Biography of Samuel Gibson
Mahoning County, OH Biographies

SAMUEL GIBSON, a representative of one of the pioneer families of Mahoning County, was born on the farm which is still his home, March 9, 1819, and is a Son of Robert D. and Lydia (Marshall) Gibson.

Robert D. Gibson was born in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, in 1783, and accompanied his father to Ohio in 1799. After reaching Mahoning County, they camped for one night by the big spring, on the very land that Mr. Gibson now owns. Afterward, they went on to Warren, Trumbull County, but not finding a more favorable situation, they returned two weeks later to the locality which had pleased them, and the grandfather purchased the land on which the subject of this sketch now makes his home. Here Robert R. Gibson grew to manhood, and in 1818 was married to Lydia Marshall, who was born in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, in 1799. She was 11 years of age when she accompanied her parents to Trumbull County, Ohio, where she obtained the education afforded in the primitive schools of those days on the frontier.

There were nine children born to Robert D. and Lydia Gibson, five of whom grew to maturity. For two years following his marriage, Robert Gibson resided with his father and then removed to a home on the same farm, three quarters of a mile distant, on which he passed the remainder of his life. He and wife were worthy, exemplary people, and they labored earnestly and zealously for the welfare of their children and for the good of their community, setting an example in all the cardinal virtues.

Samuel Gibson began to assist his parents as soon as he was old enough to do a "chore," for their means, likeS those of their neighbors, were limited, and each child had appointed tasks to add to the family resources. \Vhen but 12 years old, Samuel Gibson followed the plow, and when 14 was able to do all the ploughing on the farm, and was doubtless protid of it, as he had reason to be. His only school attendance was for six months, but his father was able to instruct him in mathematics, and when 15 years of age; he taught himself the rules of grammar. In early manhood the coveted opportunity was offered and accepted ofa course of instruction in a select school at Youngstown, and so well did he improve his advantages that in the following year he began teaching, taking the Salt Springs school for one term. He then turned his attention to the cultivation of broom corn, and for fourteen years he devoted his energies to this industry.

In 1843 Mr. Gibson was married (first) to Ann Irwin, who died in 1846, leaving one child, James D. He was married (second) June 11, 1847, to Nancy J. Gault, who is a daughter of Major James Gault, of Mercer County, Pennsylvania. Major Gault was of Scotch extraction and was a prorninent man in his community, serving many years as a .justice of the peace. Of this second marriage there were eight children, six of whom grew to maturity, namely: William T., Benjamin, Robert A., Harry G., Minnie A., and Ella G.

In politics Mr. Gibson is a Democrat. Although he has reached the age of 88 years, he remains hale and hearty, his physical vigor and mental powers unimpaired, bearing testimony to the benefits of a life mainly spent in out door pursuits. With pleasure not unmixed with astonishment, he has watched the development of Ohio from a wilderness into a populous and extremely fertile and resourceful commonwealth. His portrait, is published in connection with this sketch.

20th Century History of Youngstown
and Mahoning County, Ohio and
Representative Citizens,
Edited and compiled by Gen. Thos. W. Sanderson
Youngstown, Ohio
Biographical Publishing Company
Chicago, Illinois 1897

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