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Rev John Gibbs

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Rev John Gibbs

  • Birth 27 Mar 1755 Virginia, USA
  • Death 26 Jan 1847 Burke County, North Carolina, USA
  • Burial Burke County, North Carolina, USA
  • Memorial ID 5393858

John Gibbs, married Rebecca Connelly, on October 10, 1776, Rowan County, North Carolina.

The following comes from Rev. John Gibbs 1755-1847 - Pioneer Family:

On July 7, 1778 John was granted 200 acres of land just north of the Catawba River, Burke County, North Carolina. His neighbors were Moore's, Ballew's, Saylor's.

In the spring of 1779 John and Rebecca's first child, William, was born. John was called to defend his country against the British, sacrifice of leaving a wife and infant alone for three months. It was in 1780 John joined Captain Clark Company in Charlotte, there he was reassigned to General Morgan Company. Having served his 3 months tour of duty he was discharged and returned home to his young bride and infant son. The next year, 1781, their second child James was born. John again was called for 3 months duty, likely during the time of James birth. This time John was sent to Catawba River and assigned to a Company led by his brother-in-law Capt. John Wesley Connelly. The next year another son Hugh, named after Rebecca's brother, was born, and the following year John Jr. was born. Poor Rebecca, four boys under the age of five years. Three years would pass before their first daughter Elizabeth was born. Joshua, #6 child was born in 1788, two years later Bryant their 7th child was born. David followed in 1792, and Archibald in 1795, their 10th child Thomas was born in 1797. In 1802 their last child Wesley was born, having a total of 11 children, 1 daughter and 10 sons.

Private, North Caroline Militia, Pensioner.
Rev. John Gibbs,was a Revolutionary Soldier #S-8556 N. C.
John Gibbs was a Methodist Minister and farmer.

The Gibbs's came from England, and settled in New Jersey. There is a Gibbstown, New Jersey, thought to be named after them.

In 1780, while a resident of Burke County, North Carolina, he enlisted in the Army and served three months in Captain Clark's Company. In 1781, he reenlisted again and served three months in Captain John Connelly's Company. Captain Connelly was his wife, Rebecca's brother. John received a pension in 1844 for his service during the Revolution.

John Gibbs, married Rebecca Connelly, on October 10, 1776, Rowan County, North Carolina, she was the daughter of John Bryan O'Connelly and Mary Carney O'Connelly. Her parents were born in Galway, Ireland. This Irish Pioneer, came to the American Colonies in 1743 and settled in the Lovelady Ford section of the Catawba River Valley. The O'Connelly's formed one of the most extensive families of what was orginally Burke County. When they came to America they dropped the O in O'Connelly.

John and Rebecca's union lasted for over 70 years and they died within ten days of each other in January of 1847. He was a Methodist Minister at the Obeth Methodist Church, and they are both buried there.

They were the parents of 11 children:
1. William Gibbs, married Elizabeth Connelly
2. James Gibbs, married Rebecca Mashburn
3. Hugh Hibbs, married Sarah Penland
4. John Gibbs, Jr. born 1783, Brightwater, Burke County, North Carolina, died after 1850 in Jackson County, North Carolina, married Catherine Sherrill, born 1788, Bridgewater, Burke County, North Carolina, died, 1878, Swain County, North Carolina. (John, Jr. and his brother Hugh moved from Burke County, to Jackson County, North Carolina).
5. Elizabeth Gibbs, married Alexander Penland
6. Joshua Gibbs, married Rebecca Mira Connelly
7. Bryant Gibbs, married Hannah M. Finley
8. David Gibbs, married Mary Beal
9. Archibald Gibbs, married Sophia Finley
10. Thomas Gibbs, married Priscilla Eunice Finley
11. Wesley Gibbs, married Malinda Finley

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  • Maintained by: Double L
  • Originally Created by: Alberta Daniels Withrow
  • Added: 26 Apr 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5393858
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Rev John Gibbs (27 Mar 1755–26 Jan 1847), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5393858, citing Obeth Cemetery, Burke County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Double L (contributor 47307083) .