Gibson & Harper Family History

For this section, I must acknowledge the significant depth of information that I found through Ancestry.com and its external links. In the Generation Numbering this study begins later than the others. I have begun these families at {4} to align them with my other genealogies.

Of course, I personally knew my grandfather "Grandad" and my Grandmother. They were both lovely, quiet people who traveled little, didn't drink and were content just sitting on their front porch in little Oxford PA in the early evenings and speaking to neighbors as they strolled by. And, they had their habits: Grandad never had the daily newspaper delivered; he preferred to walk a quarter-mile to the downtown newsstand and often stop at the firehouse on the way back for a game of pinochle with his buddies. And, although the technology had improved, Grandmother still used the old hand-run wringer on her turn-of-the-twentieth-century washing machine. Grandad warned me not to try genealogy on his ancestors; "you won't find anything but horse thieves and vaudeville acts!" Well, I am defying him now and I've yet to find any horse thieves (at least ones who were caught). He once said that his mother Lizzie Foy was related to Eddie Foy and the Seven Little Foys, though I now know that wasn't possible since Eddie Foy was a name dreamt up by Edwin Fitzgerald for his vaudeville career when Lizzie was 15 years old!



{4} Edward Jackson b. Feb 3 1604 London, England, d. Jun 17 1691 Cambridge Ma, m. Frances Taft (b. 1607 London, England, d. Oct 5 1648 Newton Ma) on Dec 2 1629 London, England, immigrated to Ma. Bay Colony & had a daughter:


{5} Samuel John Ward b. Dec 21 1626 Suffolk, England, d. Jul 8 1708 Newton Ma, m. Hannah Jackson (b. May 1 1634 Middlesex Cty. Ma, d. Apr 24 1704 Newton Ma, d/o Edward & Frances Jackson) in 1650 Newton Ma & had a son:
{5} John Farrow b. 1608 Hingham, England, d. Jul 7 1687 Hingham Ma, m. Frances Carpenter (b. Oct 16 1612 Hingham, England, d. Jan 28 1688 Hingham Ma) in 1632 Hingham, England, immigrated to Ma. Bay Colony & had a daughter:


{6} John Harrison b. ~1651 Woodhouse, England, d. Oct 1714 Philadelphia Pa, m. Mary Ann Willinson (b. 1651 Yorkshire, England, d. Aug 26 1714 Philadelphia Pa) on Aug 9 1669 Leeds, England, immigrated to Pa. Colony & had a son:
{6} Henry Ward b. 1653 Boston Ma, d. Apr 9 1709 Boston Ma, s/o Samuel & Hannah Ward, m. Remember Farrow (b. Aug 1 1642 Hingham Ma, d. Sep 11 1715 Plymouth Ma, d/o John & Frances Farrow) on Feb 3 1690 Hingham Ma & had a daughter:
{6} John Eastwick b. Oct 1675 Braintree, England, d. Dec 1736 Boston Ma, m. Grizell Loyd (b. 1685 Braintree, England, d. 1725 Boston Ma) on Sep 9 1703 Boston Ma & had a son:
{6} William Dixon b. Jan 1 1662 Armagh, Ireland, d. Sep 20 1708 Christiana Hundred De, m. Ann Gregg (b. 1670 Ardmore, Ireland, d. 1729 New Castle De) in 1683 New Castle De & had a son:
{6} Thomas Hollingsworth b. May 1 1661 Cty. Armagh, Ireland, d. Apr 2 1727 Chester Cty. Pa, m. Grace Cook (b. 1663 Ireland, d. May 2 1741 New Castle De) on Jan 31 1692 Chester Cty. Pa & had a daughter:


{7} Richard McClure b. 1718 Ireland, d. Nov 20 1774 Lancaster Cty. Pa, m. Jean Sage (b. Jan 1 1711 Raphoe, Ireland, d. Nov 4 1801 Pulaski Pa) & had a daughter:
{7} Johann Martin Moser (anglicized from Mauser) b. Jan 10 1693 Großulrichshausen, Mittlefranken, Holy Roman Empire (now Bavaria, Germany), d. Jul 20 1744 Lancaster Cty. Pa, m. Margaretha Kunkel (b. Oct 5 1762 Geinhausen, Wetterau, Holy Roman Empire (now Hesse, Germany), d. Oct 5 1762 New Hanover Pa) on Jun 24 1717 in Breitenau HRE, immigrated via Rotterdam, Netherlands to Pa. Colony in Sep 1728 & had a son:
{7} Daniel Harrison b. Oct 27 1694 Philadelphia Pa, d. Oct 2 1768 Philadelphia Pa, s/o John & Mary Harrison, m. Judith Ward (b. Mar 11 1699 Boston Ma, d. Mar 27 1735 Philadelphia Pa, d/o Henry & Remember Ward) in 1716 Philadelphia Pa & had a son:
{7} John Eastwick Jr. b. Aug 6 1705 Boston Ma, d. Dec 17 1736 Boston Ma, s/o John & Grizell Eastwick, m. Ann Clark (b. ~1704 Ma, d. [unknown], d/o [unknown]) on Nov 5 1725 Boston Ma & had a daughter:
{7} John Dixon b. Aug 7 1702 Christiana Hundred De, d. Dec 3 1742 New Castle De, s/o William & Ann Dixon, m. Sarah Hollingsworth (b. Aug 7 1706 Christiana Hundred De, d. Aug 3 1794 Upper Providence Pa, d/o Thomas & Grace Hollingsworth) on Oct 3 1724 Newark De & had a son:


