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Family of
Carroll Thomas Gibbs &
Maxie Lou Underwood Gibbs


Carroll Thomas Gibbs Family



Carroll Thomas Gibbs was born on February 14, 1879 in Newton County, Mississippi. He was the eighth child of Zachariah T. Gibbs (b c 1832 - d 1890) and Margaret Caroline Ellis (b c 1838 - d 1919). Margaret Caroline (below) was the daughter of James and Mary "Polly" Gulledge Ellis. Zach and Caroline were married c 1859 in Newton County, Mississippi and their children were

  1. William M. (1859-1924)
  2. Martha "Mattie" I. (1862-1938)
  3. Mary Gemima "Mima" (1866-before 1910)
  4. John Labon (1869-1938)
  5. Hannah "Hannie" (1870-1919)
  6. Samuel "Sam" Stephen (c1874-d ____)
  7. Joseph "Joe" Frank (1877-1951)
  8. Carroll Thomas (1879-1967)
  9. Nine (Puttman Darden) (1881-1952)

Caroline Ellis Gibbs


Carroll married Beulah Strickland in Newton County and they moved to Texas hoping her consumption (tuberculosis) would improve. She died about five months after they were married and is buried in the Marak Cemetery in Milam County, Texas.

On September 17, 1904, Carroll married Maxie Lou Underwood at the Baptist church in North Elm, Milam County, Texas. She was born on February 4, 1887 and was the daughter of Jefferson Andrew and Sarah Amelia Lee Barrett Underwood. Carroll and Maxie were married before the church congregation by Brother Pretty. They made their home in the Milam County community of Yarrellton and it is there that their twelve children were born. They had six sons and six daughters:




1.  Lacy Jewel (18 Aug 1905 - 22 Dec 1970) married Ivan Lee Cleek (21 Sep 1905 - 08 Aug 1972)  23 February 1927

Jewel & Ivan Cleek

Jewel & Gracie


2.  Zora Gracie (28 May 1907 - 21 May 2002) married William Henry Glauser (17 Oct 1903 - 5 Aug 1986)  31 March 1928

Gracie & Bill Glauser
50th Wedding Anniversary

Gracie & Bill while he was in the Army


3.  William Carroll (22 Jan 1909 - 4 Nov 1975) married Elsie Rae Fuller (21 Feb 1909 -  10 Apr 1979) 28 Nov 1934

William & Elsie Fuller Gibbs

 Four Generations: Bettye Lou & Deborah Ermis
   William Gibbs, Maxie & Carroll Gibbs


4.  Minnie Lucille (23 Dec 1910 - 28 Nov 2004) married William Morris Richardson (03 Feb 1917 - 20 May 2008) 5 Sep 1936

Minnie Lucille Gibbs

Lucille & Morris - 50th Wedding Anniversary


5.  Coleman Truett (8 Feb 1915 - 24 Dec 1991) married 2nd Mary Opal Baty (04 Mar 1910 - 09 Mar 1991) 8 Feb 1946

Coleman Truett Gibbs

Coleman, Elmer & Mary

Coleman attended
Yarrellton School


6.  Joe Taylor "Pete" (3 Dec 1912 - 12 Nov 1970) married Beatrice Nippers (19 Aug 1921 - 12 Sep 1998) 14 Sep 1940 and later divorced


7.  Elmer Thomas (30 Dec 1916 - 4 Dec 2003) never married

Elmer Thomas Gibbs

Elmer playing the organ
for a wedding


8.  Alma Irene (24 Dec 1918 - 27 Mar 2011) married John Paul Hale (11 Oct 1911 - 27 May 1999) 02 February 1938

Irene completed school at the Yarrellton School and
went on to graduate from Yoe High in Cameron

Irene and John Hale


9.  Mildred Lorraine (25 Oct 1921 - 1 May 1965) married 1st Thomas O'Leary, Jr. (12 Aug 1918 - 07 Oct 2006) 21 Jun 1945, divorced, and 2nd Arthur Thomas Getty (03 Mar 19109 - 05 Jun 1964)  1 Jul 1959

