mr. Jackson and AIS from microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes.
  4. [S33] Yates Publishing, Compiler, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Provo, Utah: Operations Inc. - Online Publication, 2004). A collection of records extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases - all data should be verified for accuracy by other sources., Source number: ; Source type: ; Number of Pages: ; Submitter Code: .
  5. [S261] Clarence A. Torry, New England Marriages Prior to 1700 (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004).
  6. [S150] Lorraine Cook, Compiler, The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994-2002).
  7. [S256] Bradley Genealogy & Ancestors, online at:; accessed: Oct 2017.
  8. [S278] Frances Manwaring Caulkins, History of Norwich Connecticut: From its possession by the Indians to the year 1866 (Hartford: The Author, 1866), pg. 176.
  9. [S261] Clarence A. Torry, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, Marriage to Hannah Gore.
  10. [S150] Lorraine Cook, Barbour Collection, Marriage to Hannah Gallop of Stonington.
  11. [S196] David Pane-Joyce - Compiler, online, D. Pane-Joyce (online publication), updated Sep 2012.
  12. [S278] Frances Manwaring Caulkins, History of Norwich Connecticut, pg. 130.
  13. [S278] Frances Manwaring Caulkins, History of Norwich Connecticut, ppg. 59, 62-63.
  14. [S196] Pane - Joyce Genealogy, Sep 2012, ; citing: J. Devlin, “Dunham–Wilcox–Trott–Kirk,” ; accessed 11 Oct 2017.
Last Edited8 Dec 2017

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