{8} Joseph Sherer b. 1731 Londonderry, Ireland, d. Dec 1 1776 Paxtang Pa, was headed off to fight in the Revolutionary War when he became ill & died, m. Mary McClure (b. 1733 Pulaski Pa, d. 1776 Dauphin Pa, d/o Richard & Jean McClure) & had a son:
{8} Johann Philip Moser b. Dec 30 1730 Bucks Cty. Pa, d. Jan 27 1817 Lynn Township Pa, s/o Johann & Margaretha Moser, m. Maria Barbara Oswald (b. Apr 24 1737 Plochingen, Holy Roman Empire (now Germany), d. Apr 21 1819 Lynn Township Pa) in Jan 1751 Philadelphia Cty. Pa & had a son:
{8} Heinrich "Henry" Bortz b. ~1731 Holy Roman Empire (now Germany), d. 1810 Northampton Cty. Pa, m. Lydia Reintzheimer (b. 1715 Holy Roman Empire (now Germany), d. 1812 Northampton Cty. Pa) & had a daughter:
{8} John Galloway b. ~1713 Wigtownshire, Scotland, d. ~1751 Pa, m. (wife's name unknown, but b. 1714 & d. 1775 in Wigtownshire, Scotland) in ~1730 in Scotland, immigrated to Pa. Colony & had a son:
{8} John Harrison b. Oct 16 1717 Philadelphia Pa, d. Oct 2 1768 Philadelphia Pa, s/o Daniel & Judith Harrison, m. Hannah Eastwick (b. Sep 29 1726 Boston Ma, d. Apr 13 1749 Philadelphia Pa, d/o John & Ann Eastwick) on Feb 7 1745 Philadelphia Pa & had a daughter:
{8} William Kelso Commons b. Jun 7 1723 Ballyhagen, Ireland, d. Jan 1796 Chester Cty. Pa, m. Sarah Jane Scarett (b. 1725 Cty. Antrim, Ireland, d. 1800 New London Pa) in 1746 in Ireland, immigrated to the Colonies in Jul 1750 & on the way, had a son:
{8} Isaac Dixon b. ~1737 Mill Creek Hundred De, d. Apr 1795 Mill Creek Hundred De, s/o John & Sarah Dixon, m. Ann Nichols (b. ~1730 New Castle Cty. De, d. Dec 1790 Wilmington De, d/o [unknown]) on Apr 13 1748 Hockessin De & had a daughter:

 
{9} John Gibson b. May 1734 Buncrana, Ireland, d. Dec 29 1814 New London Pa, m. Mary Hutchisson (b. 1737 Ireland, d. Oct 25 1792 New London Pa.) on Mar 1 1767 in Union Ct. & had 5 children, the 4th of whom was:
{9} William Sherer b. ~1747 New London Pa, d. Jan 18 1828 New London Pa. s/o Joseph & Mary Sherer, m. Rachel Mackey (b.~1751 New London Pa, d. Sep 8 1824 New London Pa, d/o [unknown]) & had a daughter:
{9} Michael Moser b. Oct 27 1762 Lynn Township Pa, d. May 21 1847 Londonderry Township Pa, s/o Johann & Maria Moser, m. Eva Catherine Bortz (b. 1764 Cumberland Cty. Pa, d. Apr 24 1846 Londonderry Township Pa, d/o Henrich & Lydia Bortz) in 1781 Pa & had a daughter:
{9} John Galloway II b. ~1740 Philadelphia Pa, d. Feb 26 1780 Northumberland Cty. Pa, s/o John Galloway, m. Mary Harrison (b. Nov 29 1745 Philadelphia Pa, d. 1795 Northumberland Cty. Pa, d/o John & Hannah Harrison) on Nov 4 1762 Northumberland Cty. Pa & had a son:
{9} John Rodgers Commons b. Jul 7 1750 at sea (sailing from Ireland), d. Aug 30 1807 Va, s/o William & Sarah Commons, m. Sarah Dixon (b. Jul 12 1760 Somerset Cty. Md, d. 1790 Randolph Cty NC, d/o Isaac & Ann Dixon) on Mar 25 1779 Kennett Square Pa & had a daughter:

