DAVID FITZ GIBBON, clerk of the circuit court of Johnson County, Ind., was born near Vernon, Jennings County, Ind., March 15, 1842, and is the son of Thomas and Ellen (O'Mahoney) Fitz Gibbon, both of whom were natives of Cork, Ireland. The parents were married in their native country, and emigrated to America in about 1820, locating in Baltimore, Md. From Baltimore, they removed to Madison, Ind., and thence to Jennings County, where they had purchased a farm. In about 1845, they returned to Madison, and in July, 1849, they removed to Edinburg, Johnson County, where the father engaged in merchandising, and where they both died, the father in April, 1874, and the mother in 1871. To the parents fourteen children were born, seven of whom survive. Of the surviving children, our subject is the fifth in birth. He was reared principally in Edinburg, Ind., and received a good education, attending the public school of that place, and then spending two years as a student at Notre Dame College. Finishing his school days in 1860, he next engaged as clerk with John Walsh and John M. Sargant, merchants of Edinburg, with whom he remained for about eighteen years, with the exception of about three years spent as bookkeeper for an Indianapolis firm. In April, 1880, he removed to Franklin, and took a position with Walsh & McNaughton (now W. A. McNaughton), where he remained up to the taking possession of his present position. March 18, 1886, he was nominated by the democratic county convention for the office of circuit clerk, and in November of the same year, was elected by a majority of 350 votes, and in November, 1887, took possession of the office. He was united in marriage July 17, 1867, to Josephine Morgan, who was born in Kentucky, and is the daughter of Col. Morgan, who removed from Henry County, Ky., to Johnson County, Ind., in 1856. To this union three children have been born, town of whom are living.
Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker
Banta, D.D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888.