Submitted by Laura
This is a copy of a letter
written by Fred W. Gibson. It was included with some pages
(not the entire publication) of a history of James (Thomas)
Gibson descendents written by Hazel Gibson Jones.
This treasure was given to me by Winfred Finley Gibson.
(a descendent of James Thomas Gibson). I thought I would
share it with the list. If anyone has any knowledge about
the families mentioned, I would love to hear from you.
Rt. 3 LaFollette, Tenn.
Mr. Mrs. Chas F. Gibson
Box 95 Aspermont,
Dear Cousins; was very
pleasantly surprised by your letter which was forwarded
to me from Elk Valley, Tenn. Sure I remember your
visit to our home some years ago and have thought of you
as the years have passed.
We have been living here
just south of LaFollette, just a bit more than a mile from
the center of town, for the past five years the 21st of
Sold the farm near Elk
Valley, bought a good home here with about 20 acres land.
Was getting too old to work so much on a larger farm, and
as my wife was getting to be in poor health we need to be
closer in or near to town, a doctor and more conveniences.
My wife has become almost
an invalid, at this time is quite ill with asthma, blood
pressure and other things. We took her to an asthma
specialist at Knoxville, Tenn, some weeks ago and she has
improved somewhat slowly.
Truly hope that both you
and Charles are well and getting along real good. I am as
well as usual at present although I count myself as getting
old since am now in my seventy-fifth year.
It is my understanding
that James Gibson married Mary (or Polly) Tye in Knox County,
Ky around 1840 and soon moved to Campbell County Tenn. soon
after this marriage. I think he lived a while in Old
Boston a few miles east of where Jellico is now. Then
to Newcomb where he owned several hundred acres of land.
There is where the family was mainly raised. When
the older ones were about grown they moved across the mountain
(Pine Mt) about 10 miles south of Newcomb.
Grandma Polly died at
the home near Newcomb and was buried in the old Douglas
Cemetery or so it was called. He married Kate Douglas
and soon moved over on Stinking Creek as I mentioned above.
My mother was 8 or 9 yrs old then so it must have been 1858-59.
Uncle George Gibson lived on adjoining farm there and later
Uncle Matt. J.M. Gibson bought Uncle George out.
It was from there uncle
Pryor enlisted in the Confederate Army.
Mother was very small
when Grandma died. It was around 1852. Mother
was born Dec 12th I think. Anyway Dec 1850.
I understand grandfather
Gibson was killed by Dan Carpenter near Jacksboro in 1862.
I have always understood that he was taken home and buried
by his wife _____ but I am not postive about this.
I will inquire, but all the old ones are dead and it is
difficult to know of these old times and events.
Yes there still is an
Elk Valley P.O.
Linda Gibson is dead.
Died around 2 yrs ago. Dr. R. B. Scott went to Lake
City on the Knoxville Highway some seven years age and now
has a hospital there.
Linda Gibson was the daughter
of F. M. (Trent) Gibson, granddaughter of Travis Gibson.
Travis was a brother to our grandad James Gibson.
Now if I have it right,
there was grandaddy James, uncle George, Finley and Travis.
Trant Gibson was a son of Travis. Mother and him were
first cousins. Now I don't know if our great grandfathers
name was James or not. But he did not marry a Crowley, he
married a Finley and there is where they got the Finley
Uncle Finley went to Scott
County Tenn then to Missouri. Some of the other Gibsons,
Kade Gibson's set must have married a Croley. Well
uncle George, grandpa's brother lived around what is now
Elk Valley, but he fought through the war for the confederacy,
and they took his land from him so he settled in Georgia,
and some of his children used to write to Trants and cousin
Jim Gibson around Elk Valley.
Well the Gibsons came
to this country from North Carolina. Settled in Knox
County, Ky. Mother said her grandma was a Findley
or Finley and that on Poplar Creek there is a number of
very long graves of those tall Gibsons and Finleys.
If you could be in Barbourville
Ky you might get some dates on the marriage of James Gibson
and Mary Tye, otherwise I have no idea where we might find
I am afraid I have failed
to give you any information worthwhile, but you are welcome
if I have.
I wish I could visit you
as I have always wanted to be in Texas, but I fear that
can not be.
If you are again in this
section of the country I would be pleased to have you come
and see us.
Wishing you peace and
happiness, a long life and a safe journey to a better place
of abode when you depart.
Your sincere friend and
cousin Fred W. Campbell