The Joe Gibson Family

First Generation


1. Joseph Philander "Joe" Gibson was born on 18 Mar 1862 in Old Mines, Washington, Mo. He died 1 on 8 Mar 1947 in Douglas, Garfield, Ok. He was buried 2 in Douglas, Garfield, Ok.

JOE & DORA (PIPER) GIBSON
By their daughter, Betty Jo Gibson Scott, 1996
Joe Gibson was born in Old Mines, Washington County, Missouri in 1862, just at the beginning of the Civil War. He was the son of Rev. Williamson Gibson and Mary Glore. He was one of 16 children, 13 lived to adulthood. Three of the children died due to typhus. According to Joe, his father was "a red-headed, Scot-Irish, hell-fire and brimstone, circuit riding Primitive Baptist preacher." They also lived in Crawford and Oregon Counties, Missouri, until they settled near Pine, Ripley County, Missouri (after Joe had left home).
Joe left home at a young age and worked as a cowboy on the cattle drives between Texas and Kansas. He had only had two years of schooling when he left home and was 21 years old when he got the equivalent of an eighth grade education. He was a self-taught man and had a very bright, active and inquiring mind and could read, write and express himself very well. He had auburn hair and blue-green eyes and was 6' tall until a fall from an apple tree broke both legs. His legs did not heal properly and after that he was bow-legged and it also affected his walk a bit. He had a beautiful tenor voice and sang a solo in church just a few weeks before his death at age 85. He learned to read music by the old shaped note method and had a song book with the shaped notes that he sang from every evening after his bible study.
While living in Kansas in early 1893 he heard of the opening of the Cherokee Strip in Oklahoma where people wanting their own land could participate in the "great land run of 1893" and if they were lucky, they would be able to stake a claim on 160 acres. He came to Oklahoma, along with Simon and Ellen (Cutter) Irey and stayed with his brother-in-law, Orville Cutter, who had secured his land in Logan County around 1889. He was elated when he got his claim and immediately set about building a dugout where he and Sarah could live until he could get a proper frame house built.
He farmed, raising wheat and other grains and large plentiful gardens. For awhile he raised broom corn and made brooms to sell. With the advent of the automobile, he was also a car dealer, working from his farm home, for awhile. He donated the northeast corner of his land so a school house could be built there. It was named Diamond School but everyone called it "Crackerbox".
It was at church that he met his second wife, Dora May Piper. She said the first thing that impressed her was his devotion to his two little girls. He was struck by her dark brown sparkling eyes and dark hair, 21 inch wiast and shyness. He was 43 when he married Dora, age 21, and they were to have 9 children, Dora's parents were John Piper and Josephine "Josie" Wollam and both were of german descent (See Chapter 10) Her mother died in childbirth when Dora was 8 years old. John then married Alice Roberts, who raised the 6 children.
Dora was a soft spoken, gentle and compassionate lady, always ready to help a neighbor, and raised a large family. I never heard her complain or talk about other people. She worked long days just like Joe. She did a lot of canning and preserving; made most of the family clothes; did nice hand work and never sat in a chair without a piece of mending in her hands.
Joe and Dora were active in the Douglas Christian Union church and after they moved to Douglas they never missed Sunday morning sunday school, church service, Sunday evening service and prayer meeting on Wednesday nights. Joe had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to play practical jokes on his family and friends. He was an avid Democrat and loved to "discuss" politics with his father-in-law, John Piper, who was only one year older than Joe and a staunch Republican. He was a hard worker and worked long days to support his harge family.
In September, 1928, they moved to a dairy farm near Covington. After nine months they moved near Hayward and ran a dairy there for a year. Then they moved to Covington where he ran a small grocery store specializing in his home butchered meat. The depression was on by this time and times were very hard. He never refused credit to anyone in need of groceries to feed their families knowing it was unlikely they would ever be able to pay. After his mother-in-law, Alice Piper, died in December, 1932, they moved to Douglas to make their home with John Piper. He immediately set about buying all the vacant lots in Douglas for back taxes, then he proceeded to clear them and plant them all in fruit and vegetables. The cellar was always full for the winter with all kinds of home grown and home canned meat, vegetables and fruit and the smoke house was full of cured beef and pork. He raised cattle, pigs, chickens, planted an orchard, and sold milk to townspeople.
He used horses to work the ground and there was a large barn, granary, pig pen, coal shed, kindling shed, chicken house, garage, and of course the outhouse, behind their house on the large lot. He had a pasture at the edge of town for the cows and horses. The horses, Dan and Fanny, eventually died at a ripe old age, and Dora thought that now he wouldn't work so hard. Much to her dismay he bought a pair of mules and kept on working as hard as ever.
Sundays were always a big day in their home and at times all six leaves were used in the table and they still needed two sittings to handle all the children and grandchildren that had come to visit. All of their social activites had to do with the school, church, community and family.
Joe did not have a child until he was 40 and then raised 10 children. I was born when he was nearly 67 years old. Mother told me that one of his prayers was that he remain healthy and able to work until I became of age. He died at the home in Douglas at the age of 85, when I was 18. I never knew him to spend one day in bed but in 1947 the barn and all of the outbuildings burned and he seemed to lose the twinkle in his eye. Soon after that he became ill and lived for only 2 weeks.
With his family gathered around his bedside his last words were "I see the light" with a look of wonderment on his face. He was a devoted family man and was respected and loved by many people. After Joe's death Dora lived in the home, with the exception of a year in Oklahoma City with her daughter and a time spent in a nursing home after she broke a hip. Her daughter, Lula, moved to Douglas to live with Dora so she could be in her own home. She died there in 1970 after a lengthy illness with her daughters at her side. She welcomed death because, after many years, she was "going to be with Joe". Joe and Dora were god-fearing, loving people and it is with gratitude and pride that I call them Mom and Dad.

