WILLIAM GIBSON, whose excellent farm of fifty-five acres is situated in Cross Creek Township, Jefferson County, Ohio, was born in England, November 1, 1852, a member of a respected old family of Northumberland. His parents were Thomas and Catherine (Hope) Gibson.
Thomas Gibson followed farming all his life and neither he nor his wife ever came to America. They had the following children: Elenore, who married James Dunn, and lives in England; Mary, who married John Laing, and lives in England; Jane, who married William Robeson, and also lives in England; and William, who was the only member of the family to leave his native land. His grandparents, Thomas and Elizabeth Gibson and William and Martha Hope, also spent their lives on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.
William Gibson attended school in his own neighborhood until he was fourteen years of age and then helped on the home farm for four years, after which he became a coal miner and followed that life for seventeen years in the mines of England. In 1887 he came to the United States and located at Monongahela, Pa., in the center of the coal district, and for nineteen more years engaged in coal mining. By that time Mr. Gibson had become practically independent and then came to Jefferson County and purchased his present farm from Thomas Thompson, of New Alexandria. Mr. Gibson immediately started to improve the place, exercising both taste and good judgement in the setting out of trees, and converting a part of the land into orchards. He has two houses on the place and resides in one of these and rents the other to a tenant. He devotes himself to general agriculture and finds in the tilling of his land pleasure and profit.
Mr. Gibson was married in May, 1883, to Miss Mary Johnston, a daughter of John and Margaret (Henderson) Johnston. Mrs. Gibson was born, reared and married in England, where her parents spent their lives. She has three brothers: William, John and Arthur, the eldest being an Episcopal clergyman, now rector of a church at Atlanta, Ga. Mr. and Mrs. Gibson have two children: Margaret C. and Dorothy M. Mr. Gibson and family belong to the Episcopal Church in Cross Creek Township. He votes with the Republican party.