The first Tiffany in America, Humphrey Tiffany (1630-1685), was killed by a lightning bolt during a ride from Swansea, Massachusetts to Boston with a woman named Low. A couplet of the time memorialized the event:
Squire Tiffany and Mistress Low
By a stroke of lightning into eternity did go.
His descendant, Charles Lewis Tiffany (1812-1902), established the famous jewelry store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. H. D. Tiffany, another family member, was one of the many 19th century landowners whose names appear on streets and monuments throughout the Hunts Point section of the Bronx. Tiffany Playground bears his name, as does Tiffany Street, where the playground is located. Fox Street, which intersects Tiffany, is named for William H. Fox, Tiffany’s father-in-law and a descendant of George Fox (1624-1691), the charismatic Quaker leader.