Intelligence reached the city on Friday of the death of Rev. John M. Gibson at his home near Franklin at an early hour that morning. Pneumonia was the direct cause of his death. Although the beginning was in an attack of influenza which was not at first considered at all dangerous.

Mr. Gibson was a native of Rutherford County, Tenn., and was born Feb. 3, 1821. He came to Morgan county in 1830 with his father, Jas. Gibson. He was at an early age married to Mary Davidson, whose parents came to the county in 1831. He was the father of nine children, John M. of Douglas, Kas.; Mrs. John H. VanWinkle of Franklin; Jas. W., Albert D., Hannah and Mary E. another son Richard and a daughter, Mrs. Eli Mansfield live at Franklin. Mr. Gibson was ordained minister of the Methodist Episcopal church in 1875. He has never acted except as a local preacher. He was a man of large heart and thorough consistency. Perhaps no one was more widely known or more popular in the county than he. The announcement of his death will be a blow as well as a surprise to his friends. It is not known when the funeral will take place, though it is supposed that it will be on Sunday afternoon.

(Jacksonville Journal, January 25, 1890)


Pioneer Resident Dies at Home of Daughter in Franklin - Had Resided in this County Practically all Her Life.

Mrs. Mary Davidson Gibson, a pioneer resident of this county, passed away at 9 o'clock Tuesday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. P. Six, in Franklin.

Deceased was the daughter of Joshua and Elizabeth Sharpe Davidson, and was born February 19, 1829. Her parents were residents of Alabama and came to Illinois in 1831 settling in Macoupin county.

In 1848 she was united in marriage to Rev. John M. Gibson and they resided for many years in the vicinity of Nortonville. Mrs. Gibson was a member of Providence church and during her long life was a faithful follower of the Master and was always active in the affairs of the church.

She was the mother of eight children, three of whom preceded her in death. The were Della, George C. and Elizabeth VanWinkle. Her husband died in March, 1890.

She also leaves one brother, Albert of McAllister, Okla; one sister, Mrs. Tabitha McCurley, Modesto, and twenty- eight grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren.

In the later years of her life, Mrs. Gibson devoted much time to Scripture reading and the singing of her favorite hymns which were “Asleep in Jesus, It Is Well With My Soul, Meet Me There,” and others.

Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 11 o'clock from Providence church.

(Jacksonville Courier, Wednesday, February 11, 1920)

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