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Robert Giffen Family Home Page

Updated July 10, 2001

About Our Family Research

Our branch of the family tree, began with Robert and Mary Bane. They originally settled in Big Spring, PA about 1777. Later they moved near Wheeling, WV. They are buried in "Old Tent" cemetery, near Oglebay Park.

Additional family members are buried at "High Ridge" cemetery.
This is 14.5 miles West, in Belmont County, OH; near St. Clairsville.

The major original source if the family history is the "Giffen Gegealogic Family History" written by Rev. J. W. Giffen, DD, Cleveland, OH, 1927. Mr. Dick Giffen has used Family Tree Maker to convert 7,000 names into an electronic database. He may be contacted at

I want to contact additional family members and post new information regarding the family's history. Photos of Robert & Mary's grave stones have been posted in the vitual cemetery.

Photos of the following grave stones are posted: (6/3/01)
Robert Giffen
Mary Bane Giffen
George Giffen
Mary (Nancy Jo Milligan) Giffen

Please send me any additional information you may have or contact me regarding any of the photos.

Terry T. Magyar
994 Turcotte DR.
Gahanna, OH 43230

Family Photos
  • George Giffen (close up) (100 KB)
    George Giffen, son of Robert and Mary Bane Giffen, DOB July 12, 1779. Departed this life July 21, 1839. Location is High Ridge Cemetary, Belmont County, OH
  • Old Tent Cemetry, Wheeling, WV, USA (140 KB)
    Burial site of Robert and Mary Bane Giffen. It's located in an obscure wooded area six miles east of Wheeling, WV. Robert and Mary's grave markers are WV sand stone. They are located near the center of the photo. Just left, of the black horizontal table like stones. Photo was taken 6/3/01.
  • Robert Giffen's grave marker (142 KB)
    Inscription: In memory of ROBERT GIFFEN who departed his life August 17th AD 1829 In the 86th year of his life.
  • Mary Bane Giffen's grave marker (130 KB)
    Inscription: In memeory of MARY GIFFEN who departed this life August 4th 1821 in her 79th year of her age
  • John & Margart Bane gravemarkers (104 KB)
    Inscription: In memeory of Margart Bane who departed this life March 10th 1815 in the 68 year of her age. and In memeory of John Bane who departed this life April 9th 1819 in the 76th year of his age There markers are next to the ones for Robert & Mary Bane Giffen. They are very unique.
  • Over view of Giffen and Bane markers (161 KB)
    You can see from this photo, no one takes care of this cemetery. My brother and I hope to visit it again. Additional markers should be at this cemetery. We have a list of the Giffens buried here. Although, all of them may not have a grave stone. Fortunately, someone lives next door to the cemetery. They don't maintain it, but they watch over it.
  • Over view High Ridge Cemetery (98 KB)
    This is a view of High Ridge. It is located in Belmont County, near St. Clairsville, OH, on RT 214. It is 14.5 miles west of Old Tent. The grave markers in the fore ground are for William & Sarah Giffen and Ira Giffen.
  • George and Mary (Namcy Jo Milligan) Giffen (89 KB)
    Both of these markers have been restored. Mary's is on the left and George's is on the right. Both are located at High Ridge Cemetery located in Belmont County, near St. Clairsville, OH, on RT 214. It is 14.5 miles west of Old Tent. Ref. p. 105 of Giffen book.
  • Giffen House, in the Parishes of Beith & Dalry (92 KB)
    The photo is from page 26 of the Giffen blue book. The estate stands today, in the Parishes of Beth and Dalry and is situated 1 mile from Giffen Station, 3 miles from Dalry, 3 miles from Beith, and about 20 miles from Glasgow. I've heard the e present owners are rather unfriendly. Although, if you stop at the carriage house, it's inhabitants are welcoming.
  • Giffen Castle (82 KB)
    This is a scanned image from page 18, of the Gifen blue book. This same image may be found at the Cunninghame library. ref. page 265 of Catalogue.
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