Fayette County Genealogy Project

Contributed by Keely Deuschle

GIBSON (p. 526)
The American ancestor of this early and prominent Fayette county, Pennsylvania, family was James Gibson, born in Ireland, came to Pennsylvania in 1770, and settled in Chester county, where he owned land. In 1776 he enlisted n the continental army and served until the final surrender at Yorktown. Two of his brothers were compelled to serve in the British army, having been taken by a "Press gang" in the old country. These two settled in Virginia after the war, where most of their decedents now live. In 1790 James Gibson left Chester county and settled in Luzerne township, Fayette county. In 1792 he married Mary Lackey, and founded the Fayette county family. He was a hard working honorable farmer and left a posterity endowed with sterling elements of character.

(II) Alexander, son of James Gibson, was born in Luzern township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, 1797, died July 12, 1875. He spent his early life on the farm, and obtained an education in the subscription district school. He remained on the farm until he was twenty years of age, then engaged in freighting by wagon between Baltimore and Wheeling, Virginia. In 1819, he began freighting south from Baltimore, going as far as Nashville, Tennessee, where for two years he was engaged in trade with the Cherokee Indians in partnership with Levi Crawford. In 1823 he returned to Fayette county, where he purchased a farm in Luzerne township and spent the remainder of his life engaged in farming and stock raising. He was an energetic capable man of business and prospered to that extent that he was able to give each of his children a good start in life, when they were ready to leave the paternal roof. He never took prominent part in public life, and was so fair in his own dealings and so emphatically opposed to contention of any kind that he never had a law suit. In his religious life he was consistent and actively connected with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He is buried in Hopewell cemetery. He married, June 21, 1824, Mary Hibbs, of Redstone township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, who survived him until January 25, 1876. Children: James G., of whom further; Margaret J., married William H. Miller; Mary A., married Oliver miller, children: Albert G. and Emma S.; Albert M., married Alice Frey, child, Nellie.

(III) James G., eldest son of Alexander Gibson, was born in Luzerne township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, September 16, 1826, died February 26, 1908, buried in Hopewell cemetery. He was the owner of a fine property and a large number of cattle, and amassed a considerable fortune in coal speculation. He served as the president of the Millsboro National Bank of Brownsville. Mr. Gibson was well known, not only in the community where he resided for many years, but in the surrounding communities. He married (first) Mary Rodgers, who died in 1860, leaving two children: John A. of whom further, and Mary R. He married (second) Rebecca J. Haney, now deceased.

(IV) John A., son of James G. Gibson, was born in Luzerne township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, April 12, 1858. He was educated in the public schools, and grew to manhood on the home farm. After his marriage he continued in the same occupation, now owning six hundred acres of land. In 1909 he retired from active farming and erected a modern residence in Brownsville, which is now his home. He is a capable business man and has lived a successful, useful life, honored and respected. He is a director of the Second National Bank of Brownsville, also director of First National Bank of Millsboro, and held in high esteem by his business associates. In political faith he is a Democrat, but never sought public office. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, to which he belonged for many years. He married, November 9, 1892, Stella M. Vernon, born in Luzerne township, Fayette county, Pennsylvania, July 11, 1868, daughter of Andrew and Margaret (Mobley) Vernon, both deceased. Children: Margaret, born January 23, 1894, a student in Brownsville high school; Mary, born March 11, 1898, died April 12, 1899.

Genealogical and Personal History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania
Under the Editorial Supervision of
John W. Jordan, LL.D.
Librarian of Pennsylvania Historical Society, Philadelphia AND
James Hadden of Uniontown, Pennsylvania; author of “Washington and Braddock’s Expeditions Through Fayette County,” and the reproductions of Judge James Veech’s work entitled “The Monongahela of Old, or Historical Sketches of Southwestern Pennsylvania to the Year 1800.”

New York
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
Three Volumes

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