Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In

Changes are coming to Find A Grave. See a preview now.

Rita Gibson (#47361904)
 member for 6 years, 10 months, 23 days
[Add to MyFriends]
Bio and Links
A photograph of a distinguised gentleman standing in front of the bank in Pony, Montana, around the turn of the 20th century caught my eye when I was about 12 years old. It was a photograph of my 3 greats Grandpa, George H. as the family calls him (to distinguish him from his son, my 2 greats grandpa, George T.) Sparrell. The photograph was in a Madison County, Montana history book and he told the folks who compiled it that he came to the gold rush in Virginia City, Montana in its beginning in 1864 from Plymouth, Massachusetts. I asked my grandma, his great granddaughter if he might be of the Pilgrims and she told me she knew nothing of her family. I was bit by curiosity but wasn't able to pursue until 21 years later after the birth on my daughter and had the blessing of working with a lady in one of my library jobs who taught me how to do this genealogy thing. I've been consumed with it since 1993 and was happy to find out plenty (and yes, he was descended from Elder William Brewster of Mayflower fame) to share, unfortunately not with Grandma because she had passed away, but with her sister, my great aunt - who encouraged me to pursue this back in '93 so she could find out if she was the last of her line (which she was, except for us).
I have a university degree in History, have worked in libraries since 1980 and have a passion for the detective work of genealogy, not only my own but others also. It allows me to be constantly learning nearly every day. I've been blessed with a family rich in history and experience, and love what I do, thankful for that blessing in and of itself.
Leave Public Message
Contributions to
Find A Grave
 • 42 Memorials Added
 • 80 Memorials Managed
 • 12 Photo Requests
 • 98 Virtual Flowers
Messages left for Rita Gibson (27)[Leave Message]
George Eagle
You are very welcome, let me know if you would like me to email full resolution photos.

Take care
Added by litekeeper on Jul 10, 2015 3:16 PM
Andy Allord
RE: Justice Albert Anderson grave
Your welcome, it was my pleasure... :)
Added by Andy Allord on May 09, 2015 9:17 PM
RE: DeWitt grave photo
It's funny how easy he was to find once I knew what plot he was in. I got out of the car and boom! Right there along the road. You're welcome!
Added by Margie on Feb 28, 2015 1:46 PM
RE: Word grave
I found a whole bunch of Words around him that I input into the Findagrave AND added pix. There is even one of Samuel Word who's Find A Grave memorial says he is "probably" buried at Virginia City, but he has a stone here @ Forestvale with a bunch of other Words...probably descendents. That was fun. :) You're welcome!
Added by Margie on Feb 28, 2015 1:44 PM
Patricia Harrison Armstrong
RE: Justice Freebourn's grave photo
You are most welcome! Did you note I added a memorial and headstone photo for his wife, Anne? There was also another burial in the next lot over for a Mary Freebourn who died in 1970. I will happily transfer these memorial to you if you wish.
Added by Patricia Harrison Armstro... on Feb 22, 2015 8:57 PM
Rita, I was checking out a memorial you added to Find-a-Grave and decided to read your bio. I just want to let you know what an interesting bio you have. I, too, am a Mayflower descendant and love all the new things I find out about my family every day. I only wish I had known some of this when I was studying history in school. I love history now because of all the connections. Lin
Added by Lin on Apr 06, 2014 11:51 AM
Jim Harrison
RE: Cheadle photo
You are welcome Rita, glad to help.
Added by Jim Harrison on Apr 03, 2014 8:53 PM
Jim Harrison
RE: Cheadle photo
You are welcome Rita, glad to help.
Added by Jim Harrison on Apr 03, 2014 8:53 PM
RE: John & Nancy Lynch graves
I missed them twice in the past year, I'm glad I was able to find them this time. The older stones are a higher priority for me, especially the ones in danger of being lost.
Added by KQB on May 13, 2013 9:53 PM
You contacted me about..
You're trying to help a 90 yr old woman; please let me know the surname so I can tell you if I can help

Brenda E
Added by 47554820 on Dec 07, 2012 10:46 AM
[View all messages...]

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service