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From: "Gerald D. Hobson" <>
Subject: [ALL] Biographical sketch: George Gibb Sr. (1832-1909)
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 07:39:39 -0600
Posted on: Allegheny County, Pa Biographies
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Surname: Gibb, McCray, McCrea, Stevens, Dickson, Graff, Camp, Grady, Croft,
Genealogical and Personal History Of
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
George Gibb, the youngest of these twelve children, was born December 25,
1832, at Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania, and passed his childhood, up to his
sixteenth year, in Ravenswood, West Virginia. What education he had was
self-acquired, as he had little or no schooling, and at the age of fifteen
years he removed from Ravenswood to Nevel Island. He quickly found employment
as a riverman under Captain Joseph Anderson, of West Virginia. He did not,
however, continue long in this aquatic life, but became a gardener, September
3, 1852, on Seven Mile Island, an employment which remained his principal
one for thirty-two years, although he also dealt successfully in real estate.
He eventually settled in Leet township, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania,
and there spent the remainder of his life. He owned considerable property
both in Leetsdale and in Edgeworth, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, and
was very well-to-do at the time of his death, April 17, 1909. He was a
Republican in politics, and a member of the Presbyterian Church. He married
Mary Jane McCray, born at Brush Creek, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania,
July 26, 1830. Mrs. Gibb was a daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Stevens)
McCray, of Brush Creek, whither Mr. McCray had come as a young man. Mr.
McCray was a laborer, and died in Edgeworth, Allegheny county, Pennsylvania,
in the year 1873, his wife having died at Leetsdale in 1861. To them were
born six children as follows: Mary Jane, aforementioned as the wife of
George Gibb; Robert; Thomas; William, died in infancy; Ann; Abram, died
February 16, 1898, married Emily Gibb, and by her had thirteen children:
Margaret, Anna Margaret, Elizabeth Rebecca, Melissa Jane, Thomas Walter,
Robert Aikens, Lida, Ansen McVay, Maud Alberta, William Dickson, George
Gibb, Laura Dickson, Agnes Graff. Mrs. McCray was a member of the Methodist
church. She died May 28, 1899. To Mr. and Mrs. Gibb were born ten children,
as follows: 1. Joseph A., died at the age of sixteen years. 2. William
Melvin, of whom further. 3. Perry Adams, of whom further. 4. Thomas McCray,
now of Redstone, Colorado, the superintendent of a mine and railroad there
and president of the Redstone Land and Fruit Company; married Arzorina
Freeman Camp, of Colorado, and by her has had two children, Frances Freeman,
seven years old, and Alma, aged three. 5. Samuel McCray, of whom further.
6. George W., an engineer of College Hill, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania;
married (first) Alma Grady and by her had six children: Edna Pauline, Jennie
Matilda, George W., Jr., Shirley, Marian Helen and Robert Malcom; Mrs.
George W. Gibb died September, 1897, and Mr. Gibb married (second) Catherine
Croft, by whom he has had no children. 7. Archie Hamilton, died in infancy.
8. John Geary, of No. 332 Frederick avenue, Sewickley, assistant yard master.
9. Maria Wilson, now Mrs. George W. Groom, of Edgeworth. 10. James Forbes,
also of Edgeworth.
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