Found him on the 1860 Rensselaerville, Albany, New York census (img 70) as Philow Gifford
Found him on the 1870 Westerlo, Albany, New York census (img 42) as Philo Gifford
age 18. He is a farm laborer in the household of John and Maria Rundell
Found him on the 1880 Claverack, Columbia, New York census (dist 7 img 25) as Finald Gifford
age 23, Works in Cotton Mill. He is living in the household of John Philip
age 39, Works in Cotton Mill.
Found him on the 1900 Philmont, Columbia, New York census (dist 9 img 37) as Philo Gifford
age 48. Cotton lapper tender. This census says born October, 1851, and has been married for 2 years. [perhaps an error and s/b 20 years]
At four o'clock Sunday morning the village of Philmont was startled by the horrible report that two men had lost their lives by drowning in the reservoir. The men were Philo Gifford of that village, and Virgil Brandow, a farm employee residing about a mile out of town.
The two men were sailing on the reservoir in a rowboat in company with another young man of that village. While amusing themselves by rocking the boat, it suddenly capsized and the three were thrown into tho water. Only one was able to save himself by swimming to shore.
A number of men in several boats began, as soon as the alarm was given, to grapple for the bodies. Mr. Gifford's body was recovered soon after the search began. Mr. Brandow's remains were not found till eleven o'clock. Coroner Conklin was summoned and took charge of the case, and an inquest as to the cause of the death will be held on Monday, June 25. Both men were married, Brandow having several children. - The Daily Register June 15, 1900