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James Aaron Gaff

Jerry Rhodes (View posts)
Posted: 15 Jun 2000 6:17PM GMT
Was asked recently if I had any info on a James Aaron Gaff, son of Hiram and Sarah kathleen Kepford Gaff? He first married Etta Gettys then Myra Shaffer. He was born in 1852/died 1940 .....born in Noble Co. Indiana ... moved to Canada. I know Hiram was mentioned here awhile back. thanks a bunch !!

Re: James Aaron Gaff

Posted: 9 Oct 2004 8:21PM GMT
Classification: Query
james aaron gaff is my greatgrandfather,his mother was sarah kathleen kepford and she was married to hiram gaff who was born in stark county ohio october 11,1831. we can not find out what happened to him.we are looking for a birth and marriage certificate i hope you can help

My name is Cathy Hofer(Gaff) I live in Canada

Re: James Aaron Gaff

Posted: 17 May 2009 9:59PM GMT
Classification: Query
I have some information on Gaff and Kepfird family if you would lik to email me. James Gaff: there is considerable amount of information in the HISTORY OF NORTON CO., KANSAS

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Jessica

Re: James Aaron Gaff

Posted: 4 May 2013 2:21PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 4 May 2013 2:55PM GMT
His mother, Sarah Kathleen Kepford, married first Hiram Gaff (family tradition says he was thrown from a horse and trampled) and second Nathan Munson Gray. James Aaron Gaff, known first as "Jim" and in later life as "Dad Gaff" was stepbrother to my GGgrandfather, John Kepford Gray. See www.graysgoingback.myheritage.com for details.

Dad Gaff was a "larger than life" character--frontiersman, buffalo hunter, rancher--who has been written up in numerous local histories and collections of western tales. Eventually he went to the Cyprus Hills/Maple Creek area in the provisional district of Assiniboia (now the province of Saskatchewan) and "settled down" on a large ranch that was a way-station for his step-family the Grays in their migration to Alberta.

Canadian historian Grant MacEwan in his book "Coyote Music and Other Stories" tells of Gaff's famous purchase of the Govenlock hotel.
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