JACOB GIBSON, a prominent agriculturist of Fallowfield township, is a son of James Gibson, who was born in 1797, and died in 1863. Jacob Gibson was born on July 25, 1830, in Fallowfield township, Washington Co., Penn., and there passed his boyhood. He was drafted into the army at the first call for soldiers in the Civil war, but was obliged to remain at home, as his brother was resolved to go, and one of the boys had to stay on the farm. On December 12, 1865, he was united in marriage with Mary, daughter of Robert McMillan, a son of Robert McMillan, whose parents were natives of Ireland, and came to America many years ago. Robert McMillan, the grandfather of Mrs. Gibson, was born in 1751, in York county, Penn, where he learned cloth dressing. He then moved to Beaver county, same State and there followed his trade for several years, finally settling on a farm in Washington county. He was united in marriage with Elizabeth Thompson, who was born in 1751, near Canonsburg, Washington county, and they were the parents of three children, of whom Robert is the eldest. The mother died in 1814, the father in 1833.
Robert McMillan, father of Mrs. Jacob Gibson, was born in 1808, in Fallowfield township, Washington Co., Penn., and in 1837 was married to Elizabeth Bennett, who was born in 1812, in Fayette county, Penn. She died in 1865, leaving the following children: Leander, Harvey, Mary (wife of Jacob Gibson), Amanda (married to Smith Carson), Robert (living with his father on the home farm), Jane, Cynthia, and John (who owns a large drug store in Washington, Penn.). Of this family Leander and Harvey were members of the Twenty-sixth Illinois Regiment. They served three years in the Civil war, and took part in the battle of Shiloh, in Sherman's march to the sea, and in numerous other engagements. After the war they settled in Illinois, where they are now residing. Mr. McMillan owns 164 acres of a well-cultivated stock farm, and, though eighty- five years have passed over him, he is yet able to superintend the farm work, being remarkably active for a man of his age. The men of this family have been active supporters of the Democratic party, and in religion all are members of the Methodist Church.
Jacob and Mary (McMillan) Gibson have three sons and one daughter. He owns 240 acres of land, and deals extensively in live stock.
Text taken from page 1443 of:
Beers, J. H. and Co., Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania (Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1893).
Transcribed January 1997 by Neil and Marilyn Morton of Oswego, IL as part of the Beers Project.
Published January 1997 on the Washington County, PA USGenWeb pages at http://www.chartiers.com/.
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