Biography of Samuel W. Gibbs
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Gibbs, Samuel W., physician and surgeon, was born in Fall River in 1854, a son of George W. and Susan Belle (Wheipley) Gibbs. His first American ancestor, Robert Gibbs, came to Massachusetts early in 1600, and soon thereafter settled at the present site of Egypt, in Bristol county, where he purchased land extending half a mile along the Taunton River, and several miles back from the stream. The orig inal homestead is now but fifty acres and is still owned by a descendant of the first settler. The maternal grandfather of Dr. Gibbs was Rev. Samuel Wheipley, D.D., of New Jersey, the author of various standard historical works. The parents of Dr. Gibbs came to Fall River when the town contained less than 4,000 inhabitants. His father was a carpenter by trade and before his marriage went to Mobile, Alabama, where he spent five years following his occupation. He then returned to Fall River and for thirty five years was a successful merchant. Dr. Gibbs obtained his preparatory education in the schools of Fall River and then engaged in the drug business for eighteen years. During this period he studied medicine three years under Dr. E. Merrissal and surgery two years under Dr. Charles E. Terry of Fall River. In 1887 he entered the medical depariment of the University of Vermont, where he remained until 1889, completing the course in microscopical pathology. He spent the following year in the medical department of Dartmouth College and received the degree of Doctor of Medicine from that institution in 1890. Since then he has pursued his profession in Fall River. He devotes special attention to the treatment of the diseases of the lungs and throat. He is a member of Fall River Lodge of Odd Fellows, Metacomet Encampment, Knights of Honor, Royal Arcanum, Loyal Knights and Ladies of Honor, New England Order of Protection, Golden Cross Encampment, and the Ancient Order of United Workmen. In 1877 Dr. Gibbs married Susan Westgate Crapo of Fall River.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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