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Thomas Gibson
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Birth: May 12, 1798
Boyle County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Sep. 5, 1867
Powder Mill
Hart County
Kentucky, USA

Parents: Thomas Gibson and Rachel (Rhoda) Harlan. Thomas was possibly b. 1772 on Bacon Creek, Danville, Boyle Co., KY. Rachel b. ca 1776 same location.

Thomas Jr. was born on Bacon Creek.

Note that Boyle Co. was formed in 1842 from Lincoln and Mercer counties. Hardin Co. was formed in 1792; Hart Co. in 1819.

Thomas, Jr. married Mary (Polly) Martin 23 May 1821, Hardin Co., KY. (Kentucky, Marriages, 1785-1979; Bk A, pg 122).

Thomas and Mary were early pioneers in Hart Co., KY.

Thomas and Mary "Polly" had the following children:
1. Jonathan GIBSON, b. ca 1818 (m. Caroline B. Hudgins)2. David GIBSON,b. ca 1820 (m. Laura B. ?)
3. Kathryn GIBSON, b. ca 1822 (m. Thomas Hodges & Henry C. Martin)
4. Anne GIBSON, b. ca 1823 (m. William Gardner)
5. Mary J. GIBSON, b. ca 1826 (m. Wm Hodge)
6. Alfred GIBSON, b. ca 1828 (m. Nancy Whitlow)
7. Wade GIBSON, b. ca 1830
8. Thomas GIBSON, b. ca 1832
9. Francis GIBSON, son, b. ca 1834, Hart Co., KY
10. Nancy Harlan GIBSON, b. 7 Apr 1836, Hart Co., KY; m. William Wiltshire Watkins 4 Jun 1857 in Hammondsville, KY;
d. 13 Feb. 1924, Canmer, Hart Co., KY; Buried: Canmer, Hart Co., KY.

All the children were born in Hart Co., KY. However, the above list may not be 100% accurate.

1850 U.S. Census for Hart Co., KY finds a large blended family:

*Thomas Gibson M 54y
Mary Gibson F 52 yrs, b. 1798 Virginia
Francis [Frances] Gibson F 24y
Catharine [Gibson] Hodges F 23y
Ann M Gibson F 20y
Jonathan Gibson M 18y
David Gibson M 17y
Nancy Gibson F 14y
Mary Gibson F 9y
Thomas Gibson M 12y
Henry G Martin M 15y
America D Martin F 12y
Virginia Martin F 10y
Louisa A Hodges F 4y
Mary F Hodges F 2y

*Everyone born in KY except wife Mary.

Note: Catharine Gibson was married to Thomas Hodges and to Henry C. Martin; Mary Jane Gibson married a William M. Hodges but in 1850, she was only 9 yrs old. So, the Hodges and Martin children listed above are Catharine's children. But Catharine married Hodges first and Martin second so these children's ages don't match that data. Also, the Martin children are too old to be Catharine's children. So, these Martin children might be Polly's nieces and nephews.

1860 U.S. census for Hart Co., KY:
Thomas Gibson, 64, head, born in 1795 in KY, Farmer
Polly " 62 wife, born in 1797 in KY
Frances " 35 daug, born in 1824 in KY
Thomas " Jr 22 son, born in 1837 in Ky Farmer
Virginia M. " 18 dau, born in 1841 in Ky Farmer

Son Albert and his family lived nearby.

Thomas Gibson was the last operator of the old gunpowder mill at Powder Mills on Lynn Camp Creek which was located just a short distance from the Gibson homestead. It ceased its gunpowder-making operation around 1865 just after the Civil War during which time gunpowder was sold to both the North and South, and thereafter was used at various times as a lumber mill, a grist mill, a woolen mill and lastly a carding machine operation all powered from a huge overshot waterwheel at the base of the large spring which provided water for the entire town of Powder Mills. The town ceased to exist around 1945 when Schuyler Best, the last operator of any mill operations passed away. At one time, the town consisted of several houses, a doctor's office, a telephone exchange, a general store, and a post office. Now, only the doctor's office and post office remain. (Courtesy of Dee Tapp)

Note: Found a death record for Harlan Gibson, b. 1802; d. 25 Sept. 1861, Hart Co., Kentucky; parents: Thomas Gibson and Rachel Gibson. Thomas' brother?
Family links: 
  Mary Martin Gibson (1798 - 1883)
  Alfred Gibson (1822 - 1887)*
  Frances Gibson (1825 - 1917)*
  Katharine H. Gibson Martin (1827 - 1883)*
  Jonathan Gibson (1832 - 1922)*
  Mary Jane Gibson Hodges (1841 - 1883)*
*Calculated relationship
Kessler Cemetery
Powder Mill
Hart County
Kentucky, USA
Created by: J.D. Larimore
Record added: Mar 13, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 86730297
Thomas Gibson
Added by: J.D. Larimore
Thomas Gibson
Added by: J.D. Larimore
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