|Birth: ||Mar. 1, 1848|
|Death: ||Apr. 16, 1912|
Name: John A Gibson
Residence: Marion County, Iowa
Age at enlistment: 18
Enlistment Date: 5 Jul 1864
Rank at enlistment: Private
State Served: Iowa
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Enlisted in Company A, Iowa 47th Infantry Regiment on 04 Jun 1864.
Mustered out on 28 Sep 1864 at Davenport, IA.
Birth Date: abt 1846
Sources: Roster & Record of Iowa Soldiers in the War of Rebellion
John enlisted in the Union Army during the Civil War in Company A, 47th Iowa Infantry, a 100-day regiment. He was sixteen years old when he enlisted on 7 May 1864 as a private, and was honorably discharged at Davenport, Iowa on 28 Sep 1864. He was described in army records as 5 feet, 11 inches, dark complexion, hazel eyes, dark hair, and a farmer at the time of enlistment. The 47th was enlisted in May and went into camp in Davenport, Iowa where it was mustered into service on the 4th of June, numbering 884 officers and men. The 47th was then sent to Helena, Arkansas, where many were stricken with malaria and other diseases and died in hospitals or soon after reaching their homes. John indicated in his army pension file that on or about 9 Jul 1864 he was stricken with chronic diarrhea, chills and fever, and kidney disease while in Helena, Arkansas. John's two older brothers, Wm. H. Gibson (1841-1927) and James M. Gibson (1844-1920), were enlisted with the 9th Iowa Cavalry also stationed in Arkansas.
Homestead description: $375 for 160 acres from Harmon G. Mason 25 Oct 1882 in Harlan County, Nebraska. He came to Nebraska with his wife, Margaret, and three children. After his brother (Hugh Gibson) and sister-in-law died in 1880 and 1881, respectively, John and Margaret raised Hugh's daughters, Alice Susannie Gibson and Cora Ellen Gibson.
(1) OBITUARY, Harlan County Journal, Alma, Nebraska, April 19, 1912:
"ANOTHER PIONEER GONE TO REST--Died-- John A. Gibson of Alma, Nebraska, was born March 1, 1848, in Marion Co., Ill., and died April 16, 1912, at his residence in this city. At the age of 7 years he moved with his parents to Marion Co., Iowa, where he lived until about 1877, at which time he moved to Harlan ccounty, Nebraska. On the 9th day of September, 1871 [Note: Marion County, Iowa marriage records indicate 9 Nov 1871] he was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Wilson and to this union were born eight children, three sons and five daughters. Two sons, Chester and Edward, died in infancy. John Gibson, Jr. son, Mary Punshon, Clara Kirkpatrick, Allie Burkey, Nellie Moore and Bessie Gibson, daughters, and Margaret Gibson, widow, survive the deceased. At the age of 21 Mr. Gibson was converted to the Protestant Methodist church and later united with the United Evangelical church and remained a devoted member until death. Mr. Gibson was an old soldier as well as a pioneer and entered as a private in the Civil war in the 47th regiment Iowa, Volunteer Infantry and was honorably discharged from service Sept. 28, 1864, he was also a member of the Van Meter Post at Alma, he was a member of the Masonic and Woodman fraternities.
The funeral services were held in the Evangelical church at 2:30 p.m. Rev. W. C. Brewer preached the funeral sermon, the subject was 'Heaven.' Rev. J. L. Beebe made a few remarks upon the life, character and work of the deceased. The Masonic Brethren from Orleans and Republican City were present and participated in the services. The deceased was laid to rest in the Alma cemetery and was buried with Masonic honors. Mr. Gibson was kind hearted, generous and cheerful and all those who knew him will miss his kind word and the sunshine of his life. He leaves a widow, six children, three sisters, two brothers, grandchildren and two little orphans, Bennie and Ida, which he had taken into the home to love and care for, and a host of friends to mourn his loss.
The words of the prophet will be true in this case 'The memory of the just shall be blessed.'
James Gibson (1802 - 1873)
Margaret French Gibson (1814 - 1896)
Margaret Ellen Wilson Gibson (1854 - 1924)*
47 IA Infantry Co. A
Plot: Section OC, Block 1, Lot 22
GPS (lat/lon): 40.11088, -99.34942
Created by: Tony & Cindy Lloyd
Record added: Aug 21, 2010
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Hello sir. I recently found your book of Hymns. It was in a pile of debri at a worksite in Black Hawk, Colorado, dated 1878-1911. Id like to return it to one of your decendants. Its in safe hands with me. Rest in Peace, and Thank you for your Service to o...(Read more)|
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