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GEORGE T. GIBBS, who for twenty-four years has been a member of the school board in his district and who is a stanch champion of the cause of education, is classed with the representative citizens of Menard county, where he is now engaged in general farming and stock-raising. He has made his home in Illinois from his early boyhood days, but was born near Baltimore, Maryland, on the 13th of April, 1849. His parents, William J. and Sarah (Cramer) Gibbs, were natives of Maryland, the former born in 1808 and the latter in 1811. The father was a weaver by trade and followed that pursuit throughout his entire life. Both he and his wife were devoted members of the Methodist Episcopal church, uniting therewith under the ministry of Bishop John H. Vincent. Mr. Gibbs died December 3, 1882, and his wife's death occurred February 19, 1884. They were the parents of seven children, two sons and five daughters: William H., born August 12 1835, and now living in Jackson, Mississippi; Mrs. Isabella Haines, a resident of Kansas; Mrs. Susan Myers, who resides in Oregon, Illinois; Mrs. Rachel Eldridge, who died in May, 1900; Josephine, who died in October, 1903; George T.; and Mrs. Ella Myers, who is now living in Washington, D.C.
George T. Gibbs spent the first seven years of his life in the state of his nativity and then accompanied his parents on their removal to Illinois, the journey being made by wagon, after the primitive manner of travel of that time. They were seven weeks in making the trip, but at length reached their destination --- Mount Morris, Illinois ---on the 1st of November, 1856. Mr. Gibbs entered the public schools there and continued his studies in that way until seventeen years of age, after which he spent two years in the Rock River Seminary, at Mount Morris. He afterward worked as a farm hand until 1873 and during the two succeeding years he devoted his attention to teaching school.
On the 3d of August, 1876, Mr. Gibbs was married to Miss Alice G. Walker, a daughter of Joseph M. and Sarah (Mundy) Walker. Her father was born in Adair county, Kentucky, November 7, 1818, and in 1830 became a resident of Irish Grove, Menard county, where he resided until his death. He was an honest, honorable man and in his boyhood days, in Kentucky, he joined the Presbyterian church, of which he remained a faithful member. Throughout his entire life he lived at peace with his fellow men, trying to do right by all, and his sterling worth commanded the respect of those with whom he was associated, either through business or social relations. He married Sarah A. Mundy, who was born August 13, 1823, the wedding being celebrated at Middletown, April 30, 1846. Her death occurred April 24, 1860, and Mr. Walker died at his home in Irish Grove on the 6th of August, 1899, at the advanced age of eighty years and nine months. His was one of the largest funerals ever held in that community, the Presbyterian church, in which the services were conducted, being taxed to its utmost capacity, notwithstanding the weather was unpropitious. Both Mr. and Mrs. Walker enjoyed the love and esteem of all who knew them and their memory remained as a blessed benediction to their many friends. They were the parents of five daughters and one son: Marietta, who was born August 25, 1847, and is the wife of Dr. S..T. Hurst, of Greenview; Alice, born April 26, 1849, wife of our subject; Rebecca F., born October 27, 1851, the wife of John E. Mundy, a resident farmer of Menard county; Henry W., who was born November 3, 1854, and died April 19, 1855; Addie B., born March 6, 1856; and one child that died in infancy.
The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Gibbs has been blessed with nine daughters and one son: Addie M., wife of Robert Burns, of this county; Grant L., at home; Ella F., who is the wife of James Snyder, a resident of Middletown, Illinois; Sadie A., Linnie, Marietta R., Josie, Carrie C. and Minnie E., all at home; and one that died in infancy.
After his marriage Mr. Gibbs engaged in teaching school for two years and then began farming. He and his family are living in the same house in which his wife was born. He carries on general agricultural pursuits and stock-raising and carefully conducts his business interests, so that both branches of his business are proving profitable. He is interested in pubic affairs and has advocated many progressive measures. He now belongs to the Court of Honor and the Modern Woodmen camp and both he and his wife are members of the Presbyterian church and are deeply interested in its growth and the extension of its influence. Mr. Gibbs has served as school director for twenty-four years, filling that position at the present time, and with the exception of the youngest two, his children are all graduates of the public schools. The family is one highly respected in the county.