John Gibson


JOHN GIBSON, one of the prosperous and enterprising merchants of Bethany, Brooke Co., W. Va., was born September 17, 1861, in the town where he now resides. His parents were Robert and Marian (Wilson) Gibson, both natives of Scotland. COming to this country about the year 1845, they settled at Bethany. The father was a shepherd in his native land, but after coming to the United States he engaged in tilling the soil. He died in July, 1865 and the mother followed him March 10, 1890. They were the parents of eight children, four of whom are dead, those living are: Agnes (Devore), Selina, Robert and John. John, the principal of this biography, attended the common schools until he reached the age of eighteen years, at which time he entered business with his brother as a clerk. After continuing in this capacity for about two years, Mr. Gibson purchased his brother's interest and has sinces operated the business. His marriage to Amanda Alvey took place June 19, 1883. She is the daughter of Basil and Elizabeth Alvey and was born in November 1860 in Taylorstown, Penn. Mr. and Mrs. Gibson's home has been brightened by the advent of four children, all of whom are living, they are: James, Bernie, Olive and Laura. Both Mr. and Mrs. Gibson are consistent members of the Disciples church, of Bethany, and he is also a member of the I. O. O. F. His political faith is founded upon the principles of the republican party. Mr. Gibson is a worthy representative of an old and much esteemed family, and his success fully attests his business ability and standing. Mr. Gibson is still a young man and has a bright business career open before him.

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