May 01, 2012


Partial 1861 Map of Somers Township
Section 8, 80 acre parcel for A. Gibbon

Alexander Galloway Gibbon
1860 U.S. Federal Census
Alexander Gibbon, born about 1821
Elsie Gibbon (also known as Elspeth), spouse, born about 1835
David (Scott) Gibbon, born about February 24, 1858
Mary (Louisa) Gibbon, born about 1859

1870 U.S. Federal Census (one more child born)
William Shearne (misspell on report) Gibbon, born about 1865

1880 U.S. Federal Census (one more child born)
Maud Gibbon, born about 1875
This census uses Sherman as the first name for William Shearne

1930 U.S. Federal Census (David Gibbon lived in Oshkosh, Wisconsin)
David's spouse:  Mary Lincoln Bowker (daughter of Myron Bowker of Somers Township)
Mary born September 18, 1982 in Somers Township.  Died April 29, 1954 in Hennepin County (Minneapolis), Minnesota.  When Mary was widowed, she moved to Minnesota and lived with her daughter, Grace Gibbon (Mrs. John) Kuhlman.  David and Mary were married August 25, 1887 in Kenosha County, as recorded in the Wisconsin Marriages Index.
David and Mary had three children:
Grace born Sept 10, 1888 in Somers Township, Dorothy born Feb 29, 1892 in Oshkosh, and Alexander Myron born Nov. 14, 1896 in Oshkosh.

Illinois Death Index
Mary L. Gibbon
Born: April 20, 1859
Died: June 24, 1931
Death Place:  Glencoe, Cook County, Ill.
Burial Date:  June 27, 1931 at Oakwood Cemetery in Somers, Wisconsin
Death Age: 72
Parents:  Alexander and Elsbeth Spruce (should be Spence) Gibbon

Illinois Death and Census Records
William Sherman Gibbon
Died in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois April 17, 1899 age at 34.  Spouse is Fannie J. Smith.  Two children:  Margaret born April 1896 and Elsie born April 1898.
Minnesota Death Index
Alexander M. Gibbon, Born Nov 15, 1896 in Oshkosh and died Sept 11, 1985 in Hennepin, Minnesota.  Mothers Name: Mary Lincoln Bowker Gibbon and father David S. Gibbon.
Dorothy S. Gibbon, Born Feb. 29, 1892 and died Nov. 6, 1976 in Hennepin, Minnesota.  Mother Name:  Mary Lincoln Bowker Gibbon and father David S. Gibbon.

David S. Gibbon Obituary
"Oshkosh Teacher Dies at Somers, Wisconsin.  Former Principal of 11th Street School Expires.  Well known educator passes away as result of prolonged illness - had been a given a year's leave of absence from duties and was endeavoring to recuperate.
The many friends of David S. Gibbon who for the past nine years was principal in the public schools of Oshkosh, will be shocked to learn of his death, which occurred Saturday evening at this home in Somers, Wisconsin where he went at the beginning of the fall opening of school hoping of recovering from his prolonged illness through compete rest.  He died at the residence of his wife's father in Somers where his mother also lives.  For more than a month past little hope was entertained for his recovery as he grew weaker rapidly and his family revealed to him the seriousness of his condition, with the result that he made every preparation for the inevitable, although he never lost hope until the very last and was confident that he would recover.
He was taken seriously ill about a year ago in this city and for a time he hovered between life and death at his home at 371 Jackson Street.  In spite of efforts of his family and friends to get him to take a vacation and secure a much needed rest, he finished the full term although he was very weak and often was assisted in walking to and from his school.  His death was due to a general breaking down of health, largely due to overwork.
Mr. Gibbon was born in Somers, Wisconsin.  He graduated from the Oshkosh Normal School in the class of '83 and then taught school for more than 15 years.
He is survived by a widow and three children:  Grace, Dorothy and Alexander.  His mother is also living.
His life was of a peculiarly quiet and unassuming character.  He was a very conscientious and reliable man with the best of habits.  He was a hard worker and labored incessantly in his chosen profession.  He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of this city.  The funeral will be held next Wednesday at 2 o'clock at Somers.
(Source:  Daily Northwestern, Oshkosh November 5, 1900)

U.S. Naturalization Record Index
Alexander Gibbon, born about 1820, arrived July, 1838 in New York.  Born Aberdeenshire, Scotland.  Witnesses:  William Smith and Charles Leet

U.S. Civil War Draft Reg. Records
Alex G. Gibbon, Class 2

In The News
"Prof. David S. Gibbon departed this life Saturday afternoon, November 4, after a lingering illness of many weeks.  Prof. Gibbon has been in school work for the past twenty-five years, as principal of Racine, Brandon, and Oshkosh schools.  He was a citizen highly honored and respected and his demise has cast sadness over the entire community.  He was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America.  The deceased leaves a wife, one son and two daughters, a mother and two sisters, besides many friends to mourn his death.  The funeral services will be held on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home of Mr. Myron Bowker, conducted by his pastor, Rev. Smith of the First Presbyterian Church of Oshkosh."
(Source:  Racine Daily Journal, publication date November 7, 1900)

"Mrs. David Gibbon of Oshkosh is visiting with her father, Myron Bowker"
(Source:  Racine Journal Feb. 11, 1897)

"Mrs. W.S. Gibbon spent Thanksgiving with her sister, Miss Edith Smith, who is still ill at the hospital in Chicago."
(Source:  Racine Journal Dec. 3, 1896)