(My memories of my parents do not include living on the family homestead since they moved from there when I was born, so I write mostly of their later years.)

Joseph married (1) Sarah Elizabeth Cutter daughter of Henry Munson Cutter and Caroline Fry on 17 Oct 1889 in Halstead, Harvey, Ks. Sarah was born on 7 Jan 1870 in , Mo. She died on 9 Feb 1905 in Douglas, Garfield, Ok. She was buried in Covington, Garfield, Ok.

SARAH CUTTER GIBSON
By Betty Jo Gibson Scott, 1996
Sarah was born in DeKalb County, Missouri and came to Harvey County, Kansas in the Halstead/Newton area with her parents when she was was about 12 years old. Census records show her father was a farmer. Shortly after they moved to Kansas her father, Henry Cutter, Sr., died suddenly. He was only 48 years old. This must have been a great loss to the large family of nine children ranging in age from one to nineteen. A great deal of responsibility was placed on the shoulders of the two oldest children, Orville & Richard, since they were 17 and 19. Sarah was 13 and her older sister, Ellen, was 15 and her younger sister, Molly, was 11. The four youngest children were Henry, 9; Sam, 6; Nate, 4 and John, 1. The three sisters were of help in the care of the four young boys.
When Sarah was 19 she had met a young cowboy, Joe Gibson, 27 years old, and they were married in Halstead, Kansas. He was a close friend of her brothers and may have ridden the cattle drives with the older ones. In 1993 they moved to the Cherokee Outlet in Garfield County, Indian Territory, where Joe had claimed land east of what was to become Douglas, Oklahoma. He built a one room dugout for them to live in until he could get a house built. He soon added another room and they had a two room dugout but they had to come up out of one to go into the other.
Sarah's sister, Ellen, had married Simon Irey, and Simon and Joe made the race for land together and settled on adjoining claims. Her younger sister, Molly, had married Dan Bierschbach in Halstead and they remained in Kansas and made their home there.
Sarah had two children born before1902 but they did not survive and were buried beneath the china berry trees on the family homestead. Finally in 1902, after she had been married 13 years, she gave birth to a little girl, Ethel. Then in 1905 she gave birth to another little girl, Blanche. However Sarah died due to complications from childbirth a week later. Joe was overwhelmed with the loss of his wife and the care of two motherless babies. Sarah's sister, Ellen, who lived nearby, was a great help to Joe with the care of the two little girls but he had them with him as much as possible. Aunt Emma Gibson Hodo also came and stayed awhile to help.
(Also see Cutter Genealogy)

Joseph and Sarah had the following children:

  2 M i Infant-1 Gibson was born in 1893/1901 in Douglas, Garfield, Ok. He died in 1893/1901 in Douglas, Garfield, Ok. He was buried in 1893/1901 in Douglas, Garfield, Ok.
  3 M ii Infant-2 Gibson was born in 1893/1903 in Douglas, Garfield, Ok. He died in 1893/1903 in Douglas, Garfield, Ok. He was buried in 1893/1903 in Douglas, Garfield, Ok.
+ 4 F iii Arva "Ethel" Gibson was born on 10 Mar 1902. She died on 23 Oct 1994.
+ 5 F iv Sarah "Blanche" Gibson was born on 2 Feb 1905. She died on 6 Oct 1983.

Joseph married (2) Dora May Piper daughter of John Piper and Josephine N. "Josie" Wollam on 16 May 1906 in Douglas, Garfield, Ok. Dora was born 1 on 16 Jul 1885 in Palisades, Hitchcock, Ne. She died 2 on 4 Oct 1970 in Douglas, Garfield, Ok. She was buried 3 on 7 Oct 1970 in Douglas, Garfield, Ok.

See Joe Gibson's bio.

They had the following children:

  6 M v John "Paul" Gibson was born on 6 Mar 1907 in Douglas, Garfield, Ok. He died on 1 Aug 1969 in Garber, Garfield, Ok. He was buried on 4 Aug 1969 in Garber, Garfield, OK.
        John married (1) Tessie Edna Groenewald on 4 Jan 1928 in Enid, Garfield, Ok. The marriage ended in divorce.Tessie was born about 1908 in Kingfisher, Kingfisher, Ok.
        John married (2) Beulah Mick Cunningham.
        John married (3) Beulah Mick Cunningham.
+ 7 F vi Vera "Docia" Gibson was born on 7 Jan 1909. She died on 7 Mar 1975.
+ 8 M vii William "Wayne" Gibson was born on 14 Jun 1910. He died on 1 Dec 1993.
+ 9 F viii Lula Fern Gibson was born on 15 Jul 1912. She died on 21 Sep 1983.
  10 M ix Glenn Ivan Gibson was born on 1 Dec 1913 in Douglas, Garfield, Ok. He died in Dec 1913 in Douglas, Garfield, Ok. He was buried in Dec 1913 in Covington, Garfield, Ok.
+ 11 M x Ralph "Don" Gibson was born on 25 Jul 1915. He died on 26 Aug 1979.
+ 12 F xi Dora Alice Gibson was born on 17 Jan 1917. She died on 12 Jan 1990.
+ 13 F xii Mary Josephine "Jobie" Gibson was born on 25 Mar 1919. She died on 2 Dec 1983.
+ 14 F xiii Betty Jo Gibson was born on 2 Aug 1928.

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