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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography of Charles W. Gibson

SOURCE: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Champaign County, Illinois," Chapman Brothers, Chicago, 1887


CHARLES W. GIBSON, a valued member of the farming community of Ogden Township, is comfortably located on section 30, where he owns 120 acres of land and is largely engaged in the breeding of Poland-China hogs. He came to this State in 1863, and commenced life in a modest manner, and by the exercise of diligence and industry is now in possession of a good homestead and surrounded by all the comforts of life.

Mr. Gibson, a native of Bates County, Mo., was born Nov. 10, 1854. His parents, John W. and Nancy J. (HARTMAN) GIBSON, were natives respectively of Ohio and Illinois. John W. Gibson was born in 1829, and departed this life at his home in Champaign, in September, 1875. He was a farmer by occupation and served as a Union soldier during the late war, being a member of the 25th Ohio Infantry, and giving three years and seven months to his country. He was mostly in the Army of the Cumberland, and suffered in common with his brother soldiers the privations of army life, by which he contracted a serious illness and was for three years an inmate of the Soldiers' Home at Dayton, Ohio. The mother of our subject was born in 1836, married in 1855, and is still living. She has been a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for many years. The parental household included four children-John A., Ellen, Emily, and Charles W., of our sketch.

Our subject, after arriving at years of manhood was united in marriage with Miss Sarah CANNON, Feb. 20, 1876. Mrs. G. is a native of this State and was born Dec. 12, 1856. Her parents were John and Keziah (BOONE) CANNON, the former a native of Delaware and the latter of Illinois. Her father was born in 1831, has followed farming all his life, and is now a resident of Kansas. He is esteemed a worthy citizen, and is a consistent member of the Christian Church. The mother, who was born in 1839, passed away in 1879. The three children of the parental household were named respectively, Mary, Jennie and Sarah L., and all are married.

Mr. and Mrs. Gibson have three children, namely, Minnie E. F., born in 1876; Frederick, in 1880, and Grace J., Jan. 17, 1883. The homestead of our subject includes a handsome dwelling and good barn, and one of the attractive features of the place is a spring of living water with which the proprietor would not part for hundreds of dollars. His early advantages were extremely limited but he was possessed of much natural ability and has kept his eyes open to what is going on around him. He has now accumulated a good property and can afford to live in comparative case. He is a stanch Republican in politics, and socially a member of Homer Lodge No. 252, I.O.O.F.

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