Friday, June 4, 2010

Mary Ann (Wilson) Gibson

Birth:    Feb. 1, 1830
             Champaign County, Ohio

Died:     Jul. 29, 1867
             McDonough County, Illinois

Mary Ann (Wilson) Gibson was the wife of Isaac W. Gibson, a farmer in Bethel Township, McDonough County, Illinois.  They were married on July 1, 1858.  She was born Feb 1, 1830, in Champaign Co., Ohio, a daughter of John and Jane (McComsey) Wilson. Her parents and a brother, Eli Wilson, is buried in this cemetery along with several of her cousins, an aunt, nieces and nephews.

Census records do not reveal evidence of any living children born to Mary Ann and J.W. Gibson. However, the mortality index for Bethel Township in 1860 does show that a one-month-old male, William Gibson, died in November 1859.  In the 1860 census enumeration Mary Ann Gibson's mother, Jane Wilson, and sister, Malissa Chenney, were living with her and her husband. The 1870 census shows that her husband still farming in McDonough County with his late wife's sister, Malissa Chenney, living as a domestic in his home. 

The stone, photographed in March 2008, was found lying flat on the ground.  If the infant mentioned in the 1860 mortality index was indeed her son, it is likely that he is also interred in this cemetery.

Biographical information comes from census records, vital statistics, and marriage records from, the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, and from Duane Lester's, "Rural Cemeteries of McDonough County, Illinois, Volume II, Bethel-Industry."

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