Mildred, Irene and Doris

Mildred Lorraine Gibbs


10.  Doris Evelyn (28 Jan 1924 - 4 Feb 1998) married 1st James Dudley Leath (23 Nov 1919 - 16 Dec 1951) 19 Sep 1945, divorced, 2nd Lloyd Edwards (17 Sep 1911 - 09 Nov 1954)  22 May 1954 and 3rd Jessie Carl "Speck" Cockburn (29 May 1916 - 29 Aug 1997) 7 Jan 1967

Doris Evelyn Gibbs

Doris and J. C. "Speck" Cockburn


11.  Kenneth Rodney (5 Oct 1927 - 31 Dec 2013) married Minerva Elizabeth Varley 24 Dec 1949

Kenneth Rodney Gibbs

Beth and Ken Gibbs


12.  Harrell Denson (3 Nov 1929 - 26 Nov 2002) married Etta Jean Joines 13 Dec 1952

Ken & Harrell at the beach

Harrell and Etta Jean Gibbs
Wedding picture


The children attended the Yarrellton school where they were active in many school activities including basketball and baseball.


Carroll and son, William, farmed cotton and corn on rented property near their home. Carroll's family also lived in Bell Falls in Bell County, Texas. This is the 1944 farm Operations Plan during World War II.


Carroll and his brother, Joe Frank Gibbs, lived across the road from each other and after the death of Joe's wife, Ida Louise Jones Gibbs in 1921, "Aunt Maxie" helped with the Joe's seven children all she could having seven of her own which needed care. The children said it was often hard to tell to which house the children belonged.

In the 1940s, Carroll, Maxie and their two youngest sons, Kenneth and Harrell, moved to Matagorda County to make their home in Bay City. One daughter, Lucille, had already moved to Bay City after having married Walter Morris Richardson from Hasima. Two of Maxie's sisters, Vades Underwood Richardson and Ruby Underwood Hargett, were already living in Matagorda County with their families. Vades and Ruby had moved to Matagorda County from Milam County to teach school and held positions in schools in Cedar Lane, Hasima, Van Vleck, Citrus Grove and Sweeny in Brazoria County. Kenneth and Harrell both attended and were graduated from Van Vleck High School where their aunt, Vades Richardson was principal.


Carroll and Maxie's home at 2220 Ave B. in Bay City.



Pictured left to right

Carroll, Carol Sue Gibbs,

Morris, Donald & Lucille Richardson.




Of the twelve children born to Maxie and Carroll, five lived in Matagorda County for a short time, and three others made Matagorda County their permanent home.

Carroll ran three service stations in Bay City at three different locations and times. Maxie worked at the cafeteria at Matagorda General Hospital and then decided to go to nursing school following in the steps of her sister. She became a Licensed Vocational Nurse (License # 1297) on November 24, 1951, at the age of sixty-four. For the next twenty years, she worked primarily as a private nurse and as a nurse in the hospital nursery where she had the opportunity to care for two of her grandchildren.


Carroll and Maxie celebrated their fiftieth
wedding anniversary on Sunday,
September 19, 1954.
Their children hosted an open house
at their home at 2220 Avenue B in Bay City.

After moving to Bay City, Carroll transferred his membership and became an active member of the Bay City Masonic Lodge # 865. Many masons in Yarrellton and Bay City learned their Masonic work from Carroll, who was an instructor in Blue Lodge Masonic work. He received his fifty year pen in 1963 and was approaching his fifty-fourth year as a Master Mason when he died on January 10, 1967. He was buried at Roselawn Memorial Park in Van Vleck, Matagorda County, Texas.

Maxie continued working for about two years after her husband's death and her son, Joe Taylor "Pete," lived with her until his death. At the time of her death on May 25, 1976, she had thirteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Her death ended a life of service to her family as well as to others. She was buried at Roselawn beside Carroll.



Copyright 2007 - Present by Carol Sue Gibbs
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Mar. 31, 2007
Apr. 2, 2011