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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", in Ohio County, three miles from the entrance to Oglebay Park, WV.

Robert b. Kildavee , South End of Argyll Co., Scotland. He married Mary Bane before leaving and they migrated to America in 1777. After the Rev. War, they moved to Ohio Co., Virginia (now WV). Rbt. d. Aug. 17, 1821 at the age of 86. Mary d. Aug. 4, 1821, at the age of 79. They had six children: (1) Daniel 1769-1852; (2) Jean 1770-1849; (3) John 1772-1856; (4) Margaret 1777-1858; (5) George 1779-1839; (6) Elizabeth 1784-1847.

The Old Tent Cemetery, which sits on slightly higher ground than the road and consists of approximately one acre of land, is located on the right side of Peter's Run Road. The early settlers of Peter's Run emigrated to this area around the time of the Revolutionary War and the early settling of Wheeling, VA. They were mainly of Scotch-Irish descent and followed the Presbyterian faith. Ref. Records of Interment "the old Tent Cemetery" by Audra Rickey Wayne, 1989.

Additional family members are buried at "High Ridge Cemetery". This is 14.5 miles west, in Belmont County, OH, near St. Clairsville, on RT 214, in Pultney Twp. The house of worship at High Ridge was a small brick building, built in 1824-25. The date of the deed conveying the property from John and Wm. Feeley to Christopher Hinkle, Rbt. Alexander, and George Giffen was Dec. 7, 1825. George and William Giffen both served as Elders of the church. Photos of various tombstones are posted at the virtual cemetery.

The major original source, of the family history, is the "Giffen Gegealogic Family History" written by Rev. J. W. Giffen, DD, Cleveland, OH, 1927. Additional information is available from the "Centenial History of Belmont County", by McKelvey. I want to contact additional family members and post new information regarding the family's history. Any information would be appreciated. I am also willing to share the information that I have.

Robert Giffen, from Argyll, Scotland to Big Spring, PA.
Updated November 30, 2002


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

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  • Giffen House (92 KB)
    The Estate lies in the Parishes of Beith and Dalry, and is situated 1 mile from Giffen Station, 3 miles from Dalry, 3 miles from Beith, and about 20 miles from Glasgow. pp. 26 & 27 of "The Giffen Family History".
  • Giffen Castle (82 KB)
    This is a scanned image from page 18, of "The Giffen Family History". This same image may be found at the Cunninghame Library, p. 265 of Catalogue.
  • Giffen Castle, remains, today, (388 KB)
    scanned image of photo furnished by Joanne Bowman
  • Giffen Park Church, in St. Clairsville, OH. (104 KB)
    This church is located in St. Clairsville, the county seat of Belmont County. Many Giffens had farms in Belmont County
  • John Giffen, tombstone (104 KB)
    Inscription of stone at Kiel Cemetery, near Campbelltown; "Erected by John Giffen, weaver at Kildavee, and Janet Dunlop, his spouse, in memory of John and Janet, their children, who died in infancy".
  • Old Tent Cemetery, Ohio County, Wheeling, WV (37 KB)
    When I visited, with my brother Joe, it was very over grown. We hope to visit again and take more photos. (visit virtual cemetery)
  • Ebenezer Zane's Log Cabin @ Wheeling, WV. (43 KB)
    This log cabin was built in 1769 and torn down in 1908. It would have been at Wheeling if the Robert Giffen's family visited there. It's quite large and well contructed. Log cabins that families had on the frontier were not this large.
  • West Alexander Cemetery (61 KB)
    This cemetery is in Washington Co., PA. It's located on Old Rt. 40 about 15 miles East of Wheeling, WV. Robert Giffin, was the son of Daniel, and the grandson of Robert the pioneer settler at Wheeling. On June 2, 1885 the remains of Rbt. and his children who died in infancy were removed from Old Tent Cemetery to the chartered cemetery at West Alexander, PA. and placed in a family lot where his wife and all the sons and daugthers lie beside him or in nearby graves. Ref. p. 35 of Giffen Blue Book. Location of graves are near the entrance of the cemetery. Enter the gate and turn left. Look for a large cannon.

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