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Genealogy: Mary Gertrude Gibson

Mary Gertrude Gibson Born 7/15/1906. Died 10/29/1984. Buried in Oak Park Cemetery, New Castle, PA, Married 10/18/1930 to Russel Edmond McClelland. Graduated from Slippery State Teachers College and taught at Harlansburg and Shenango (New Castle, PA) elementary schools.

Children:

Walter Edmond McClelland (b.1933)
Phyllis Jane (McClelland) Maust (b.1939)

Gertrude Gibson
Joseph Gibson and Harry Book Joseph David Gibson Born 11/15/1878 in North Washington, Washington Twp (was Parker Twp), Butler Co, PA. Died 6/21/1932* and bur. Presbyterian Cemetery, Cherry Twp, Butler Co. Married 5/21/1903 in North Hope, PA, to Mary Della Book. (Butler Co. marriage license 15:114, #6953, 18 May 1903.)
*PA Death Certificate File No. 56963, Registered No. 241.

Children were:
Harry Kenneth (1904-1937)(mar. Josephine Ann McKinney)
Mary Gertrude (1906-1984)(above)
Emma Lois (1910-1990)(mar. James Hill)
Merrit Book (1914-1979)(mar. Violet Lenore Smith)

Joseph David Gibson and Harry Milton Book (son of David Porter Book) taken during the Spanish American War. Joseph served with Company N, Forty Second Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry and saw service in Cuba.

Joseph David Gibson

Worker Fatally Crushed in
Fall of Bin Timbers

David Eli Gibson Born 10/-/1852 in Buffalo Twp, Butler Co, PA. Died 5/14/1903. Married Emma Jane Ekas (1858-1918). Emma Jane was the daughter of Joseph Ekas (1835-1915) and Anna Elizabeth Mechling (1838-1911).

Children were:
Joseph David (1878-1932) (above)
George (b.1880)
Ella (b.1889)
John M.(b.1891)
Jessie (b.1897)
Ira E.(b.1899)
Plummer (b.1902)
Obituary: "[Died] at his home in Washington township, May 14, 1903, David Eli Gibson, in his 51st year. His death was caused by spinal meningitis. His wife, nee Ekas, and seven children survive him. He was a brother of Sheriff Gibson."

David Gibson Born c.1820 in Buffalo Twp, Butler Co, PA. Wife's name was Mary.
Children were:
Leah Ann (b.1842)
John M.(b.1845)
Alfred (b.1847)
Susan (b.1848)
Mary Jane (b.1850)
David Eli (1852-1903) (above)
George W. (b.1856)
Martin L.(b.1859).

John B. Gibson Born abt.1776-1780 in Ireland. Wife's name was Susan (Susannah) (b.1797). They were pioneers in Parker Township, Butler County, Pa.

Children were:
David (b.ca.1820) (above)
Alfred (b.1828/9)
Elijah (b.1830/1)
Sarah Ann (b.1834/5)
George W.(b.1842/3)
It is possible that John served in the war of 1812. The History of Butler County Pennsylvania, Chicago, Waterman, Watkins & Co., 1883, Chapter XLIV, Page 406, states: "Two of his [Levi's] sons, John and Samuel, were volunteers in the war of 1812." [There was a Sgt John Gibson in Capt Story's Company, War of 1812.]

Levi Gibson Born in Ireland. Came with wife and four sons (believed to be James, John, Alexander and Hugh) to Westmoreland County,* Pennsylvania in 1797. Married Sidney (Jane?) Abercrombie abt. 1775;** she was of Scotch ancestry and Revolutionary stock. He was a pioneer who lived on the "Duchess Farm" in Parker Township, Butler County.***

Children were:

John B. (b.ca.1776) (above)
Alexander (b.ca.1777)
James (b.ca.1779, mar. Rebecca Knox)
Hugh (b.ca.1782, mar. Elinor McCall)
Levi (b.ca.1780)
William (b.ca.1784)
Elizabeth (b.ca.1786)
Samuel (b.ca.1788)
Jane (b.ca.1790)
Esther (b.ca.1792)

***"Levi Gibson and his wife, Sidney (Abercrombie), settled on Scrubgrass, in Allegheny Township, about 1799, coming from the Eastern part of this State. Their children, John, Alexander, James, Samuel, Levi, Hugh, William, Betsey (Sloan), Jane (Redick), and Esther (Dutchess), all lived to rear families except Alexander and William, who died single. Nearly all resided in this county. James settled in Parker Township. His wife was Rebecca Knox. Their children numbered eleven--Betsey, Sidney, Levi, George, Esther, Samuel, John, Rebecca, James, Houston and Eleanor." [From The History of Butler County Pennsylvania, Waterman, Watkins & Co., Chicago, 1883.]

****Levi Gibson is listed in the "Western Pennsylvania Subscribers to an 1807 Bible Dictionary." [WPGSQ6 no.3 Feb 1980 90-96, p.92]

*From 4/8/1785 to 9/24/1788 Westmoreland encompassed what is now Butler County. From 9/24/1788 to 3/12/1800 the present Butler County was part of Allegheny County. It was possibly still referred to as Westmoreland County when Levi Gibson immigrated.

** "William Stewart became a farmer in Cherry township, that county. He married Eliza Jane Gibson, and both were members of the United Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Stewart was also born in Butler county, of respected pioneer stock of that vicinity, her grandparents being Levi and Jane (Abercrombie) Gibson, who lived on the "Duchess farm" near Parkers Landing. Mrs. Gibson was of Scotch ancestry and Revolutionary stock. Among their children were Samuel, Hugh, Levi, Esther, Jane and Eliza. Levi, one of the younger sons of Levi and Jane (Abercrombie) Gibson, was a farmer by occupation, and lived and died in Butler county, reaching old age. He was the father of Mrs. Eliza Jane (Gibson) Stewart and grandfather of Mrs. Mary R. (Stewart) Mechling. [Source: Pages 973-974, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914."] See The Beers Project.

Sidney's name was found in the Ancestral files at the LDS Family History Center. However, birth dates are approximate. Further, it is possible that the sons who immigrated with Levi were from a prior marriage and that he married Jane (Sidney?) Abercrombie in this country since the Beers history states that she was "Revolutionary stock."

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Updated 24 Feb 2010