Biography of James Gibbs
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Gibbs, James, was born at Windsor, Conn., in 1789, married Almena Colegrove of the same place, was on the frontier service during the war of 1812, and settled at Groton in 1815. He was a man of large intellect and ranked high as a man of business ability, was a successful financier, and in early life had acquired a large competency. But at the age of forty four he heard the master call to a higher work, and leaving secular affairs to his sons, he entered the ministry of the Baptist denomination as an evangelist, and died December 23, 1863, aged seventy four years. Their children were: Eliza, James, Oliver, Julia and Norman. Eliza received a liberal education and after teaching several terms, married the Rev. Francisco Dusenbury, Baptist minister, and settled at Etna, N. Y. Three years later they moved to Newfield and afterward settled at Lake Ridge, where she died, April 15, 1868. James Gibbs, Jr., was of a very genial, happy disposition, made friends everywhere, devoted his time to teaching, both vocal and instrumental music. He married Nancy Richardson of Freetown, N. Y., and died October 6, 1864, aged forty eight years, leaving one son, Edgar Gibbs. Oliver graduated from Hamilton Theological College, married Arvilla Hopkins of Ohio, and entered the Baptist ministry at the age of twenty eight, was a faithful, efficient pastor until failing health drove him from his loved employ. He died at Groton February 1, 1888, leaving one daughter and two sons. Julia, second daughter, received her education at Groton and in 1844 married Abram J. Stout, born October 14, 1819, a thriving mechanic, owning the leading blacksmithing business of Groton. Two years later they removed to Lake Ridge, N. Y., remaining in the same business ten years. They then returned to Groton, bought the Ira Riggs farm east of Groton village, where they have lived continuously with the exception of eight years in Cortland. They had one son, Jerome W., who at the age of twelve years entered the High School at Groton, working on the farm summers and attending school winters, until eighteen, when he commenced teaching winters with marked success. He married Mary E. Smith of Pontiac, Mich. After a few years of farm life he graduated from Elmira Business College, and accepted a call from a mercantile house and extensive lumbering business in Tuscola county, Mich., having in charge the entire book accounts and post office of the place. He was a man of business ability and true moral worth, having the confidence of all who knew him, until his sudden death February 14, 1890. He left a wife and daughter, Bertha E. Stout. Norman Gibbs, the youngest son of James Gibbs, was born in Groton in 1829, and was a young man of marked ability, he was a teacher for many years, then entered upon the practice of law, removed to Mount Vernon, Mo., where he has an extensive law practice and is also a large real estate owner, at the present time. The period preceding the war Abram Stout was a Democrat, but a thorough abolitionist and assisted many fugitive slaves who came to him for refuge. Jonathan, father of Abram Stout, was a native of Bordentown, N. J., born January 18, 1782, who married Mary Buckellew, who was born June 3, 1786. They settled in Dryden in 1809, and Mr. Stout participated in the war of 1812. Their children were: Charlotte, Andrew, Mary, Furman, Margaret, Abram J., Ellen, Sarah and Allen. Mr. Stout died March 19, 1846.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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