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72. Deborah ALLEN was born on 25 January 1765 in Dutchess County, New York.22 She died on 16 December 1841 at the age of 76 in Easton, Washington County, New York.27

Deborah is buried the N & E Gifford Family Burial Ground, Easton, Washington Co, NY

Find A Grave Memorial# 29466672
Wife of Elihu Wing Gifford.
Deborah Allen was the daughter of Moses Allen 1708 – 1796 and Chloe Ward 1744 – 1777, born in Dutchess County, New York.
In 1785, Elihu Gifford married "tall, fair, blue-eyed Deborah Allen, and came up into Washington County to make a home. His wife was a woman of great decision of character, and while she could not fight, as her brothers did, in the War of 1812, she had the true martial spirit. Elihu Gifford had inherited his father's love for fine horses, and at one time, coming home with his horse, from a race, and showing the effect of too jovial companionship, Deborah met him at the door, and said, 'Take that horse off the place; sell it for what you can get, or give it away, but stay on this place, it shall not'; and it had to go."

Deborah ALLEN and Elihu GIFFORD were married on 25 January 1785 in Dover, Dutchess County, New York.28 Elihu GIFFORD29, son of Benjamin GIFFORD and Abigail WING, was born on 4 July 1761 in Dutchess County, New York.23 He served in the military in 1776 at Carried supplies to Washington's camp at White Plains. in Revolutionary War.29 He died on 10 September 1846 at the age of 85 in Cambridge, Washington County, New York.23

Elihu was the son of Benjamin Gifford and Abigail Wing.

The Warde book states his birth as 1761 - an online list of Quaker Births from the Oblong Monthly Meeting, Dutchess Co, NY, lists his birth as the 4th of the 7th month, 1762.

Was too young for service during the Revolutionary War, but he carried supplies [wood] to Washington's camp at White Plains and is considered a Patriot by DAR.

1800 Census. Cambridge, Washington Co NY
Elihu Gifford. 2m under 10 [Allen & Jediah]. 2m 10-16 [Ira & Nathaniel]. 1m 26-45 [Elihu].
2f under 10 [Hannah and ?Abigail]. 1f 16-26 [Elizabeth]. 1f 26-45. [Deborah, age 35]

1810. Easton, Washington Co NY
Elisha Gifford: 1m under 10 [Elihu Jr], 2m 10-16 [Jediah & Allen?], 2m 16-26 [Nathaniel & Ira], 1m over 45 [Elihu]
1f under 10 [Sarah], 2f 10-16 Abigail & Hannah], 1f 26-45 [Deborah]

1820. Easton, Washington Co NY
Elihus Gifford: 2m under 10, 1m 10-16, 1m 16-18 [Elihu Jr would have been age 17 & been counted as both 16-18 and 16-26], 1m 16-26, 1m 26-45, 1m +45 [Elihu]
1f 10-16 [Sarah], 1f 16-26 [Abigail], 1f over 45 [Deborah].
Ira Gifford was enumerated next. There does appear to perhaps be a son and grandsons living with Elihu.

1830 Census. Easton, Washington Co NY
Elihu Gifford: 1m 5-10, 1m 10-15, 1m 60-70 [Elihu]. 1f 20-30 and 1f 60-70 [Deborah]
Elihu Jr and then Ira followed Elihu's entry. There must have been grandchildren living with Elihu and Deborah.

1840 Census. Easton, Washington Co NY
Elihu Gifford: 1m age 70-80. 1f 40-50 and 1f 70-80.
Elihu Gifford Jr. was listed next.

Find A Grave Memorial# 29466615
Buried N & E Gifford Family Burial Ground, Easton, Washington Co, NY
Elihu Gifford was born at Quaker Hill, Dutchess County, NY, the son of Benjamin Gifford 1720-1761 and Abigail Wing 1735-1820. His father Benjamin was killed a few months before Elihu's birth.
"Benjamin Gifford, though a Quaker, had a liking for the good things of life, and was fond of fine horses; but they proved his undoing, for he was killed by being thrown from his sleigh when they became unmanageable. This was in February, before his son Elihu was born. The subject of our sketch, Elihu Gifford, grew up in the town of Dover, NY, and when a lad, carried supplies to Washington's camp at White Plains. He must have had patriotic tendencies, or he would not have done so, even though young, for he was of a very positive nature, as was shown by his subsequent career. Not liking the work to which he had been apprenticed, according to the custom of the times, he ran away to the coast, and enlisted on a privateer, during the Revolutionary War. This vessel was captured by a British ship of war, and he was taken to the West Indies. When anchored about three miles from shore, Gifford decided he would not serve King George any longer, and as he was a large, powerful man, he assisted a companion and they escaped, swam to shore, and succeeded in getting a ship to the States. He then came back to Dover and married tall, fair, blue-eyed Deborah Allen, and came up into Washington County to make home… Elihu Gifford was a man of sterling worth, and much thought of in the community."
From the book, "Andrew Warde and His Descendants" 1910

They Were Here Too: Genealogies of the Owners of the Inn at Easton Corners and Related Families of Southern Washington County, page 426.
The Giffords were stout members of the Society of Friends and devout persuasion one hundred years before Elihu (1761-1846) and Deborah Allen (1765-1841) came up from Dover, Old Dutchess to take up their tract of land (1789) in the Hoosac-Cambridge Patent, "Scatecook District." His parents were Benjamin Gifford and Abigail Wing. These Gifford-Allen-Wings were all Friends and much inter-married for several generations and on this fact hangs much chance for confusion in spite of the clarity and authenticity of Quaker records. Their history is a fascinating page in the settlement of our country and gives much light on the violent agitations, conflict of interests and protests which eventuated in the final revolt of the Revolutionary War. It has been exciting to me to trace the gradual, though often startling, changes of attitude which caused them and others to dvelop such basic principles of ours as separation of church and state through they came here with the firmly grounded belief the two were one and the same.

Deborah ALLEN and Elihu GIFFORD had the following children:



Elizabeth GIFFORD was born on 23 December 1785.30






Nathaniel GIFFORD.









Hannah GIFFORD was born on 4 October 1797.31 She died on 14 October 1879 at the age of 82 in Renessalaer County, New York.31

Married James H. Akin. Her body was moved from Akins Point Cemetery to Elmwood in Schaghticoke, Renssalaer Co, NY. Her husband remains at Akins Point.
Find A Grave Memorial# 18392400

James H. Akin was born 19 Jan 1794, New York, died 30 Jan 1849 at Pittstown, Renessalaer Co, NY. He was the son of Benjamin Akin and Sarah Holloway. Grandparents said to be James Akin & Patience Howard; great-grandparents, David Akin and Sarah Allen. He and his mother both buried Akins Point Cemetery, Pittstown.



Abigail GIFFORD.