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John McTurk Gibson's life and family
1820
1827 27 Dec John McTurk Gibson born at Hillhead, Ochiltree, Ayrshire, Scotland
1830
1837 27 Sep his future wife, Olive Caroline Givens, born near Armiesburg, Indiana
1840
1841 6 Jun Enumerated in the Scotland census at Crawsland house in the Parish of Ochiltree, county of Ayr (Reference)
1848 27 Jan Olive's mother, Nancy (Wannamahker) Givens, died near Armiesburg, Indiana
1849 05 Oct Father, John Gibson, died at Hillhead
1850
1850 ??? Immigrated to America (Reference) (Help!)
1852   Enumerated in the 1852 Iowa census at Iowa City, Iowa (Reference)
1855 27 Dec Married Olive Caroline Givens at Marengo, Iowa
1856   Enumerated in the 1856 Iowa census at Marengo, Iowa
• occupation: Clerk
• years resided in Iowa: 4
1856 27 Nov First child, Mignionette, born at Marengo, Iowa
1856 12 Dec Gibson filed charges in Iowa County Court, Marengo, Iowa against a stage-driver, accused him of commiting a misdemeanor, defendant found guilty and fined $500
1858 10 Jun Olive's father, Benjamin Givens, died at Marengo, Iowa
1859 18 Apr Left Marengo with 11 other men on journey to Pike's Peak gold rush, including brother-in-law, William H. Givens (Journal entry)
1859 09 May Wrote letter home from Plattsmouth, Nebraska Territory (Journal entry)
1859 13 May Traveling group decided to go on to California after hearing that Pike's Peak was a bust (Journal entry)
1859 01 Jul Second child, John, born at Marengo, Iowa
1859 10 Sep Reached Coloma, California in the heart of the gold diggings and took a job for $3 per day (Journal entry)
1860
1860 15 Aug Enumerated in the 1860 Iowa census at Marengo, Iowa (Reference)
• occupation: Clerk
• Gibson was still in California, counted in Iowa (see below)
• listed as attending school during the last year
1860 21 Aug Enumerated in the 1860 California census at Union Town, California (Reference)
• occupation: Laborer
• following entry is brother-in-law, W.H. Givens (listed as Gibson)
1861 08 Nov Boarded the passenger ship Sonora at San Francisco, bound for Iowa via Panama
1861 25 Nov Reached Bay of Panama, traveled by train across isthmus and boarded the Northern Light at Aspinwall
1861 05 Dec Landed at Port of New York
1863 24 Aug Daughter, Agnes, born at Marengo, Iowa
1865 11 Dec Daughter, Ida May, born at Helena Mills, Iowa
1868 28 Jan Son, James, born at Helena Mills, Iowa
1868   Homesteaded on SW 1/4 Section 34, Township 4 North, Range 3 East in Jefferson county, Nebraska
1869 05 Nov Son, Charles Sumner, born near Plymouth, Nebraska
1870
1870 02 Jul Enumerated in the 1870 Nebraska census in Cub Creek Precinct, Jefferson county, Nebraska
• occupation: Farmer
1871 11 Nov Daughter, Olive Caroline, born near Plymouth, Nebraska
1876 14 Dec Recorded plat of Gibson's Addition to the City of Fairbury, Nebraska
1878 11 May Son, Jess Hanford, born near Plymouth, Nebraska
1880
1880   Enumerated in the 1880 Nebraska census in Gibson Precinct, Jefferson county, Nebraska
• occupation: Lumber yard
1882 15 Feb Mother, Margaret (Smith) Gibson, died at Mainshill, Stair, Ayrshire, Scotland
1882 29 Nov Son, Ross Howard, born near Plymouth, Nebraska
1885   Enumerated in the 1885 Nebraska census in Gibson Precinct, Jefferson county, Nebraska
• occupation: Farmer
1890
1891 04 Jun John McTurk Gibson died at home near Plymouth, Nebraska
1900
1910
1916 15 Aug Wife, Olive, died at Fairbury, Nebraska

Published: 26-Apr-2004