 
{10} James Gibson b. 1780, d. Jul 7 1860 New London Pa, s/o John & Mary Gibson, m. Dorcas Sherer (b. ~1782, d. Oct 12 1862 New London Pa, d/o William & Rachel Sherer) & had 6 children, the 2nd of whom was:
{10} John Foy b. 1795 Ireland, d. ~1850 Pa, m. Elizabeth Moser (b. Feb 7 1798 Somerset Cty. Pa, d. Dec 24 1852 Chester Cty. Pa, d/o Michael & Eva Moser) & had a son:
{10} William Galloway b. Jan 10 1767 Berks Cty. Pa, d. Dec 29 1858 Oxford Pa, s/o John & Mary Galloway, m. Martha "Patsy" Commons (b. 1779 Md, d. ~1849 Chester Cty. Pa, d/o John & Sarah Commons) in ~1800 & had a daughter:

 
{11} John Gibson b. 1810 Oxford Pa, d. 1880 Oxford Pa, s/o James & Dorcas Gibson, m. Anna Eliza Brogan (b. 1815, d. Jan 14 1845 in childbirth, New London Pa, d/o Aaron & Jane White Brogan) & had 1 daughter, Annie Elizabeth (b. Jan 14 1845) who m. George Washington Ortlip (b. 1828, d. 1900). After Anna's death, John m. Mary Jane Walton (b. May 12 1816 Md, d. Feb 16 1903 Oxford Pa, d/o [unknown]) in ~1850 & had 4 children, the 1st of whom was:
{11} William Foy b. ~1818 Chester Cty. Pa, d. Sep 30 1912 Elk Township Pa, s/o John & Elizabeth Foy, m. Martha Jane Galloway (b. ~1820 East Nottingham, Pa, d. Apr 30 1881 Philadelphia Pa, d/o William & Martha Galloway) & had at least 1 daughter:
{11} James Harper b. Nov 20 1813 Edinburgh, Scotland, d. Sep 16 1896 Glen Mills Pa, immigrated through Ellis Island with his family in Oct 1850 & settled in Willistown (near Malvern) Pa. He m. Cathrine Oram (b. Nov 24 1812 Edinburgh, Scotland, d. Nov 11 1903 Malvern Pa) & had 5 children:
{11} Michael Hanvey b. ~1800 Galbally, Ireland, d. ~1870 Henrico Cty. Va, m. Elizabeth Kahmer (b. ~1807 Ireland, d. May 4 1900 Richmond Va) on Aug 26 1832 Philadelphia Pa. & had several children, one of whom was a daughter:

 
{12} Emmett Walton Gibson b. Aug 13 1854 Oxford Pa, d. Apr 15 1929 Oxford Pa, s/o John & Mary Gibson, m. H. Elizabeth "Lizzie" Foy (b. Nov 29 1856 Pa, d. Jul 15 1932 Oxford Pa, d/o William & Martha Galloway Foy) in ~1880 & had 3 children:
{12}Thomas D. Harper b. Dec 29 1844 Edinburgh, Scotland, d. July 28 1912 Oxford Pa, c/o James & Cathrine Harper, came to America in Oct 1850 as a child. Around 1900, with his family, he lived in & ran the famous old Oxford Hotel in the heart of Oxford Pa, now in the National Register of Historic Places. Around 1885, he m. Virginia Bell Hanvey (b. Mar 9 1852 Richmond Va, d. Sep 8 1928 Oxford Pa, d/o Michael & Elizabeth Hanvey) & had 2 daughters:

 
{13} John Foy Gibson b. Sep 21 1882 Oxford Pa, d. Sep 6 1974 West Palm Beach Fl, s/o Emmett & Lizzie Gibson, was a very successful building contractor with perhaps his finest work being several major buildings at Lincoln University near his native Oxford Pa. In 1912, he m. Mary Kerns Harper (b. Aug 4 1886 Oxford Pa, d. Nov 4 1965 Oxford Pa, d/o Thomas & Virginia Harper) in 1912 Oxford Pa & had 2 daughters:
{13} Nora Virginia Harper b. Nov 14 1888 Oxford Pa, d. Jun 1973 Havertown Pa, m. Samuel Dotterer Frank (b. Oct 12 1888 Media Pa, d. 1929 Lansdowne Pa.) & had 2 daughters:

 
{14} Janet Walton Gibson b. Jul 20 1920 Oxford Pa, d. Oct 1 2002 Melbourne Fl, d/o John & Mary Gibson, m. Christopher Harris "Kit" Williams IV (later known by "Jr.") (b. Oct 10 1918 Washington DC, d. Jan 11 2003 Melbourne Fl, s/o Kit & Gladys Walter Williams [See my research on the Williams line] OR [See my research on the Walter line]) on Aug 18 1942 in Wilmington De. & had 3 children

 
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