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Nicholas Gibson

Birthdate: (81)
Birthplace: Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: June 5, 1858 (81)
Passport, Richland County, Illinois, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Jacob Gibson and Koonay "Ann" Gibson
Husband of Lydia Gibson
Father of Mary Gibson; Prudence Gibson; Elizabeth Gibson; John W. Gibson; Temperance Byrne and 8 others
Brother of Polly Gibson and Diana Wallace

Managed by: Ivy Jo Smith
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About Nicholas Gibson

By Phyllis Slater (

In the spring of 17-- the family of a Mr. Gibson were engaged in making sugar at a camp near where the Beverly and Morgantown turnpike crosses Sugar Creek (from which it took its name) and while Mr. Gibson was absent at the Westfall Fort at Beverly, there were a party of indians made an attack upon the family and captured all but one boy named John who made his escape by some way. The indians murdered two or three of the children and set out for Detroit, Mich. with the mother and an infant child at her breast and a small boy named Nicholas. After a few days the indians dashed out the brains of the child against a tree. The mother died a short time after reaching Detroit, from the exposure and the milk in her breast, which left the boy still in the hands of the indians. The father died in a few years of grief. Several years since there was to be seen the sign of a hog's nest in the meadow now owned by M. L. Nestor, of Meadowville, that was owned by this family abd stayed at that place for several years and had made a large mound of alder brush for its bed, that is remembered by many of our citizens. After Nicholas Gibson had grown to be almost a man, Mr. Smith, grandfather of Uncle John Harris, and his brother Henry Smith heard of him being at Detroit, and concluded to go and bring him home (he being a relative of these gentlemen). They walked to Detroit and brought him home with them. He had been with the indians from his boyhood and learned their customs. It was for some time that he would not wear anything but the breach clout (cloth) and when any clothing of their fashion was put upon him he would tear them off. It was his delight to make bark canoes and spend hours at a time on the river where Beverly now stands. For some considerable time they had to watch him to keep him from running off and he still kept up his indian habits. When they brought him back he could not speak but very few words of English but after a few years they sent him to school and he learned very fast and he became a useful and intelligent man. He married a respectable lady and had a large, and respected family. He was elected to the General Assembly of Virginia from Randolph County and served two years; was also sheriff of Randolph one term. He moved from Randolph to some of the western counties of the state. (Braxton). It is strange that a man can have his character so changed in a short time, from that of an untutored savage to that of an intelligent and trustworthy man. Dated Jan. 20, 1878; As related by Uncle John Harris of Glade ... from Phyllis Dye Slater of Wheeling, West Virginia. I am his ggg granddaughter. Nicholas went to Olney. Illinois and is buried there. He was in the Revolutionary War.

Military Service: Private in Virginia Militia in Captain Skinner's Company. Honorable Discharge Military Between 1781-1783.

Emigration: Nicholas moved to Braxton Co., Va. in 1807.

Death: At Home of son-in-law Rev. Peter Lough, Richland / Clay Co., IL.,+1768&source=bl&ots=MLnGZv7STA&sig=2HPDIQBXSy3U33kQjuOjYRaMiOc&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjE44SwpaPXAhWIKMAKHaY7ANE4ChDoAQguMAM#v=onepage&q=john%20lowery%2C%201768&f=false

Hu Maxwell's "History of Randolph County", page 185 states the following after a paragraph about Indians attacking the settlers in Tygart's Valley in March of 1780:

Soon after this, Indians attacked John Gibson's family on a branch of the Valley River. Mrs. Gibson was tomahawked in the presence of her children, and the other members of the family were carried into captivity. About the same time, and probably by the same Indians, Bernard Sims was killed at his cabin on Cheat River, four miles above St. George. When they saw that he had smallpox, they fled without scalping him.
On page 196:
Randolph had back luck with its log Court House, begun in 1788 and finished ten years later. It never fulfilled expectations, and it was not used after 1803. From that date until 1808 court was held in the house of John Wilson, and in 1808, at the house of Nicholas Gibson, in Beverly.
HCPD - Don Norman files:
John Gibson was born about 1750 and was among the first settlers on Sugar Creek in present day Barbour County WV.  His entire family was captured by raiding Indians in 1781 or 1782. Only Nicholas survived.  On February
22, 1790, the Randolph County Court bound "Nicholas Gibson, an orphan
boy of the age thirteen years the eight day of May next, to William
Gibson, until he arrives to the age of 21 years ..."
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Nicholas Gibson's Timeline

May 8, 1777
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
October 1, 1795
Age 18
Braxton Co., (W)VA
March 19, 1796
Age 18
Randolph, Charlotte, Virginia, USA
Age 18
Virginia, United States
April 17, 1800
Age 22
Braxton County, WV, United States
Age 23
Harrison County, West Virginia, United States
June 12, 1803
Age 26
Randolph County, West Virginia, United States
September 21, 1807
Age 30
Harrison County, West Virginia, United States
Age 32
Virginia, United States