Biography of the Hon. Leman Gibbs
FROM: History of Livingston County, New York
By James H. Smith
Assisted by Hume H. Cole
Published By D. Mason & Co. 1881


Lernan Gibbs was born in Litchfield, Conn., Aug. 15, 1788. He was the son of Eldad Gibbs and Esther Riggs, who moved to what is now Livonia, in the year 1801. December 16, 1810, he was married to Juliana Stedman. and she having died, he was again married, May 20, 1847. to Betsey Stanley. By his first wife he had six children, five of whom are living, as followsó Emeline P., Adna S., Backus S., Leman A., and Manson F.

Mr. Gibbs was present at the burning of Buffalo in 1813, and his military career was a highly honorable one, he having entered the army as a fifer and coming out a Brigadier-general. He held nearly all the offices in the gift of the people of his county, from constable to Member of Assembly, having held the position of constable and deputy sheriff before Livingston county was set off, and was the first Side-judge appointed by the Governor. In the year 1854, he was elected to represent the county in the Legislature, and after serving one term was appointed Commissioner to examine public accounts. The duties of all these offices he performed in an intelligent and perfectly satisfactory manner and in his own town stood as a sort of common peace-maker and arbitrator. Being endowed with a strong mind and great good judgment, his aid and counsel were ever ready for those who were in need of them, and few men are competent to fill the position, so long, so honorably, and so honestly filled by Judge Gibbs. He had been a firm, consistent christian for many years, and let his light shine, not only by precept but by example and practice. He died in 1858 at the age of seventy years, and it may well be said, that in his death an honest man has left us.

Return to [ Livingston County Bio's ] [ New York History ] [ Online Biographies ]

All pages copyright 2009. All items on this site are copyrighted by their author(s). These pages may be linked to but not used on another web site. Anyone may copy and use the information provided here freely for personal use only. Privacy Policy