Andrew Giffen

Andrew Giffen (1789 - 1862)

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Andrew Giffen
Born in Southend, Argyll, Scotlandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Southend, Argyll, Scotlandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Winnebago County, Illinois, USAmap
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Profile last modified | Created 5 Jul 2018 | Last significant change: 15 Aug 2018
21:27: Joelle (Colville) Colville-Hanson edited the Biography for Andrew Giffen. [Thank Joelle for this]
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Categories: Kintyre, Argyll | Migrants from Argyll to Illinois | Marion, sailed August, 1839 | Argyle, Illinois | 1860 US Census, Harlem Township, Winnebago, Illinois | Willow Creek Presbyterian Church, Argyle, Illinois | Charter Member, Willow Creek Presbyterian Church, Argyle, Illinois | Scottish Cemetery, Caledonia, Illinois.



Andrew was born about 1805. He was the son of James Giffen and Annie Johnston. He passed away about 1862. [1]

Andrew was born in 1789 in Scotland. He was the son of James Giffen and Annie Johnston [2]

He married Jane Howie in 1825 in Scotland. [3]

In 1839 they travled to the United States. [4] Jane's mother Jane Picken Howie and brother Robert were on the same ship. They were one of the founding families of the Scottish Settlement at Argyll.

When Jane's sister, Margaret and her husband died, they took in their youngest son Andrew

Andrew passed away in 1862.


Janette (Birdsall) 1826–1903
James 1828–1850
William 1830–1904
Andrew 1832–1911
John 1834–1904
Alexander 1836–1924
Mary Ann Johnson (Smith) 1840–1921


  1. Unsourced family tree handed down to Skip Magyar.
  2. "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Andrew Giffen, ; citing Southend, Argyllshire, Scotland, reference - 2:16BHS4H, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,041,076.
  3. "Scotland Marriages, 1561-1910," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Andrew Giffen and Jean Huie, 22 Apr 1825; citing Southend,Argyll,Scotland, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,041,076.
  4. Marion Passenger List

See also:

1850 US Census

"United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), Andrew Griffen, Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois, United States; citing family 70, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.)

Andrew Griffen M 60 Scotland
Jennette Griffen F 24 Scotland
William Griffen M 20 Scotland
Andrew Griffen M 18 Scotland
John Griffen M 16 Scotland
Alexander Griffen M 13 Scotland
Mary A Griffen F 10 Illinois
Andrew Mc Donald M 4 Illinois
William Mc Donald M 16 Scotland
Alexander Mc Donald M 14 Scotland

1860 US Census

Year: 1860; Census Place: Harlem, Winnebago, Illinois; Roll: M653_240; Page: 563; Family History Library Film: 803240

Andrew Griffen 70
Andrew Griffen 28
Mary Griffen 26
James A Griffen 3
William H Griffen 2
John A Griffen 4/12
Andrew McDonald 14

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Headstone for Andrew and Jane Giffin
Headstone for Andrew and Jane Giffin


On 18 Jul 2018 at 12:53 GMT Skip Magyar wrote:

Andrew and others in this early Argyll family used the GiffEN spelling of their surname. While some branches of these Kintyre Scots who emigrated would later adopt the GiffIN spelling (my mother was June Giffin) in Scotland, especially Argyll, the name is nearly always spelled ending in "EN".

On 8 Jul 2018 at 20:22 GMT Terry Magyar wrote:

I have a family tree for this GIFFIN family at It's labeled "Giffins of Rockford, IL". My Robert and Mary (Bane) GIFFEN family also immigrated from Argyllshire, Scotland. I suspect the two families are related.

Andrew is 16 degrees from Elizabeth Winter, 21 degrees from Antoine de La Mothe Cadillac and 20 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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