Biography of Abner W. Gibson
Lawrence County, Pennsylvania Biographies





ABNER W. GIBSON, a well known and influential farmer of Taylor Township, Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, was born at what is now known as Phillips' Corner, on the Sharon Mercer road, in Mercer County, Pennsylvania, January 28, 1830. He is a son of William M. and Mary (Walker) Gibson, and grandson of William Gibson.

William Gibson, the grandfather, came from Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, with his father and three brothers, and with the latter inherited 900 acres of land which their father took up upon his settlement here. They arrived in the pioneer days of 1803, and William Gibson cleared and lived upon his farm the remainder of his life. His son, William M., was born on this farm, which was located in what is now Wilmington Township, Lawrence County, at that time Neshannock Township, Mercer County. After his marriage he lived for four years on the road between Sharon and Mercer, his wife having been born within a mile of that place. They sold out there and purchased a tract of 100 acres in the woods at Neshannock Falls, about the year 1834, living there until 1849. They then moved to Beaver County and resided until 1868, when they moved with their son, Abner W., to his present location in Taylor Township. He died in 1878 and was survived many years by his widow, who passed away in 1892, at the age of eighty years.

Abner W. Gibson has always engaged in agricultural pursuits, at which he has been successful, is a man of modem ideas and progressive spirit. He has aided largely in the development of the community, and is one who enjoys the confidence and good will of his fellow men to a remarkable degree. He has eighty five acres of land. He was married March 4, 1852, in Beaver County, to Rebecca Stoops, who was born and reared in that county and was a daughter of William Stoops. He had not long to enjoy the companionship of his wife and their little child, both dying in 1854, and in the same month. Mr. Gibson had a sister, Elizabeth, who died in 1864, married John Johnson, who died in 1865, and five children were left orphans: Mary Lois (White), who lives in Montana; William, who died in California, unmarried; James, of Washington, D. C.; John, who lives in Scioto County, Ohio, and Charles G. Charles G. Johnson makes his home with his uncle, Mr. Gibson, by whom he was reared, and he owns a farm of eightyone acres in Taylor Township. He was united in marriage with Miss Laura Book, and they have a son, Frank, on account of whose ifi health they are now sojourning in Wyoming.

In religious attachment, Mr. Gibson is a devout member of the Wampum Presbyterian church. Politically, he is a Republican in national politics and a Prohibitionist in principle. He has efficiently filled most of the township offices.


From:
20th Century History of
New Castle and Lawrence County
Pennsylvania
Edited By: Hon. Aaron L. Hazen
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill., 1908


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