Was born in York County, Pennsylvania March 31, 1797. In 1804 his parents removed to Allegheny County, where his father died, and in 1810 his mother removed to what was then Jefferson County, Ohio, and settled near the village of Cadiz, in what is now Harrison County, where his mother died, in 1814. He then learned the clothier business, serving three years at the trade. He then returned to York County, Pennsylvania, and remained there until 1817, and then went to Washington County, where he worked at the trade 1819, and in 1823 married Miss. Mary Gault, removing to Ohio County, Virginia. In 1825 he came to Belmont County, Ohio, where he built a fulling mill and carried it on until 1836, when he removed to Clearcreek Township, then Richland now Ashland County, and located one and a quarter miles west of Hanneytown, now Savanah, on the Vermillion River. Here he built a fulling mill, a carding machine, and a saw mill, and purchased the farm upon which he now resides, one hundred and sixty acres. He carried on his mills about twenty years, in the meantime operating his farm. For the last twenty-eight years, 1851 to 1879, he has devoted his time wholly to his farm. When he came the leading pioneers of his region were the Freeborns, the Fords, the Baileys, Joseph Davis, James Gribben, Jacob Myers, Thomas Cook, John Gault, John Haney, and others. At that time the Indians had all disappeared, though there was much talk about them. The story of the Captivity of Christian Fast was often related, and he often met Mr. Fast at his mills. When clearing some ground on the bottom, east of his house, he came upon the remnants of an Indian village, where the Delawares had often encamped and cooked. He found hearths, or pot holes, of boulders, where fires had been built, and large amounts of charcoal had been burned. The boulders had been so frequently heated that they were much stained and redden by the fire. After Mr. Fast came, The Indians had a feast at this place. The sugar trees were much hacked, by the Indians, in tapping to make sugar, before the whites came, all over the bottom. Mr. Gibson died in 1874, of heart disease, aged seventy-six years. The family of Mr. Gibson consist of John, William, and Robert. William lives in Cleveland, and Robert in the state of Indiana. His daughters were Malinda, wife of James Chambers; Margaret Jane, deceased; Lucina, wife of Dr. William Shaw, deceased; Malissa, wife of Levi Shiply, a widow, and Leticia, single. Mr. Gibson has been an exemplary church member for many years. In 1878 he became a member of the Ashland County Pioneer society, in which his name has been enrolled for future reference. He is now, 1879, in his eighty third year, and possesses a fair share of his vigor, for a man of his age. His memory is clear and retains past events, and rehearses pioneer times with much interesting detail. John Gibson, son of Jacob Gibson, resides on the adjoining farm in Clearcreek Township, which is under a good state of culture, and quite valuable. His family is small, and they own a pleasant home.
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