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Robert McKibbon
Birth: 1828
Ontario, Canada
Death: Nov. 5, 1915
Ottawa Municipality
Ontario, Canada


"One by one our old land marks drop away and pass to their long home. For fully half a century Mr. Robert McKibbon conducted a boot and shoe business in town and was known far and wide for the honesty and reliability of his products and the rectitude of his life. He was one of the old time practical craftsmen who knew his trade from the ground up and in the construction of his work much of his own nature and character entered. Of a quaint, self-contained nature and a peculiarly direct way of estimating persons, things and events, many people enjoyed nothing better than a chat with this philosopher of the hammer and awl. For the past few years he had made his home with his daughter, Mrs. W. Fitzsimmons, Ottawa, at whose place he died Friday at the age of 87 years. Funeral services were conducted in Ottawa by the Rv. Dr. McVeity and the remains brought here on the 2:30 train accompanied by his daughters Mrs. Fitzsimmons and Mrs. T. Dempsey. Many old time friends met the train to pay their last respects to the one who through long years had lived a just and upright life and ha an unblemished character. The Rev. R. Stillwell conducted the services at the grave internment taking place by the side of his wife in the Union Cemetery. Four of his family survives. Robert of Cobden, Ambrose of Merrickville, Mrs. W. Fitzsimmons and Mrs. Thomas Dempsey, Ottawa"

Source: The Rideau Record. Nov. 9, 1915.

Note: Son William Humphrey was mentioned in the obituary of his brother Ambrose in 1929. He was still alive at the time of his father Robert's death though not mentioned in the obituary above.

Robert was the son of James McKibbon (b. ????) and Margaret Stewart (b. 1797). Both James McKibbon and his wife Margaret Stewart were born in Ireland. They came to Canada sometime in the 1820s. James McKibbon died before the first census was taken in Canada in 1851. The widow Margaret McKibbon was living in Lochiel Township, Glengarry County, Ontario in 1851. With her were a James McKibbon (b. 1824), Hugh McKibbon (b. 1828 later married Jane Roche of Merrickville), Esther McKibbon (b. 1831) and Anna Crookshanks (b. 1845). By 1861 the widow Margaret McKibbon had moved away from Glengarry county and resided near Merrickville in the years 1861 and 1871 (source: 1851, 1861. 1871 Census of Canada).

Robert's McKibbon's first wife was named Eliza and she was the mother of two children. Her son was Robert James McKibbon (Cobden, ON) and her daughter was Eliza McKibbon (later Mrs. Thomas Dempsey of Ramsayville, ON). According to the death registration of daughter Eliza Dempsey, her mother's maiden name was Eliza Burrows as reported by her son Roy Dempsey.

Robert's second wife was Maria Perrin daughter of Humphrey Perrin and Elizabeth Saunders. Maria was the mother of children Elizabeth McKibbon (Mrs. William Fitzsimmons of Ottawa, William Humphrey McKibbon (William H. McKibbon of Seattle, Washington, wife Hattie Lowe), Ambrose McKibbon of Merrickville (wife Harriet Edwards), Ellen Theresa McKibbon (Mrs. Albert E. Gorman) and Margaret Ann McKibbon (Mrs. Frederick R. McCrea).

Based on birth, marriage, death and census information Robert McKibbon is thought to have had a brother named Hugh McKibbon (sources: Marriage, Birth of James McGibbon***surname used was McGibbon) and a possibly a brother named James McKibbon born around 1824 (source: Year: 1851; Census Place: Lochiel, Glengarry County, Canada West (Ontario); Schedule: A; Roll: C_11722; Page: 119; Line: 9). An Esther McKibbon also lived with the family and she was of an age to be a possible sister. Esther McKibbon was living with the widow Margaret McKibbon in Merrickville in 1871 and also earlier in 1851 in Glengarry County.

An 1822 birth registration for a woman named Elizabeth McGibbin lists the similar named parents of James McGibbin and Margaret Steward. (source: Therefore she is another possible sister. She was widowed by a man with the surname Black and she later married second husband John McLellan of Perth, Ontario. She had a daughter Mary Black from her first marriage.

Robert's mother the widow Margaret McKibbon was sometimes recorded as Margaret McGibbon and is listed as a landowner in Wolford Township in the 1861 Atlas of Grenville County as Mrs. McCribbon.

Proof that son Humphrey McKibbon is the same man as William H. McKibbon who died in Seattle, WA in 1935. 1. Marriage register of a marriage between William H. McKibbon and Hattie Lowe that occurred in Douglas County, Wisconsin, June 8, 1898 states that he was born in Canada. It lists his full name as William Humphrey McKibbon and it lists his father as Robert, and his mother as Marie. 2. Various census information linking William H. McKibbon of Seattle and wife Hattie to their son Edward Truman McKibbon. 3. Edward Truman McKibbon's death in Seattle 1960 named his mother's maiden name as Hattie Lowe. Note: Hattie and William H. McKibbon of Seattle also had a daughter named Edna McKibbon of Seattle. Her married name was Bovaire, and she had a daughter Billy Dee Bovaire (source: 1960 obituary of Mrs. Hattie McKibbon, Seattle Times). According to other articles in the Seattle times, Edna McKibbon appears to have been a champion swimmer who attended the Olympics in 1932.

Family links: 
  Eliza Burrows McKibbon*
  Maria Perrin McKibbon (1830 - 1915)*
  Robert James McKibbon (1851 - 1941)*
  Elizabeth McKibbon Fitzsimmons (1860 - 1955)*
  William H McKibbon (1863 - 1935)*
  Eliza McKibbon Dempsey (1866 - 1930)*
  Ambrose McKibbon (1866 - 1929)*
  Ellen Theresa McKibbon Gorman (1870 - 1912)*
  Margaret Ann McKibbon McCrea (1870 - 1901)*
*Calculated relationship
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