"Miss Maude Gibbon of the Phillipps, Wisconsin public schools is spending her vacation at home"
(Source:  Racine Journal Dec. 27, 1900)

"Misses Dorothy and Grace Gibbon of Oshkosh are visiting their grandmother, Mrs. Gibbon.  Misses Margaret and Elsie Gibbon of Kenosha visited with their grandma, Mrs. Gibbon this week."
(Source:  Racine Journal Aug. 12, 1904)

"Miss Maude Gibbon departed Tuesday for Ashland where she has recently been appointed first assistant in the Ashland High School."
(Source:  Racine Journal Sept. 10, 1901)

"Misses Grace and Dorothy Gibbon and brother Alexander of Sparta visited the home of Mrs. Elsie Gibbon this past week."
(Source:  Racine Journal July 8, 1914)

"The well drillers struck a good flow of water at a depth of 300' for Mrs. Gibbon last week."
(Source:  Racine Journal March 14, 1911)

"Miss Minnie Gibbon met with a distressing accident on a day last week.  While she and Mrs. John Gray were driving over the St. Paul Rail Road tracks in the village the roach of the buggy broke throwing them out.  Miss gibbon has a dislocated shoulder.
(Source:  Racine Journal July 9, 1913)

"Prof. David Gibbon of Oshkosh, who is recovering from a severe nervous prostration, is at his mother's."
(Source:  Racine Journal, Nov. 2, 1899)

"Miss Maud Gibbon closed her school in Distr No. 7 on Friday afternoon."
(Source:  Racine Journal,  Feb. 20, 1895)

"Rev. and Mrs. Geo. R??, Mr. and Mrs. D.S. Gibbon, Elmore Cooper, and Pierre T. Ozanne leave on Wednesday morning of this week on a visit to Niagra Falls"
(Source:  Racine Journal, Aug. 15, 1895)

"Miss Minnie Gibbon of Milwaukee spent Thanksgiving with relatives in this place."
(Source:  Racine Journal, Dec. 5, 1894)

"Miss Fannie Bowker returned from Oshkosh Thursday where she was called on account of the illness of her brother-in-law, Prof. Gibbon."
(Source:  Racine Journal, October 12, 1899)

"Well Known Somers Woman Passes Away"
Mrs. Elspeth Spence Gibbon, wife of the late Alexander G. Gibbon, died Wednesday afternoon, September 20 at Somers, Kenosha County, after an illness of some months.
Elspeth Spence was born at Insch, Scotland, January 10, 1835 and with her parents came to this country in 1845.
In 1856 she was united in marriage to Alexander G. Gibbon whose death occurred some years ago.  Five children were born to this union, two of them surviving - Miss Mary L. Gibbon of the Milwaukee Public Schools, and Miss Maude M. Gibbon, of Somers.
The eldest son, Prof. David S. Gibbon, died November 3, 1900; William Sherman Gibbon died April 17, 1899.
The deceased was one of the early pioneers of Somers and had watched with interest the development of the town during her long residence in the county.
At an early age she united with the Presbyterian Church, thus beginning a long, useful life of consecration and devotion.  In her life was exemplified the highest type of gentle helpfulness.  Forgetful of self, her life was made up of doing these little things which contribute to so much toward making the lives of others better and happier.
Besides the two daughter, there survive five grandchildren viz: Miss Grace Gibbon of Minneapolis, Minn., Miss Dorothy S. Gibbon of Marble, Minn., Alexander M. Gibbon of Sparta, Wis., and Misses Margaret and Elsie Gibbon of Kenosha; one brother, William G. Spence of River Falls, and once sister, Mrs. John Gray of Somers.
The funeral services were held from the late home in the village on Friday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. Phipps.  Internet was in the family plot in Oakwood Cemetery.
Among those who came from away to attend the funeral were Mrs. Mary L. Gibbon and Miss Fannie B. Bowker of Oshkosh, Mrs. Fannie S. Gibbon and daughters of Kenosha, Miss Grace Gibbon of Minneapolis, Mr. and Mrs. Hughes of Gurnee, Ill., Mrs. Melisa Lytle and Miss Anna R. Smith of Racine, Miss Belle Booth of Chicago, and William G. Spence of River Falls.
(Source:  September 27, 1916 publication date Racine Journal)

Alexander G. Gibbon
Oakwood Cemetery, Somers Township
(Source:  Photo Courtesy of Larry & Linda Kopet US GENWebArchivesProjectWisconsin)

David S. Gibbon
Oakwood Cemetery, Somers Township
(Source: Photo Courtesy of Larry & Linda Kopet US GENWebArchivesProjectWisconsin)

Elspeth Spence Gibbon
Oakwood Cemetery, Somers Township
(Source: Photo Courtesy of Larry & Linda Kopet US GENWebArchivesProjectWisconsin)

Fannie J. Gibbon
Oakwood Cemetery, Somers Township
(Source: Photo Courtesy of Larry & Linda Kopet US GENWebArchivesProjectWisconsin)

Irene (grave located with other Gibbon graves)
information unkown
Oakwood Cemetery, Somers Township
(Source: Photo Courtesy of Larry & Linda Kopet US GENWebArchivesProjectWisconsin)

Mary Gibbon
Oakwood Cemetery, Somers Township
(Source: Photo Courtesy of Larry & Linda Kopet US GENWebArchivesProjectWisconsin)

Maude Gibbon
Oakwood Cemetery, Somers Township
(Source: Photo Courtesy of Larry & Linda Kopet US GENWebArchivesProjectWisconsin)