My Humble Opinion on:
Kiff Families in North and South Carolina
Note: Some of the earlier SC records spell the KIFF surname as KEEFFE
James Kiff/Keeffe was in the District of Marion by 1807. It was probably in that year that he moved with his wife and child from Martin County, NC to the 50 acres he purchased near Burches Ferry in SC. James Kiff was married to Barbara Holland? and they had one known son, William. Both James and William were listed as Keeffe in 1810 census and then William as Kiff in 1820 and 1830 census records.
William Kiff's parents had died by 1820 and he appears to have moved down to Williamsburg county in that year. By 1830, William Kiff was living again near the area of Marion County. This William Kiff was married and had five children. His oldest son, James, died before adulthood. Two other sons were named William E. Kiff, born 1822 and John J. Kiff, born 1825. There were also two (maybe three) daughters for which I do not have names.
About the two sons of William Kiff:
William E. Kiff moved to Sumter county by 1850 and after that I do not know what became of him.
John J. Kiff lived until 1860 in Darlington county. He married Margaret? and their children included: John, born 1846; William, born 1847; Joseph, born 1849 and Enus, born 1858.
Enus J. Kiff appears to have moved to GA and married Mary Elizabeth Baker. Children include: William Marion Kiff, and Thomas Enus Kiff who married Lilly Price. Some in this Kiff line may have ended up in Florida as well.
The previously mentioned James Kiff of Marion, might have been a relation to William Kiff born 1777 in Onslow, North Carolina; however, this NC man eventually moved to Indiana where he married Levisa Stafford. He died 13 May 1856 in Fountain Co, Indiana. William and Levisa Kiff had the following children: William, Dewit, Ambrose, Barzillia, Rebecca and Delilah.
The earlier mentions of Kiff in North Carolina include:
- William Kiff in Onslow county tax list for 1769
- James Kiff and Ephm Kiff in a Martin County tax list for 1779
- James Kiff in Martin County census for 1790
- Richard Kiff was born in NC in 1798; he moved to Missouri where he married and had daughters Sarah and Mary.
- Mathew and Sarah Kiff in Hertford county, NC were married in 1820. They had children: James, born 1828; Elizabeth, born 1830; William, born 1833; Joseph, born 1836; Patrick, born 1843; and Penelope.
The name Kiff seems a little German to me, but researachers who would know better than I have said origin of this Surname is Welsh or English.
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