Our Genealogy - Person Sheet
Our Genealogy - Person Sheet
NameCaptain David Givan , GGG Uncle, M
BirthOct 1840, Harbourville, Nova Scotia (Formerly Givan Wharf)85
OccupationSea Captain
FatherJohn Givan , M (1793-1865)
MotherFrances (Fanny) Hamilton , F (1800-1870)
BirthMar 1855, New York, U.S.A.85
Marriageca 187885
Marr Memomarried 22 years according to the 1900 U.S. census
No Children
Notes for Captain David Givan
- went to the USA on the same boat as James in 188212
- listed as Capt. David Givens [sic] with his wife Isabella in the U.S. 1900 census, lodgers at 36 Cranberry St., Brooklyn, New York. Occupation: “Lighter Capt.” Parents both born in Ireland. States he came to the U.S. in 1885 and was naturalized. 85
- believed to have been lost at sea with his brother James?
- brother Alex’s obituary in 1918 states his brother Capt. David Givan was still alive in Brooklyn at that time.
- Cecilia Colucci has an antique toy china tea set which was obtained by Captain David Givan in Germany and given to his niece Lulu (who in turn passed it on to Cecilia).

Over in the Bronx there was once a marshy creek named Givan’s Creek and there still is a Givan’s Creek Woods and Givan Avenue. Apparently these were named after Robert Givan of Scotland who was a a 19th century local miller and landowner. He died in 1830 leaving his property to his decendants Leroys, Palmers and Morgans and so probably was unrelated to our David Givan who later settled in Brooklyn.
(The following book describes Givan Creek: “History in Asphalt: The Origin of Bronx Street and Place Names Encyclopedia.” John McNamara. The Bronx, New York: The Bronx County Historical Society, Third Revised Edition, 1991. ISBN 0-941980-16-2)
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