Dayton S. Gifford, WWI Veteran

Dayton S. Gifford was born on 21 Apr 1897 in Cranberry Creek, NY, the son of Levi W. Gifford (b. in Mayfield) and Alzina Sweatman. His World War I records show that he had gray eyes, and light brown hair. He was inducted at Waterloo on 7 Aug 1918 and served as a Private with Co A 12 Am Tn until he was discharged. He did not serve overseas. He was honorably discharged on 19 Feb 1919.

After joining the army, he was married on 14 Mar 1919 in Fulton county, NY, to Beulah Ferguson. She was born on in 1900 in Mayfield, a daughter of Charles Ferguson and Emma J. Brower. They had a daughter, Beulah, and a son, Earl.

1930 Federal Census, Town of Mayfield, district 37, Fulton County, NY
residing at 15 North Main Street
Ferguson, Charles D., head, owns house, worth $5000, no radio, 72, married at 23, NY, NY, NY, teamster / Coal Feed, not a veteran
Emma J. Wife, 70, m at 21, NY, NY, NY
Gifford, Dayton S., son in law, 32, m at 21, NY, NY, NY, carpenter / building homes, WW vet
Belah F., daughter, 29, m at 18, NY, NY, NY
Earl, grandson, 9, s, NY, NY, NY

1940 Federal Census, Mayfield, Town of Mayfield, Fulton County, NY vresiding at 15 North Main Street
Gifford, Dayton S., head, 43, married, 4th grade, NY, same house, not working, did have a job, laborer, odd jobs, worked 26 weeks in 1939
Beulah, wife, 39, m, 5th grade, NY, same house, not working
Earle O., son, 19, s, 7th grade, NY, same house, working (no description of occupation), 0 weeks in 1939
Ferguson, Charles D., Father in law, 83, Wd, 3rd grade, NY, same house, not working

In 1969, they enjoyed their Fiftieth Golden Wedding anniversary and the following article was written in a local newspaper.:

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The Leader-Herald, Gloversville - Johnstown, NY
Friday, March 14, 1969


The Dayton Giffords Are Married 50 Years; He Is World War 1 Veteran

Mr. and Mrs. Dayton S. Gifford of the Jackson Summit Road, Mayfield Rd 1, are observing their 50th wedding anniversary today.

They were marired March 14, 1919, in the parsonage of the North Main Street United Methodist Church, Gloversville, by the late Rev. Harold S. Metcalf, pastor at the time. Mr. and Mrs. John Butler of Gloversville were their attendants.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Gifford were born in Mayfield. After their marriage they resided in their own home in the village until about 25 years ago when they moved to their present address.

Gifford, a self-employed carpenter most of his life, served three years with the Army in World War I. He resided several months in Gloversville prior ot his marriage. He was engaged in carpentry work on area homes and other projects from 1922 until his retirement 10 years ago.

Mrs. Gifford, the former Miss Beulah Ferguson, is a glove worker by trade. Besides keeping house, she does glove work at home for the Mayfield Glove Company mostly in the summertime when there is a surplus of work. Until several years ago, she was employed many years at the former Goodheim glove company at 146 East Fulton Street in Gloversville, now the site of the Espey Manufacturing and Electronics Corp.

Mr. and Mrs. Gifford both are in fair health and enjoy taking short motor trips. Their favorite pasttime is doing jigsaw puzzles. The occasionally drive to the Albany Veterans Hospital to deliver the puzzles they have completed for use in the rehabilitation department of the hospital. They also save greeting cards for that purpose.

The couple has one son, Earl Gifford of Mayfield, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Mr. and Mrs. Gifford will be honored at an open house reception at 3 Sunday afternoon at their home with relatives and friends arranging the event.

Dayton died on 1 Apr 1978 and Beulah died on 16 May 1989. They are both buried in Mayfield Rural Cemetery. The following obituaries were found:

On Hamilton county nygenweb site:

Dayton Gifford, 80, of Mayfield, died April 1, 1978 at Littauer Hospital, Gloversville, where he was a patient five weeks. He was born April 21, 1897 at Cranberry Creek, son of Levi and Elzina Sweatman Gifford. He attended schools there and was a lifelong area resident. Mr. Gifford was a retired self-employed carpenter. He was an Army veteran of World War I.

Survivors include his wife, the former Beulah Ferguson; one son, [private] of Mayfield; one sister, Mrs. Beatrice Mickle of Johnstown; three grandchildren, five great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and cousins. Burial in Mayfield Cemetery.

Schenectady Gazette, 18 May 1989.

Beulah Gifford, Glove Worker

Mayfield - Monday services will be held for Mrs. Beulah F. Gifford, 88, formerly of Jackson Summitt Road, who died Tueday at the Greenview Manor Nursing Home in Waco, Texas, after a short illness.

Mrs. Gifford moved to Texas a year ago and resided at 121 Emberwood Drive in waco.

She was born and educated in Mayfield and had been employed as a glove workter at the former Mayfield Glove Co., retiring in 1965.

She was a 76-year member of the Mayfield Methodist Church.

Her husband, Dayton Gifford, died in 1978.

survivors include two grandsons, Terry Gifford of Schenectady and Randy Gifford of Waco; a granddaughter, Linda Belknap of Houston; and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Northville Funeral Home, 401 bridge St. Burial will be in Mayfield Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Their son, Earl, served in the Marine Air Corps, in the South Pacific in WWII.

The obituary for Beulah's father gives the following information about her family:

The Morning Herald
Gloversville and Johnstown, Wed. Nov. 29, 1944

Charles Ferguson, 87, of the Town of Mayfield, died at 4 yesterday morning in the Nathan Littauer hospital where he had been a patient 13 days. He had been ill three weeks.

Ferguson was born in the Town of Mayfield, April 13, 1857, and always lived there. He was a member of the Mayfield Methodist church. For many years he conducted a feed and coal business in Mayfield, retiring sixteen years ago.

The survivors are one daughter, Mrs. Dayton Gifford of Jackson Summit; two grandchildren, T Sgt. Earl Gifford, in the Marine Air Corps in the South Pacific, and Pfc. Robert Peck, of the U. S. Army in France; two granddaughters, Mrs. Ruth Bulger of Broadalbin and Mrs. Glen Towne of Gloversville; several great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

The funeral will be held at the Walrath & Bushouer funeral home, 51 Fremont street, Thursday afternoon at 2. The Rev. Fred L. Decker, D. D., of teh Mayfield Methodist church, will officiate. Burial will be in the Mayfield cemetery.


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