McGiffords of County Down Ireland
My name is Marilyn.
My grandfather was Hugh McGifford from Govan Glasgow where he was the son of several children of Arthur McGifford and first married to Margaret O.Hara and secondly to Jane Barclay.
His afther was James McGifford who was married to Mary Carson
Their lives began as all McGiffords in County Down Ireland where they were a part of the plantation families of the early 1600 era. Most McGiffords lived and died in one of three areas. Downpatrick , Lisburn/Hillsborough and Belfast.
My line seems to have originated around Downpatrick where James McGifford was born and was a ploughman on an estate. He had two daughters and a son married in Downpatrick. Arthur who married Margaret O,Hara was married in Belfast. In the late 1870,s he was to go to Govan area around Lanarkshire Scotland as so many of the clan did due to economic disaster in Ireland. There he was to have my grandfather who married one Isabel Clark Stewart and immigrated to Canada in 1925. There wereseveral other children . One went to Winnipeg and we never found him until long after my grandfather had passed.
Too bad as they were directly related. Another went to New York and later returned to Scotland where he lived until death.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of this McGifford family today please let thwem know I am searching for them. Their names were John...William...James...Eliz...Mary....Thomas
I am sure if we look a bit harder we will find that all McGiffords link to one name somewhere in Ireland County Down.
Lets hear from all who know,